The Bank of Mexico announced the new 100 peso bill that has entered into circulation since Thursday. The central figure of this new means of payment is Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, whose birthday is commemorated on November 12. Unlike others, this banknote is made of polymer (plastic), its main color is red and it has a vertical orientation design.
This was one of the features that attracted the most attention, in addition to the fact that the figure of Sor Juana moved from the two-hundred bill to the hundred. However, this bill is not the first to be printed in Mexico with this format. In his Twitter account, the deputy governor of the central bank, Gerardo Esquivel, explained that the first vertical banknote was issued in 2009. It is about a copy of 200 pesos to commemorate the Bicentennial of Independence.
But perhaps what would surprise you the most is to know that it is not the first Mexican banknote with that format, since in 2009 a commemorative bill of the Bicentennial of Independence was issued with that format.
They are highly appreciated by collectors and circulate little. 🙂
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– Gerardo Esquivel (@esquivelgerardo) November 13, 2020
As we have counted in Verne, the International Banknotes Society (IBNS, for its acronym in English, is dedicated to choosing each management the best and most beautiful banknotes in the world. There are several models of banknotes in America that have this format and that have been chosen as the most beautiful.
In the last four years, the winners of the contest for the most beautiful banknotes of the world’s banks of the IBNS have been in portrait format. In 2019 it was the 10 guilder note issued by the Bank of Aruba; in 2018, the 10 dollar bill from Canada; and in 2017 and 2016, the 10 and 50 franc notes of the Bank of Switzerland.
The new 100 peso bill that is already in circulation in the country was printed in the El Salto workshops, in Jalisco. It is one of the most widely circulated banknotes in the country, and for which an investment of 3,636 million pesos was considered for its manufacture. Next year a new fifty-peso bill will be presented, which will also be made in plastic, to double the time they are in circulation.