Cape Verde

Cape Verde new 200-, 1,000- and 2,000-escudo notes confirmed

BCV B17 (PNL): 200 escudos (US$2.40)
Red, purple, and yellowish-green. Front: Map of Fogo; bunch of grapes; doctor and writer Henrique Teixeira de Sousa; embossed pen nib. Back: Bunch of grapes; Pico do Fogo stratovolcano. No security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: (TDLR). 124 x 63 mm. Polymer (Safeguard).
a. 5 de Julho de 2014. Signature 8. Intro: 23.12.2014.

BCV B19 (PNL): 1,000 escudos (US$12)
Blue, purple, green, yellow, and pink. Front: Holographic patch with musical notes and bird in flight; vine; seashore; composer and musician Codé de Dona (real name Gregório Vaz) playing accordian; embossed bird. Back: Bird in flight; musician holding ferrinho, a musical instrument typical of funaná genre; sun and birds in flight. 4-mm windowed security thread with demetalized BCV 1000 and vine. Watermark: Codé de Dona with electrotype vine, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 136 x 66 mm.
a. 5 de Julho de 2014. Signature 8. Prefix EJ. Intro: 23.12.2014.

BCV B20 (PNL): 2,000 escudos (US$24)
Peach, light blue, brownish-red, and green. Front: Feet as registration device; musical notes on staff; singer Cesária Évora; embossed turtle. Back: Violin; sun over ocean; feet. Holographic stripe with demetalized microphone and musical notes. 4-mm windowed security thread with demetalized BCV 2000 and microphone. Watermark: Cesária Évora with electrotype microphone, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 142 x 71 mm.
a. 5 de Julho de 2014. Signature 8. Prefix GM. Intro: 23.12.2014.

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Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (, Thomas Augustsson, and David Bonczak.

Cape Verde new 500- and 5,000-escudo notes reported

According to an article on MacauHub dated 2 January 2015, the Bank of Cabo Verde has introduced new 500- and 5,000-escudo notes, thereby completing the new series of notes which also include 200, 1,000 and 2,000 escudo denominations reportedly introduced on 23 December 2014.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas and David Bonczak.

Cape Verde new 200-, 1,000-, and 2,000-escudo notes introduced 23.12.2014



According to an article on OceanPress dated 22 December 2014, on 23 December the Banco de Cabo Verde will introduce new 200-, 1,000- and 2,000-escudo banknotes, the first in a new family honoring Cape Verdean figures in the fields of literature, music, and politics. The 200-escudo note is printed on polymer, whereas the other denominations are on paper substrate.

Courtesy of Cedrian Lopez-Bosch.

Cape Verde approves introduction of new note series

According to an article on OceanPress dated 31 October 2014, the Banco de Cabo Verde intends to honor Cape Verdean figures in the fields of literature, music, and politics by introducing a new series of banknotes in denominations of 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, and 5,000 escudos. The draft decree approving the issuance was passed on 30 October.

The 200-escudo note is a tribute to the doctor and Cape Verdean writer Henrique Teixeira de Sousa, and his native island, Fogo.

The 500-escudo note honors one of poet Jorge Barbosa and his island, Santiago.

The 1,000-escudo note honors composer and musician Codé de Dona, and the musical genre funaná.

The 2,000-escudo note honors Cesária Évora.

The 5,000-escudo note honors the first President of the Republic of Cape Verde, Aristides Maria Pereira, as well as his native island, Boa Vista.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas.

Cape Verde chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

The Cape Verde (Post-independence) chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 7-page catalog covers every note (37 types and varieties, including 5 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Banco de Cabo Verde (Bank of Cape Verde) from 1977 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Cape Verde issues new 500-escudo note dated 25.02.2007

500 escudos (US$5.95), 25 de Feverelro de 2007. Green, yellow, and red. Front (veritcal): Chemist Roberto Duarte Silva; chemical symbols; serpent wrapped around a chalice; mortar and pestle; coat of arms. Back (vertical): Trapiches - Ilha de Santa Antão (sugar cane press island of Santa Antáo); mortar and pestle. Solid security thread and 4-mm windowed security thread with demetalized BCV 500. Watermark: Roberto Duarte Silva with electrotype 500. Printer: FCOF. 130 x 65 mm.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Cape Verde issues new 1,000-escudo note

Cape Verde issues new 1,000-escudos note