Nicaragua issues 10- and 20-córdoba polymer notes

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On 15 May 2009, the Central Bank of Nicaragua introduced new 10- and 20-córdoba banknotes. Printed on polymer, the new notes cost 30 percent more to manufacture than paper notes, but the president of the BCN, Antenor Rosales Bolaños, assured the public that they are impermeable, hygienic, and last up to four times as long.

10 córdoba (US$0.50), L. 12 SEPTIEMBRE DE 2007. Introduced 15.05.2009. Front: Castillo Inmaculada Concepción (Castle of the Immaculate Conception) in Rio San Juan. Back: Coat of arms; Hacienda San Jacinto in Managua. Signature: Antenor Rosales Bolaños, PRESIDENTE. 131 x 67 mm. Polymer.

20 córdobas (US$1), L. 12 SEPTIEMBRE DE 2007. Introduced 15.05.2009. Front: Girl pounding grain; typical house on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. Back: Coat of arms; five women dancing the palo de Mayo (Maypole). Signature: Antenor Rosales Bolaños, PRESIDENTE. 136 x 67 mm. Polymer.

Denominations of 100 and 200 córdobas will be issued shortly, with 50- and 500-córdoba notes to follow. Of these, the 200-córdoba note will also be polymer, with the other denominations printed on paper.

Courtesy of Oscar Fonseca, Thomas Krause, and Gustavo Rios.

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