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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!

All comments are most welcome but it has to be subjects related to banknotes or banknotes collection. If not, it will not be approved. Thanks

13 January 2023

...Pakistan - 75 Rupees Commemorative 75th Anniversary Of Independence 1947-2022

اِسلامی جمہوریہ پاكِستان 
(Islamic Republic of Pakistan)
بینک دَولتِ پاکِستان
(State Bank of Pakistan)
Currency - Rupee (PKR)
I believe this is the second commemorative banknote issued by the State Bank of Pakistan since the country obtained its independence from the British on 14.08.1947. In 1997, a 5 rupees commemorative banknote was released for general circulation, celebrating the country's Golden Jubilee of Independence. This 5 rupees note was released on 13.08.1997, a day before the independence day celebration.

Fast forward 25 years, this new 75 rupees commemorative note was released on 30.09.2022, celebrating the country's 75th Anniversary of Independence (Diamond anniversary). The initial discussion was to have this banknote printed on polymer substrate by a foreign printing film. However, this idea was rejected by the government, and only agreed to issue this new commemorative note provided they are printed locally, and as such this note is printed on cotton based paper and not polymer. It was reported that a total quantity of 100 million pieces have been printed. 

The largest denomination of banknote currently circulating in the country is 5000 rupees. This 75 rupees note has a face value of less than US$0.40, and with 100 million pieces issued with a population of 221 million in Pakistan, I am sure there will be plenty around for everyone, including those foreign collectors around the world.
The designs on the front depicts four well-known people/leaders of Indian Muslim/Pakistani. On the back are the National Animal, and the National Tree of Pakistan. This note is predominately printed in emerald green colour. It is interesting to note that the following text of "SAVING CLIMATE AND SPECIES" are printed in English on the back of the note, and yet this series of notes are printed on paper and not polymer material, which can be recycled, and as such more Eco-friendly to the environment. As expected, the note is printed with the national language of Urdu on the front, and English on the back. I believe these two languages are the official languages of Pakistan.
Seventy Five Rupees
Sir Syed Ahmad Taqvi bin Syed Muhammad Muttaqi Khan (b.1817-1898), Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah (b.1893-1967), Muhammad Ali Jinnah (b.1876-1948) & Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal (b.1877-1938)
Front - On the front, it depicts four well-known people of Pakistan. However, as Pakistan was not formed until 1947, two of the people depicted here were actually considered as Indian Muslims as both were born, and died prior to independence i.e. before the separation and formation of Pakistan.
Sir Syed Ahmad Taqvi bin Syed Muhammad Muttaqi Khan (b.1817-1898), was an Islamic reformer, philosopher, and educationist;

Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah (b.1893-1967) aka Mother of the Nation (younger sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah - the founder of Pakistan and 1st Governor General of Pakistan). She was a dental surgeon, and a politician, who ran for the second Presidential election in 1965, and lost. Is this the first time a female image (either real or factious) is printed on a Pakistani banknote since independence?;

Muhammad Ali Jinnah (b.1876-1948), a barrister, politician, and the founder of Pakistan. He was the elder brother of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah. Muhammad Ali Jinnah served as the first Governor General of Pakistan from 11.08.1947 to until his death on 11.09.1948. His portrait has been printed on all banknotes issued in the country since 1957, except one;

Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal (b.1877-1938), was a writer, philosopher, poet and politician.
These four individuals were selected for the design, in honor for their lifetime instrumental in elucidating, shaping and supporting the struggle for independence.
Signature - Dr Reza Baqir (tenure 04.05.2019 to 04.05.2022)
Dimensions - 147mm x 65mm
Watermark - Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Imprinter - De La Rue
Quantity - 100 million pieces

Back - The theme for the back is Pakistan's unique Fauna and Flora. On the back, it depicts a standing wild goat called Markhor. This wild goat is also the National Animal of Pakistan. On the background are vignettes of the Himalayas mountain range (presumably), and the Deodar tree, the National Tree of Pakistan. The Himalayas mountain western range occupies the entire northern end of Pakistan, and extends about 320 kilometers into the country. To the left it appears to be part of the globe with the text of - SAVING CLIMATE AND SPECIES. The design mainly highlight the importance of saving the environment, and its Fauna and Flora. At the bottom, the note is printed with the text - 

Pakistan's unique Fauna and Flora, a standing Markhor (wild goat), vignettes of the Himalayas mountain range, Deodar tree, part of the globe.

Seventy Five Rupees (Prefix AAB)
Serial numbers do not glow under UV light, despite claimed by certain websites
Seventy Five Rupees (Prefix NFT)
Prefix NFT

Report has stated that this series is printed with prefixes from AAA to AAL, and NFT. I have no details why this odd prefix of NFT. Is this NFT supposed to represent something or have any meaning at all?

Also various sites have reported that the prefixes from AAB to AAL are printed with the bottom left corner that glows under a UV light. This is incorrect. My AAB prefix note does not. Whilst some AAB prefixes printed may glow under UV light, I have a feeling that only those printed with a higher serial number will. I have no evidence to say from which serial numbers range that they switch this printing feature. Don't believe everything you read on the Internet!
Below, I have added the note with the prefix of AAJ. I have tested this and confirmed that the serial numbers on the bottom left glowed under UV light.

Sir Syed Ahmad Taqvi bin Syed Muhammad Muttaqi Khan (b.1817-1898), Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah (b.1893-1967), Muhammad Ali Jinnah (b.1876-1948) & Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal (b.1877-1938)
Pakistan's unique Fauna and Flora, a standing Markhor (wild goat), vignettes of the Himalayas mountain range, Deodar tree, part of the globe.


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