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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

23 August 2014

Scotland - The Royal Bank of Scotland Ryder Cup Commemorative 2014

Five Pounds
Dated 2014, PNL
Scotland - The Royal Bank of Scotland limited edition £5 Commemorative bank note. This is a new commemorative note of £5 issued celebrating the return of the Ryder Cup (Golf) competition to Scotland. The Ryder Cup is a prestigious biennial men’s golf competition held between teams from Europe and the United States. The competition was first started at Gleneagles Golf Club in Perthshire, Scotland in 1921. This year is the 40thedition of the Ryder Cup competition and it will also be held at Gleneagles in Scotland between 23-28 September 2014. This tournament also celebrates the return of the competition to "The Home of Golf" for the second time since its inception in 1921. The new note is dated 22.09.2014 but was released on 14.07.2014 to collectors. For the first time in Great Britain, this note is printed on a Hybrid paper material by the German company, Giesecke & Devrient (G&D). The design of the note also includes a see through window in the shape of the Ryder Cup. This note also bears the first signature of the bank's Chief Executive Officer Ross Maxwell McEwan (a Kiwi). CEO McEwan was appointed to the role on 1.10.2013, replacing previous CEO Stephen Hester (resigned December 2013). This commemorative bank note is not meant for general circulation and this note that I have posted was sold in a pack at a premium which also include a special Collector Folio with Certificate of Authenticity and a historical narrative. The note is sealed in a protective lens to preserve it's pristine condition for future generations. However ticket holders to the competition can also exchange the new note at face value. A total of 500,000 notes have been printed, however the quantity issued in packs will depends on the demand. It should be noted that this is the third time that RBS has released a commemorative note related to golf. The first two notes were the 2004 £5 commemorating The Royal Ancient Gold Club of St Andrew and 2005 £5 Jack Nicklaus last appearance at the British Opens. Despite the promotional launched by the bank for this commemorative note, this is not the first Hybrid note issued in Europe. In fact, this is forth Hybrid note ever issued in Europe, after Bulgaria (2005), Latvia (2007) and Gibraltar (2011). None of the notes issued will be available for distribution at any of the RBS bank branches in Scotland.
Front Cover
In addition to the above, 100 pieces were also printed for distribution to specific bodies that RBS has a connection with. This was confirmed when a British banknotes dealer raised the question and confirmed by the bank. The note below is printed with the special number GUD0001 on the bottom left margin.
Courtesy of RBS site

Ian Gradon Were there specially numbered notes given out at the Ryder Cup event to VIPS that had an extra number at the lower left imprinted on them and how many? I notice the Specimen note on this page has the GUD0001 number lower left in the same place.

RBS moderator @Ian Gradon the answer to your question is yes, there were specially numbered notes printed. These were for specific bodies that RBS has a connection with and there were a total of 100 notes printed.

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