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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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15 February 2018

Kyrgyzstan - 25th Independence & Currency Commemorative 2017

The Kyrgyz Republic - 25th Independence & Currency Commemorative 2017

Two thousand soms - эки мин сом
Bank of the Kyrgyz - кыргыз банкы

A commemorative note of 2000 Som, issued on 17.11.2017 to commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan and also the 25th Anniversary of putting the Som Currency into circulation. Kyrgyzstan is a land locked country located in the Central Asia. In 1919, the country was annexed and became part of the Soviet Union empire and on 31.08.1991 it delayed independence, following the breaking up of the USSR empire. Since then, Kyrgyzstan is a member of the Commonwealth of Independence States (CIS) with members comprises of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Both Turkmenistan and Ukraine are also associated members. The note is predominantly printed in blue and is in vertical format both front and back.

Main features
Front – the monument of Manas on horseback. Manas was a national hero who united the Kyrgyz tribes.
Back – object of a tree like shape design, a symbol of life and prosperity, Khan Tengri Mountain which is situated on the China-Kyrgyzstan-Kazakhstan border. A sailing Golden Eagle over mountain lake Issyk-Kul. Issyk-Kul is situated in the northern Tian Shan mountains in eastern Kyrgyzstan. The Issyk-Kul is the world 7th deepest lake and 10 largest by volume.

Two Thousand Som
Dated 2017

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