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05 December, 2018

Solomon Islands - $40 Independence Commemoartive 1978 - 2018

Solomon Islands

 Theme "redirecting our journey at 40"

Independence Day 7th of July

Solomon Islands celebrated it's 40th Independence on 07.07.2018 from the British and issued a banknote of $40 to commemorate this special occasion. The British controlled Solomon Islands since June 1893. In 1976, self-government was granted and in 1978 it became a fully independent nation.

This commemorative note was launched on 05.07.2018 by the Central Bank Governor, Denton Rarawa. Apart from this commemorative note, it also issued a new $2 coloured coin to commemorate this special occasion. This new note is designed and printed on polymer substrate material by De La Rue. It is believed that only 100,000 pieces printed with 20,000 pieces reserved for overseas collectors (one media had reported that 140,000 pieces were printed - Australia ABC news). Whilst this note is a collector's item, it is also legal tender for all payments for goods and services in the country. The coloured coins are minted by the Royal Australian Mint (RAM).

This is the second time that Solomon Islands has issued a polymer banknote. In 2001, a $2 commemorative note was issued for the Central Bank of Solomon Islands's Silver Jubilee celebration.

Unlike the current circulating series, this commemorative note has a vertical front design and a  horizontal format on the back. The main design on the front showing a man blowing a conch shell to summon people to come together for an importance event or meeting. The conch shell is/was a traditional instrument of communication in Solomon Islands. The map of Solomon Islands is also included in the design. The large number "40" is also printed on both sides of the note. The design on the back showing large national flag of Solomon Islands, two young girls on a boat, a man standing on a boat, a man diving in the coral reef; and a glowing sea turtle (Hawksbill) swimming.The note is also printed with the following texts;-  

"A CALL TO THE NATION TO COME TOGETHER AS ONE AND MOVE FORWARD; and 40 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE 1978 - 2018"

All notes are printed with the prefix of SI/40 with X/1 as replacement notes. The signatures are Denton Hehenoro Rarawa (Governor) and Harry Kuma (Secretary, Ministry of Finance). This new $40 is also sold in a folder. It was reported that only 100 folders were issued and all sold out.The folder was sold at S$75 each without the banknote.

Forty Dollars
Dated 2018
Reverse - Normal Prefix

Reverse - Replacement Prefix X/1 000080
Reverse - Replacement Prefix X/1 000123
Borrowed scan - Folder Front Cover
In addition to the above, uncut sheets of 20-in-1 and 25-in-1 were also printed and all sold out. I have a feeling that these uncut sheets were issued for special orders/requests, and perhaps all sold to collectors/dealers in Europe.  

Footnote:-
I believe this is the 3rd note issued for the celebrating of a nation's 40th Independence with a face value of 40.
- Bangladesh 2011: 40 Taka celebrating the nation's 40th Year of Victory Anniversary against Pakistan rule, which is the same as independence from Pakistan rule;
- Djibouti 2017: 40 Francs commemorative it's independence celebration from France.

24 November, 2018

Mauritius - 2016 Polymer Reprints

Republic of Mauritius
République de Maurice
Five Hundred Rupees
Dated 2016, Replacement Prefix PZ
Reverse

01 November, 2018

Uruguay - 50 Peso Uruguayos 50th Anniversary of Banco Central del Uruguay (BCU)

República Oriental del Uruguay
Oriental Republic of Uruguay

A commemorative note of 50 Peso Uruguayos issued to celebrate the 50th year of the creation of Banco Central del Uruguay (Central Bank of Uruguay). The bank was first established on 06.07.1967 and it is located in the capital city of Montevideo. This note is printed on polymer material and this is the first polymer ever issued by the bank. A total of 10 million notes have been issued for this celebration.

On the front the anniversary logo is printed on the right hand side and the year date of 2017 (1967-2017) is located next to it. On the back, it depicts a street scene with building and a bus in a form of a painting by both Walter Deliotti and Joaquîn Torres García. The design of the transparent window is in the shape of Uruguay. This note was issued on 14.09.2018 by the president of the central bank Mario Bergara.

Signatures: President - Mario Bergara

Fifty Pesos
Dated 2017
Reverse

01 October, 2018

Mauritania - 2018 New Polymer Set

الجمهورية الإسلامية الموريتانية
République islamique de Mauritanie
Islamic Republic of Mauritania

This is a set of 5 new polymer notes first released for circulation on 01.01.2018. This new series represents the country's redenomination of it Ouguiya at a rate of 1:10, ie new 50 Ouguiya = old 500 Ouguiya. The purpose of the redenomination was to fight inflation. All notes are printed on polymer material. The denominations issued are 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 Ouguiya with first prefixes of A-AA, B-AA, C-AA, D-AA and E-AA respectively. The first 4 notes were released on 01.01.2018 and the last note, 1000 Ouguiya was issued in early May 2018. The new series comprises of 5 notes.

50 Ougiuya - Mosque ibn Abbas located in Nouakchott / teapot, musical instruments;
100 Ougiuya - tower / cattle, goats;
200 Ouguiya - tower (observation) / camels, goats, palm tree;
500 Ouguiya - tower / fishing trawlers, fish;
1000 Ouguiya - tower / train, electricity grid. All notes are printed with the date of 28.11.2017.

As expected, all notes are printed with Arabic texts on the front and French on the reverse.

Fifty Ougiuya
Dated 2017
Back
One Hundred Ougiuya
Dated 2017
Reverse
Two Hundred Ougiuya
Dated 2017
Reverse
Five Hundred Ougiuya
Dated 2017
Reverse
One Thousand Ougiuya
Dated 2017
Reverse


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