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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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01 March 2024

...Solomon Islands - 10 Dollars Commemorative Polymer Note 2023 XVll Pacific Games

  Solomon Islands

Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) (est.1983)
Currency - Dollar (SBD)
This is a commemorative polymer note of 10 dollars issued on 27.10.2023 to celebrate the 17th Pacific Games held in the capital city of Honiara in Solomon Islands. The sporting tournament was held from 19.11.2023 to 02.12.2023. There were 24* nations competing in this tournament.
Final Medals Tally
1st New Caledonia - 197 medals (G82; S57: B58);
2nd Tahiti - 160 medals (G57; S53; B50); and
3rd Australia - 84 medals (G50; S24; B10).
The host nation, Solomon Islands finished 7th place with 80 medals (G12; S37; B31). Tokelau is the only nation without winning a single medal. 
The Pacific Games first started in 1963 when Fiji staged the tournament in Suva. The Games were then known as the South Pacific Games. In 2007, it then changed the name to Pacific Games. The Pacific Games is a multi-sporting event that is held every four years. Since its inception, only six nations have held the games, namely Fiji (1963, 1979 & 2003); New Caledonia (1966, 1987 & 2011), Papua New Guinea (1969, 1991 & 2015), Samoa (1983, 2007 & 2019), French Polynesia (1971 & 1995, and scheduled to host the games in 2027), and Guam (1975 & 1999). This is the first time Solomon Islands has hosted this event.
It should be noted that the Pacific Games is not the same as the Pacific Mini Games (PMG). The PMG is a scaled down version of the main Pacific Games, and its purpose is to allow smaller nations in the Pacific region to host this tournament. The PMG first started in 1981 and was hosted by Solomon Islands. In 2017, Vanuatu hosted the PMG and issued a 500 vatu commemorative note celebrating this event.
Since 1963, only three nations have issued commemorative banknotes celebrating the events, namely Papua New Guinea (1991, 2007 & 2015), Samoa (2019) and Solomon Islands (2023). Despite hosting the event three times, neither Fiji nor New Caledonia had issued any banknote to celebrate these occasions.
As expected, the design for this new note is completely new, and it retains the predominantly red colour as the current $10 paper note. This commemorative note is printed by De La Rue on SAFEGUARD® polymer substrate. A total of 1,000,000 pieces have been issued. All notes are printed with a special prefix of SI/23 (Solomon Islands/2023), and for the replacement notes, they are printed with the prefix of X/23.

Ten Dollars
Sanfords sea eagle head, billowing flag, Coat of Arms

Replacement Prefix X/23 031 031 (Repeater)
Sanfords sea eagle head, billowing flag, Coat of Arms

Front - A Sanford's sea eagle head (Solomon eagle) is printed on the left, which is traditionally the watermark for paper banknotes issued in the Solomon Islands. The Sanford's sea eagle is a native bird of Solomon Islands. The tournament logo illustrates the year 2023, a billowing Solomon Islands flag in the middle. To the right is the Coat of Arms.

Governor - Dr Luke Forau
Secretary, Minister of Finance - McKinie P Dentana
Watermark - Electrotype CBSI
Dimensions - 137mm x 68mm

Back - Various sporting events, depicting from left to right: man running with a rugby ball in his right hand, two men playing in a basketball game, woman lifting weight, footballer, athlete and bodybuilder posing for a front double biceps pose.

Six sports - soccer, weight lifting, marathon, bodybuilding, rugby and basketball

In addition to the notes, the bank also released a folder (dimensions 211mm x 149mm) for this commemorative series. It is not sure how many of these were issued or if they were presented to the participants who attended the games. This folder is sold separately without the banknote. Inside the folder, it printed with the following text:
"The Central Bank of Solomon Islands is issuing a commemorative banknote printed on Safeguard polymer substrate. Our new $10 Dollar Note has been produced to commemorate the XVll South Pacific Games 2023 which are being held in Solomon Islands for the first time in November 2023.
Signed Governor Dr Luke Forau"
And the inside back folder, it printed with the text of: -
"The design of the newly vibrant commemorative banknote celebrates the Solomon Islands first historical hosting of the South Pacific Games and its sporting progress and success. 
Front: The image depicts the Solomon Islands flag and coat of arms as seen in all circulating banknotes 
Back: Participation in this South Pacific Games in both team and individual sports are depicted in soccer, weight lifting, marathon, body building, rugby and basketball inviting all to remain united in SPORTS. 
2023 Pacific Games 
Solomon Islands"
Folder front
Medal Tally
New Caledonia - 197 (G82; S57; B58), 
Tahiti - 160 (G57; S53; B50),
Australia - 84 (G50; S24; B10), 
Samoa - 76 (G34; S21; B21),
Papua New Guinea - 105 (G29; S37; B39),
Fiji - 91 (G21; S30; B40), 
Host - Solomon Islands - 80 (G12; S37; B31),
New Zealand - 35 (G10; S13; B12),
Nauru - 28 (G10; S12; B6),
Guam - 17 (G7; S4; B6),
Cook Islands - 18 (G5; S3; B10),
Marshall Islands - 10 (G5; S3; B2),  
Northern Mariana Islands - 12 (G5; S1; B6),
Wallis and Futuna - 15 (G3; S6; B6),
Vanuatu - 19 (G3; S5; B11), 
Kiribati - 11 (G3; S2; B6),
Federated States of Micronesia - 4 (G3; S1; B0),
Tonga - 19 (G2; S8; B9),
Niue - 2 (G1; S0; B1),
Tuvalu - 5 (G0; S5; B0),
American Samoa - 6 (G0; S3; B3),
Palau - 3 (G0; S0; B3), 
Norfolk Island - 1 (G0; S0; B1),
Tokelau - 0. 

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