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1 Real 2003 - 2006, Brazil

in Krause book Number: 251a
Years of issue: 2003 - 2006
Edition: --
Signatures: Diretor Caixa De Amorticao: Antonio Palocci Filho, Presidente Do Banco Central Do Brasil: Henrique de Campos Meirelles
Serie: No Serie
Specimen of: 1997
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 140 x 65
Printer: Casa da Moeda do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro

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1 Real 2003 - 2006

Description

Watermark:

watermark

Flag of Brazil

Avers:

1 Real 2003 - 2006

Efígie da República.

The Efígie da República (Portuguese for Effigy of the Republic) is used as a national personification, both in Brazil and in Portugal, symbolizing the Republic.

The effigy is a representation of a young woman wearing a crown of bay leaves in Roman style and a phrygian cap. It is present in allegoric paintings and sculptures displayed in government buildings throughout Brazil, and engraved on Brazilian real coins and banknotes. It was first used as a pro-Republican icon in the 19th century, inspired by France's Marianne. After the proclamation of the Republic in 1889, it became an important symbol of the newly formed Republic.

Revers:

1 Real 2003 - 2006

Amazilia lactea

The Sapphire-spangled Emerald (Amazilia lactea) is a species of hummingbird that occurs in Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil from the Amazon south to Santa Catarina; there are uncertain records from east Ecuador.

Comments:

Since 1986, Brazilian bank notes contain the words “Deus Seja Louvado” (God Be Praised). In 2012, a federal prosecutor from Sao Paulo sought a court order to force the central bank to replace the nation’s entire supply of paper currency with bills that do not display these words, arguing that Brazil is a secular state and that this phrase violates the rights of non-Christians and nonbelievers. The Bank responded by stating that the preamble to the Brazilian constitution explicitly states that the democracy was formed “under the protection of God”, and that the state, “not being atheist, anticlerical or antireligious, can legitimately make a reference to the existence of a higher being, a divinity, as long as, in doing so, it does not make an allusion to a specific religious doctrine.”