Our note this week comes from Honduras. Honduras is a Central American country bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. This tropical nation has a large collection of Mayan ruins including the UNESCO World Heritage Site Copan (Mayan city). Additionally, Honduras is home to one of the oldest cathedrals in Central America. Comayagua Cathedral was built in 1634 and houses one of the oldest clocks in the world. The clock was made around 1100 and eventually gifted to the Bishop of Comayagua.

In this blog-ette, we are looking at Honduras 20 lempiras p92a (BNB 339) 2004. The 20 lempiras note is green, purple, orange, yellow and light blue with Spanish text. The front of the note shows the coat of arms and Dionisio de Herrera. The back of the displays the old presidential palace in Tegucigalpa. There are various watermarks for this note.

Honduras’ coat of arms is an oval shield surrounded by the motto “Republica de Honduras Libre Soberana E Independiente- 15 De Septiembre 1821” which translates to “Republic of Honduras, Free, Sovereign, Independent- September 15, 1821.” To the sides of the motto are two cornucopias, and above them is a quiver with arrows. The shield itself displays a triangle, two towers, a volcano and a sun. Below the shield shows a landscape scene with two mines and a home. The triangle comes from the seal of the Central American Federation. The towers represent defense readiness, while the triangle symbolizes equality and freedom.

Dionisio de Herrera was the head of state of Honduras from 1824 until 1827. He was also the head of state of Nicaragua from 1830 until 1833. Both of these states were part of the Central American Federation while he was head of state. He was the first head of state for Honduras after Central America’s independence from Spain and Mexico. During his terms as head of state in Honduras and Nicaragua, Herrera tried to implement liberal reforms; however, he was often met with opposition from the clergy and other conservatives. In 1835, he was elected head of state in El Salvador, but decline the position. Instead, Herrera decided to retire from politics and became a teacher in El Salvador.

The 20 lempiras note is our current featured note and will be offered at a discounted price for a limited time. Make sure to check out our website to see more on this note and other notes available.

Country: Honduras
Denomination: 20 Lempiras
Pick #: 92a
Banknote Book #: 339
Year: 2004
Grade: UNC
Coloration: Green/Pink/Peach
Depictions: Dionisio de Herrera; Crest; Presidential Mansion
Note Size: 6″ x 2 3/4″
Continent: North and Central America
Watermark: None Discernible