On January 17th the National Bank of Ukraine issued the final banknotes commemorating the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's independence. Two commemorative sets were released containing all six denominations with matching serial numbers. The first set comes in a NBU envelope, the notes loose, with an issue limit of 3,000 sets and serial numbers ranging from ЯА0007000 - ЯА0009999. The second is in the form of a hardcover booklet, again, containing one commemorative note of each denomination with matching serial numbers. Each note is contained in a sleeve adhered to a page with some information about the note on the adjacent page, in both Ukrainian and English as is typical from the NBU. There were released 2,000 of the booklets with the serial numbers ranging from ЯА0005000 - ЯА0006999. The notes in both sets are identical to the notes previously released for individual purchase, have the same prefix ЯА, and were also part of the 30,000 issue limit per note.
Envelope (top), and booklet (bottom).
Six denominations with matching serial numbers.
Descriptive page for 1,000 UAH banknote (left), and 1,000 UAH banknote in booklet (right).
These sets do not leave much for fancy number collectors to look for, due to the 30,000 limit, the seven digit number employed by Ukraine, and the number ranges used for the sets I can only think of five sets that would contain all fancy numbers. All are radars with the eight thousand number being a radar-rotator, (0005000, 0006000, 0007000, 0008000,0009000) I couldn't find any fancy sets. The sets were again available through the NBU's website but judging by the number of online complaints the sets sold out in a matter of minutes, with multiple site crashes peppered in, and many people missing out. So, all you U.S. Mint collectors (me included), you're not alone.
I ended up picking up one of each set on Monday, via one of my go-to sellers in Ukraine, and really wasn't too much more than having purchased the individual notes. I should have just waited for the sets, but I was able to pick up several fancy numbers from the individually released notes, including some matching fancy numbers, those were well worth the effort. A complete set of matching numbers outside of the ranges given for the sets would really be something and if one could pull that off with a fancy number, WOW! In the meantime, I'll be keeping an eye out for such things while waiting for my notes to arrive, as shipping from Ukraine has slowed to a snails pace the past month or two.
Both sets are currently available on the secondary market and can be still purchased for a reasonable price, but you'd better hurry because there are not a lot available. And I swear this is it for these commemorative notes.