PMG's Featured Note of the Month: Costa Rica 20,000 Colones

Posted on 1/17/2023

For Braille Literacy Month, we spotlight a note designed for the visually impaired.

Costa Rica, Banco Central 2018 (ND 2020) 20,000 Colones graded PMG 68 Superb Gem Unc EPQ
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Country: Costa Rica

Catalog Number: Pick# 284a

Date: 2018 (ND 2020)

Denomination: 20,000 Colones

Varieties: None, but PMG has certified three with its Early Releases designation

What makes it special? The front of the note (at the bottom left) contains raised dots that help the visually impaired recognize the denomination of the note.

Did you know? January is Braille Literacy Month, which celebrates the system of raised dots on paper that allow the visually impaired to read. Braille was developed by Louie Braille, a French educator who was born on January 4, 1809.

Total graded by PMG: As of January 2023, the PMG Population Report includes 212 examples of these notes, including three that qualified for PMG's Early Releases designation.

PMG median grade: PMG 66 Gem Uncirculated EPQ.

PMG highest graded: PMG has certified one Pick# 284a as PMG 70★ Gem Uncirculated EPQ.

Sales highlights: A group of two of these notes, one graded PMG 68 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ and the other graded PMG 67 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ, realized $132 in a Heritage Auctions sale in September 2021.

PMG Registry: This note is part of several categories, including Costa Rica 1902-Date, Type Set, Issued Notes. The leader there is MAZAMU's CR completo set, which includes a Pick# 284a graded PMG 68 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ.

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