quinta-feira, 31 de julho de 2008

Guatemala - 1 Quetzal 20.12.2006 - Pick 109

Front: General Jose Maria Orellana, President in 1921-1926, who created Quetzal currency;Resplendent Quetzal, (Pharomachrus mocinno) bird;
Back: Leyden Plate (Placa de Leyden);Banco de Guatemala building; Ara de Tikal.
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The quetzal (ISO 4217 code: GTQ) is the currency of Guatemala. It is named after the national bird of Guatemala, the Resplendent Quetzal and is divided into 100 cents (centavos in legal Spanish or lenes in Guatemalan traditional Spanish). The plural can be either quetzales (as it is in Spanish) or quetzals (in a slightly anglicised form). In ancient Mayan culture, the quetzal bird's tail feathers were used as currency. Having currency named after the bird carries a strong historical value indicative of the native people of Guatemala.

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