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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

01 February 2024

...Cayman Islands - $70 2022 Queen Elizabeth The Second First Anniversary of Her Death

Cayman Islands
(British Overseas Territory)

Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (est. 1997)
Currency : Dollar (KYD)
Remembering Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Second
This is a commemorative note of $70 released on 12.10.2023. This note was issued to celebrate the first anniversary of the death of Queen Elizabeth the Second 1926-2022, and also her Platinum Jubilee (70 years) to the British throne. Queen Elizabeth was born on 21.04.1926 and died on 08.09.2022. She was 96 years old.
Queen Elizabeth ascended to the throne on 06.02.1952, following the death of her father, King George Vl. Queen Elizabeth was born in Mayfair London and died in Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
When Queen Elizabeth ascended to the British throne in 1952, she was the Head of State for 33 nations (including Rhodesia and Tanganyika) around the world, and by the time of her passing, this was reduced to 15 nations. From 1952 to 2022, the Queen had appointed 15 United Kingdom's Prime Ministers. The first British Prime Minister she appointed was Anthony Eden (b.1897-1977) in 1955 and the last was Liz Truss. The longest serving Prime Minister that had served under her reign was Margaret Thatcher (b.1925-2013) from 1979 to 1990 and the shortest was Liz Truss (only 43 days - from 06.09.2022 to 25.10.2022 resigned). The Queen died two days after Liz Truss was appointed as the British Prime Minister.
The face value for this banknote represents the 70 years of her reign as the Queen of the United Kingdom, and as the Head of States of the Commonwealth. This is a limited edition, with only 10,000 pieces printed and were restricted to 10 pieces per customer. Payment for the purchase can be in CI$70 or in USD$85.89. It is expected that this commemorative banknote will be kept as a souvenir by the beholders as none of the notes have been released to the public as circulation notes in the Cayman Islands.  

Seventy Dollars
Queen Elizabeth The Second (b.1926-2022)

Front - The portrait of Queen Elizabeth. This portrait was taken in 1999 by Mark Lawrence and has been used for the Cayman Islands banknotes series since 2010. The Queen was 73 years old when this portrait was taken. Since the accession to the British throne, 31 portraits of the Queen have been used on various banknotes issued around the Commonwealth issued during her 70 years reign, including those issued in Scotland. 
Minister of Finance - Gurney Wayne Panton* (since 2021)
Managing Director - Cindy Scotland (since 2002)
Watermark - a turtle and electrotype CIMA
Quantity - 10,000 pieces
Prefix - Q/1
Dimensions - 157mm x 66.5mm

Back - Two portraits of Queen Elizabeth. The one on the left was taken in 1960 by Anthony Buckley when the Queen was 34 years old. This portrait was used for banknotes issued from 1971 to 1974. The portrait next to it was taken in 1977 (aged 51) by Peter Grugeon. This portrait was used for her Silver Jubilee celebration in 1977. This portrait was also used for Cayman Islands banknotes issued from 1991 to 1998. To the right is an image of the Queen during her first one day official visit to Cayman Islands on 16.02.1983. During her lifetime as the Queen, she only visited the Cayman Islands twice. The other time was in February 1994.
Queen Elizabeth The Second (b.1926-2022)

Footnote *
Also the Premier of Cayman Islands since 21.04.2021

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