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Bhutan - 100 Ngultrum 2017 Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck Commemorative

Kingdom of Bhutan

The is the second banknote issued to celebrate the young prince, Jigme Namgyet Wangchuck. The crown prince was born on 05.02.2016. In 2016, a 1000 Ngultrum was issued celebrating the royal birth of the prince. This note is for the celebration of the prince first birthday, and the note is printed with the following texts - Commemorating the First Birth Anniversary of
HRH The Gyalsey (Prince).

Front: Portrait of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wankchuck, Queen Jetsun Pema and crown prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck.
Back: Dragon (same design as the one on the Bhutanese national flag) and the background featuring the mountain ranges in the eastern Himalayas

Printer: Orell Fussli Security, Switzerland
Prefix: RB (Royal Birth)
Quantity: 1.0 Million pieces

One Hundred Ngultrum
Dated 2016
 Front Folder Cover
The following texts are printed on the folder:-

The Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan us honoured to venerate the first birth anniversary of His Royal Highness the Gyalsey, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck (born on February 5, 2016), with the release of a commemorative Nu. 100 denomimination banknote.

The presence of the Gyalsey among us is a personification of deeply auspicious tendryil, signifying his own and our collective destiny. It is the accumulation of our collective merit and goof karma that we witness three successive generations of the Wangchuck dynasty, a phenomenon that assures the continuity and stability of our kingdom.

Thus the obverse side of the commemorative banknote portrays His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty The Druk Gyalpo and her majesty The Gyaltsuen, and his Royal Highness the Gyalsey, Embodying our proud past, the vibrant present, and a future of hope.

The reverse side of the commemorative banknote features a pair of jewel-clasping dragons that symbolise our inner resilience. Just as all Bhutanese draw our inspiration and strength from the Druk Gyalpos, the dragons epitomise the stability and prosperity of Bhutan as personified by our Hereditary Monarchs. The reverse side also features the mighty Himalayan range, rising from the premises of a glacial lake, to illustrate Bhutan's beautiful pristine natural beauty and balanced ecology.

The commemorative banknote reflects the national colours of Bhutan.
Information Sheet Front
Information Sheet Back
Footnote: If my memory serves me right, this would be the youngest portrait of any Prince or Princess ever appears on a banknote. Even Queen Elizabeth the Second can't beat him. The Queen was 8 years old when her portrait appeared on the Canadian $20 banknote in 1935. I am not sure if any banknotes have issued that have a portrait younger than this Bhutanese prince.

Sri Lanka - 70th Year of Independence Commemorative 2018

 ශ්‍රී ලංකා ප්‍රජාතාන්ත්‍රික සමාජවාදී ජනරජය
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
இலங்கை ஜனநாயக சோசலிச குடியரசு 

A new 1000 rupees dated 04.02.2018 was released on 30.01.2018 commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Independence of Sri Lanka 1948-2018. Independence was achieved from the British rule on 04.02.1948. The country was first colonised by the Portuguese in 1517, then the Dutch from 1638 and in 1815, the British took over until 1948.

Between 1947 and 1972, the country was known as Dominion of Ceylon with King George Vl as the Head of State and then Queen Elizabeth ll from 1952 following the death of her father until 1972. From 22.05.1972, the country changed it's official name to Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka with an elected President on a five-year term.

This commemorative note celebrate the various religion faiths in Sri Lanka with designs including a Hindu Temple, a Mosque, a Tamil Kovil and a Church on the from. The majority of the population in the country are Buddhist (70+%). The note is predominately in green just like the current 1000 Rupees note and the design on the back is the same as the current issue. This is the 4th commemorative banknotes issued since gaining independence.

Five million pieces issued with prefixes from S70/1 to S70/5. These notes are issued at face value. However a small number of the notes are also sold in an attractive holder at the price of 1,300 Rupees each.

One Thousand Rupees
Dated 2018

Maldives - 2017 Issue

Five Rufiyaa
Dated 2017, Prefix A
Five Rufiyaa
Dated 2017, Replacement Prefix Z

Kyrgyzstan - 25th Independence & Currency Commemorative 2017

The Kyrgyz Republic - 25th Independence & Currency Commemorative 2017

Two thousand soms - эки мин сом
Bank of the Kyrgyz - кыргыз банкы

A commemorative note of 2000 Som, issued on 17.11.2017 to commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan and also the 25th Anniversary of putting the Som Currency into circulation. Kyrgyzstan is a land locked country located in the Central Asia. In 1919, the country was annexed and became part of the Soviet Union empire and on 31.08.1991 it delayed independence, following the breaking up of the USSR empire. Since then, Kyrgyzstan is a member of the Commonwealth of Independence States (CIS) with members comprises of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Both Turkmenistan and Ukraine are also associated members. The note is predominantly printed in blue and is in vertical format both front and back.

Main features
Front – the monument of Manas on horseback. Manas was a national hero who united the Kyrgyz tribes.
Back – object of a tree like shape design, a symbol of life and prosperity, Khan Tengri Mountain which is situated on the China-Kyrgyzstan-Kazakhstan border. A sailing Golden Eagle over mountain lake Issyk-Kul. Issyk-Kul is situated in the northern Tian Shan mountains in eastern Kyrgyzstan. The Issyk-Kul is the world 7th deepest lake and 10 largest by volume.

Two Thousand Som
Dated 2017