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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!

08 December 2014

Pakistan - 5 Rupees 1997 Golden Jubilee of Independence

Five Rupees
Dated  1997, P44
Five Rupees 1997 independence commemorative. It appears that this is the only Pakistan banknote ever issued as a commemorative note. This is a 1997 dated note issued to celebrate the country Golden Jubilee Independence. The note is printed with the years 1947-1997 commemorative year dates. Pakistan was once part of India, ruled by the British Empire until it obtained independence on 14.08.1947. The country was then divided into West Pakistan and East Pakistan with India in between. On 16.12.1971, after a brief civil war (about 9 months) East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) successfully broke away from West Pakistan rules with the support of India and became an independence nation. This commemorative note depicts the portrait of Mohammed Ali Jinnah (b 25.12.1876 - 11.09.1948) who was the country first Governor General following independence. Mohammed Ali Jinnah was a British trained lawyer, politician and of course the father of the nation. His birthday is observed as a national holiday in Pakistan. Surprisingly after so many years, I managed to get this note (a consecutive pair) in crisp uncirculated condition.

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