Join us as we look at a wonderful note from Rwanda. Rwanda is a landlocked country in Central Africa. It is often referred to as the “land of a thousand hills” due to its beautiful scenery. Every last Saturday of the month, the people of Rwanda participate in Umuganda. Umuganda is mandatory and requires people all over the country to participate in community service projects. Additionally, Rwanda holds a car-free day every month to promote sustainability.
The note we are looking at is Rwanda 500 Francs p26b 1998. This is a pink, green, and light blue paper banknote. The front of this note has French text while the back of the note has Kinyarwanda text. On the front of the note is an image of three mountain gorillas. The back of the note shows two boys and a girl reading books, and the National Museum of Rwanda buildings. The watermark is an Intore dancer’s head and electrotype BNR.
Mountain gorillas were declared an endangered species in 2018. They are part of a subspecies of eastern gorillas. Mountain gorillas are found in thick forests at elevations of 8,000 to 13,000 feet. They have thicker fur than other great apes due to their elevated habitat. When standing on two feet, mountain gorillas stand between 4 feet to 5 ½ feet tall, and they can way up to 440 lbs. Thankfully, due to conservation efforts the mountain gorilla is making some headway in growing their population.
National Museum of Rwanda is now called the Ethnographic Museum. The museum is located in Butare and was opened in 1989. The museum displays several exhibitions about African life and culture.
Intore is also referred to as the Dance of Heroes. Traditionally, this was a war dance performed by Tutsi warriors before going to battle. The dances only involved men. Women were not allowed to partake in Intore. The dances were always war themed and the men typically carried weapons while performing. Today dances are done for celebrations, and instead of carrying weapons the dancers now carry replicas.
This nicely detailed note depicts mountain gorillas, children reading, and the National Museum of Rwanda. This 500 Francs 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 $10.20, 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: 500 Francs
Pick #: 26b
Banknote Book #: 125b
Depictions: Gorillas; Children reading; National Museum of Rwanda
Note Size: 5 1/4″ x 3″
Watermark: Intore dancer’s head