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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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11 January 2020

United Arab Emirates - 100 Dirhams Year of Zayed Commemorative

دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة
Dawlat al-ʾImārāt al-ʿArabīyyah al-Muttaḥidah
United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates Central bank
Currency : Dirham (AED)

This 100 dirhams note is issued in conjuction with United Arab Emirates's 47th National Day and also to pay tribute to 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Sheikh Zayed was born in 1918 and died in 2004. He was the founding father of UAE and served as the first President of UAE for 33 years, from 1971 until his death in 2004. This note is to honour his Centenary Birth 1918-2018. Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is considered as the founding father of United Arab Emirates (UAE). Sheikh Zayed was the youngest of four sons of Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan who ruled Abu Dhabi from 1922 and until he was assassinated in 1926.

This note was supposed to be released on 02/12/2018 to coincide with the 47th national day celebration but was delay until the first half of 2019. The national day of UAE is a celebration of union day when the six emirates came together and formed the UAE in 1971.

The Zayed year was declared in 2017 by the President of UAE, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

In addition to this banknote, coins are also minted to celebrated this special occasion.

Front: Al-fahidie fort in Dubai, Portrait of Sheikh Zayed. The design is the same of the regular circulating 100 dirhams issued, except that the Year of the Zayed logo is added to the note above the Al-fahidie fort;
Back: Standing falcon, Sheikh Zayed bridge built in 2010. The bridge is 842 meters long and link Abu Dhabi to the mainland. The main feature design on the back is completely new.

Quantity printed for this note is not known but it should be noted that there is also a normal 100 dirhams note with year date 2018 issued earlier.

It appears that this is the first time the UAE has issued a commemorative banknote.

One Hundred Dirhams
Dated 2018, Al-fahidie fort in Dubai, Portrait of Sheikh Zayed.
Reverse - Standing falcon, Sheikh Zayed bridge built in 2010. The bridge is 842 meters long and link Abu Dhabi to the mainland.

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