Haiti 1 Gourde banknote of 1983-84

2019-08-28 Wed

Haiti is a Caribbean country that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic to its east. The region was originally inhabited by the indigenous Taino people. Spain landed on the island on 5 December 1492 during the first voyage of Christopher Columbus across the Atlantic. When Columbus initially landed in Haiti, he had thought he had found India or China. The island was named La Espanola and claimed by Spain, which ruled until the early 17th century.

Haiti has a rich and unique cultural identity, consisting of a melange of traditional customs of French and African, mixed with those from the Spanish and indigenous Taino cultures. Haiti's culture is greatly reflected in its paintings, music, literature and obviously through their currency!

The gourde is the currency of Haiti and it is divided into 100 centimes (French) or santim (Creole). The governments of Haiti issued paper money in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500, and 1,000 gourdes. The banknote depicted in the image alongside is 1 Gourde banknote in issue from 1983 to 1984. The note specifications are as follows:

The obverse depicts the portrait of President for Life, Dr. François Duvalier, "Papa Doc" in centre with denominational value in ornate design pattern. The reverse features the official Coat of Arms of Haiti depicting the Canons, flags, drum, anchor, trumpet, and palm tree.

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