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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!

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
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)

*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.

24 June 2018

Bangladesh - 70 Taka Commemorative Developing Bangladesh

গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ
People's Republic of Bangladesh

A commemorative note of 70 Taka released on 22.03.2018 celebrating the Developing of Bangladesh 2041. This new commemorative was launched by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, together with the Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith and Bangladesh Bank Governor Fazle Kabir at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center on 22.03.2018. The notes were also made available on the same day to the public. This is a father and daughter note. On the front it depicts the portrait of the first and fourth President of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (1920-1975) and her daughter Sheikh Hasina Wazed on the back. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is the founding father of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. He became the first and fourth President of Bangladesh between 11.04.1971 to 15.08.1975 and the second Prime Minister between 12.01.1972 to 21.01.1975. He was assassinated on 15.08.1975 aged 55 years old. Her daughter became the Prime Minister of Bangladesh first between 1996 to 2001. In 2009, she returned to the role following a landslide victory in the general election and elected as the Prime Minister following the 2014 general election.  

Reverse - On the other side of the note, the portrait of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangabandhu Satellite-1 and Padma Bridge under construction are printed.

Other main features of the design on the note are:-
Front - the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the National monument in Savar (Shabhar) and Betbunya satellite and maps of Bangladesh. The National monument was set up in the memory of the Bangladesh Liberation War of independence in 1971 against Pakistan and is located in Savar. The construction of this monument started in 1978 and completed in 1982.

Back - Padma Bridge (still under construction). This is a multi purpose road-rail bridge across the Padma River which connect between Louhajong, Munshiganji to Shariatpur and Madaripur, linking the southwest of Bangladesh to the northern and eastern regions. This two-level steel truss bridge comprises of a four-lane highway on the upper level and a single track railway on a lower level. On the left hand side, it also features the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 and the globe. And at the bottom of the note, it has the following texts printed both in both Bengali and English - Bangladesh will be a developed country by 2041 - Sheikh Hasina. This message was made by the Prime Minister in January 2016. On the left hand side of the note, it also printed with the words - COMMEMORATIVE NOTE.

This is an odd value note and I am not sure why the 70 Taka was selected. However this is not the first time such odd denomination was printed. In 2011 a 40 Taka commemorative was issued and then in 2012, a 60 Taka commemorative note was also released. This is the sixth commemorative banknote issued by the Bangladesh.

The notes are also issued in a folder format for 200 Taka each.

Seventy Taka
Dated 2018
Folder Cover

In my opinion, this is a very unique note in the sense that the design of this note included the portrait of a father and daughter team. I do not believe I have ever came across any such notes except those involved a royal family.

04 May 2018

Bhutan - 100 Ngultrum 2017 Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck Commemorative

Kingdom of Bhutan

The is the second banknote issued to celebrate the young prince, Jigme Namgyet Wangchuck. The crown prince was born on 05.02.2016. In 2016, a 1000 Ngultrum was issued celebrating the royal birth of the prince. This note is for the celebration of the prince first birthday, and the note is printed with the following texts - Commemorating the First Birth Anniversary of
HRH The Gyalsey (Prince).

Front: Portrait of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wankchuck, Queen Jetsun Pema and crown prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck.
Back: Dragon (same design as the one on the Bhutanese national flag) and the background featuring the mountain ranges in the eastern Himalayas

Printer: Orell Fussli Security, Switzerland
Prefix: RB (Royal Birth)
Quantity: 1.0 Million pieces

One Hundred Ngultrum
Dated 2016
 Front Folder Cover
The following texts are printed on the folder:-

The Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan us honoured to venerate the first birth anniversary of His Royal Highness the Gyalsey, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck (born on February 5, 2016), with the release of a commemorative Nu. 100 denomimination banknote.

The presence of the Gyalsey among us is a personification of deeply auspicious tendryil, signifying his own and our collective destiny. It is the accumulation of our collective merit and goof karma that we witness three successive generations of the Wangchuck dynasty, a phenomenon that assures the continuity and stability of our kingdom.

Thus the obverse side of the commemorative banknote portrays His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty The Druk Gyalpo and her majesty The Gyaltsuen, and his Royal Highness the Gyalsey, Embodying our proud past, the vibrant present, and a future of hope.

The reverse side of the commemorative banknote features a pair of jewel-clasping dragons that symbolise our inner resilience. Just as all Bhutanese draw our inspiration and strength from the Druk Gyalpos, the dragons epitomise the stability and prosperity of Bhutan as personified by our Hereditary Monarchs. The reverse side also features the mighty Himalayan range, rising from the premises of a glacial lake, to illustrate Bhutan's beautiful pristine natural beauty and balanced ecology.

The commemorative banknote reflects the national colours of Bhutan.
Information Sheet Front
Information Sheet Back
Footnote: If my memory serves me right, this would be the youngest portrait of any Prince or Princess ever appears on a banknote. Even Queen Elizabeth the Second can't beat him. The Queen was 8 years old when her portrait appeared on the Canadian $20 banknote in 1935. I am not sure if any banknotes have issued that have a portrait younger than this Bhutanese prince.

06 April 2018

Dominican Republic - 500 Pesos Dominicanos Central Bank 70th Anniversary

República Dominicana 
Dominican Republic 

Five Hundred Pesos Dominicanos
Dated 2017, P195
Footnote: In case you do not know where this country is, it shares the same island as Haiti in Central America.

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