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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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09 August 2021

...Iraq - 1000 Dinars 2018 Commemorative 2018 Listing of World Heritage Sites of the Marshes and the monuments of southern Iraq

جمهورية العراق
Republic of Iraq

البنك المركزي العراقي
(Central Bank of Iraq)
Currency : Dinar (IQD)
This is a 1000 dinars commemorative note celebrating the Iraq marshlands named as UNESCO World Heritage site in 2016. The marshes, a wetland area, once known as the Ahwar of Southern Iraq, covered some 9,000 sq km in southern Iraq before it was drained by the previous Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Following the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, the marshes managed to recover but to their original size. In 2015, the marshes managed to restore to about 60% of its original size. The problem that prevented this recovery was due to upstream dam construction by both Turkey and Syria and also drought in the region. The water for the marshes are fed by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The marshes are also an important place to wildlife as it provides a resting place for thousands of wildfowl migrating between Siberia and Africa every year.
This note is dated 2018, and the design of this commemorative note is basically the same as the last 1000 dinar series except that the design of the 1000 dinars has been altered in the middle with the commemorative slogan of "the inclusion of marshes and the monuments of southern Iraq on the list of world heritage 2016" in Arabic in a circular shape surrounding a stylised sun and also an image of a person and a boat presumably floating in the marshes. This replaced the gold dinar coin design in the center of the note as those issued previously. The rest of the designs are the same. Other changes to the notes are the writing of the Bank's Governor's name instead of signing and also the modification of the Hijri and Gregorian dates (1440 H - 2018 AD). The changes are only on the front of the 1000 dinars note. It appears there are no changes on the reverse side.
Governor - Ali Mohsen Ismail Al-Alaq
One Thousand Dinars
Dated 2018, stylish sun, man floating on a boat in the marches, Commemorative Note
al-Mustansiriyah school in Baghdad

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