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Piece bbcv20000bss-ab01r : Banknote of 20,000 Bolívares Soberanos : Date Enero 22 2019 : Banco Central de Venezuela

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Piece bbcv20000bss-ab01r (Obverse)
Photograph credits: Felix Gutierrez

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Characteristics from Design A, Type B

  • Identification Code: bbcv20000bss-ab
  • Size: 156mm x 69mm
  • General: Design in green.
  • Obverse: Design with portrait orientation. On the top, "REPÚBLICA BOLIVARIANA DE VENEZUELA" «Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela». Below, the denomination value "20000", the denomination in words "VEINTE MIL BOLIVARES" «twenty thousand Bolívares», the date, the payment clause "PAGADEROS AL PORTADOR EN LAS OFICINAS DEL BANCO" «Payments to the Bearier in the Offices of the Bank» and the signers. At right, watermarks zone. On the bottom, portrait of Simon Bolivar by Philippe Froesch. The serial numbers are located at upper right and bottom left rotated 90 degrees clock-wise.
  • Reverse: Design with landscape orientation. In the center, over the field Mausoleum of the Liberator Simon Bolivar. On the right, watermarks zone. On the top left, the issuer name "BANCO CENTRAL DE VENEZUELA" «Central Bank of Venezuela». On the left, Coat of Arms. On the bottom,, the denomination in words "VEINTE MIL BOLIVARES" «twenty thousand Bolívares» and the denomination value "20000". On the bottom left the denomination value "20000" repeated 4 times.
  • Some security elements: diving holographic security thread in 5 windows. watermarks, invisible ink (ultraviolet), see-through perfect print registration.
  • Watermark: "BCV" and portrait of Simon Bolivar by Philippe Froesch.
  • Variations: From Design A, Type A, changess the security thread, portrait of the watermarks, and upper serial number ultraviolet light response


  • Identification Code: bbcv20000bss-ab01r
  • Piece type: Replacement Banknote
  • Date: Enero 22 2019
  • Serie: X8. Prefix X followed by 8 digits
  • Amount: 323,550 (estimated).
  • Printer: Joint Stock Company Goznak (unconfirmed)
  • Serial interval: Unknown. Estimated X00637001 - X00960550. Known X00637564 - X00960194
  • Known serial prefix: X00637, X00639, X00648, X00659-X00660, X00667, X00677, X00679, X00689, X00720, X00728, X00850, X00890, X00898, X00958, X00960 ?

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Fancy serial numbers

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  • Amount of low or high serials: 590 (all), 277 (Level 1), 193 (Level 2), 96 (Level 3) and 24 (Level 4)
  • Low serial interval: X00637001-X00637590 (all), X00637314-X00637590 (Level 1), X00637121-X00637313 (Level 2), X00637025-X00637120 (Level 3) and X00637001-X00637024 (Level 4)
  • High serial interval: X00959961-X00960550 (all), X00959961-X00960237 (Level 1), X00960238-X00960430 (Level 2), X00960431-X00960526 (Level 3) and X00960527-X00960550 (Level 4)


  • Presidente BCV «President of BCV»: Calixto Ortega Sánchez
  • Primer Vicepresidente BCV «First vicepresident of BCV»: Sohail Hernández

Identification in other catalogs

NOTE: The piece identification from the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money (SCWPM) used in this website is updated to: Specialized issues (7th edition - 1995), General issues 1368-1960 (14th edition - 2012) and Modern issues 1961-2019 (25th edition - 2019)

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