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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 2020

.Namibia - $30 Dated 2020 Commemorative 30th Year of Independence 1990-2020 Polymer Note

Republic of Namibia

Bank of Namibia
Currency : Dollar (NAD)

This is Namibia's first commemorative note issued since the country gained independence in 1990. This note was issued on 21/03/2020, celebrating the country's 30th year of independence from South Africa. Namibia gained independence on 21/03/1990. Namibia was once known as South West Africa and was first occupied by the German from 1884 and was then called German South West Africa. During the First World War, South African troops occupied the country and continued to occupy the land after the war ended under the mandate of the League of Nations. In 1966, fighting broke out when the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), a military wing of South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) attacked South African forces, using their bases, first in Zambia and then later in Angola. The war was later known as the Namibian War of Independence and it went on until 1990 when independence was finally granted.

In addition to this commemorative banknote, coins are also minted for this special celebration.

This new commemorative $30 note is printed on polymer substrate. The note depicts three decades of independence and the smooth transfer of power between the three presidents; Samuel Shafiishuna Daniel Nujoma (1990 - 2005), Hifikepunye Lucas Pohamba (2005 - 2015) and Hage Gottfried Geingob (since 2015). The diamond shaped window is printed with "30" in gold ink. The design of the main transparent window is in the shape of a rhinoceros's horn. The test of "3 Decades of Peace and Stability" is printed underneath the three portraits.

On the back is the image of two Namibian Black Rhinoceros (hook-lipped Rhinoceros). Black rhinos can be found mainly on the eastern and southern parts of Africa. The Coat of Arms is also printed on the top of the note too.

It should be noted that the Black Rhinoceros is not the national animal of Namibia. This honour goes to the oryx. The current 100 dollars is printed with three oryxes on the back of the note.

Governor - Ipumbu Wendelinus Shiimi (tenure 2010-2020)
Dimension - 137mm x 70mm

Ipumbu W Shiimi was appointed to the Governor role on 25/03/2010 and ended on 01/06/2020. He was then appointed to the Cabinet as the Minister of Finance. He was replaced by Johannes !Gawaxab as the new bank's governor on 03/06/2020. Please tell me how do you pronounce his surname with an exclamation mark? 

Thirty Dollars
Dated 2020, Samuel Shafiishuna Daniel Nujoma, Hifikepunye Lucas Pohamba and Hage Gottfried Geingob

Reverse - Namibian Black Rhino

Despite gaining independence in 1990, Namibia is not even in the top ten youngest independent nations in the world. The top 10 youngest nations in the world are - South Sudan 2011, Kosovo 2008, Montenegro 2006, Serbia 2006, East Timor 2002, Palau 1994, Eritrea 1993, Slovakia 1993, The Czech Republic 1993 and Bosnia and Herzegovina 1992.

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