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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 September 2019

Samoa - T$10 XVI Pacific Games 2019 from 07.07.2019 - 20.07.2019

Malo Saʻoloto Tutoʻatasi o Sāmoa
Independent State of Samoa

Central Bank of Samoa

This is a ten tala polymer note issued on 24.06.2019 celebrating the XVI Pacific Game held in Apai Samoa between 07.07.2019 to 20.07.2019. This event comprises of 26 sports* with 23 Pacific Game Association member countries and territories including Australia and New Zealand. About 3,500 athletes participated in these games.

This event was originally awarded to Nuku'alofa Tonga in 2012 but later withdrew on 15.05.2017 amid concerning the country could face economic difficulties if it had proceeded. Following Tonga's withdrawal, three pacific nations submitted their bids, namely Guam, Samoa and French Polynesia (Tahiti), with Apai Samoa as the winner.

The Pacific Games (previously known as the South Pacific Games) first started in 1963 and occur every 4 years. Suva Fiji held the first game with 10 games and only 13 nations participated (without Australia or New Zealand). This is the 6th tournament under the new name since 1999.

Governor - Maiava Atalina Emma Ainuu-Enari

This is the first time Samoa had held this game since 2007 and the third time since it's inception. Samoa first hosted this tournament in 1983 and then in 2007.

The motto for this tournament is One in Spirit or Tasi I le Agaga in Samoan. The design of the note depicts the stories of daily life and the realisation of their sporting dreams. The note is also printed with the special prefix, PG/XVI denoting "XVI Pacific Game". The game logo is printed on the see-through window.

The next Pacific Games will be held in Honiara in Solomon Islands. The last tournament was held in Papua New Guinea in 2015 and a 10 kina polymer was issued to celebrate this events. Prior to that Papua New Guinea also held this tournament in 1991 (2 kina polymer) and also issued a 5 kina commemorative paper note for this tournament in 2007. To date only Papua New Guinea and Samoa have issued such notes to commemorate the Pacific games.

Ten Tala
Dated 2019
Ten Tala (ZZ Replacement note)
Replacement Prefix
Front Folder Cover
* the 22 sports are: -
Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Football, Golf, Judo, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Outrigger Canoeing, Power Lifting, Rugby League Nines, Rugby Sevens, Sailing, Shooting, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Touch Rugby, Triathlon, Volleyball and Weightlifting.

New Caledonia won the most medals with 76 gold, 55 silver and 51 bronze (total 182), followed by Papua New Guinea 38/57/35 (130) and Samoa 38/42/45 (125). Every nation participated won at least one medal, and Tokelau as the winner of the wooden spoon with one bronze.

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