Chile new 5,000-peso polymer note (B298a) confirmed

B298 (P163): 5,000 pesos (US$7.85)

Red. Front: Spanish text; stylized sun in red-to-gold OVI; stylized corazón del copihue (heart of Chilean bellflower); Gabriela Mistral (pseudonym of Lucila de María del Perpetuo Socorro Godoy Alcayaga); denomination as registration device. Back: Spanish text; denomination as registration device; Chilean palm trees and owl in Parque Nacional la Campana located in the Valparaíso region. Simulated solid security thread with demetalized 5000 PESOS. Watermark: None. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 134 x 70 mm. Polymer (Guardian).

a. 2009. Sig. 41: de Gregoiro/Zurbuchen.
Prefix AA – EF. Intro: 24.09.2009.

On 18 August 2009, El Banco Central de Chile unveiled a new 5,000-peso (US$9.15) note, the first in a new family of five notes to commemorate 200 years of independence. Other denominations will follow over the course of the next two years. Three of the denominations will be printed on polymer and the other two will be printed on paper. All of the notes were designed by the Swedish company Crane AB, which will also print the paper notes. The polymer notes are printed by Note Printing Australia.

The new polymer 5,000-peso note was introduced on 24 September 2009. Existing 5,000-peso notes remain legal tender, but will be slowly withdrawn from circulation.

The front of this note features a portrait of Gabriela Mistral, images of the heart of Copihue, Antu, and the national flower, the symbol mapuche representing the sun and fertility. The back depicts La Campana National Park, located on the Cordillera de la Costa de la V Region of Valparaiso, which contains one of the few native forests of Chilean Palm. It also contains the image of a Tucúquere, a bird of prey.

Courtesy of Cleophas Elmakias Schockemohle, Marcus Jansson, Bill Stubkjaer, and Kai Hwong.

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