The 200 Dobras banknote (equivalent to US$9.51 or €8.16) designated as P-81 and B-316, showcases an elegant blend of grey and blue hues. Measuring 155 x 67 mm, this banknote carries distinctive features on both sides.
The obverse side presents an illustrious portrait of Rei Amador, capturing his essence as a central figure. Alongside this dignified portrayal, the arms of the nation stand proudly, symbolizing its strength and unity. A butterfly, meticulously integrated as a registration device, adds an artistic touch, enhancing the banknote’s aesthetic appeal.
On the reverse side, a map of São Tomé and Príncipe takes center stage, offering a geographical context to this currency. Another captivating element is the depiction of the chibi-ficha (Anabathmis hartlaubii) Príncipe sunbird, a nod to the region’s rich biodiversity.
Incorporating advanced security measures, the banknote boasts an Enhanced GEMINI™ security thread, strategically woven to include Microtext and a PUREIMAGE™ thread. These sophisticated elements contribute to the banknote’s resilience against counterfeiting attempts.
To further fortify its authenticity, a watermark featuring Rei Amador’s likeness and an electrotype butterfly has been seamlessly integrated into the design.
The craftsmanship behind this banknote extends to its production. De La Rue, a renowned printing establishment situated in London, England (DLR), was entrusted with the responsibility of bringing this currency to life.
A significant date, December 23, 2020, marks the issuance of this remarkable banknote. With its intricate design, security features, and historical significance, the 200 Dobras banknote captures the essence of São Tomé and Príncipe’s culture, heritage, and natural beauty.