Take a trip with us as we look at a banknote from Belize. Belize is a Central American country bordering the Caribbean Sea. This country has dense jungles, beaches, Jaguar wildlife sanctuaries, and a beautiful coral reef just off its coast. Belize has 450 islands called Cayes (pronounced keys), and is home to around 900 Mayan archeological sites.
The banknote this week is Belize 2 Dollars p66f 2017. This is a violet, mauve and blue paper note with English text. The front of the note depicts Queen Elizabeth II, jade head, stela from Nim Li Punit, coat of arms, school of triggerfish and angelfish, and carved Xunantunich arch. Queen Elizabeth is wearing Grand Duchess Vladimir’s tiara and Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee necklace. The back of the note displays toucan and tapir, and Maya ruins: Altun Ha, Xunantunich, and Lubaantun. The watermark is a carved head of the “sleeping giant.”
Altun Ha dates back to 200-900 AD and is 5 square miles. The site has two main complexes that are surround by smaller structures that were most likely residential areas. In all, there are over 500 structures found on the site. The most important structure is temple B4 which is a multi-tiered temple rising to 55 feet. It has a large staircase that leads to a series of rooms, and at the center is another staircase that rises to a room at the top of the temple with a circular alter. Additionally, it was discovered that temple B4 had several royal tombs. During an excavation in 1968, it was in one of the tombs that the jade head was found. The jade head seen on the front of the note is Kinich Ahau- the Maya Sun God. This priceless artifact weighs 9.75 pounds and is 5.86 inches tall.
Stelae (stela is singular) are Maya monuments that are sculpted stone shafts. Essentially, stelae were stone banners that glorified the king. They were often seen paired with circular stones beneath them. The circular stones are believed to have been used as alters, but it’s true purpose is unknown. Stelae were seen throughout the Maya region between 250 and 900 AD; however, the practice of creating stelae began around 400 BC. On the front of the note, is a stela from Nim Li Punit. At this archeological location, there were 26 stelae found. Unfortunately, I was unable to identify which one is seen on this particular banknote.
This nicely detailed note depicts native animals and fish in Belize, Queen Elizabeth II, and several archeological sites. The 2 Dollar banknote is our current featured note and will be offered at a discounted price for a limited time. The current price for this note is $5.53, but it is subject to change. To see more about this note or other notes like it, head to our website.
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Denomination: 2 Dollars
Pick #: 66f
Banknote Book #: 324f
Other Info: Central Bank of Belize
Coloration: violet, mauve, blue
Depictions: Queen Elizabeth II; Stela; Mayan ruins; Birds
Note Size: 5 1/2″ x 2 3/4″
Continent: North and Central America
Watermark: Carved Head of sleeping giant