Cape Verde or Cabo Verde is an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean located 385 miles off the coast of Africa. This collection of islands has a subtropical climate and has one of the largest nesting sites for Loggerhead turtles. With their deep harbors, the islands are frequently used as fueling stations for vessels, and the water surrounding the islands are part of the breeding grounds for humpback whales. The islands were uninhabited until the Portuguese colonized the islands in 1456. The majority of the population is mixed European and African decent, and is often referred to as Crioulo.

The note that we are looking at this week is Cape Verde 500 Escudos p69. This delightful red, yellow and green note has Portuguese text. The front of the note shows chemist Roberto Duarte Silva, chemical symbols, a serpent wrapped around a chalice, and the coat of arms on Oberthur Iriseal OVI patch. The back of the note features Trapiches- Ilha de Santo Antao (sugar cane press island in Santo Antao), and a mortar and pestle. The watermark for this note is Roberto Duarte Silva.

Roberto Duarte Silva was a chemist from Santo Antao, Cape Verde. From a young age he took an interest in science and began working at an apothecary when he was just 14 years old. A few years later, he would move to Portugal and attend The School of Pharmacy while also working at a local pharmacy. He would go on to open pharmacies in both Macau and Hong Kong. Eventually, he moved to Paris and earned his bachelor’s degree in Organic Chemistry. He wrote several books and became the President of the Chemistry Society of Paris.

Cape Verde’s coat of arms has a torch and triangle within a circle. The torch and triangle symbolize freedom and unity. At the top of the circle is a plumbob. The stars around the outside of the circle represent the ten islands making up the archipelago. The coat of arms is on a Oberthur Iriseal OVI (Optically variable ink) patch. This security feature allows ink to appear as two distinct colors depending on the angle the bill is viewed. The printer is Francois-Charles Oberthur Fiduciaire (FCOF). Oberthur Fiduciaire has been in the printing industry since 1842. The company’s first banknotes were for the Banque de France in 1940.

The 500 Escudos p69 note is an eyecatcher. The note honors chemist Roberto Duarte Silva, his life’s work and his place of birth on Santo Antao. This is our current featured note and will be offered at a discounted price for a limited time. To take a closer look at this note, head to our website.

Country: Cape Verde
Denomination: 500 Escudos
Pick #: 69
Year: 2007
Grade: UNC
Coloration: Green/Red
Depictions: Roberto Duarte Silva: Chemical symbols; Sugar Cane Press
Note Size: 5″ x 2 1/2″
Continent: Africa
Watermark: Roberto Duarte Silva