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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

01 April 2018

Sri Lanka - 70th Year of Independence Commemorative 2018

 ශ්‍රී ලංකා ප්‍රජාතාන්ත්‍රික සමාජවාදී ජනරජය
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
இலங்கை ஜனநாயக சோசலிச குடியரசு 

A new 1000 rupees dated 04.02.2018 was released on 30.01.2018 commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Independence of Sri Lanka 1948-2018. Independence was achieved from the British rule on 04.02.1948. The country was first colonised by the Portuguese in 1517, then the Dutch from 1638 and in 1815, the British took over until 1948.

Between 1947 and 1972, the country was known as Dominion of Ceylon with King George Vl as the Head of State and then Queen Elizabeth ll from 1952 following the death of her father until 1972. From 22.05.1972, the country changed it's official name to Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka with an elected President on a five-year term.

This commemorative note celebrate the various religion faiths in Sri Lanka with designs including a Hindu Temple, a Mosque, a Tamil Kovil and a Church on the from. The majority of the population in the country are Buddhist (70+%). The note is predominately in green just like the current 1000 Rupees note and the design on the back is the same as the current issue. This is the 4th commemorative banknotes issued since gaining independence.

Five million pieces issued with prefixes from S70/1 to S70/5. These notes are issued at face value. However a small number of the notes are also sold in an attractive holder at the price of 1,300 Rupees each.

One Thousand Rupees
Dated 2018

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