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02 April, 2017

Barbados - $50 1996 - 2016 50th Year of Independence

Barbados 50th Anniversary of Independence (30.11.1966). This note was issued on 21.11.2016. The design of this note is the same at those first issued in 2013 (P77), featuring the portrait of Errol Walton Barrow (1920-1987) except that the 50th Independence logo is added to the design on the top right hand corner. The decision to have this note for this independence commemorative is very appropriate too as Errol Barrow was the father of the nation. He was the Premier of Barbados when he led the country to independence from United Kingdom in 1966. The Errol Barrow day, his actual birthday, is also celebrated annually on January 21st since 1989. It seems that they must have this note in mind for this purpose when they designed this back in 2013. This note bears the signature of the Governor Dr Delisle Worrell.

Barbados was the fourth English speaking nation in the West Indies to achieve independence from the United Kingdom, after Jamaica (6.8.1962), Trinidad and Tobago (31.8.1962) and British Guiana (now Guyana 26.5.1966).

Barbados dollar is pegged to the United States Dollar at B$1 = US$0.50. Obviously this note is worth US$25.00 at face value.

The note is dated 30.11.2016 and was released into circulation on 21.11.2016. The serial number for this issue commenced with prefix J30 with number 100001 as the first note. The note that I have posted here is considered as low serial numbered note. I wonder if the center bank retains any of their notes for their archive purposes. Even if they do, I believe it's not many and I have my reasons to say that.

Fifty Dollars
Dated 2016, P79
This is the fourth commemorative banknote issued by the Central Bank of Barbados. The previous three issues were all related to the Central Bank's anniversaries. This is the only note that celebrates the nation's independence.

Previous commemorative notes issued were: -

$100 -  1997 25th Anniversary of Central Bank of Barbados (general circulation);
$5 - 2002 30th Anniversary of Central Bank of Barbados (1000 sets issued at B$7.50 each);
$40 - 2012 40th Anniversary of Central Bank of Barbados (general circulation);

18 March, 2017

Colombia - Dated 2014-2015 Series Full Set (All Released in 2016)

Two Thousand Pesos
Dated 2015, P458
Five Thousand Pesos
Dated 2015, P459
Ten Thousand Pesos 460
Dated 2015, P460
Twenty Thousand Pesos
Dated 2015, P461
Fifty Thousand Pesos
Dated 2015, P462
One Hundred Thousand Pesos
Dated 2014, P463
2000 Pesos
Release Date: 29.11.2016
Obverse: Painter Deboar Arango (pioneer of modern art in Colombia)
Reverse: Cano Cristales river (river of 5 colours in the Sierra de la Macarena region)

5000 Pesos
Release Date: 09.11.2016
Obverse: Jose Asuncion Silva
Reverse: Colombian Paramos (plant)

10000 Pesos
Release Date: 07.12.2016
Obverse: Virginia Gutierres de Pineda
Reverse: Amazon natural region

20000 Pesos
Release Date: 30.06.2016
Obverse: Alfonso Lopez Michelson
Reverse: La Mojana Channels Zenu

50000 Pesos
Release Date: 19.08.2016
Obverse: Gabriel Garcia Maraquez
Reverse: Lost city of Tayrona

100000 Pesos
Release Date: 31.03.2016
Obverse: Carlos Lleras Resfrepo
Reverse: Wax palm in Cocra valley

23 December, 2016

Argentina - 1 Peso 1952 Economic Independence Commemorative

One Peso, ND1952 P260b. This commemorative note was issued to commemorate the country's Declaration of Economic Independence.

One Peso
ND1952, P260b

05 November, 2016

Suriname - 2012 Central Bank 55th Anniversary Commemorative

I do not have that many banknotes from Suriname but getting the only commemorative note issued by this country is very satisfying. This note was presumably issued in 2012 to celebrate the country's central bank's 55th Anniversary 1957-2012 (Centrale Bank van Suriname) and is printed with the date of 1.4.2012, which is also the anniversary date of the bank. The design on the front is similar to the current $50 note but with the commemorative 55 Jaar logo and text added to the left hand side of the note. On the back, instead of the Kapok tree and the rocks formation (Kasi Kasima) design, it depicts a group of men in meeting. On the left, it listed all the bank's Presidents in office since 1957 (six in total). On the right is a statement about the central bank's primary function in English. The official language of Suriname is Dutch but the folder that comes with this note is printed all in English which is also wisely spoken in the country. The original currency of Suriname since independence was called Gulden/Guilder (SRG) but on the 1.1.2004 it changed to Dollar (SRD) (One dollar = 1000 guilders). This commemorative note is printed with the prefix of CB (Central Bank). Each note is issued with Certificate of Authenticity and this note is numbered 25172. Only 50,000 sets printed by Giesecke & Devrient. With a population of just under 600,000 people, this is quite a lot. The issue price was 5 time it's face value (SRD$250). Obviously it is unlikely that you will ever see any of these notes circulating in the public as payments for goods and services.

Fifty Dollars
Dated 2012
Front Cover