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October 2011 Postings

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October 30, 2011 - Singapore $2 Millennium note. Here I have posted two commemorative folder note sets. This is the $2 millennium note issued on 8.12.1999 to celebrate the Millennium year. Two folder varieties were issued with the following themes; "Silver hard folder - The New Millennium" and "Maroon hard folder - The Millennium Dragon". These folders were exclusively packaged and distributed by United Overseas Bank in Singapore and was sold for S$12.50 per folder. Whilst this note is more that 10 years old, I have these in my collection since the day it was released. This commemorative note is still plenty available in the market and recently I saw a set (3 notes without the folder) at a dealer shop selling in Singapore for S$21.00. After 10 years plus, it's still very affordable. Don't let others to fool you if they tell you this note is rare! Quantity issued = 5 million pieces.

October 25, 2011 - Dominican Republic 500 Peso Oro. This is a commemorative note issued in 1992 to commemorate the Quincentennial of the First Landfall by Christopher Columbus 1492-1992. Four notes (P139 to 142) were issued then to celebrate this special occasion in 1992, but this is the only note released that depict the famous explorer. Was Christopher Columbus (31.10.1451-20.05.1506) an explorer or simply just another European invader? You to decide!

October 22, 2011 - Singapore $10 (Polymer). This note was issued early this year and it has two tiny triangles (stealth fighters flying) printed on the back of the note just underneath the word 'Sports'. Same design as the previous issue except the extra triangles.

October 19, 2011. Tanzania 2011 Full set. Here I have up loaded a full set of notes all dated 1.1.2011. The denominations are 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 and 10000 shillings.These notes were released for circulation in early January 2011.

October 15, 2011 - Vanuatu 10,000 Vatu. Here I have uploaded a Vt10,000 polymer uncirculated note. This note was issued in 2010 to celebrate the country's 30th Anniversary of Independence. Since the released of this note, few collectors argued that this note should not be classified as commemorative as it has no commemorative texts or logo imprinted on the note. Well, what do they know? The folder comes with this note confirmed that. Please read the inside folder information yourselves. All these folder notes are hand signed by both the Governor and the Minister of Finance. Needless to say, no two notes are the same and that makes this note very unique! Quantity issued unknown to me, however I have been informed by a collector friend that only 100 pieces has been issued. I assume this could be right, after all both the Governor and the Minister of Finance have to personally sign each note, unless someone can show me one with serial number higher than 100. This note posted has a low serial number of AA10 000 008. A very nice number for a very special occasion! Other serial numbers worth collecting including the single digit notes are #10, #18, #28, #30 (30th Anniversary), #38, #88 (double lucky), the last note #100 (yet to be confirmed) and whatever what your lucky number is.

October 12, 2011 - Trinidad and Tobago $100. This is a commemorative note issued in 2009 to celebrate the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM, 27-29 November, 2009). The meeting was held in the capital city of Port of Spain and was chaired by the Prime Minister Patrick Manning who was then the head of the government of Trinidad and Tobago. CHOGM is a biennial meeting of all the heads of the commonwealth nations. The meeting is held in difference member state and is usually chaired by the President or Prime Minister of the host nation.The first CHOGM was held in 1971 in Singapore and a set of postage stamps were released to commemorate this event. The next meeting (21st) will be held in Perth Australia (28-30 October 2011) and will be chaired by the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. This is the third time Australia is staging this event and unfortunately only coins are issued to celebrate this special occasion. The meeting in 1971 lasted for 9 days and over the years it reduced to a week, 5 days and now to just 3 days. The topic of discussions varies from economy to election frauds, military coups etc. The Commonwealth nations comprise of 54 member States, with Fiji currently been suspended. Zimbabwe withdrew from the group in December 2003. The next meeting, after Perth, will be in 2013 in Sri Lanka.

October 8, 2011 - Belarus 20 Rouble, 2001. This is a commemorative note, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus (1991 to 2011). This folder note was issued on 1.1 2001 and limited to 5,500 folders. Issued price was 1200 Rouble. If you think you have paid too much for this note, don't worry, me too. Enjoy viewing the note.

October 4, 2011 - Kazakhstan 1000 Tenge. It seems that the landlocked Asian country of Kazakhstan has been releasing commemorative notes to celebrate few special occasions recently. Here I have posted a 1000 Tenge value note issued on 25.5.2011. This note is to commemorating the Chairmanship in the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Conference held by Kazakhstan. The OIC organisation comprises of 57 member States and the event was held in the capital city of Astana between 28-30 June 2011.

October 1, 2011 - Solomon Islands Specimen Overprint (PCS1). This set of specimen notes was released in 1979 in a joint-venture with the Franklin Mint, Thomas De La Rue and the Solomon Islands Monetary Authority as part of the "Banknotes Around The World" series. All serial numbers of these notes are printed with a Maltese cross with matching serial numbers. Obviously these are numismatic products. The issued price then was USD$14 per set and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and an information card. Whilst this set of notes is more than 30 years old, they are by no means rare as there are still plenty available in the market. Pity that the dealers asking price for such set is so inconsistent. In addition to this set, other countries/commercial bank also released this "Maltese Cross" series, such as Tonga, Ghana, Bank of Ireland (Northern Ireland), Gibraltar, Sierra Leone and the Philippines etc.

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