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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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08 March 2017

Gibraltar - £100 Polymer Commemorative 2015(2017)

The release of this note was first announced by the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo of Gibraltar on 18.08.2015. This commemorative note, dated 21.08.2015, honoured the centenary of the birth of Sir Joshua Hassan aka Salvador (Saviour) (b.21.8.1915-1.7.1997). Salvador was known as the Father of Modern Modern Gibraltar and was the first and third Chief Minister of Gibraltar for 22 years. He was also accredited as being the most important architect of Gibraltar's more towards self-determination. This commemorative is printed on polymer material with a portrait of the Queen printed on one side and the image of Sir Joshua on the other. This note was released on 23.01.2017. Gibraltar is now the first in Europe and among few other nations to have issued currencies in Paper material, Hybrid and now Polymer. Other countries that have done this are Fiji, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Papua New Guinea. However only Gibraltar and Papua New Guinea have issued them with same denominations ie £100 and 100 Kina respectively.

It is reported that 250,000 pieces printed. However, it was also reported that those notes printed with serial number above C250000 are replacement.

Albert Mena (signature on the note) is the current Financial Secretary and Commissioner of Currency of Gibraltar.

One Hundred Pounds
Dated 2015
One Hundred Pounds
Dated 2015

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