Thursday, December 6, 2007

The World's Largest Size Banknote

Philippines 100,000 Piso note, measuring 356mm x 216mm (about the size of a legal page), is accredited by the Guinness World Records as the world's largest legal tender note in terms of size.

Front: The "Cry of Pugadlawin", when about 1,000 Filipino patriots led by
Andres Bonifacio gathered in Pugadlawin, on August 23, 1896. They tore up their
Spanish-issued residence certificates and yelled "Long live the Philippines",
signalling the start of a revolt against Spain.

Back: From the balcony of his house in Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1898, General Emilio Aguinaldo displays the Philippine
flag to the crowd below and proclaims independence from Spain.

Only 1,000 of these notes were issued in 1998 to commemorate the Centennial of Independence from more than 300 years of Spanish colonial rule. The notes were intended for collectors. The initial offering price was 180,000 Piso ($4175), substantially higher than the face value.

The note is legal tender. However, if you want to spend it, it's only worth 100,000 Piso ($2390).

You can view my entire bank note collection at Tom Chao’s Paper Money Gallery

Scans courtesy of Ram Kumar.


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