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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 March 2017

Bhutan - 1000 Ngultrum Series 2016 Commemorative

This is a Commemorative note of 1000 Ngultrum released on 21.09.2016. The note was issued to celebrate the birth of his Royal Highness, The Gyalsey, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck (dob 5.2.2016). The word Gyalsey in Bhutanese means Prince. The design for this note is the same as the previous Commemorative issue in 2008 (P34), but with additional texts added to the design on both front and back. On the front the words - Celebrating the Birth of The Gyalsey, February 5, 2016 is added in the middle of the note in silver colour and on the reverse side it printed with the text - Birth of the Prince of Bhutan. Not sure why the commemorative texts on both sides are in English and not Bhutanese. This note is printed with Series 2016 and has a wider security thread. Also the title of the bank governor is in English and not Bhutanese. A total of 3,420,000 notes issued all with letter prefix W (and replacement). The note is measured 175mm x 60mm. Signature - Governor Dasho Daw Tenzin (appointed 18.08.2010).

One Thousand Ngultrum
Dated 2016, P36

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