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.
B561 (P277): 10,000 colones (US$17)
Green. Front: Spanish text; soldier with rifle; José Figueres Ferrer; abolition of the army; map of Costa Rica in OVI. Back: Spanish text; rainforest; orchid flower; mushroom cup; three-toed sloth; birds. Motion windowed security thread and solid security thread. Watermark: José Figueres Ferrer and electrotype 10000. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 146 x 67 mm. Paper.
a. 2 de setiembre de 2009.
Sig.76: Paula/González. Series A.
Courtesy of Jose Alvarado.