Paraguay is a landlocked country in South America. It has a diverse landscape ranging from subtropical forests to scrublands. This week we are going to be taking a look at a beautiful note from this country. The 100 Guaranies p205 1952 note has 4 signature variations. It has a solid security thread, but no watermark. The front of this note features the Ministry of Finance Oval shield, and General Jose Eduvigis. The back of the note shows Ruinas de Humaitá (ruins of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Humaitá).
General Diaz was a celebrated Paraguayan war hero. His most noted victory was the battle of Curupaity on September 22, 1866. Unfortunately, General Diaz died 4 months later when a Brazilian bomb exploded on his canoe while fishing. In 1939, his ashes were interred in the Pantheon of Heroes.
The Humaitá Fortress was located on the left bank of the Paraguay River. The fortress controlled access of the Paraguayan River which led to the country’s capital, Asunción. Humaitá Fortress was of great significance from 1864 until 1870 while Paraguay was at war with Brazil. Paraguay lost control of the fortress in 1868 and Brazil started using it as a base. Within this fortress was St. Charles Borromeo Church. The ruins of this church are preserved and are a popular tourist destination. Frequently, when looking up the Humaitá Fortress, the church’s ruins will pop up, and it is these ruins shown on this beautiful note.
The 100 Guaranies note is mainly green, but has some pink and yellow on the front of the note. The note has Spanish text; however, the country has two official languages: Spanish and Guarani. Guarani is an indigenous language that is spoken by a majority of the population in Paraguay. This note would be a beautiful note to anyone’s collection.
Denomination: 100 Guaranies
Pick #: 205 (Sign Variety)
Year: 1952 (1982)
Other Info: There are 4 Sign varieties for this note
Depictions: General Jose E Diaz; Coat of Arms; Ruins of Humaita
Note Size: 6 1/4″ x 2 1/2″
Continent: South America
Watermark: None Discernible