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June 6th, 2010
For many years, the largest currency denomination in Costa Rica was the 10,000 colon bank note (billete). At today’s exchange rate, that is a bit over $18.00. Thus, carrying just the equivalent of $1,000 required you to carry FIFTY-FIVE 10,000 colon notes… quite a wad.
That will soon change as the Costa Rica Central Bank, Banco Central de Costa Rica, does a complete do-over of the country’s national currency.
Changes to all bills (including the existing currency!) are drastic. Changes will include not only the standard anti-counterfeiting techniques standard on the Euro and the new US bank notes, but also two new denominations; the 20,000 and 50,000 colon bills. That is a Godsend! Additionally, the new bills will come in different widths… from 125 mm to 160 mm… truly important for the visually challenged.
If this topic interests you and you would like a peek at the new bills, read on!
First, the new bills are quite beautiful! All sport vivid new colors and designs, the requisite famous historical person, and now, some of the flora and fauna of Costa Rica.
Below are the new bills, front and back. The front of the 2,000 colon note is under redesign and the one shown may have slight variations when actually produced.
All are 67mm high
Click any image to enlarge.
Front and back (below) of new 1,000 colon (un mil) note.
Width is 145 mm
Braulio Carrillo Colin
Front and back (below) of new 2,000 colon (dos mil) note.
Width is 132 mm
Mauro Fernández Acuña
Front and back (below) of new 5,000 colon (cinco mil) note.
Width is 139 mm
Alfredo González Flores
Front and back (below) of new 10,000 colon (diez mil) note.
Width is 145 mm
José Figueres Ferrer
Front and back (below) of new 20,000 colon (veinte mil) note.
Width is 153 mm
María Isabel Carvajal “Carmen Lyra”
Front and back (below) of new 50,000 colon (cincuenta mil) note.
Width is 160 mm
Ricardo Jiménez Oreamuno
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