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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

24 September 2017

The Gambia - 1 Dalasi 1978 Commemorative Opening Ceremony of Central Bank Building

This is a One Dalasi commemorative note issued in 1978 celebrating the opening ceremony of the new Central Bank of The Gambia HQ building. The note is dated 18th February 1978. The design of this note on the front is the same as the 1 Dalasi first issued in 1972 with the portrait of the then President Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara (b 1924, First President of Republic of The Gambia) and the reverse showing the Central Bank new building. This new building is located at Ecowas Avenue in Banjul, which is also the capital of The Gambia. The Central Bank of The Gambia (CBG) was established in 1971 when it took over the assets of the then Gambia Currency Board which was established on 01.10.1964. The CBG then issued it's first set of Dalasi notes with denominations of 1, 5. 10 and 25 Dalasi in 1972. Prior to that the country's used the Pound currency systems.

One Dalasi
Dated 1978, P8

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