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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.

03 December 2016

Thailand - 2004 Specimen Commemorative Thai Note Printing Works

Fifty Baht Specimen Commemorative
Dated 2004, P112as
Reverse
Simple Folder Front Cover
This is a specimen note with a catalogue reference no of P112as. Whilst this is a note printed with the word specimen (ตัวอย่าง / Tawxyang- pronunciation sounds like do-young ) on the front, the note is also printed with a commemorative texts on the lower margin of the note, celebrating the inauguration of the Thai Note Printing Works - "To Commemorate the Opening of the Banknote Management Department Bank of Thailand, 1st November 2543 (2004)". Even though this is a specimen note, this is the only way to get this commemorative note as normal circulating notes issued do not come with these texts. Here I have also posted the normal notes as comparison with the same signatures variety. As usual, the note depicts the current Thai King Rama IX Bhumibol Adulyadej (b 5.12.2027) on the front and on the back showing a sitting King Rama VI Vajiravudh (b 1.1.1880-25.11.1925) who was the half brother of the current King's late father, Mahidol Adulyadej. Each specimen note is printed with a control number on the back of the note. The folder that comes with the note provides no additional information about the note or the texts printed on the note, unless you can read Siamese writing. It is quite unusual to have a commemorative note issued in this manner with no actual face vale. However many central banks nowadays issued commemorative notes with high premium to ensure such notes will not enter into general circulations.

Fifty Baht
ND2004, P112ar Replacement Prefix
Reverse
Fifty Baht
ND2004, Normal Prefix, P112a
Reverse

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