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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

10 February 2015

Great Britain - Five Pounds 1998 Prince of Wales 50th Birthday Commemorative

Five Pounds
ND1998, PNL
Front Cover
This is a numismatic joint ventured commemorative issue, released by the Bank of England and the Royal Mint with a five pounds note and a five pounds crown coin. This commemorative issue was released in 1998 to celebrate the 50th Birthday of the Prince of Wales Prince Charles with the banknotes printed with a special cypher of PW50 for this special occasion. The design of the banknote was the same as those circulating £5 notes (P382b) at that time except that it has a special cypher of PW50. This cypher PW50 will not be produced for general circulation. The coin issued together with this note is a five pound crown are in UNC/BU condition. A total sets of 1000 were issued for this commemorative. These kind of numismatic releases were very similar to those issued by Note Printing Australia back in the 90s too. 

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