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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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08 August 2021

..Saudi Arabia - 200 Riyals Commemorative Fifth Anniversary of Launching Of The Vision 2030 For The Development Of The Country

ٱلْمَمْلَكَة ٱلْعَرَبِيَّة ٱلسَّعُوْدِيَّة
(The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

Saudi Central Bank (SAMA)
Currency - Riyal (SAR)
This is a 200 riyals commemorative banknote released on 25.04.2021, This is also the first time that a new banknote is issued under the new central bank's name - Saudi Central Bank. The central bank was established in 1952 and in 2016, it changed its name from Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency to Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA). On 25.11.2020, it changed its name again, and this times to Saudi Central Bank. However, the bank retains the SAMA acronym, despite the name changed.

This note is issued to celebrate 5th Anniversary of the Launch of 'Vision 2030'. The Saudi Arabia Vision 2030 was first launched 25.04.2016. This Vision 2030 is a strategic framework to reduce the country's dependence on oil, to diversify its economy, and develop it's public service sectors such as health, education, infrastructure, recreation, and tourism by 2030.
On the front of the note, it depicts the portrait of the King of Saudi Arabia, King Salam bin Abdulaizi Al Saud (b.1935). However, the design of this portrait is not the same as the last 5 riyals polymer note issued on 05.10.2020 or the commemorative note of 20 riyals issued on 25.10.2020 celebrating Saudi Arabia's presidency for hosting the visual G20 or Group of Twenty Summit held at Riyadh. For this portrait, the King is wearing a difference keffiyeh headgear and is also wearing glasses. On this portrait is also showing the king with a heavier and longer beard. The commemorative logo for the 'Vision 2030' is printed in the middle. The 3D commemorative logo design is printed on the bottom left corner. This note is printed with bilingual languages, with Arabic and English on the front and English on the back.
On the back, the main feature is the Qasr al Hukm building in Riyadh city. This building was built by King Abdulaziz al Saudi (1875-1953) after he took Riyadh in 1901 and was once the seat of the Kingdom's government.

Governor - Fahad Almubarak (since 2021)
Minister of Finance - Mohammed Al-Jadaan (since November 2016)
Dimensions - 164mm x 73mm
Two Hundred Riyals 
Dated 2021, King Salam bin Abdulaizi Al Saud (b.1935)
Qasr al Hukm building in Riyadh city

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