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Syria - 2009 Issues

الجمهورية العربية السورية

Syrian Arab Republic

Syria 50, 100 and 200 Pounds. These notes are all dated 2009. As Syria currency is fairly weak against all major currencies, these Syria notes are fairly cheap and affordable to collect. All 3 notes have letter "A" prefix.
Fifty Pounds
Dated 2009 PNL
One Hundred Pounds
Dated 2009, PNL
 Two Hundred Pounds
Dated 2009, PNL

Bangladesh - 70 Taka Commemorative Developing Bangladesh

গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ
People's Republic of Bangladesh

A commemorative note of 70 Taka released on 22.03.2018 celebrating the Developing of Bangladesh 2041. This new commemorative was launched by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, together with the Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith and Bangladesh Bank Governor Fazle Kabir at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center on 22.03.2018. The notes were also made available on the same day to the public. This is a father and daughter note. On the front it depicts the portrait of the first and fourth President of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (1920-1975) and her daughter Sheikh Hasina Wazed on the back. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is the founding father of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. He became the first and fourth President of Bangladesh between 11.04.1971 to 15.08.1975 and the second Prime Minister between 12.01.1972 to 21.01.1975. He was assassinated on 15.08.1975 aged 55 years old. Her daughter became the Prime Minister of Bangladesh first between 1996 to 2001. In 2009, she returned to the role following a landslide victory in the general election and elected as the Prime Minister following the 2014 general election.  

Reverse - On the other side of the note, the portrait of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangabandhu Satellite-1 and Padma Bridge under construction are printed.

Other main features of the design on the note are:-
Front - the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the National monument in Savar (Shabhar) and Betbunya satellite and maps of Bangladesh. The National monument was set up in the memory of the Bangladesh Liberation War of independence in 1971 against Pakistan and is located in Savar. The construction of this monument started in 1978 and completed in 1982.

Back - Padma Bridge (still under construction). This is a multi purpose road-rail bridge across the Padma River which connect between Louhajong, Munshiganji to Shariatpur and Madaripur, linking the southwest of Bangladesh to the northern and eastern regions. This two-level steel truss bridge comprises of a four-lane highway on the upper level and a single track railway on a lower level. On the left hand side, it also features the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 and the globe. And at the bottom of the note, it has the following texts printed both in both Bengali and English - Bangladesh will be a developed country by 2041 - Sheikh Hasina. This message was made by the Prime Minister in January 2016. On the left hand side of the note, it also printed with the words - COMMEMORATIVE NOTE.

This is an odd value note and I am not sure why the 70 Taka was selected. However this is not the first time such odd denomination was printed. In 2011 a 40 Taka commemorative was issued and then in 2012, a 60 Taka commemorative note was also released. This is the sixth commemorative banknote issued by the Bangladesh.

The notes are also issued in a folder format for 200 Taka each.

Seventy Taka
Dated 2018
Folder Cover

In my opinion, this is a very unique note in the sense that the design of this note included the portrait of a father and daughter team. I do not believe I have ever came across any such notes except those involved a royal family.

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