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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 June 2018

Bangladesh - 70 Taka Commemorative Developing Bangladesh

গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ
People's Republic of Bangladesh

A commemorative note of 70 Taka released on 22.03.2018 celebrating the Developing of Bangladesh 2041. This new commemorative was launched by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, together with the Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith and Bangladesh Bank Governor Fazle Kabir at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center on 22.03.2018. The notes were also made available on the same day to the public. This is a father and daughter note. On the front it depicts the portrait of the first and fourth President of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (1920-1975) and her daughter Sheikh Hasina Wazed on the back. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is the founding father of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. He became the first and fourth President of Bangladesh between 11.04.1971 to 15.08.1975 and the second Prime Minister between 12.01.1972 to 21.01.1975. He was assassinated on 15.08.1975 aged 55 years old. Her daughter became the Prime Minister of Bangladesh first between 1996 to 2001. In 2009, she returned to the role following a landslide victory in the general election and elected as the Prime Minister following the 2014 general election.  

Reverse - On the other side of the note, the portrait of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangabandhu Satellite-1 and Padma Bridge under construction are printed.

Other main features of the design on the note are:-
Front - the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the National monument in Savar (Shabhar) and Betbunya satellite and maps of Bangladesh. The National monument was set up in the memory of the Bangladesh Liberation War of independence in 1971 against Pakistan and is located in Savar. The construction of this monument started in 1978 and completed in 1982.

Back - Padma Bridge (still under construction). This is a multi purpose road-rail bridge across the Padma River which connect between Louhajong, Munshiganji to Shariatpur and Madaripur, linking the southwest of Bangladesh to the northern and eastern regions. This two-level steel truss bridge comprises of a four-lane highway on the upper level and a single track railway on a lower level. On the left hand side, it also features the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 and the globe. And at the bottom of the note, it has the following texts printed both in both Bengali and English - Bangladesh will be a developed country by 2041 - Sheikh Hasina. This message was made by the Prime Minister in January 2016. On the left hand side of the note, it also printed with the words - COMMEMORATIVE NOTE.

This is an odd value note and I am not sure why the 70 Taka was selected. However this is not the first time such odd denomination was printed. In 2011 a 40 Taka commemorative was issued and then in 2012, a 60 Taka commemorative note was also released. This is the sixth commemorative banknote issued by the Bangladesh.

The notes are also issued in a folder format for 200 Taka each.

Seventy Taka
Dated 2018
Folder Cover

In my opinion, this is a very unique note in the sense that the design of this note included the portrait of a father and daughter team. I do not believe I have ever came across any such notes except those involved a royal family.

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