Our blog-ette this week is on a note from Costa Rica. This Central American country borders both the Caribbean and the Pacific. Costa Rica is one of the happiest countries according to the Happy Planet Index. The tropical country is known for its rainforests, and its conservation efforts. Costa Rica has 25% of land in conservations. It has over 200 volcanoes, beautiful beaches, and is also known for the Pura Vida lifestyle.

The note for this week is Costa Rica 1,000 Colones p274b 2013. This red note has Spanish text. The front of the note shows Braulio Carrillo Colina, Estado de Costa Rica shield, and a map of Costa Rica on see-through leaf. The back of the note shows a forest landscape in Guanacaste, pitahaya cactus flowers, a white-tailed deer, and scorpions.

Estado de Costa Rica shield was Costa Rica’s coat of arms between 1840-1842. This shield shows an eight-point star within a yellow circle. The yellow circle has Estado de Costa Rica which means State of Costa Rica. Costa Rica’s coat of arms changed 5 times before 1848. Since then, the coat of arms has remained similar to the 1848 version.

Braulio Carrillo Colina studied law in Nicaragua and entered into politics at a young age. At 28 years old he was elected into the legislature, and would later serve as Chairman of the Supreme Court. Colina held the position as Head of State twice. The first from 1835 until 1937, and again in 1838 until 1842. It was during his second term that he gathered an assembly to separate Costa Rica from the Federal Republic of Central America and become a sovereign country. Unfortunately, in 1842 Costa Rica was invaded and Braulio Carrillo Colina went into exile. He would settle in El Salvador and was assassinated in 1845.

This delightful red note shows Braulio Carrillo Colina a former Head of State, and the estado de Costa Rica shield which is an older version of Costa Rica’s coat of arms. I enjoyed learning more about this delightful note, especially about Braulio Carrillo Colina. Check out more about this note on the website.

Country: Costa Rica
Denomination: 1,000 Colones
Pick #: 274b
Banknote Book #: 558a
Year: 2017 (2013)
Grade: UNC
Other Info: Polymer – B Series
Coloration: Red
Depictions: Braulio Carrillo Colina; Seal; Tree; Cactus; White-tailed Deer
Note Size: 5″ x 2 3/4″
Continent: North and Central America
Watermark: Polymer window with B.C. Carrillo