670+ pieces collected and counting

there are approximately 1,466+/- pieces of Commemorative banknotes issued, excluding those repeats

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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.

12 November 2015

Papua New Guinea - 10 Kina 15th Pacific Games 2015

Ten Kina
Dated 2015
Reverse
This is a 10 Kina Commemorative polymer note that was issued in July 2015 to celebrate the country hosting the 15th Pacific Games in the capital city Port Moresby. The first games were held in Fiji in 1964 and it was then known as the South Pacific Games. In 1998, it changed its name to the Pacific Games. The games were held between 14-18 July 2015 and was attended by 24 nations. For the first time both Australia and New Zealand were allowed to participate in this tournament but restricted to only four sports, mainly Rugby Sevens, Sailing, Taekwondo and Weightlifting. The decision to allow both Australia and New Zealand to take part in these games was approved by the governing board, the Pacific Games Council in 2014. The reason that only four sports were allowed as the Pacific member States feel that they are strong enough in these events to complete with both Australia and New Zealand. A total of 28 sports were involved with the host nation winning the most metals. This is the third time that Papua New Guinea staged these games. The first time was in 1969 and then in 1991. No commemorative notes were issued in 1969 as at that time the country was still under Australia rule and was also using Australian currency. However in 1991, it issued a two Kina to celebrate this special occasion. This Pacific Games is held every 4 years with the next tournament to be held in Tonga in 2019.

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