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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 May 2019

...Libya - 1 Dinar 8th Anniversary of the First Libyan Civil War 2011-2019 Polymer

ليبيا Libya

Central Bank of Libya

On 18.02.2019, the Central Bank of Libya introduced a new 1 dinar polymer note celebrating the 8th Anniversary of the First Libyan Civil War (2011-2019). This civil war is also referred to as the Libyan Revolution or the 17 February Revolution. This civil war was started by those who sought to oust the Colonel Muammar Gaddafi government. The revolution started in February 2011 and ended on 23.10.2011 with the capture and death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi came to power in 1969 when he ousted the then Libyan King Idris l (1889-1983). He was only 27 years old when he came to power. He then went on and ruled the country as a dictator for 42 years until his own downfall in August 2011 (aged 69) when he was captured and killed in Sirte by the rebel militia from Misrata. Sirte is a town about 452 km east of Tripoli and was then considered a stronghold of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

The designs of the note
Front -  Central Bank of Libya building in Tripoli. See-through window with the image of Omar Mukhtar (1858-1931), a hero of the Libyan Resistance.
Back - Brega Oil Refinery and the Arch of Marcus Aurelius in Tripoli.

This is the first time that Libya has issued a polymer banknote. Printed by De La Rue.

One Dinar

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