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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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14 June 2019

Hong Kong Bank of China HK - 2017 3-in-1 $100 Centenary Commemorative 1917-2017

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China

Bank of China (Hong Kong Branch)

These are two uncut sheets of three $100 notes issued in 2017 celebrating the bank's 100th year of establishment in Hong Kong 1917-2017. The sheets below are printed with no letters prefix and with AA prefix. Other prefixes such as AB, BC, HK and HY are also issued. If you collect all prefixes for this issue then a complete set should be 6 pieces. Lucky you if you have them all.

In my opinion, I do not believe the bank had printed any replacement prefix, however I can't explain why they have printed prefixes like AA, AB and HY. It would be logical to have AA and AB prefixes but why HY? What is HY stands for?

One Hundred Dollars
No Prefix
AA Prefix

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