Summer usually reminds us of pristine beaches, colorful landscapes, idyllic places, and recreational activities. In other words, summer is almost the definition of vacation and travel. Summer is also the busiest time of the year for airports. On the reverse of the Bahrain 5 Dinar Banknote from 1973 – 1988 are a jumbo jet and a Boeing 747 flying over the Bahrain International Airport in Muharraq. This design makes it a perfect travel banknote. The airport was established in 1927 when a chartered flight landed on the country. The first scheduled commercial aircraft to arrive in Bahrain was the Hannibal in 1932. 

Bahrain 5 Dinars | L.1973 (1998 ND) | Source: Banknote World

As the sunny season has officially started, fasten your belts as we take you to beautiful summer destinations around the world. 

Banknotes That Remind Us of Travel, Vacations and Beaches


Samoa is a Polynesian island nation in the Pacific that consists of two mainlands, two smaller inhabited islands, and smaller islands. It is known for its spectacular sceneries, white beaches, and breathtaking adventures. 

Samoa 5 Tala | 2017 ND | Source: Banknote World

The obverse of this Samoan 5 Tala Banknote takes us to a scenic beach in Samoa. Its reverse depicts the former house of Scottish novelist and travel writer Robert Louis Stevenson who is best known for his Treasure Island, A Child’s Garden of Verses, Kidnapped, and the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Robert spent his final years in the Pacific and died in Samoa at the age of 44. His house is now the residence of the head of state.  


Lebanon lies between Syria and Israel, situated at the intersections of the Arabian hinterland and the Mediterranean Basin. Although among the smallest countries in the world, Lebanon has a wealthy history that molded its cultural identity consisting of diverse beliefs and religions.  

Lebanon 100 Livres | 1988 | Source: Banknote World

This 100 Lebanese pound/livre banknote dated 1988 features the inner courtyard of the 19th-century Beiteddine Palace which was used as a government building by the Ottomans after 1840 and as a local administrative office during the French Mandate. Since 1943, the palace has been the summer residence of the president. On the reverse is a mountainous landscape.  


Summer also reminds us of festivals. On the reverse of this Nicaraguan 20 Cordobas banknote from 2014 are female dancers celebrating the Festival Mayo Ya or the Maypole Festival which originated in the 17th century. In addition, the ceremonial folk dance is performed on May Day around a tall pole. May Day celebrations is also believed to be the symbol of the shift from cold season to warmer days. 

Nicaragua 20 Cordobas | 2014 | Source: Banknote World Educational


Swimming is one of the most popular activities to do during summer. This Suriname 25 Gulden Banknote from 1996 reminds us of summer with 1988 Olympic champion Anthony Neste doing the butterfly stroke featured on the reverse of the note.  

Suriname 25 Gulden | 1996 | Source: Banknote World

Zero Euro 

Every summer travel must have mementos and souvenirs such as the Zero Euro Souvenir Banknote Set. Highlighting the Brandenburg Gate, Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum, the Sagrada Familia, a Manneken Pis, and also the Mona Lisa this banknote set tells us about Europe in a nutshell.  

Zero Euro 15 Pieces Full Banknote Set | Travel Souvenir | 2017 | Source: Banknote World

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