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Five colones bill of Costa Rica
Five colones bill of Costa Rica
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Five colones bill of Costa Rica  

There are interesting bills or note banks in Costa Rica now days like the ¢5000 colones bill, or the ¢10,000 which show some interesting native Fauna and the pre-Columbian stone spheres, but the ¢5 colones bill printed during early 1970´s still remains like the best one.
It shows a nice painting that is on the sealing of the foyer in the National Theater of Costa Rica in San José, capital of Costa Rica. The bill is now out of circulation but the Central Bank of Costa Rica did a knew impression some years ago because it´s a highly esteemed collector’s item and this somehow promotes tourism in Costa Rica.
Painted by an artist from Italy known as Villa, it represents many of the costarrican cultural an economical events happening during that time (Theater was built in 1897).
It´s interesting to observe the ladies collecting coffee, their European-Caucasian phenotype is true for the inhabitants of coffee lands in mid and high elevations in Central volcanic range, Northern part of Talamanca mountain range and the central plateau.

Costa Rica´s 5 colones bill  

The afro descendent man carrying the banana is holding it in a very uncomfortably and almost impossible way, not only because it´s really heavy (an average banana bunch may be 80 and 125 pounds (35 to 50 kilograms) but because it tends to break and some bananas may fall even when green.
Afro descendents in Costa Rica were first brought as slaves during the colony, but through the pass of time got mixed with other phenotypes and produced the typical phenotype found in the inhabitants of the Guanacaste region as an example, or some slightly dark skin members of the populations of Cartago, Heredia and Alajuela where history records neighborhoods existed specifically for afro descendants known by ¨Puebla de los Pardos¨, this slavery system of both indigenous and afro descendents was very much the only economy  during the colony (a little less than 400 years), but later in 1870´s Jamaicans were brought to build the railroad and stayed in the Limon province adding lots or richness to the local culture. A little bit after railroad was finished banana production started, shaping in many ways the economy of the area.
Coffee never is produced at sea level, this is an allegory of course, and bananas do happen at sea level.
As you may observe closer, flags in ships look like either costarrican or French, but at least one is clearly a French one, this is obviously a sign of the admiration that politicians in power had towards France.

 
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