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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

04 February 2011

Australia $50 - First and Last Portofolio Issue

Fifty Dollars, Dated 4.10.1995 P54a
Paper and Polymer with matching serial numbers
Commemorating First Issue AA95 000 787Reverse
Fifty Dollars, ND1993 Last Paper Issue P47i
This is a pair of $50 released in 1995 to mark the end of the $50 paper note and the beginning of the polymer note series. Both notes are signed by Bernie Fraser and Ted Evans. Both notes have red serial numbers and an overprint date of "4 October 1995" imprinted on the back of the polymer note. The interesting about this paper note is that, not only did it features red serial numbers, but also for the first and only time that the serial numbers format of "AA95" is used. All previous paper notes issued were printed with the 3 letters prefix. One thousand sets printed but only 900 sets were issued to the public, with the first 100 sets retained by the Reserve Bank.

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