Mayan Heritage on Honduras Banknote

11 Jun 2020  Thu

Honduras is a Central American country with Caribbean Sea coastlines to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. This tropical rainforest country is immersed in Mayan history. Guatemala and Honduras share this bygone connection which is featured on a banknote of Honduras. The lempira is the currency of Honduras and it is subdivided into 100 centavos. The lempira was named after the 16th-century cacique Lempira, a ruler of the indigenous Lenca people, who is renowned in Honduran folklore for leading the (ultimately unsuccessful) local native resistance against the Spanish Conquistador forces. He is a national hero and is honored on both the 1 lempira note and the 20 and 50 centavos coins. This 1 Lempira banknote of 1997 depicts the left-facing effigy of Indio Lempira along with the National coat of arms - Escudo Nacional. The reverse depicts the Mayan ball game (pelota) and steps in the ruins of Copan; One of Copan stelae - Estela "A" depicting Waxaklajuun Ub'aah K'awiil (732 A.D.). Image Courtesy:

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