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Total commemorative banknotes issued is under 1,500 pieces. If you have achieved any figures close to this, then you are doing extremely well, as many of the older commemorative notes are hard to find even in poor conditions.

Opinion: Many collectors of commemorative banknotes would have come across with those Somaliland sets overprinted with gold and silver texts with the following wordings - 5th Anniversary of Independence 18 May 1996 [Sanad Gurade 5ee Gobanimadda 18 May 1996]. I believe these are "home made" (or fake) and not authorised by the central bank. My argument is simple. No central bank would have issued an overprint commemorative banknote that the texts are so large that it would cover the two signatures on the note as well as part of the serial numbers. Even if these are genuine notes, then these could be issued as souvenir sheets and not as legal tender. As I said before, this is my opinion. If you have paid top dollars for these, please think about my argument. There is always a sucker around the corner, including me of course!

All comments are most welcome but it has to be subjects related to banknotes or banknotes collection. If not, it will not be approved. Thanks

07 June 2014

Great Britain - Five Pounds Queen Elizabeth 70 Birthday Commemorative

Five Pounds
ND1996, PNL
Folder Front Cover
This is a numismatic commemorative issue, released by the Bank of England and the Royal Mint with a five pounds note and a five pounds coin. This commemorative issue was released in 1996 to celebrate the Queen's 70th birthday and as such a special cypher of HM70 was used for the serial number on the note. The design of the banknote was the same as those circulating notes at that time except that it has a special cypher of HM70. This HM70 prefix will not be produced for general circulation. The coin issued together with this note is a five pound crown is in BU condition. This coin is the third in a sequence of commemorative five-pound coins and is also the first United Kingdom coin issued to celebrate the birthday of a reigning monarch. A total sets of 5000 were issued for this special occasion.

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