Costa Rica


1990-2000 | 2011-2012



5 Colones, 1990

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Front: Rafael Yglesias Castro (1861-1924), President of Costa Rica 1894-1902

Back: La Alegoria del Cafe painting in the lobby of the National Theater, San Jose, depicting coffee harvesting and shipping

Painted by Milanese artist Aleardo Villa (1865-1906) in 1897.


La Alegoria del Cafe

La Alegoria del Cafe

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10 Colones, 1985

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Front: Rodrigo Facio Brenes (1917-1961), lawyer

Back: Central Bank of Costa Rica building


Central Bank of Costa Rica

Central Bank of Costa Rica

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100 Colones, 1974

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Front: Ricardo Jiménez Oreamuno (1859-1945), President of Costa Rica 1910-1914, 1924-1928, and 1932-1936

Back: Supreme Court of Justice building


Supreme Court of Justice of Costa Rica

Supreme Court of Justice

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20 Colones, 1983 Tyvek Plastic

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Front: Cleto Gonzalez Viquez (1858-1937), President of Costa Rica 1906-1910, 1928-1932

Back: Allegorical scene of justice

Courtesy orocondor


50 Colones, 1992

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Front: Gaspar Ortuno y Ors, banker

Ortuno was born in Spain. He arrived at Costa Rica in 1861 as Vice-consul of Spain. He was one of the founders of the Banco Unión, that later became Banco de Costa Rica, than later became Banco Central de Costa Rica.

Back: Old Central Bank building


2,000 Colones, 1997

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Front: Clodomiro Picado Twight (1887-1944), Costa Rican Scientist

Picado studied zoology and botany. He received a doctorate degree from La Sorbonne in 1913. His research contributed to the development and innovation of biological sciences. He published some 115 research papers in his lifetime, delving into nearly all aspects of his environment: soil, flora, fauna, human tissues, water, plant pathology and others.

Back: Hammerhead shark and dolphin


Hammerhead Shark

Hammerhead Shark

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5,000 Colones, 1999

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Front: Native sculpture

Back: Toucan; Leopard; Native carving; foliage; Stone sphere


1,000 Colones, 1998 (2000)
Commemorates Central Bank 50th Anniversary

1000 colones 1998 (2000) front
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Front: Tomás Soley Guell (1875-1943), economist

He found the National Insurance Institute, and also established a children's hospital.

Back: National Insurance Institute


National Insurance Institute

National Insurance Institute

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1990-2000 | 2011-2012

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Costa Rica, located in southern Central America between Nicaragua and Panama, was a constituent state of the Central American Republic 1823-48. Became an independent republic in 1848. For a more detailed country profile, see CIA World Factbook on Costa Rica.




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