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Vanuatu - 2014 Polymer Series with Hand Signed Signatures Issued In Folders

Like the 10,000 Vatu Commemorative note issued in 2010, here I have posted 3 definitive polymer notes issued in 2014, all personally hand signed by the Bank Governor and Minister of Finance, Semion Malachi Athy and Maki Stanley Simelum respectively. Given that these are hand signed notes, and if you look closely you will notice that no two signatures are the same. These are limited edition and the purpose of this is to celebrate the conversion of currency from paper to polymer. Each note comes in a presentation folder and only 100 sets issued with serial numbers from 1 to 100. This is the only way if you are keen on getting single or double digits numbered notes.
Printer: Oberthur Fiduciaire, France.

Two Hundred Vatu
ND2014
Reverse
Folder Front Cover
One Thousand Vatu
ND2014
Reverse
Folder Front Cover
Two Thousand Vatu
ND2014
Reverse
Folder Front Cover

New Zealand - 2015-2016 Collectors Set (7th Series Polymer Banknotes Set)

Five Dollars
ND2015
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Ten Dollars
ND2015
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Twenty Dollars
ND2016
Reverse
Fifty Dollars
ND2016
Reverse
One Hundred Dollars
ND2016
Reverse
Front Cover
A full folder set of the New Zealand new Series 7 of banknotes (Brighter Money), first issued in 2015 ($5 and $10 only) and 2016 ($20, $50 and $100). This is the first upgrade or redesign of banknotes in New Zealand since May 1999 when Polymer notes were first introduced. Like all previous annual set issues, a total of 1000 sets were offered to collectors with serial numbers ranging from 000002 to 001001, all with matching serial numbers. Unfortunately, for this issue, not all prefixes are the same. The $5 and $10 both have the prefix of AA15 (as its first released in 2015) and the remaining 3 notes all have the prefix of AA16 (ND2016). The three notes of $20, $50 and $100 were introduced into circulation on 13.05.2016. These full sets of banknotes are sold as numismatic products to collectors at a premium. The central bank has released full sets of banknotes to collectors since 1999 but not on an annual basis. The last offer was in 2008 (none for 2005 and 2006). Of all the annual issues, the 2000 Millennium sets were the most popular. Unlike the previous issues, these new notes are all printed in Canada and it retains the Year Date prefix format. Whilst counterfeit of currency in New Zealand is very low, these upgrades are to keep ahead of technology advances since 1999. 

$5 - AA15 000098
$10 - AA15 000098
$20 - AA16 000098
$50 - AA16 000098
$100 - AA16 000098

Footnote: In general, and in many countries around the world, a total sets of 1000 are considered as low issue to share among collectors. In many countries, such low issue would have sold out within minutes of it's announcement. However the last two issues, 2007 and 2008 sets took few years before it was all sold out. Was it because there were nothing new to the designs or just lack of interest among collectors  Even to the locals, 1000 sets is not considered a lot to offer, especially we are talking about matching numbered sets. Will this new series be the same again, or perhaps this is no longer the case? Australia in the 90s did the same as well with similar quantity and it was not that popular, as some were re sold on secondary market lower that the official issued price. Time will tell if this has changed.

Sales
Early April 2016 - opened for sale
20.4.2016 - about 60% sold
26.4.2016 - all sold out
This is the first time since 1999 that New Zealand annual sets sold out in less than a month!! 

Tonga - 2015 Full Set

Two Pa' anga
ND2015
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Five Pa' anga
ND2015
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Ten Pa' anga
ND2015
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Twenty Pa' anga
ND2015
Reverse
Fifty Pa' anga Hybrid
ND2015
Reverse
 One Hundred Pa' anga Hybrid
ND2015
Reverse
This is a full set of Pa'anga banknotes released on the 29.6.2015. This is a new serial with the new portrait of the current King Tupou Vl. These notes were released to coincide with the coronation of the King on 4.7.2015. Unlike the 2009 series, this series only come with 6 notes, without the One Pa'anga piece. I can only assumed that the One Pa'anga has been replaced by a coin. The designs of these notes are similar to the 2009 issues, except that the reverse design of the two Pa'anga has been replaced by the previous design of the one Pa'anga. In addition to this, the designs also slightly changed with raised prints on the title Kingdom of Tonga, the value and the signatures, and with shiny threads on the 2, 5 10 and 20 Pa'anga notes, watermark of the new King Tupou Vl and the denomination value on the back of each note is also smaller comparing to previous issues. Like the 100 Pa'anga, the 50 Pa'anga is also a Hybrid note. All notes printed with 3 signatures - Prime Minister (Samiuela Akilisi Pohiva), Minister of Finance (Aisake Valu Eke) and Bank Governor (Dr Ngongo Kiao). I personally believe that this whole set could be Hybrid notes. The texture on the notes are very difference from previous issues. It has a more glossy look on the surface and the notes for the lower denominations feel a bid thicker and heavier too. This is just my opinion. You can also basically considered this issue as Commemorative notes to celebrate the coronation of the country's King.

Papua New Guinea - 20 Kina 40th Anniversary of Independence

Twenty Kina
Dated 2015
Reverse
Papua New Guinea was granted independence by Australia on 16.09.1975. This note was issued to celebrate the country's 40th Anniversary. This is the fourth time that Papua New Guinea had released banknotes to celebrate it's independence day. The first time was in 1995 with a single 20 Kina note for the 20th Anniversary. In 2000, it released a full set for the 25th Anniversary with 5 notes from 2 to 50 Kina and in 2010, another full set of 6 notes from 2 to 100 Kina to celebrate it's 35th Anniversary. For this year, only the 20 Kina was issued. Like all previous Independence celebrations, the note used is the same as current issue except that it has the Independence logo added to the design.