The Banco de la República, the central bank of Colombia, has issued the 5000-peso banknote, the fourth in the latest banknote series.
The new note began circulating in Colombia yesterday, on the 9 November 2016. It follows the release of the $100,000, $50,000 and $20,000 all issued during 2016.
Its design is a predominantly coffee brown colour and includes illustrations of Colombia’s poet José Asunción Silva who died in 1896, considered one of the founders of Spanish-American Modernism. The design also includes a puma plant, native to the Andes Mountains of South and Central America. The note’s dimensions are 66mm by 133mm.
Security features include:
- a windowed security thread which changes from fuchsia pink to green when the note is tilted, and includes the bank’s initials “BRC” when held to a light source
- see through register images of a bumblebee and the initials “BRC”
- a watermark of the aforementioned poet
- tactile intaglio features, including diagonal straight lines at the edge of the note to assist those with visual impairments to identify the note’s denomination
- Colour changing ink in the design of the pula plant that changes from a copper colour to green when the note is turned
- A hidden latent image, again visible when the note is turned
Watch the Banco de la República’s educational film.
The Banco de la República’s smartphone app now includes the details of the new 5000-peso banknote, in addition to the other notes of the new family now in circulation.
The remaining denominations of the new Colombian banknote family are the $2,000 and $10,000, expected to be issued next year.