Paper, Crisp UNC, Serie A, P-88
160 mm x 74 mm (6-1/4” x 3”)
OBVERSE: This wonderfully rendered Banco Central del Uruguay (CBU) N$ 200 pesos uruguayos honors José Enrique Camilo Rodó Piñeyro (1871–1917). Rodó was an important philosopher, educator and essayist whose vision was of a unified Spanish America. Remembered for his novel, Ariel, Rodó’s credo was “reformarse es vivir” (“to reform oneself is to live”).
To the left side of this bill is a quill superimposed on top of a running scroll repeating “REPÚBLICA ORIENTAL DEL URUGUAY,” the original bank founded in 1896. CBU was established in 1967. Just to the right is a watermark of Manuel Ceferino Oribe y Viana (1792-1857), who served as the second Constitutional President of Uruguay. In the center is the Uruguay coat of arms, followed by “NUEVOS PESOS DOSCIENTOS MONEDA NATIONAL 1986” (New Pesos 200 National Money). Nuevos pesos (N$) were issued between 1975—1990 to distinguish the new money from the old.
REVERSE: The reverse features Monumento a José Enrique Rodó, a tribute to Rodó by Uruguayan sculptor José Leoncio Belloni (1882—1965). Installed in Parque Rodó, Montevideo, and dedicated February 27, 1947, the center column displays a bust of Rodó (about a third of the way up) and topped with the statue of a winged Ariel. To the left and right are two sculptural groups representing the parables “The Farewell of De Gorgias” and “The Six Pilgrims.”
The designer of this currency has signed “CICCONE S.A.” bottom center.