Take a trip with us to Guinea- Bissau. Guinea Bissau is a country located on the Atlantic coast of West Africa. This small country is part of sub-Saharan Africa and boasts a tropical climate and several national parks. In addition, Guinea- Bissau has many islands and inlets off it’s coast which create the Bijagós archipelago. In 1996, these islands were designated as a biosphere reserve by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The note we are looking at today is Guinea-Bissau 1,000 Pesos p13b 1993. The front of the note shows a man weaving with a loom, Amilcar Cabral wearing a sumbia, and coat of arms. The Back of the note shows the allegory APOTEOSE AO TRIUNFO (Glorification of Triumph).
Amilcar Cabral was a revolutionary, an intellect and a pan-Africanist. He helped lead the people of Guinea-Bissau toward independence. Guinea-Bissau formerly known as Portuguese Guinea was a colony of Portugal from 1588 until 10 September 1974. Sadly, Amilcar Cabral was assassinated less than a year before Guinea-Bissau declared its independence. His brother, Luis Cabral, took up his place after his death and would become Guinea-Bissau’s first president.
The artwork on the back of the note is titled as APOTEOSE AO TRIUNFO (Glorification of Triumph). The image shows a grand celebration for Guinea- Bissau’s independence. In the background, you’ll notice a man with his arms raised, holding a flame in one hand and a banner in the other. In the foreground of the image there are men and women playing instruments. Plenty of food to behold, and animals and plants surrounding them.
This delightful note is red, yellow and brown. It focuses around the revolutionary Amilcar Cabral and the allegory APOTEOSE AO TRIUNFO (Glorification of Triumph). The national language of Guinea- Bissau is Portuguese; however, I find it interesting that the note only has Portuguese text when around 11% of the population speak Portuguese. This is our current feature note and is offered at a discounted price for a limited time.
Denomination: 1,000 Pesos
Pick #: 13b
Depictions: Amilcar Cabral; man weaving; Glorification of Triumph mural
Note Size: 5 3/4″ x 2 1/2″
Watermark: Amilcar Cabral