Friday, July 2, 2010

Guatemala Centavos ...

* Obverse

* Reverse

5 centavos :
The five-cent coin bears the tree of liberty - Kapok tree (also known as Java cotton, Java kapok, Silk cotton or ceiba). It is a sacred symbol in Maya mythology. This tree is the official national tree of Puerto Rico and Guatemala.
On 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).

10 centavos:
The ten-cent coin presents the figure of a monolith from Quiriguá. On 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”.

100 centavos = 1 Quetzal (Code: GTQ)
It is named after the national bird of Guatemala, the Resplendent Quetzal. In ancient Mayan culture, the quetzal bird's tail feathers were used as currency.

- a bird (Resplendent Quetzal) that symbolizes liberty
- a scroll on which is written LIBERTAD 15 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 1821 (15 September 1821 is the date of Central America's independence from Spain)

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