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Total commemorative banknotes issued is under 900 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 came 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 and not authourised by the central bank. My argument is simple. No central banks would have issued an overprint commemorative banknote that the texts are so large that it would covered 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 sheet 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!

23 August 2015

Hong Kong - HSBC 150th Anniversary 1865-2015 Three-Uncut Sheet

Three-Uncut Sheet
One Hundred and Fifty Dollars x 3
Dated 2015, AA Prefix
Dated 2015, HK Prefix
Reverse
Here are the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) $150 note of 3-Uncut sheet with AA and HK prefixes. I believe these are the only two prefixes issued for this variety as I have not seen one with AB prefix yet. The designs for this new note reflects the city's development over the years with street scenes from the 1950s and the changing cityscape of Hong Kong's world famous Victoria Harbour. The redevelopment of the bank's Head Office at 1 Queen's Road Central Hong Kong over the years. The note is printed with the watermark of a roaring lion "Stephen" on one side and the other lion "Stitt on the opposite side. Both Stephen and Stitt have been symbols of the bank for many generations in Hong Kong and many believed that by rubbing their paws of Stephen or Stitt would bring them good luck and good fortunes. These 3-Uncut sheets were sold for HK$1,380 each and due to overwhelming in demand, this issue was over subscribed by 21.6 times. These were first released to the public on the 9.6.2015. A total of 50 sets for these 3-Uncut sheets with special or nice serial numbers were also made available via a bidding process with starting bid of HK$13,000 each. I am not sure what so special about these, as the serial numbers offered were not that special or unique to me. There were no low serial numbers or solids offered. All serial numbers commenced with 8 and 9, with few repeat numbers (total 17) and one radar number. As the Uncut sheet is issued in a hard cover presentation folder, it also comes with a separate hard cover booklet detailing the note designs and a brief history of the bank in Hong Kong.
Folder Hard Cover

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