Costa Rica

Costa Rica chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Costa Rica chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 27-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banco Central de Costa Rica (Central Bank of Costa Rica) from 1950 to present. Published 27 May 2016.

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Costa Rica new sig/date (19.09.2012) 20,000-colone note confirmed

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Like P278, but new signatures (Rodrigo Bolaños Zamora/Félix Delgado Quesada) and new date (19 de setiembre de 2012). Intro: 27.01.2015. Press release in Spanish.

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

Costa Rica new 5,000-, 10,000-, and 50,000-colon notes confirmed

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According to a press release dated 6 August 2012, the Banco Central de Costa Rica issued new 5,000-, 10,000-, and 50,000-colon (US$10, $20, and $100, respectively) banknotes on 27 August 2012. The old 5,000- and 10,000-colon notes (P272 and P273) will remain legal tender until 1 January 2013, and after 1 May 2013, they can be redeemed only at the central bank.

I predict that one of these notes will win the IBNS Bank Note of the Year award for 2012. But which one? They are all very beautiful and colorful.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below.

Courtesy of Jose Alvarado.

Costa Rica new 1,000- and 2,000-colon notes confirmed


1,000-colon (US$2.00), 2 de setiembre de 2009.
Red. Front: Braulio Carrillo Colina; coat of arms. Back: Dry forest landscape in Guanacaste; pitahaya cactus flowers; tree; white-tailed deer; scorpions. Simulated security thread. Watermark: None. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 125 x 67 mm. Polymer.


2,000-colon (US$3.95), 2 de setiembre de 2009.
Blue. Front: Books; Mauro Fernández Acuña; Colegio Superior de Señoritas building in San Jose; map. Back: Fish; coral reef; star fish; bull shark; turtles. Motion windowed security thread. Watermark: Mauro Fernández Acuña. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 132 x 67 mm.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Jose Alvarado.

Costa Rica new 20,000-colon note confirmed


20,000-colon (US$38.70), 2 de setiembre de 2009.
Orange. Front: María Isabel Carvajal (Carmen Lyra); fox and hare; map. Back: Papelillo flowers; moor; Chispita hummingbird (Selasphorus flammula); rabbits; herbs. Motion windowed security thread and solid security thread. Watermark: María Isabel Carvajal. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 153 x 67 mm. Intro: 11.08.2010.

According to an article on Inside Costa Rica, bank officials had delayed the introduction due to an error on the small map printed with optically variable ink (OVI) on the front of the note. The error has been discovered on at least 150 notes, and others were examined to determine the extent of the problem.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Chris Twining.

Costa Rica new date (26.09.2007) 10,000-colon note confirmed


10,000 colones (US$18.70), 26 de setiembre de 2007 (26.09.2007). Like Pick 267, but new date and “Acuerdo de la Junta Directiva N° 8” (instead of N° 7).

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

Costa Rica new date (14.09.2005) 1,000-colon note confirmed


1,000 colones (US$1.95), 14 de setiembre de 2005. Like Pick 264, but new date.

Courtesy of Alberto Fochi.

Costa Rica unveils new note designs


On 27 April 2010, Banco Central de Costa Rica unveiled a new family of banknotes that will replace the existing issues. The first denomination to be issued (possibly by August 2010) will be the 20,000 colones (US$39.10) depicting writer Carmen Lyra. This will be followed by the 2,000 colones in September or October, with the remaining denominations to come by year’s end, except for the 50,000 colones.

The front of each note depicts a portrait of a famous Costa Rican, and the back features flora and fauna from the six ecosystems that exist in the country. The notes are printed by Oberthur Technologies, and it appears all but the 1,000-colon denomination are protected by Crane’s windowed security thread, Motion. From the looks of it, the lowest denomination note may be printed on polymer.



Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Costa Rica new date (14.09.2005) 2,000-colone note confirmed


2,000 colones (US$4.05), 14 de setiembre de 2005. Like P265, but new date and new signatures (unknown, PRESIDENTE; unknown, GERENTE). Printer: FRANÇOIS-CHARLES OBERTHUR.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Costa Rica new date (14.09.2005) 10,000-colone note confirmed


10,000 colones (US$19.25), 14 de setiembre de 2005. Like P267, but new date and new signatures (unknown, PRESIDENTE; unknown, GERENTE).

Courtesy of Ronny Hick.

Costa Rica new date (27.09.2004) 10,000-colone note confirmed


10,000 colones (US$19.25), 27 de setiembre de 2004. Like Pick 267, but new date, and new signatures.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.