Recently I acquired a P127b banknote for one of my Ukrainian sets, NBU 1991 - Date, normally this would not result in much fanfare but it just happened to be the 100th note in the set. A somewhat noteworthy achievement in my book and a short time coming in the grand scheme of things. Having started this set in February of 2019, it took only a miniscule 28 months to reach 100 banknotes a goal that I would have anticipated being much more drawn out and that there was submitted such a variety of notes so as to allow me to sit here today writing about my 100th note with no submissions of my own is a testament to some of the alert sellers I've purchased from over this time. Really, how many people collect Ukrainian banknotes in a serious manner? I currently tally three, myself included, who I would consider ardent collectors of these notes.
In the meantime, since the purchase of this note, I've added three more to the fold and am currently residing at 103 total notes in the set with only 14 more to go. I know at some point I will have to submit raw notes to complete this set and I have already began gathering them in anticipation of this. Of the 14 empty slots left I have 7 raw notes waiting patiently to be sent in and another 5 that are currently not listed in the set that will be added once I, or whomever, send examples in to be graded. So, including the notes not currently listed in the registry set, that would bring the total number of notes required to complete this set to 122! Which is a ridiculous number of notes for a newcomer to try and obtain, I think it would be nice if there were short sets by series for collectors to utilize as well as the complete set but I doubt this will happen unless more Ukrainian banknote collectors appear. Maybe I could help facilitate this but we'll see.
Collecting by minor Pick number (a, b, c, d, etc..) is really a Signature set as that is often the only difference between Pick numbers. For modern Ukrainian notes some Pick numbers climb up to "f", that's six notes of the same design the only difference being the signature. I never fancied myself an autograph collector but in essence that is what a majority of this set is. I guess I never thought I would be that fanatical about collecting Ukrainian banknotes. But I am.
PICK # 127 signatures to date.
Update 8/3/2021: The 2021 note with Shevchenko signature is now officially Pick #127c.
The funniest thing to me about this note is that I already had one graded by PMG and hadn't entered it into my set because it wasn't showing up as available, probably due to the fact the Pick number was unlisted at the time of grading, so now I have two and I could have hit 100 notes sooner. Meh, at least the newer one was a higher grade, if I had bought a lower grade duplicate.