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25 Florin 2008, Aruba

in Krause book Number: 17a
Years of issue: 01.07.2008
Edition: --
Signatures: Directeur: Mrs. Jeanette R. Semeleer, President: Mr. Hassanali Mehran.
Serie: 2003 Issue
Specimen of: 01.12.2003
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 147 х 66
Printer: Joh. Enschede Security Printing BV, Haarlem

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25 Florin 2008

Description

Watermark:

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Caesalpinia coriaria - symbol of Aruba.

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Also an abbreviation of Centrale Bank van Aruba.

Caesalpinia coriariaCaesalpinia coriaria is a leguminous tree or large shrub native to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. Common names include Divi-divi, Cascalote, Guaracabuya, Guatapana, Nacascol, and Watapana (Aruba).

C. coriaria rarely reaches its maximum height of 9 m. (30 ft.) because its growth is contorted by the trade winds that batter the exposed coastal sites where it often grows. In other environments it grows into a low dome shape with a clear sub canopy space. Leaves are bipinnate, with 5-10 pairs of pinnae, each pinna with 15-25 pairs of leaflets; the individual leaflets are 7 mm. long and 2 mm broad. The fruit is a twisted pod 5 cm. (2.0 in.) long.

The Divi-divi is one of the more well known species of Caesalpinia; it is the national tree of Curaçao. It is also very common and popular on Aruba.

Tannins are extracted from Divi-divi pods for use in leather production.

Among the molecules isolated is corilagin, whose name comes from the specific epithet of the plant.

Avers:

25 Florin 2008

Crotalus durissus unicolorCrotalus durissus unicolor is a venomous pitviper subspecies, found only on the Caribbean island of Aruba, off the coast of Venezuela. Critically endangered, it is estimated that fewer than 230 adults survive in the wild. Sometimes still treated as a full species. The snakes are endemic to the island of Aruba, off the coast of Venezuela. They exist only in thornscrub and desert habitats on the southeastern half of the island. The type locality given is "Aruba." Moderately sized, this species attains an adult length of approximately 90 cm, and weighs about one kilogram. It is light brown, tan, or almost pink in color, reflecting the soil color of its native habitat, with darker brown diamond shaped markings but colors may vary from white to apricot, or brown to slate. The markings are sometimes nearly invisible, or only visible in a narrow stripe down the middle of the back.

Denominations in numerals are in top left and lower right corners.

Revers:

25 Florin 2008

Geometric shapes of Aruban prehistoric art.

Denominations in numerals are in lower left corner and on right side.

Comments:

On the reverse of each note there is a pattern in iridescent ink. This pattern changes color if the real note is tilted. The pattern is similar to the symbol, located as viewed through image in the lower right corner of the reverse.

Designer: Evelino Fingal.

Interesting facts about the flag of Aruba:

1) White border stars on the flag of Aruba symbolizes honesty and purity of hearts of Aruba citizens.

2) A star with four rays on the flag of Aruba indicates four main languages ​​spoken by the locals: Dutch, Papiamento, Spanish and English.