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Bills and Currency in Current Circulation

Ilustraciones de Cada una de las 11 Denominaciones. Anverso y Reverso

Coins

General Characteristics

The thickness of the coins will be the required according to their respective diameters, alloys and weights. The coins will have the shape of a disk. The front of all of them will have the national coat of arms of Guatemala inscribed on the front.

On the upper part, and around this, the inscription will be: REPUBLICA DE GUATEMALA (Republic of Guatemala); and along the bottom, in a circular form, the year of minting will be engraved.

 

One cent coin

The one cent coin will include an effigy of Fray Bartolomé de las Casas and the inscription of “UN CENTAVO” (one cent) and “FRAY BARTOLOME DE LAS CASAS”.

The diameter of a one cent coin is nineteen millimeters.

Alloy: nine-hundred eighty-five thousandths of aluminum and fifteen thousands of magnesium.

Weight: Eight hundred milligrams.

 

Five cent coin

The five cent coin will bear the tree of liberty; in the right lateral field and perfectly visible, will be the number five (5), followed by the word “CENTAVOS” (cents); and at the foot of the tree, the old patriotic motto: “LIBRE CREZCA FECUNDO” (Grow Free and fecund).

The diameter of the five cent coin will be sixteen millimeters.

Alloy: Six hundredths ten thousandths of copper, two hundred thousandths of zinc and one hundred ninety thousandths of nickel.

Weight: one gram, six hundred milligrams.

 

Ten cent coin

The ten cent coin will present the figure of a monolith from Quiriguá; in the right lateral field and perfectly visible, the number ten (10), followed by the word “CENTAVOS” (cents); on the lower margin the inscription “MONOLITO DE QUIRIGUA”.

The diameter of the ten cent coin is of twenty one millimeters.

Alloy: six hundred ten thousandths of copper, two hundred thousandths of zinc and one hundred ninety thousandths of nickel.

Weight: Three grams, two hundred milligrams.

 

Twenty-five cent coin

The twenty-five cent coin will include the head of an indigenous woman, and in the right lateral field, perfectly visible, the number twenty-five (25), followed by the word “CENTAVOS” (cents).

The diameter of the twenty-five cent coin will be of twenty seven millimeters.

Alloy: six hundred ten thousandths of copper, two hundred thousands of zinc and one hundred ninety thousands of nickel.

Weigh: Eight grams.

 

Fifty cent coin

The fifty cent coin bears the national flower (Monja Blanca (white nun): Lycaste Skinnery Alba), in the right lateral field, in a perfectly visible form, the number fifty (50), followed by the word “CENTAVOS” (cents); and in the left lateral field, the inscription “MONJA BLANCA FLOR NACIONAL” (White nun national flower).

The diameter of the fifty cent coin is of twenty four and twenty five tenths of a millimeter.

Alloy: Seven hundred thousandths of copper, two hundred forty five thousandths of zinc and fifty-five thousandths of nickel.

Weight: Five grams, five hundred milligrams.

 

One Quetzal Coin

The one Quetzal coin will bear the inscription “Paz” (Peace) as part of a stylized dove, with the legend “Paz Firme y Duradera” (Firm and lasting Peace) on the upper part; and “29 de Diciembre de 1996” (December 29, 1996), on the lower part. In the right lateral field, the number one (1) and the word “Quetzal”.

The diameter of the one Quetzal coin is of twenty nine millimeters.

Alloy: Seven hundred thousandths of copper, two hundred forty-five thousandths of zinc and fifty-five thousandths of nickel.

Weight: eleven grams.

Bills

Fifty centavos of a Quetzal Bill

The fifty centavos of a Quetzal bill bear on its front side the effigy of Tecún Uman, National hero; and on the back, the front view of Temple I, Tikal. Dominating color: brown.

 

One Quetzal Bill

The one Quetzal bill on the front will bear the effigy of General José María Orellana, President of the Republic, 1921-1926, in whose government the Quetzal currency was created; and on the reverse, the building of the Banco de Guatemala. Dominating color: green.

 

Five Quetzal Bill

The five Quetzal bill on the front will present the effigy of General Justo Rufino Barrios, President of the Republic from 1873-1885, reformer of the country and promoter of the Central American unity; and on the back, an allegory toward teaching. Dominating color: lilac.

 

Ten Quetzal Bill

The ten Quetzal bill on the front will have an effigy of General Miguel García Granados, President of the Republic from 1871-1873, he promoted the approval of the main codes and other laws enforced during almost a century; and on the back, an allegory to a session of the National Legislative Assembly of 1872. Dominating color: red.

 

Twenty Quetzal Bill

The twenty Quetzal bill will include on its front side the effigy of Doctor Mariano Gálvez, founding father of independence and Head of State of Guatemala in the Central American Federation; and on the back, an allegory of the Signing of the Central American Independence Act. Dominating Color: blue.

 

Fifty Quetzal Bill

The fifty Quetzal bill will bear on its front the effigy of Bachelor Carlos Zachrisson, of the Ministry of Hacienda and promoter of the monetary and banking reform of 1923-1926; and on the back an allegoric picture of the coffee harvest. Dominating color: orange.

 

One Hundred Quetzal Bill

The one hundred Quetzal bill on its front will have on its front side the effigy of Bishop and Bachelor Francisco Marroquín, defender of the indigenous and creator of the school of superior studies; and on the back, the building (interior) of the University of San Carlos de Borromeo located in Antigua Guatemala. Dominating color: sepia.

 

Other bills

The main drawings of the front and back, as well as the dominating color of the two hundred, five hundred and one thousand Quetzal bills will be determined by the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala, with the opinion of the Monetary Board.