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06 December, 2013

Lebanon - 50,000 Livres 2013 Independence Commemorative

 Fifty Thousand Livres
Dated 2013, P96r
Lebanon 50,000 Livres (LL) Polymer Commemorative. This is Lebanon first polymer note issued on 22.11.2013 to celebrate the country's 70th year of independence from the French. Lebanon declared its independence in 1943 whilst the French were still under Nazi occupation. The design of this note, with one side is in Arabic and the other side is in French. To the locals, this note raised a fair bit of controversial including the design of the note. By examining the note on hand, I can understand how the locals felt. Some locals even said that the note looks more like a 70 Livres than a 50,000 Livres value. In addition to this, it also has a spelling error with the text where the word 'Independence'' is spelled in English rather than in French (Independance). Despite the minor error, but still significant to the locals, the central bank decided to release the note for this special occasion celebration. This is a limited edition issue of 50,000 notes, with two prefixes printed ie normal D/00 and replacement prefix of D/99. It appears that all notes have been sold out on the day of release. It is believed that the bulk of these notes will ended up in collector hands as collectable souvenir.
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