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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!

All comments are most welcome but it has to be subjects related to banknotes or banknotes collection. If not, it will not be approved. Thanks

18 February 2017

Lebanon - 10000 Livres 1998 P76 Commemorative

Is this a commemorative note? Some said yes but others said no. I have posted this note as a commemorative note issued in 1998 celebrating the country Martyrs' Day (as claimed by some). Whilst this note has no commemorative text printed on, to celebrate this occasion, it should be noted that not all commemorative notes issued have specific text added to the design, as banknotes have been issued in such manner to celebrate special commemorative occasion by many countries. Martyrs' Day in Lebanon is celebrated on 6th of May. It started on 06.05.1916 when Ahmed Djemal Pasha, an Ottoman military leader ordered the execution of several Lebanese Nationalists in Beirut at the Burj Square. This square has since been renamed the Martyrs' Square. Apart from Lebanon, the Martyrs' Day is also celebrated in Syria for the similar reason as Syrian Nationalists were also executed on order of Ahmed Djemal Pasha in Damascus at the Marjeh Square on the same day in 1916. The design on the reverse depicts a patriotic monument. This monument was inaugurated on 6.3.1960 by the Italian sculptor Renato Marino Mazzacurati at the Martyrs' Square. I could be wrong, but this is the first note that this monument has appeared on a banknote in Lebanon.

Ten Thousand Livers
Dated 1998

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