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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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01 June 2016

Russia - 100 Ruble 2015 Annexation of Crimea Commemorative

One Hundred Rubles
CK Prefix, ND2015, Obverse/Reverse
 One Hundred Rubles
KC Prefix, ND2015, Obverse/Reverse
ND2015, Small kc Replacement Prefix
Release date: 23.12.2015
Quantity; 20.0 Million pieces
Prefixes: CK, KC and kc (Replacement Prefix)
Theme: Annexation of Crimea from Ukraine

This 100 Ruble note was issued on 23.12.2015 celebration Russia annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. The operation to seize Crimea began on 27.02.2014 when unidentified armed force captured several government buildings including the parliament in the city of Simferopol. On 18.03.2014, the Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin signed a treaty with Crimea officially annexing this part of the region into the Russian Federation. Crimea was once part of the Russian empire since 1783 but in 1954, it was then transferred by the Russian Central Government to Ukraine control. At the time of the transfer, Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union empire (USSR). It was reported that a total of 20 million pieces have been issued with prefixes of "CK" and "KC". The main features on the front of the note depict the Swallow's Nest castle and on the back, scuttled ships at Sevastopol Bay. Crimea has a population of approx. 2.0m people.

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