Travel with us as we look at a note from Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a South Asian country bordered by Myanmar, India and the Bay of Bengal. This riverine country’s name means “Land of the Bengals.”  The country was once part of Bengal, then with the division of India in 1947, became part of Pakistan’s East Bengal (later renamed to East Pakistan) until 1971 when it became an independent nation. Some fun facts about Bangladesh are its national animal is the Royal Bengal Tiger, it is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, and the national sport is Kabaddi but the most popular sport is Cricket.

The note we are looking at this week is Bangladesh 10 Taka p33b 2000. It is a multicolored note with Bengali and English text. The front of the note displays an image of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The back of the note has the bank logo, and Lalbagh Fort Mosque in Dhaka. This is a paper note and the watermark is Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is seen as one of the founding fathers who helped secure Bangladesh’s independence from Pakistan. He was a Bangladeshi politician who served as the first President of Bangladesh and later as the Prime Minister. Rahman was killed in 1975 when assassins invaded the presidential compound with tanks, and killed Rahman, his family and staff. Only his two daughters survived since they were in Germany at the time, but they were not allowed to return to Bangladesh. Rahman’s assassination led the country into political turmoil until one of his daughters, Sheikh Hasina, returned to Bangladesh and became Prime Minister.

Lalbagh Fort Mosque is located in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. The construction of the complex began is 1678 by Mughal Subahdar Muhammad Azam Shah. Only a few years into construction, Shah was called away by his father and left the project to Shaista Khan. Khan did not continue to work on the project, though he stayed in Dhaka for a time. Sadly, Shaista Khan’s daughter passed away at Lalbagh Fort and Khan began to think of it as bad luck. He buried her at Lalbagh Fort, and the tomb of Bibi Pari is seen as one of the three major parts of Lalbagh Fort. The other two major segments being the mosque and Diwan-i-Aam. The mosque has three domes and is a relatively small building, with a water tank in the front. Diwan-i-Aam is a two-story residence of the governor.  

The 10 Taka note is eye-catching with the bright colors used. This note features Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the front, while the back of the note displays the bank logo and Lalbagh fort mosque. Head to the website to check out more on this note and other notes like it.

Country: Bangladesh
Denomination: 10 Taka
Pick #: 33b
Year: 2000
Grade: UNC
Other Info: Sign 7
Coloration: Multicolored
Depictions: Mujibar Rahman; Lalbag Fort Mosque
Note Size: 5 1/2″ x 2 3/4 “
Continent: Asia and the Middle East
Watermark: Mujibar Rahman