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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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10 January 2022

..Guatemala - 20 Quetzales Bicentennial of Independence 1821-2021

Republica de Guatemala
(Republic of Guatemala)
Banco de Guatemala
(Bank of Guatemala)
Currency - Quatzale (GTQ)
On the 15th of September 1821, Guatemala declared its independence from the Spanish Empire and the on 01.07.1823, it declared independence from the First Mexican Empire. The Spanish had ruled Guatemala for almost 300 years. This note is issued to celebrate the Bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence from the Spanish rule.

The design of this commemorative note is similar to the design of the current 20 quetzales notes in circulation.
The 20 quetzales note is chosen because on the front it depicts the portrait of Jose Felipe Mariano Gálvez (b.1794-1862). He was one of the signers of the country's Declaration of Independence, and on the back showing the scene of the signing ceremony. During his lifetime, Gálvez was a lawyer and from 1831 to 1838, he was the Governor of Guatemala. A total of 25 million pieces issued for this commemorative series.

Unlike the current 20 quetzales note, the front of the note is in a vertical format. The years 1821 - 2021 is also added to the design. The Resplendent/Guatemala quetzals, the national bird of Guatemala is printed on the back resting on a tree branch, instead of flying on the front. The Guatemala currency is also named after this bird too.
This note was reportedly released on 27.05.2021.
Twenty Quetzales
Jose Mariano Galvez (b.1794-1862)

Portrait of Jose Felipe Mariano Gálvez (b.1794-1862). The year of independence in 1821 and the year of celebration, 2021. Printed on the background is the Real Palacio Nueva Guatemala de la Asuncion (New Guatemala Royal Palace of Asuncion). The note is dated 27 DE MAYO DE 2020 (27.05.2020).

Gerente General - Oscar Roberto Monterroso Sazo (since March 2017)
Presidente - Sergio Francisco Recinos Rivera (since September 2018) 
Imprinter - G+D Currency Technology
Dimensions - 67mm x 156mm
On the back is the scene of the signing ceremony of independence in 1821 (Firma del acta de la independencia de Centroamerica/Signature of the act of independence of Central America). On the right is the Quetzal bird resting on a tree branch. The Quetzala bird is also the national bird of Guatemala. On top of the bird, is printed with the commemorative text of - BICENTENARIO DE LA INDEPEDENCIA DE GUATEMALA (Bicentennial of Independence of Guatemala).
Independence signing ceremony, colourful Quetzal bird

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