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Cabo Verde launches new banknotes this month

The new banknotes of 500 and 5,000 escudos will this month join the 200, 1,000 and 2,000 escudo notes already in circulation in Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), reported Cape Verdean weekly newspaper A Semana.

The Bank of Cabo Verde (BCV) reported that the new 500 and 5,000 escudo banknotes are part of a new series, which also includes the 200, 1,000 and 2,000 escudo denominations, which have already been issued via the “Vinti4″ ATM network.

The new 500-escudo note honours Jorge Barbosa (1902/1971), writer and a founder of the “Claridade” literary movement as well as his home island, Santiago.

The 5,000-escudo note depicts the first president of Cabo Verde, Aristides Pereira (1975/1991), who died on 22 September, 2011, and his native island, Boavista.

As for the remaining notes, which went into circulation last December, the 200-escudo note is a tribute to the doctor and Cape Verdean writer Henrique Teixeira de Sousa (1919/2005) and the island of Fogo.

The 1,000-escudo note recalls the composer and Cape Verdean musician Gregório Vaz – better known as Codê di Dona – who died on 6 January, 2010, and also celebrates “funaná”, the musical genre he was known for.

Cesaria Evora, Cabo Verde’s most famous singer, who died on 17 December, 2011, is pictured on the new 2,000-escudo banknote, which also celebrates the “morna” musical genre. (macauhub/CV)

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