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Jun 24th, 2011, 08:30 PM
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New 1,000- and 2,000-colon bills in Costa Rica

The rollout of the new colon bills in Costa Rica is about a year behind schedule, (Surprise, surprise! ) The new 1,000 and 2,000 bills began appearing this week. The old bills will be valid for general circulation until Sept. 1, after which time you'll have to exchange them in any bank. After Nov. 1, you can only exchange the old bills at the Central Bank in downtown San Jose. If you have bills left over from previous trips, beware. If you're traveling in the next few weeks, try to get rid of old 1,000 and 2,000 bills before you leave.

The new 20,000 bill was introduced several months ago as a new denomination entirely. The newly designed 5,000 and the new denomination 50,000 are scheduled to be introduced later this year, Like I say, the whole rollout is way behind schedule.

The new bills are smaller in size than the old series. Their widths are all equal; the lengths vary as an aid to the sight-impaired. They're quite attractive too.
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Jun 25th, 2011, 05:14 AM
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thanks Jeff for the heads up

1000CRC(Costa Rica Colones)=$1.99 currently

daily FOREX rate varies can be found at coinmill.com

Always use my no FE fee capitalone.com CREDIT card for perks

ATM my colones at big banks only so as not to get

shafted on the exchange rate.
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Jun 25th, 2011, 06:20 AM
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A newly designed 10,000 bill will be coming too.

Pictures of the 1,000 and 2,000 bills:

http://www.ticotimes.net/Current-Edi...y-June-22-2011
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Jun 25th, 2011, 12:04 PM
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Hi Jeff,

Thanks for the heads up.

We are headed down next week. I will have to check the desk drawers to see if I have any colons squirreled away.

Regards,

Pat
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Jun 27th, 2011, 04:26 PM
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I received my first new bills today. The coffee leaf on the front of the 1,000 is a hologram and changes color as you rotate the bill. I like it.
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Jul 1st, 2011, 07:21 PM
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Costa Rica has beautiful currency. I especially like the 5000 colone note with the images that remind me of the southern zone. The new 20,000 note is also beautiful, with the hummingbird on it, but it doesn't seem widely used...
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Jul 18th, 2011, 02:29 PM
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The new bills are really pretty, but I don't like how slick they are!
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Jul 18th, 2011, 03:27 PM
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They do feel funny. They're polymer. They should last a lot longer than the 100% paper bills and not get as dirty. Does anyone remember when there were 50-, 100-, and 500-colon bills? They would stay in circulation so long and would get absolutely filthy.
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