We are taking a trip to the Caribbean island Haiti with the 10 Gourdes p256 1991. This note draws your attention with the contrasting colors, and the ombre effect as the color changes from orange to green.
The front of this note features Catherine Flon seated as she sews the Haitian flag, on the 18th of May 1803, the last day of the Congress of Arcahaie. Catherine Flon was the goddaughter of Jean Jacques Dessalines, a former slave, who united forces with Alexandre Petion to successfully revolt against the French colonial army, and ultimately the creation of a nation. At the Congress of Arcahaie, Dessalines tore the white cloth out the French flag, leaving only the red and blue sections to be sewn together by Flon. Thus, creating the first flag of the Republic of Haiti. Now every May 18th Haitians celebrate National Flag Day to honor their forefathers and take pride in their nation.
The back of the note features the coat of arms with cannon, anchor, flags, bugle, drum, and palm tree. The coat of arms has a legend at the bottom saying L’Union Fait la Force or In Union there is Strength. The coat of arms was first added to the Haitian Flag in 1806, after the assassination of Dessalines. With Dessalines’ death the Caribbean nation became divided, and Petion reverted the flag to the original red and blue, and added the coat of arms which is always featured inside a white square. This version of the flag flew over the National Palace until 1964, and did not return until 1986.
The history behind this note is fascinating to me, and I hope you enjoyed it just as much!
Denomination: 10 Gourdes
Pick #: 256
Other Info: Caribbean Islands Currency
Coloration: Dark and Light Green
Depictions: Catherine Flon Arcahaie seated and sewing the first flag of the republic; Coat of Arms
Note Size: 6 1/4″ x 2 3/4″
Continent: North and Central America
Watermark: Palm Tree