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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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04 May 2018

Bhutan - 100 Ngultrum 2017 Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck Commemorative

Kingdom of Bhutan

The is the second banknote issued to celebrate the young prince, Jigme Namgyet Wangchuck. The crown prince was born on 05.02.2016. In 2016, a 1000 Ngultrum was issued celebrating the royal birth of the prince. This note is for the celebration of the prince first birthday, and the note is printed with the following texts - Commemorating the First Birth Anniversary of
HRH The Gyalsey (Prince).

Front: Portrait of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wankchuck, Queen Jetsun Pema and crown prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck.
Back: Dragon (same design as the one on the Bhutanese national flag) and the background featuring the mountain ranges in the eastern Himalayas

Printer: Orell Fussli Security, Switzerland
Prefix: RB (Royal Birth)
Quantity: 1.0 Million pieces

One Hundred Ngultrum
Dated 2016
 Front Folder Cover
The following texts are printed on the folder:-

The Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan us honoured to venerate the first birth anniversary of His Royal Highness the Gyalsey, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck (born on February 5, 2016), with the release of a commemorative Nu. 100 denomimination banknote.

The presence of the Gyalsey among us is a personification of deeply auspicious tendryil, signifying his own and our collective destiny. It is the accumulation of our collective merit and goof karma that we witness three successive generations of the Wangchuck dynasty, a phenomenon that assures the continuity and stability of our kingdom.

Thus the obverse side of the commemorative banknote portrays His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty The Druk Gyalpo and her majesty The Gyaltsuen, and his Royal Highness the Gyalsey, Embodying our proud past, the vibrant present, and a future of hope.

The reverse side of the commemorative banknote features a pair of jewel-clasping dragons that symbolise our inner resilience. Just as all Bhutanese draw our inspiration and strength from the Druk Gyalpos, the dragons epitomise the stability and prosperity of Bhutan as personified by our Hereditary Monarchs. The reverse side also features the mighty Himalayan range, rising from the premises of a glacial lake, to illustrate Bhutan's beautiful pristine natural beauty and balanced ecology.

The commemorative banknote reflects the national colours of Bhutan.
Information Sheet Front
Information Sheet Back
Footnote: If my memory serves me right, this would be the youngest portrait of any Prince or Princess ever appears on a banknote. Even Queen Elizabeth the Second can't beat him. The Queen was 8 years old when her portrait appeared on the Canadian $20 banknote in 1935. I am not sure if any banknotes have issued that have a portrait younger than this Bhutanese prince.