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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 October 2015

Lebanon - 50,000 Livre Lebanese Army 70th Anniversary

Fifty Thousand Livre issued 1.8.2015 (1945-2015)
Dated 2015
 Front - Army crest, soldier holding the Lebanese flag, shadows of two soldiers
Back - in vertical format. Shadow of a soldier saluting

The Lebanese Army (Lebanese Armed Forces) Day is celebrated on the 1st of August each year. Whilst this note was issued to celebrate the 70th Anniversary (1945-2015), the Lebanese Armed Forces were well in existence before 1945. Prior to 1.8.2015, the Lebanese Armed Forces were under the control of foreign power (the French government) and was handed over to the Lebanese National government from 1.8.1945, and since then celebrating this day as their anniversary annually.

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