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there are approximately 1,466+/- pieces of Commemorative banknotes issued, excluding those repeats

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Total commemorative banknotes issued is under 900 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 came 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 and not authourised by the central bank. My argument is simple. No central banks would have issued an overprint commemorative banknote that the texts are so large that it would covered 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 sheet 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!

15 September 2018

Transdniestria - 1 Ruble 100th Anniversary of KGB/State Security Commission and State Police / Militsiya Commemorative 1917-2017

Република Молдовеняскэ Нистрянэ
Приднестровская Молдавская Республика
Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic

Transnistria 1 Ruble Commemorative notes introduced on 18.12.2017. This note celebrates the 100th Year of the Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti or better known as KGB. In plain English, it means Committee for State Security. A total of 2500 pieces issued in a folder format. The design of this note is the same as current 2007 print except with the commemorative badge/logo is added to the watermark area.

One Ruble
Dated 2017
Reverse - BK Prefix
Transnistria 1 Ruble Commemorative notes introduced on 18.12.2017. This note celebrates the 100th Year of the State Police/Militsiya (милиция). A total of 2500 pieces issued in a folder format. The design of this note is the same as current 2007 print except that a logo/badge of the Transnistria Police/Militsiya is added to the watermark area.  

One Ruble
Dated 2017
Reverse - MB Prefix

01 September 2018

Thailand - 2018 Chakri Dynasty Series

ราชอาณาจักรไทย
Kingdom of Thailand

A new series of Thai baht with the new portrait of the current King Maha Vajiralongkorn or King Rama X who succeeded to the throne following the death of his father King Rama IX (King Bhumibol Adulyadej) on 13th October 2016.

This is the 17th Series of Thai banknotes and as expected, all notes depict the new portrait of King Rama X in his Air Force Marshal uniform on the front. On the back, from the 50 baht to 1000 baht, there are two portraits of the Thai Kings printed on each note, representing the Chakri Dynasty since 1782. Needless to say, the current King appears twice on the 1000 baht, both front and back;-

The portraits on the back of the notes are: -
*20 baht - The first Chakri dynasty king, King Rama I; Phra Phutthayotfa Chulalok (1782-1809) & King Rama II; Phra Phutthaloetla Naphalai (1809-1824) [son of Rama I];
*50 baht - King Rama III; Nangklao (1824-1851) [son of Rama II] & King Rama IV; Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poramenthra Maha Mongkut Phra Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua (1851-1868) [son of Rama II];
*100 bath - King Rama V; Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poraminthra Maha Chulalongkorn Phra Chunla Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua (1868-1910) [son of Rama IV] & King Rama VI; Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poramenthra Maha Vajiravudh Phra Mongkut Klao Chao Yu Hua (1910-1925) [son of Rama V];
*500 bath - King Rama VII; Somdet Chaofa Prajadhipok Sakdidej (1925-1935) [son of Rama V] & King Rama VIII; Ananda Mahidol (1935-1946 suicide/murdered aged 20) [grandson of Rama V];
*1000 bath - King Rama IX; Bhumibol Adulyadej (1946-2016) [grandson of Rama V] & King Rama X; Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (since 13.10.2016) [son of Rama IX].

The 20, 50 and 100 baht banknotes were issued on 06.04.2018, which marked Chakri Memorial Day in commemoration of the Chakri Dynasty which was established since 1782, while the 500 and 1,000 baht notes were issued on 28.07.2018, which marked the current King Rama X's birthday anniversary.

In view of the above, I have listed these 5 banknotes as commemorative issues as well. This is a unique issue for Thailand as the designs incorporated all Kings, past and present for the Chakri Dynasty since founded in 1782. It should also be noted that Thailand is the only country in South East Asia that has never been colonised by any western power. However Thailand was briefly occupied by the Japanese Imperial Army during the Second World War between 1941 to 1945.

Governor Veerathai Santiprabhob

Twenty Baht
ND2018
Reverse
Fifty Baht
ND2018
Reverse
One Hundred Baht
ND2018
Reverse
Five Hundred Baht
ND2018
Reverse
One Thousand Baht
ND2018
Reverse

01 August 2018

Transdniestria - 1 Ruble 100th Anniversary of State Police / Militsiya 1917-2017

Република Молдовеняскэ Нистрянэ
Приднестровская Молдавская Республика

Transnistria 1 Ruble Commemorative notes introduced on 18.12.2017. This note celebrates the 100th Year of the State Police/Militsiya (милиция). A total of 2500 pieces issued in a folder format. The design of this note is the same as current 2007 print except that a logo/badge of the Transnistria Police/Militsiya is added to the watermark area.

One Ruble
ND2017
Reverse - BC Prefix
Front Cover

16 July 2018

Russia - 100 Rubles Football World Cup Final 2018 Commemorative

Росси́йская Федерaция
Russian Federation

This polymer note was released on 22.05.2018 to celebrate the 2018 FIFA Football World Cup Final held in Russia between 14.06.2018 to 15.07.2018. Whilst many postage stamps and commemorative coins have been issued in the past to commemorate the FIFA football finals, this is the first time that a banknote has been issued to celebrate this world cup game. This is also the first polymer note issued by Russia.

The design on the front features the late famous Russian goalkeeper Lev Ivanovich Yashin (1929-1990) stopping a goal been scored during the 1966 England World Cup final. That game was played between Russia and Italy during a Group 4 round robin match on 16.07.1966 in Sunderland with Russia beating Italy with a score of 1-0. The shot that saved by Lev Yashin came from Italy's midfielder Sandro Mazzola. The goal for Russia was scored by Igor Leonidovich Chislenko. Italy also lost their game to North Korea by 1-0. Russian together with North Korea advanced into the next round while Italy and Chile went home early. Lev Yashim's nicknamed Black Spider or Black Panther, played 326 games for his club, Dynamo Moscow between 1950 to 1970 and 74 games for Russia National team. The note also features a young boy wearing a jersey with #1 on his back and holding a football in his right arm. The main features on the back include a football with the Russian map and the names of the venues for the all FIFA games. Images of fans celebration the games final are also included in the designs.

Prefixes AA and AB sighted.

One Hundred Rubles
Dated 2018
Reverse
AA Prefix
AB Prefix
The World Cup final qualification process involved 210 teams around the world with 872 matches played from 12.03.2015 to 15.11.2017. Only 31 teams plus the host Russia qualified for the final. A total goals of 2,454 (2.81 per match) were scored during the qualification process.

The 32 teams, including the host, Russian participating in this tournament were:-

AFC - Australia, Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia & South Korea;
CAF - Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal & Tunisia;
CONCACAF - Costa Rica, Mexico & Panama;
CONMEBOL - Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru & Uruguay;
OFC - None qualified
UEFA - Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden & Switzerland.

In all, 64 matches were played in this final at 12 venues located in 11 cities mainly in the central and western Russia. Not a single game was played in the eastern Russia. The first stage of the final involved round robin games with 32 teams divided into 8 groups of 4 teams each. After this stage, it then went into a knock out stage with the final played on 15.07.2018. The host Russia played the first game against Saudi Arabia and the final game was played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Two well known teams, Holland and Italy failed to qualify for the final, whilst Iceland and Panama made their first appearances.

Round Robin standing: -
Group A - Uruguay (9); Russia (6); Saudi Arabia (3) & Egypt (0)
Group B - Spain (5); Portugal (5); Iran (4) & Morocco (1)
Group C - France (7); Denmark (5); Peru (3) & Australia (1)
Group D - Croatia (9); Argentina (4); Nigeria (3) & Iceland (1)
Group E - Brazil (7); Switzerland (5); Serbia (3) & Costa Rica (1)
Group F - Sweden (6); Mexico (6), South Korea (3) & Germany (3)
Group G - Belgium (9); England (6); Tunisia (3) & Panama (0)
Group H - Colombia (6); Japan (4); Senegal (4) & Poland (3)

First knock out stage: -
Uruguay beat Portugal 2-1
France beat Argentina 4-3
Brazil beat Mexico 2-0
Belgium beat Japan 3-2
Russia beat Spain 1.4-1.3 (on penalties)
Croatia beat Denmark 1.3-1.2 (on penalties)
Sweden beat Switzerland 1-0
England beat Colombia 1.4-1.3 (on penalties)

Quarter-finals: -
France beat Uruguay 2-0
Belgium beat Brazil 2-1
England beat Sweden 2-0
Croatia beat Russia 2.4-2.3 (on penalties)

Semi-finals: -
France beat Belgium 1-0
Croatia beat England 2-1 (extra time)

Final: -
Champion = France (4)
Runner-up = Croatia (2)
Third = Belgium (2)
Fourth = England (0)

Highlights:
*The VAR system made this tournament much more interesting, with more goals scored;
*Only one game ended in 0-0 during the round robin stages;
*Australia, Costa Rico, Iceland and Morocco all failed to win a game while Egypt and Panama failed to get a point;
*For the first time since 1938 Germany failed to make it to the knock out stage after got beaten by South Korea 2-0;
*Japan qualified for the knock out stage due to receiving less yellow cards than Senegal and then lost it to Belgium despite leading 2-0 up for 51 minutes in the first knock out stage;
*No team from the Africa continent made it to the knock out stage;
*No team from South America made it to the semi-finals;

The next FIFA World Cup final will be played in Qatar in 2022.


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