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Sunday, 5 February 2012

The World's Most Beautiful Currencies

A Costa Rican banknote for five colones. It shows Rafael Yglesia Castro, president of Costa Rica from    1894 to 1902 and a Guaria Morada orchid, Costa Rica 's national flower. The current series of banknotes is being replaced throughout 2010.

A Canadian banknote for five dollars, depicting children playing ice hockey. The verse is from a Roch Carrier short story, and reads: "The winters of my childhood were long, long seasons. We lived in three places - the school, the church and the skating rink - but our real life was on the skating rink."

A colourful five dollar Australian note. In 1965, Australia adopted the name "royal" for its currency, but it was later dropped in favour of the dollar.

A note for one Egyptian pound. All Egyptian banknotes are bilingual.

A 100 dirham note from the UAE, showing the World Trade Centre. A falcon watermark is placed on all UAE banknotes to help prevent fraud.

A five rupee note from Pakistan . The port depicted is Gwadar port, which opened in 2008.

A five ringgit note from Malaysia showing the Kuala Lumpur International Airport , the Petronas Twin Towers , and the Multimedia Super Corrido

A 20 rand note from South Africa . Each in this series of banknotes features a different animal from the "big five".

 A colourful, floral 1000 note from French Polynesia , where the currency is the CPF franc.

A 500 baht note from Thailand . This is roughly equivalent to £10 of British money.

 A Surinamese ten dollar note. The dollar replaced the Surinamese guilder in January 2004.

A one lempira note from Honduras . The lempira was introduced in 1931, and is named after a 16th century ruler.

A New Zealand note for five dollars, depicting New Zealand 's native hoiho, or yellow-eyed penguin.

A Bahamian one dollar note, showing the Royal Bahamas police force band.

 A one dinar note from Libya . The dinar replaced the pound in 1971.

Indian 1000 Rupee note bearing the image of the nation's father, Mohandas K. Gandhi in front and a combine harvester, an offshore oil derrick, a satellite, and a steel furnace, with a young girl working at a computer at the back.

An Indonesian note for 10000 rupiah. The word rupiah derives from the Indian rupee. This note shows traditional houses in the city of Palembang . 

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