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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

08 August 2014

North Korea - 100th Birthday of Kim Il-sung 1912-2012 Commemorative Set

Five Won
Scientist and student, Dated 2002, P67
Reverse, Hwanggang hydroelectric dam and power station
Ten Won
Soldiers (Air Force, Army, Navy), Dated 2002, P68
Reverse, Victory Monument of the Korean War
Fifty Won
Engineer, farmer and working intellectual, Dated 2002, P69
Reverse, Engineer, farmer and working intellectual Workers' Party of Korea
One Hundred Won
Siebolds-Magnolia (National Flower of Korea), Dated 2008, P70
Reverse, Value 100
Two Hundred Won
Chollima (mythical winged horse) statue, Dated 2008, P71
Reverse, Value 200
Five Hundred Won
Arch of Triumph, Dated 2008, P72
Reverse, Value 500
One Thousand Won
House in Hoeryong, Dated 2008, P73
Reverse, Samji lake
Two Thousand Won
Lake cabin in Paektu Mountain, Jong Il Peak, Dated 2008, P74
Reverse, Paektu Mountain
Five Thousand Won
Kim Il-sung, Dated 2008, P75
Reverse, Mangyongdae
Kim Il-sung, 15.4.1912 to 8.7.1994, ruled North Korea from 8.9.1948 until his dealth in 1994. His birth name was Kim Song-ju and in 1935 adopted the name of Kim Il-sung, meaning 'becoming the sun'. Kim Il-sung was the leader of North Korea since it was established in 1948 until his death. Between 1948 to 1972, he held the post of Prime Minister and from 1972 to 1994 as President of North Korea. Following his death, he was succeded by his son Kim Jong-il (b. 1941-2011). The senior Kim, according to officail records, was born in a small village in Mangyongdae (then called Namni). The reverse side of the 5000 Won shows the birth place of Kim. This set of notes issued with overprints to celebrate his 100th year of birth.

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