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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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01 March 2022

..Ukraine - 30 Years of Independence Commemorative 2021 Full Set


Національний банк України
(National Bank of Ukraine)
Currency - Hryven (UAH)
Below is the complete set of six notes first released in 2021 by the central bank for the celebration of the country's 30th year of independence from the Soviet Union 1991-2021.
The internal disintegration within the Soviet Empire first started in 1988 and then went on until 1991. On the 24.08.1991, Ukraine declared its independent from the Soviet Union. The Act of Independence was adopted after the coup attempts in the Soviet Union on 19.08.1991 by the Communist hardliner leaders, who tried to siege power to retain central control over the USSR.
As this issue comprises of six notes, these notes were issued in three stages, all in 2021; -
20.08.2021 - 100 and 500 hryven;
19.11.2021 - 20 and 200 hryren; and
22.12.2021 - 50 and 1000 hryven.
The designs for this series are the same as the current issues but with added features to commemorate the celebration. All notes are printed with the Independence logo on the watermark area on the front of the notes:
30 pоків
(30 Years Independence of Ukraine)
All banknotes are dated 2021 on the back, and according to the central bank, only 30,000 sets are issued for this commemorative series. Ukraine has a population of just over 44 million people and for 30,000 pieces per note is not considered a lot. No doubt that they may not be many banknote collectors in the country, however, many mums and dads may want to keep a set or two for future their generations.

Chairman - Kyrylo Shevchenko (since 16.07.2020)
Quantity - 30,000 pieces each
Whilst the total issue for these were limited to 30,000 pieces each, according to the central bank website, on 17.01.2022, 3,000 sets were released with matching serial numbers in an envelope, and another 2,000 sets were released with matching numbers in a folder. Obviously, these envelopes and folder sets are all sold with a premium on top of the face values. The remaining 25,000 notes are loose notes.

The designs
Twenty Hryvnia
Ivan Yakovych Franko (b.1856-1916)
Front - Ivan Yakovych Franko (b.1856-1916), a poet, writer, social and literary critic, journalist and many more.
Back - The Lviv Theatre of Opera & Ballet. This building was constructed between 1897 and 1900. Lviv is Ukraine's largest western city.

Dimensions - 130mm x 69.5mm
Dated 2021, The Lviv Theatre of Opera & Ballet
Fifty Hryvnia
Mykhailo Hrushevsky (b.1866-1934)

Front - Mykhailo Hrushevsky (b.1866-1934). He was a academician, politician and historian. He was also the president of the Central Rada, a council that formed to unit deputies of soldiers, workers and peasants deputies. The Central rada was founded in 1917 but was then disbanded in 1918 by the ring-wing conservative group.
Back - The Tsentraina Rada (Central Rada) building, This building is now the Pedagogical Museum, a meeting place of the Little Council.

Dimensions - 136.5mm x 72mm
Dated 2021, The Tsentraina Rada building

One Hundred Hryvnia
Taras Shevchenko (a writer, poet, artist b.1814-1861)

Front - The design of this note is the same as the one first released in 2014. On the front, it depicts the young man portrait of Taras Shevchenko (a writer, poet, artist b.1814-1861);
Back - The building of the Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv (Kiev). 
Dimensions - 142mm x 75mm

Dated 2021, Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv (Kiev)

Two Hundred Hryvnia 
Larysa Petrivna Kosatch-Kvitka (b.1871-1913)
Front - Larysa Petrivna Kosatch-Kvitka (b.1871-1913). A writer, poet, playwright and a feminist activist. She wrote her fisrt poem at the age of eight. Her pen name as a writer was Lesya Ukrainka. During her life time, she spoke nine foreign languages as well as her native language of Ukrainian. She is the only female that is depicted in this current series of banknotes. She died at a fairly young age of 42 years old.
Back - flying crane, entrance to the medieval Ljubart castle in Luksk. The castle was built by a Lithuanian Prince, Lubart or Demetrius of Liubar (b.1340-1383) in the 14th century. The prince married a local princess (Euphemia of Volhynia, a daughter of Andrew of Galicia) and they used the castle as their main residence. Luksk is a small town located in the northwestern of Ukraine and has a small population of just under 220,000. In 2011, this castle won the first place as the Seven Wonders of Ukraine.

Dimensions - 148mm x 75mm

Dated 2021, medieval Ljubart castle in Luksk

Five Hundred Hryvnia
Hryhoriy Skovoroda (philosopher b.1722-1794)

Front - the design of this note is the same as the one first released in 2015. On the front it features the portrait of Hryhoriy Skovoroda (philosopher b.1722-1794);
Back - Kyiv-Mohyla Academy building. 
Dimensions - 154mm x 75mm

Dated 2021, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy building

One Thousand Hryvnia
Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadskiy (b.1863-1945)
Front - Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadskiy (b.1863-1945), a mineralogist and geochemist. He is also the founder of of the Ukraine Academy of Sciences. Even though he was born in Saint Petersbury, his parents came from Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. He lived a long live and died at the age of 81 years old;
Back - National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine founded in 1918.

Dimensions - 160mm x 75mm

Dated 2021, National Academy of Sciences

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