This week we are looking at a note from São Tomé and Príncipe. São Tomé and Príncipe is an island country located off the east coast of Central Africa. São Tomé and Príncipe stand for “Saint Thomas” and “Prince” respectively. Cocoa is the largest crop and the small island nation has been given the nicknames ‘Chocolate Islands.’ Large portions of the islands are rain forest and are biologically diverse.

The note we are looking at for this blog-ette is 20,000 Dobras p67c 2004. This red and green note has Portuguese text. The front of this note shows berries, Camussela bird, coat of arms, and Rei Amador. The back of the note features the city of Santo Antonio, palm trees, and a beach. The watermark for this note is Rei Amador.

Rei Amador is seen on a number of São Tomé and Príncipe’s banknotes. He helped to lead a slave rebellion in São Tomé and Príncipe. In July 1595, Rei Amador, and his people, the Angolars, allied with other enslaved Africans. Amador recruited around 5000 slaves to fight against the Portuguese. There are many different versions of what took place, but Rei Amador and the Angolars took control of the island from 1595 until 4 January 1596 when Rei Amador was captured and imprisoned. He would later be executed, but is still fondly remembered by the nation as a hero.

São Tomé and Príncipe’s coat of arms was adopted in 1975. It consists of a parrot on the right and a falcon on the left with the coat of arms between them. The coat of arms has the image of a palm tree on it, and is surmounted by a blue star. At the bottom in Portuguese is “Unity, Discipline, Work.”

The 20,000 Dobrass note has such bright colors and bold images. I enjoyed learning about Rei Amador again and the coat of arms. I was hoping to get more information on the Camussela bird, but wasn’t able to find much other than its also called a Gaint Weaver and is native to São Tomé and Príncipe. Check out more on this interesting note by heading to the website.

Country: Sao Tome (Saint Thomas & Prince)
Denomination: 20000 Dobras
Pick #: 67c
Banknote Book #: 305
Year: 2004
Grade: UNC
Coloration: Multicolored
Depictions: Rei Amador; Sao Tome Oriole (Bird); Crest; Beach scene
Note Size: 5 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
Continent: Africa
Watermark: Rei Amador