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Piece bbcv2bs-aa01p3 : Banknote of 2 Bolívares : Date Octubre 05 1989 : Banco Central de Venezuela

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Piece bbcv2bs-aa01p3 (Obverse)
Photograph credits: GRANMANOTE


Piece bbcv2bs-aa01p3 (Reverse)
Photograph credits: GRANMANOTE

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Characteristics from Design A, Type A

  • Identification Code: bbcv2bs-aa
  • Size: 115mm x 55mm. The size is smaller than regular size of 156 x 69 mm (6.14 x 2.72 in.)
  • Obverse: Design mainly in dark cyan and gray over a light blue background. On the right, bust of Panteón Nacional with the leyend "BARRE" below and two leyends in arc on it's side "BOLÍVAR" and "LIBERTADOR". On the left, the denomination in words "DOS BOLÍVARES" «Two Bolívares» inside a guilloche with a serial number above. In each corner, the value in words "DOS". On the top left, the issuer name "BANCO CENTRAL DE VENEZUELA" «Central Bank of Venezuela». On the bottom, the payment clause "PAGADEROS AL PORTADOR EN LAS OFICINAS DEL BANCO" «Payments to the Bearier in the Offices of the Bank».
  • Reverse: Design in gray and white over a dark cyan background. In the center, the denomination in words "DOS BOLÍVARES" «Two Bolívares». On the right, Coat of Arms. On the left, the value "2". On the bottom, the issuer name "BANCO CENTRAL DE VENEZUELA" «Central Bank of Venezuela». In each corner the value "2".
  • Common name: This banknote, with the 1 Bolívar banknotes was also known with the popular name of "Tinoticos", in honor of the president of the Central Bank of Venezuela by then. Another popular name was "Monopolio", derived by similar size and paper quality of the popular game "Monopoly".
  • Circulation note: Theses banknotes were issued in emergency to solve the shortage of coins during 1988-1989, as a consequence of illegal funding to obtain nickel due to the high price of this metal in comparison to it's face value. The banknotes that are part of these issues are 1 Bolívar, 2 Bolívares and 5 Bolívares (Design B, type B).
  • Note about amount of pieces: Based on information from Venezuelan Metallic Coins (Asdrúbal Grillet), How to collect banknotes-Venezuelan Catalog 1811-2003 (Germán Hernandez) and Centralized banknote issues of Venezuela (Sergio Sucre), the amount of pieces were 600 millions. However, the known series and amount of pieces are far from that the official amount. Maybe there were other series prefix that never have circulated, printed or have been destroyed. The serial prefixes that should exist are from AA7 through CS7. This website will only lists those that they existences are known. Some series are less common (see the known serial interval and serie prefix).


  • Identification Code: bbcv2bs-aa01p3
  • Date: Octubre 05 1989
  • Serie: AW7. Prefix AW followed by 7 digits
  • Amount: Unknown. 8 known pieces. (based on reports and researches. Not conclusive about amount of surviving pieces)
  • Printer: United States Bank Note Corp
  • Numered specimen range:
  • Known pieces or cases: AW0229977, AW0279977, AW1429977, AW1479977, AW1529977, AW1579977, AW1629977 and AW1679977
  • Note: Print proof. Stamped "ESPECIMEN" in red (not perfored).
  • Warning: There are fake pieces created from genuine banknote serie aw7. The "ESPECIMEN" font style is distinct and the serial number is something like AW7271. The genuine proof have a serial number with pattern AW****9977

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Due to the absence of official information, piece distribution in the country, difficulties and limits to the inhabitants to access paper money, specially since 2017 approximately, make difficult the studies and estimation of banknote issues.

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  • Presidente «President»: Pedro Tinoco
  • Primer Vice presidente «First Vicepresident»: José Vicente Rodríguez Aznar

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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