Costa Rica

Costa Rica new sig/date (10.09.2014) 10,000-colon note (B561b) confirmed

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Like B561a, but new signatures and new date (10 de setiembre de 2014).

Courtesy of Max Keller.

Costa Rica announces plans to switch all denominations to polymer

According to a CCL press release dated 9 July 2018, Marvin Alvarado, treasurer of the Central Bank of Costa Rica, announced the bank's decision to change all denominations currently printed on cotton paper to polymer substrate to combat counterfeiting. No word yet on when the new polymer notes will be introduced into circulation.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause.

Costa Rica new sig/date (16.09.2015) 2,000-colon note (B559c) confirmed

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Like B559b, but new date (16 de setiembre de 2015) and new signatures. Series A.

Courtesy of Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).


Costa Rica new 1,000-colon note (B558) confirmed

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Like B557a, but without yellow on front, and window images outlined in black, new date (11 de setiembre de 2013), new signatures. Serie B.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and Max Keller.

Costa Rica new sig/date (11.09.2013) 2,000-colon note (B559b) confirmed

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Like B559a, but new date (11 de setiembre de 2013) and new signatures. Series A.

Courtesy of Sev Onyshkevych.

Costa Rica chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Costa Rica cover
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.

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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Costa Rica new sig/date (19.09.2012) 20,000-colon note (B562b) confirmed

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Like B562a, 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 (B560, B561, B563) 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 (B555 and B556) will remain legal tender until 1 January 2013, and after 1 May 2013, they can be redeemed only at the central bank.

Courtesy of Jose Alvarado.

Costa Rica new 1,000- and 2,000-colon notes (B557, B559) confirmed

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1,000-colon (US$2.00), 2 de setiembre de 2009.
Red. Front: Spanish text; Braulio Carrillo Colina; original ESTADO DE COSTA RICA shield; map of Costa Rica on see-through leaf. Back: Spanish text; dry forest (bosque seco) landscape in Guanacaste; pitahaya cactus flowers; tree; white-tailed deer; scorpions. Simulated security thread. Watermark: Leaves. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 125 x 67 mm. Polymer.

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2,000-colon (US$3.95), 2 de setiembre de 2009.
Blue. Front: Spanish text; open books; Mauro Fernández Acuña; Colegio Superior de Señoritas building in San Jose; map of Costa Rica in OVI. Back: Spanish text; coral reef (arrecife coralino); star fish (Oreaster reticulatus, estrella de mar de la laguna); bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas, Tiburón toro); turtles; and corals (Pseudopterogorgia americana, plumas de mar). Windowed security thread with demetalized BCCR 2000. Watermark: Mauro Fernández Acuña and electrotype 2000. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 132 x 67 mm.

Courtesy of Jose Alvarado.

Costa Rica new 20,000-colon note (B562) confirmed

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20,000-colon (US$38.70), 2 de setiembre de 2009.
Orange. Front: Spanish text; María Isabel Carvajal (Carmen Lyra); fox and hare; map of Costa Rica in OVI. Back: Spanish text; papelillo flowers; moor; Chispita hummingbird (Selasphorus flammula); rabbits; herbs. Motion windowed security thread and solid security thread. Watermark: María Isabel Carvajal and electrotype 20000. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 153 x 67 mm.

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.

Courtesy of Chris Twining.

Costa Rica new date (26.09.2007) 10,000-colon note (B551e) confirmed

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Like B551d, but new date (26 de setiembre de 2007) 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 (B546f) confirmed

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Like B546e, but new date (14 de setiembre de 2005).

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 sig/date (14.09.2005) 2,000-colon note (B547c) confirmed

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Like B547b, but new date (14 de setiembre de 2005) and new signatures.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Costa Rica new sig/date (14.09.2005) 10,000-colon note (B551d) confirmed

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Like B551c, but new date (14 de setiembre de 2005) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Ronny Hick.

Costa Rica new sig/date (27.09.2004) 10,000-colon note (B551c) confirmed

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Like B551b, but new date (27 de setiembre de 2004) and new signatures.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.