Guatemala is in Central America just below Mexico. This Spanish speaking country has a tropical climate, and is home to several Mayan ruins and volcanoes. Guatemala is an Indian name, but the meaning of it is unknown, and there is some argument whether it is a Mayan or Aztec name. The quetzal bird that can be seen on the front of this week’s banknote is the national bird of Guatemala, and it’s name is used for Guatemala’s currency.
This week’s banknote is Guatemala 5 Quetzal pNEW BNB605b 2018. This banknote has Spanish text. On the front are images of a quetzal bird, flag, Mayan mask, and President Justo Rufino Barrios Auyon. The back of the note displays Mayan mask, and a school scene. The watermark is electrotype CINCO 5.
Justo Rufino Barrios Auyon was a military general, and later served as president from 1873 until 1885. He was a propponent of reuniting the Central American countries, liberal reforms, and the seperation of church and state. Many of Barrios’ political opponents were forced to leave Guatemala or risk being incarcerated. Barrios was killed in 1885 during the Battle of Chalchuapa between Guatemala and El Salvador.
Mayan mask’s were an important part of Mayan culture. These masks were typically carved from wood. They were brightly colored with intricate designs, and worn for various events. Events ranged from battles to wedding ceremonies to giving birth. The masks represented animal spirits such as jaguars, which represented courage and strength.
The 5 Quetzal note shows a quetzal bird, Justo Rufino Barrios Auyon, Mayan mask, and school scene. This 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 $2.70, 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: 5 Quetzal
Pick #: New
Banknote Book #: 605b
Other Info: Polymer Note
Coloration: Red/Olive Green
Depictions: General J. R. Barrios; Quetzal Bird; Flag; Classroom
Note Size: 6 1/4″ x 2 3/4″
Continent: North and Central America
Watermark: Polymer windows with book design and J. R. Barrios