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Kazakhstan - 10,000 Tenge 2016 25th Independence Commemorative

This is a commemorative note issued on 1.12.2016 celebrating the country's 25th Independence. On 16.12.1991, Kazakhstan declared it's independence from the Soviet Union. The reverse of the note depicts the portrait of Nursultan Abishuly Nazarbayev, who is the President of Kazakhstan since independence.

Ten Thousand Tenge
Dated 2016

Bhutan - 1000 Ngultrum Series 2016 Commemorative

This is a Commemorative note of 1000 Ngultrum released on 21.09.2016. The note was issued to celebrate the birth of his Royal Highness, The Gyalsey, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck (dob 5.2.2016). The word Gyalsey in Bhutanese means Prince. The design for this note is the same as the previous Commemorative issue in 2008 (P34), but with additional texts added to the design on both front and back. On the front the words - Celebrating the Birth of The Gyalsey, February 5, 2016 is added in the middle of the note in silver colour and on the reverse side it printed with the text - Birth of the Prince of Bhutan. Not sure why the commemorative texts on both sides are in English and not Bhutanese. This note is printed with Series 2016 and has a wider security thread. Also the title of the bank governor is in English and not Bhutanese. A total of 3,420,000 notes issued all with letter prefix W (and replacement). The note is measured 175mm x 60mm. Signature - Governor Dasho Daw Tenzin (appointed 18.08.2010).

One Thousand Ngultrum
Dated 2016, P36

Lebanon - 10000 Livres 1998 P76 Commemorative

Is this a commemorative note? Some said yes but others said no. I have posted this note as a commemorative note issued in 1998 celebrating the country Martyrs' Day (as claimed by some). Whilst this note has no commemorative text printed on, to celebrate this occasion, it should be noted that not all commemorative notes issued have specific text added to the design, as banknotes have been issued in such manner to celebrate special commemorative occasion by many countries. Martyrs' Day in Lebanon is celebrated on 6th of May. It started on 06.05.1916 when Ahmed Djemal Pasha, an Ottoman military leader ordered the execution of several Lebanese Nationalists in Beirut at the Burj Square. This square has since been renamed the Martyrs' Square. Apart from Lebanon, the Martyrs' Day is also celebrated in Syria for the similar reason as Syrian Nationalists were also executed on order of Ahmed Djemal Pasha in Damascus at the Marjeh Square on the same day in 1916. The design on the reverse depicts a patriotic monument. This monument was inaugurated on 6.3.1960 by the Italian sculptor Renato Marino Mazzacurati at the Martyrs' Square. I could be wrong, but this is the first note that this monument has appeared on a banknote in Lebanon.

Ten Thousand Livers
Dated 1998

Armenia - 50000 Dram 2001 Commemorative

The choice of colours for this note is very unusual. It reminds me of those old notes issued where only few colours were used. For this note, it's all brown and grey, from very light to dark brown.

This commemorative note was issued in 2001, celebrating the country's 1700th of Anniversary of proclaiming Christianity in Armenia as State religion (301-2001). Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as its official religion. At the time of this issue, it was the largest denomination ever issued in Armenia. Only two prefixes printed with “ԷԱ” (EA) and “ԷԲ” (EB). This note is measured 160mm x 79mm.

The design of the note; -

Front: Depiction of Mother Cathedral of Holy Echmiadzin and a part of the arch. This church is located in the town of Vagharshapat in Armenia. The church was built between 301-303 by Saint Gregory The Illuminator;

Back; A cross-stone from Kecharis and a symbol of Christianity - Armenian Church in the hands of Saint Gregory The Illuminator and the King Trdat (Tiridates) the Great, Mount Ararat. Saint Gregory The Illuminatorwas the first head of the Echmiadzin Cathedral church. In the year 301, Saint Gregory The Illuminator baptised King Trdat and the members of the Royal Court as Christians.

Watermark: One big and two small crosses.

Signatures: Tigran Sargsyan (CBA Chairman) and Vardan Khachatryan (RA Minister of Finance)
Printer: Giesecke & Devrient, Germany
Release date: 04.06.2001

Fifty Thousand Dram
Dated 2001