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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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01 June 2019

...Romania - 100 Leu 100th Year of Great Union Commemorative 1918-2018 Polymer

România / Romania

Banca Națională a României / National Bank of Romania

This is a commemorative polymer note with a face value of 100 Lei/Leu issued on 01/12/2018, celebrating the 100th year of the Greater Union since it was founded on 01/12/1918 following the end of the first World War where Romania, Transylvania, Bessarabia and Bukovina joint together to create the King of Romania. In Romania, this day is celebrated as a National Day or Great Union Day in the country. This day is also known as the Unification Day.

This note is printed on polymer substrate with a total quantity of 10,000 sets. While the note face value is 100 Leu, the issue price was 150 Leu plus VAT of 19%.

Front: King Ferdinand I (Regele Ferdinand l 1865-1927) and Queen Maria of Edinburgh (Regina Maria 1875-1938). Group of people gathering with flags flying;

Back: The arrival of the Royal cortege on 1 December 1918, part of the mace of King Ferdinand I, and four women in the traditional garb of the four provinces of Romania, Transylvania, Bessarabia and Bukovina.

The Romanian monarchy ended on 30/12/1947 when the last King, Michael I (1921-2017) was forced to abdicate by the pro Russian Romanian communists and went into exile. He later claimed that he was forced to abdicate and still considered himself the King of Romania. King Michael I was the grandson of King Ferdinand I. King Michael I was first ascended to the Romania throne in 1927 at the age of 6 and was then removed by his father, King Carlo II in 1930. King Carlo II abdicated in 1940 thus making King Michael I the king once again until 1947.

The note is predominately printed in blue colour and is measured by 82mm x 147mm.

One Hundred Leu
Dated 2018
Front Cover

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