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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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15 November 2016

Ukraine - 20 Hryrnia 2016 Commemorative Note

This is a non circulating commemorative note issued on 01.09.2016 to celebrate the 160th birth of Ivan Yakovych Franko. Ivan Franko was a poet, writer, social and literary critic and also a political activist. He was born in 1856 in Nahuievychi (a small village in western Ukraine) and died in 1916 in Lemberg (Lviv - about 100 km north-east of Nahuievychi), aged 60. As this is a non circulating note, they are sold at 27 hryrnia each. About 20,000 of the notes are also sold in a simple folder at 30 hryrnia each. It is not sure if this note has any actual value if presented as payments for goods and services. However, given that the note is sold at a premium, it is unlikely anyone in the country will do that. A million notes printed for this commemorative issue. This is the second commemorative note issued since Ukraine's independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Twenty Hryrnia
Dated 2016
Cover Front
Front cover
Inside Cover

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