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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!

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10 December 2015

Canada - $20 Queen Elizabeth ll Commemorative

Twenty Dollars
Dated 2015
This is a Queen Elizabeth ll Commemorative note released on 9.9.2015 celebrating the Queen's reign since 1952 as Queen of United Kingdom, and Queen of Canada. Apart from United Kingdom and Canada, Queen Elizabeth ll is also the Queen for few other Commonwealth nations including Australia and New Zealand. The design for this commemorative note is the same as the current $20 Polymer note except that a portrait of the Queen with tiara taken in 1951 by Yousuf Karsh is added to large window. This is the first time that the Queen portrait appears on a Canadian banknotes with her tiara on. This is also the same portrait (without the tiara) first appears on the Canada 1954 Landscapes series of banknotes. Forty millions pieces printed for this special occasion. This is the third commemorative note issued by Canada. The first was the $25 dated 6.5.1935 celebrating the Silver Jubilee of King George V and then in 1967, a $1 note commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Confederation of Canada. Bank of Canada has also announced that it will also issue another commemorative banknote in 2017 celebrating the nation 150th Year of Federation.

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