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Bank Notes from Around the World
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Guatemala, 0.5 Quetzal note, 1980.
Tecun Uman and a quetzal (bird) on the front;
Mayan Temple I at Tikal on back.
Costa Rica, 5 Colon note, 1981.
Perhaps the most colorful money in Latin America. Rafael Iglesias
Castro and an orchid on the front; the painting "Alegória", by
J. Villa, 1887, on the back. This painting hangs in the foyer of
the National Theater in San José.
Here's a large detail of the painting.
Nicaragua, 10 Cordoba note.
Here's progress for you: First the old 1972 note from the Samoza
days; then the new Sandinista-era version from 1979.
Both have Andres Castro on the front, but in the new version,
he's now raising his arm in a
defiant salute! The back of the old version has the Hacienda San
Jacinto building, while the new one has "Nationalization of the Mines",
and a watermark of A.C. Sandino himself.
Nicaragua, 50 Cordoba note, 1979.
Sandinista martyr Carlos Fonseca on the front. The back has a scene
of the Day of Liberation of Managua, with Sandinistas swarming the
Cathedral square. The old 50 Cordoba note (not shown) had cattle
grazing on the back.
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