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15 January 2013 - The Year of the What??

Last year two banknotes issuing banks in Macao released a commemorative note of 10 Patacas each to celebrate the year of the Dragon. Ten millions pieces each were released by the two banks. The demands for these notes were so successful that it was sold out on the third day of released. A reprint was later ordered and released in the second half of the year to satisfy the overwhelming interest in these notes, especially those collectors and dealers in China.

Well, we are now back again, and this year is the Year of the Snake. The value is again 10 Patacas, and this time 20 million pieces each will be issued and the locals will be restricted to order the notes via online of 30 pieces each.

Whilst this is great to collectors, this is going to be a yearly event until 2023 when it reaches a complete 12 animal years cycle. I just hope that I can last that long, and to get a full set, as one has to wait for almost 12 years to get them all. I am just wondering why they didn’t start from the top of the animal cycles, with the Rats…..!!

As we all know that many Post Offices around the world releasing countless postage stamps and coins to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, I believe that these 2 Macao banks are the first in the world to issue legal tender banknotes to celebrate such occasions.

Happy hunting if you are looking for these new notes. I know I am, even though I am not that really happy about it. 

 
Animal Sign
Day
First Day
Last day
Dragon
Monday
23.01.2012
09.02.2013
Snake
Sunday
10.02.2013
30.01.2014
Horse
Friday
31.01.2014
18.02.2015
Goat
Thursday
19.02.2015
07.02.2016
Monkey
Monday
08.02.2016
27.02.2017
Rooster
Saturday
28.01.2017
15.02.2018
Dog
Friday
16.02.2018
04.02.2019
Pig
Tuesday
05.02.2019
24.01.2020
Rat
Saturday
25.01.2020
11.02.2021
Ox
Friday
12.02.2021
31.01.2022
Tiger
Tuesday
01.02.2022
21.01.2023
Rabbit
Sunday
22.01.2023
09.02.2024

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