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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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15 February 2023

...Cambodia - 20000 Riels 2017 Commemorative King Norodom Sihanomi 65th Birthday Specimen

(Kingdom of Cambodia)

(National Bank of Cambodia)
Currency : Riel (KHR)
This is a specimen note of 20000 riels issued on 16.05.2018, celebrating King Norodom Sihamoni's 65th Birthday. King Norodom Sihamoni was born in the capital city of Phnom Penh on 14.05.1953, 179 days before Cambodia obtained independence from the French. At the time of his birth, the country (including Laos and Vietnam) was called French Indochina.

King Norodom Sihamoni was appointed as King of Cambodia by the country's special nine-member council on 14.10.2004, following the surprise abdication by his late father, King Norodom Sihanouk (b.1922-2012) a week earlier. His position as the new King was confirmed on 29.10.2004.

I believe there are no commemorative texts or logos printed on this note. The date printed on this note is 2017.

Twenty Thousand Riels Specimen
Naga (snake) Coat of Arms, King Norodom Sihamoni
Front - The design on the front is very similar to the 20,000 riels issued in 2008. On the front, it depicts the portrait of the King looking downwards, and to his left is the stone statue of Naga in Angkor Wat temple. The image of Naga features a snake with seven heads. 
Governor - Chea Chanto
General Cashier - Tha Yao
Watermark - Bust of King Norodom Sihamoni and floral pattern
Dimensions - 156.5mm x 73mm
Back - Banteay Srei (or Banteav Srey) temple located in the Angkor area. This temple was built in the 10th century dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva.
Banteay Srei temple, Angkor

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