Sunday, June 15, 2008

Haitian Currency! What it looks like!

The Gourde (HTG) is the official currency of Haiti. The gourde can be further subdivided into 100 centimes.

The gourde was formerly pegged to the US dollar at a rate of 5 gourdes to one US dollar. Since then, however, the gourde has been placed on a floating rate. In light of the former peg, five gourdes are often referred to as a "Haitian dollar." Five centimes, in similar nature, is referred to as a "Haitian penny." In select regions of Haiti, prices are denoted in Haitian dollars rather than gourdes and customers are left to multiply the dollars by five.

Haitian Coins - 1895

One gourde (Papa Doc) Papa Doc Duvalier Overprint
At the end of the Baby Doc Duvalier regime the one and two gourde note were over printed with a red circle and slash across it with the date of the end of the Duvalier regime—February 7, 1986—printed below in red [right>]. The overprint was placed over the image of Baby Doc on the 5 gourde note and his father the infamous Papa Doc, François Duvalier.

Subsequent notes were replaced with images of figures from the history of the Haitian Republic.


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