Join us as we take a look at a banknote from South Sudan. South Sudan is a landlocked country in northeastern Africa. It is a biodiverse country with savannahs, rainforests, and swamplands. In 2011, South Sudan separated from Sudan, and gained its independence. This came about from a 2005 peace deal that ended Africa’s longest civil war.

This week’s banknote is South Sudan 20 Pounds p13c 2017. The front of this note shows Dr. John Garang de Mabior and a spear. On the back of the note are antelope, and a mine shaft or oil derrick. The watermark is Dr. John Garang de Mabior, electrotype 20, and cornerstones. This is a paper note with English text.

Dr. John Garang de Mabior was a Sudanese politician and rebel leader. He led Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Sudan’s second civil war from 1983-2005. Following a peace agreement in 2005, Garang became the First Vice President of Sudan which allowed him and President Omar al-Bashir to share power. Concurrently, Garang became the premier in southern Sudan (not yet South Sudan). He maintained these positions from January 2005 until June 2005 when he died in a helicopter crash. There is some debate whether the crash occurred due to bad visibility or something more nefarious. Dr. John Garang de Mabior is featured on the first banknotes issued by South Sudan.

South Sudan has a biodiverse ecosystem which has allowed a myriad of wildlife to flourish. Included in their wildlife, South Sudan boasts a variety of antelope. Antelope are herbivores and hoofed mammals. All of the male antelopes have horns while about 2/3 female antelopes have horns. Unlike deer which shed their antlers, an antelope’s horns are continuously growing.

This nice-looking banknote is simple in design. It displays an image of Dr. John Garang de Mabior on the front, and antelope on the back. The current price for this note is $2.25, 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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Country: South Sudan
Denomination: 20 Pounds
Pick #: 13c
Year: 2017
Grade: aUNC
Coloration: Brown
Depictions: Dr. John Garang de Mablor; Ibex
Note Size: 5″ x 2 3/4″
Continent: Africa
Watermark: Dr. John Garang de Mablor