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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

01 December 2019

...Vanuatu - 500 Vatu X Pacific Mini Games Commemorative 2017 Polymer

Ripablik blong Vanuatu / Republic of Vanuatu / République de Vanuatu

Reserve Bank of Vanuatu

Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu staged the 10th Pacific Mini Games from 04/12/2017 to 15/12/2017. This was the second time Vanuatu had hosted these games, after the 1993 games. A total of 24 nations, including Australia and New Zealand participated in these games with New Caledonia winning the most gold medals (Papua New Guinea won the most medals of 85, 3 more than New Caledonia). The Pacific Mini games involved 24 sports and 2000 athletics competed in the tournament.

A 500 Vatu note was issued to commemorate this special event. The note issued has the same design of the current 500 Vatu polymer note issued in 2017, but with an overprint of the game's logo. The motto of the games was One Ocean, One People.

Five Hundred Vatu
Dated 2017

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