Baseball is back, and for many Americans we are happy to see the players on the field. One thing that even the casual fan will notice is that a lot of the players are not from the U.S. or Canada. In fact, over 25% of all professional baseball players are born outside the US. And, as it has been true for many years, the tiny nation of the Dominican Republic has the most international players. Over 100 major league players hail from the DR.
With this history of success, I expected to see baseball players on their banknotes or coins. Sadly, I didn’t see any, but it did give me a chance to look at the Dominican’s banknotes.
The 2003 Banknote Series are typical designs for the region. They show local historical figures, buildings and complex security designs.
The 2014 – 2015 Banknote Series is much more attractive. Although they don’t contain any baseball related themes or symbols, these notes use many tropical colors and include offset printed local flowers. The designs are still mostly historical buildings and people, but the images are much more detailed and have more depth and richness.
The higher denomination banknotes include a round green SICPA SPARK feature. To me, they look a lot like a baseball. Maybe this was a subtle way the Dominican Republic is showing off its baseball success.
To see more Dominican Republic Banknotes, visit Banknote World’s DR product offering by clicking here.