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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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04 November 2023

...Fiji - 100 Cents ND2023 Numismatic Polymer Banknote

Republic of Fiji
Reserve Bank of Fiji
(Established 1983)
Currency - Dollar (FJD)
According to a copy of the Letter of Authorisation dated 03.05.2023 and signed by Mr Esala Masitabua, the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji, the company, China Coin Industrial Co. Limited (CCIC) trading as Shenzhen China Coin Investment Co. Limited was granted the full authority to distribute the 100 cents banknote issued on 08.08.2023. The RBF's Letter of Authority was granted to enable CCIC the rights to promote, advertising, marketing and sales of this note, including any packaging associated with this banknote.
Like the previous issue of the 88 cents banknotes released on 08.08.2022, this is also a numismatic product with a face value of 100 cents or one dollar, and was also released on 08.08.2023. Whilst it says on the banknote that this is a legal tender banknote, it was issued as collectible items, and as such sold with the premium above the face value.
One Hundred Cents (One Dollar) - Prefix AB
Hibiscus flower, Coat of Arms
Front - Hibiscus flower, Coat of Arms. The design on the front is very similar to the previous 88-cent note, except for the see-through window on the left. Even the colours are similar too.

Governor - Faizul Ariff Ali (tenure since 11.09.2017)
Watermark - N/A
Printer - De La Rue (not printed)
Dimensions - 144mm x 69.5mm
Back - A Chinese Imperial dragon holding a fireball in its paw. A Chinese word '龍' (Dragon) is also printed in the bottom right. Like the China 100 yuan polymer commemorative note issued in 2000, this note also depicts a Chinese Imperial Dragon, and back in the Chinese Imperial years right up to 1911, only the sitting Emperor of the day was allowed to have such dragon design on their robe. Anyone found to have the same dragon or similar design on their clothing will not live another day to enjoy this. The yellowish background colour also represents the Chinese Imperial colour as well.
A Chinese Imperial dragon with a fireball

It is not sure why the RBF continues to release numismatic products, apart from financial gains. Based on the legal tender value and the high premium over the face value, it would be extremely unlikely that you will ever find this note in general circulation. 

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