Venezuelan currency (the bolivar) has been around since the late 1800’s and it wasn’t until 2008 that it experienced a major change. Due to high rates of inflation, the bolivar fuerte (strong) was adopted at a rate of one to one thousand original bolivars. The new bolivar fuerte banknotes were issued in 2016 and range from 500 up to 20,000. On the 500 is Francisco de Miranda with river dolphins in the back. On the 1,000 note is Pedro Camejo with giant armadillos grazing on the reverse. The 2,000 note features Cacique Guaicaipuro with the American Harpy Eagle in the back. Luisa Caceres de Arismendi and two Hawksbill Turtles are on the 5,000 banknotes. The 10,000 note highlights Simon Rodriguez and on the back, is a roaming Spectacled Bear. Lastly on the 20,000 note is Simon Bolivar and Red Siskins perched on a branch. In 2017, the 100,000 bolivar was introduced that has the same imagery of the 20,000 banknote but in a golden yellow color.
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