Costa Rican Banknotes are Beautiful

Costa Rican Banknotes are Beautiful

Author: J.S. Parrish

The six banknotes of Costa Rica are quite beautiful! All of them pay tribute to the people who made significant contributions to Costa Rica’s history on the front, with the reverse showing the biodiversity with representations of plants, ecosystems, and animals such as sloths, hummingbirds, and sharks.

The colón was introduced in 1896, replacing the Costa Rican peso. A variety of banks issued Colóns in the first half of the twentieth century, but since 1951 have been produced solely by the Central Bank of Costa Rica. The plural is called colones, and the symbol is ₡. The money is named after Christopher Columbus, known as Cristóbal Colón in Spanish. Banknotes are of different sizes to make it easier for people with visual impairments to recognize them. One feature for security is that the Costa Rican map will change from purple to green when they are turned.

Costa Rican Banknotes are Beautiful

The 1,000 bills are made of polypropylene, a speck of thin dirt and water-resistant plastic to withstand outdoor and environmental factors. On the front, it features Braulio Evaristo Carrillo Colina (March 20th, 1800, Cartago, Costa Rica – May 15th, 1845) was the Head of State. The title before the reform of 1848 during two periods was between 1835 and 1837, and the de facto between 1838 and 1842. Before becoming head of state, Carrillo held several public positions, including Judge and Chairman of the Supreme Court of Costa Rica, member of the Legislative Assembly, and member of the Congress of the Federal Republic of Central America.

The back features pictures of the Guanacaste tree, a white-tailed deer, and a night-blooming cactus. The Guanacaste tree was claimed as national tree on August 31st, 1959. It is a member of the legume family. Guanacaste is also the name of one of the seven Provinces of Costa Rica.  

In the next issue, we will explore more of the interesting and beautiful money that reflects this beautiful country’s people and nature!


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