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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 April 2022

..Macau - 20 Patacas 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games Commemorative

(Região Administrativa Especial de Macau da República Popular da China)
(Macau Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China) 
(Banco da China, filial de Macau)
(Bank of China Macau Branch)
Currency : Pataca (MOP)
Like the Bank of China (Hong Kong Branch), the Bank of China (Macau Branch) also released a 20 patacas commemorative banknote, celebrating the XXIV Beijing Winter Olympic Games which was held in Beijing, China from 04.02.2022 to 20.02.2022. Beijing is the only city that has staged both the Summer and Winter Olympic games.
Registration for the purchase for these new notes were opened from 01.12.2021 to 13.12.2021 and distribution from 10.01.2022. Each application is limited to two notes per person. Somehow, you find sellers have these notes for sale by the bundle!! Unlike the twenty dollars commemorative notes issued in Hong Kong by the Bank of China (Hong Kong Branch), these new notes were released at face value. No uncut sheets have been reported.
The design for this note is completely new but retained the bank's building on the front like all those previously banknotes issued. 

Twenty Patacas
Bank of China Macau Branch building, Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics logo

Front - Bank of China Macau Branch building in Macau. A large snowflake is also featured and in the center of the snowflake is printed with the XXIV Beijing Olympic Winter Games logo. The Bank of China Macau Branch building is a 38 story or 163 meters tall, however the building depicted on the note is only showing about the top part of the building. Construction for the Bank of China building started in 1989 and completed in 1991.
Back - Two short track speed skaters competing, National Speed Skating Oval. The famous landmark of the ruins of St. Paul's in Macau is also printed on the background vaguely. This note is printed with the Portuguese language date of Macau 26 De Abril De 2021; 一年四月二十六澳門 (Macau 26.04.2021).

This note has a snowflake watermark and the note is predominately printed in purple colour.
Signature - Li Guang (李光) General Manager (since 2017)
Date printed on the note - Macau, 26 De Abril De 2021 一年四月二十六澳門 (Macau 26.04.2021).
Date made available to the public - 10.01.2022 

Dimensions - 143.5mm x 72mm

Two short track speed skaters competing, National Speed Skating Oval

It is believed that only one prefix is printed for this note, with the two letters of BC, presumably stands for Bank of China. It is also believed that 2.0 million pieces were issued, all in single note. This note is printed with 7-digit serial numbers. If you find these notes offered for sale in a folder, they are not official folders, but rather 'home made'.

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