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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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17 February 2024

...Bangladesh - 50 Taka 2023 Commemorative The Inauguration Of The Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel

গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ
(Peoples' Republic of Bangladesh)
বাংলাদেশ ব্যাংক
(Bangladesh Bank)
Currency : Taka (BDT)
This is another Father and Daughter theme commemorative banknote.
This is a commemorative note of 50 taka issued on 20.10.2023. This note is issued to celebrate the inauguration of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel (বঙ্গবন্ধু শেখ মুজিবুর রহমান টানেল), aka Bangabandhu Tunnel. The tunnel is situated in the southern port city of Chittagong, and is an underwater expressway tunnel built under the Karnaphuli river. This is a toll paying tunnel and it is just over 9+ kilometers in length. This was a joint venture between the Bangladesh and Chinese governments and it cost about US$1.1B to construct. This tunnel, no doubt will improve the traffic flows between the capital city Dhaka and the southern city of Chittagong.

With this tunnel now in operation, the authority is expecting 17,000+ vehicles will use this tunnel daily, and the theme for this tunnel is Connectivity Creates Opportunities.

Fifty Taka
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (b.1920-1972), Sheikh Hasina Wazed, entrance to the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel
Front - Front - On the front it features the late Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (b.1920-1972), who was the first Prime Minister of Bangladesh, and next him is Sheikh Hasina Wazed, who is the current Prime Minister of Bangladesh. She is also the eldest daughter of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The portraits designs are almost identical to the 100 taka commemorative issued in 2022. Printed in the center is the entrance to the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel and in the background is the view of the Karnaphuli river.
Governor - Abdur Rouf Talukder (since 04.07.2022)
Watermark - Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and electrotype 50
Dimensions - 130.5mm x 60mm

Back - A view inside the two-lane tunnel. The text on the back are all printed in English, with the year date of 2023.

A view inside the two-lane tunnel

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