The National Bank of Rwanda has released (11th February) two new banknote denominations of 1,000 (
1,000 francs: The note retains the same blue colour scheme and dimensions as the previous issue, along with the same design and features. The face includes a depiction of the Ethnographic Museum, formerly the National Museum of Rwanda, which is located in Butare, a city in the southern province and is the former colonial capital of Rwanda. The back of the notes includes the image of a golden monkey, a species prevalent in Central Sub-Saharan Africa, and resides in the Volcanoes National Park. Dimensions of the note are 140 by 72
500 francs: The new note in this series was changed in its
The National Bank has announced that the old series notes will continue to be used alongside the newly issued series in cash transactions for the next three years until they are officially removed from use.
It is noteworthy to mention that a proposal exists to introduce a common currency, a new East African shilling, for the six member states of the East African community which includes the countries of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. While originally scheduled to occur by the end of 2012, as of June 2016, the proposed common currency has not been introduced. For additional information about these banknotes and others issued by the National Bank of Rwanda, please visit their website.