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The Quetzal as Guatemala´s Currency

“Paladion que protege su suelo”

 
 
The Quetzal as Guatemala´s Currency Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 9, 2015
1. The Quetzal as Guatemala´s Currency Marker
Inscription.
50 años
1924-1974
Unidad monetario, quetzal.
Moneda quetzal creada el 26 de noviembre de 1924 por decreto gubernativo No 872

Instituciones emisoras:
Caja reguladora 1925-1926
Banco Central de Guatemala 1926-1946
Banco de Guatemala 1946->>>
Guatemala 26 de noviembre de 1974

English translation:
50th Anniversary
1924-1974
The quetzal as the national currency of Guatemala.
The quetzal currency was created on November 26, 1924 by governmental decree No. 872

Emitting organizations:
Regulating cashier 1925-1926
Central Bank of Guatemala 1926-1946
Bank of Guatemala 1946->>>
Guatemala, November 26, 1974

 
Erected 1974.
 
Location. 14° 37.568′ N, 90° 30.839′ W. Marker is in Guatemala City, Guatemala, in Municipality of Guatemala. Touch for map. The marker is in a small plaza in front of the Guatemalan National Bank, near the Currency Museum (Museo Numismático de Guatemala). Marker is in this post office area: Guatemala City, Guatemala 01001, Guatemala.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mario Méndez Montenegro (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Mobile Military Police (approx.
The Quetzal as Guatemala´s Currency Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 9, 2015
2. The Quetzal as Guatemala´s Currency Marker
The Bank of Guatemala can be seen in the background.
0.3 kilometers away); The Guatemalan Military Museum (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); 300th Anniversary of the Printing Press in Guatemala (approx. half a kilometer away); Assassination of Maria Chinchilla (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Dolores Bedoya de Molina (approx. one kilometer away); José Martí in Guatemala (approx. 1.1 kilometers away); Monument of the Star (approx. 1.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Guatemala City.
 
Regarding The Quetzal as Guatemala´s Currency. President José Maria Orellana created the quetzal as Guatemala´s national currency in 1924. The quetzal, Guatemala´s national bird, has feathers that were used as currency in pre-Columbian times. Prior to the quetzal, various currencies were in use in Guatemala, including pesos, reales, dollars and even money minted by individual farms.

The phrase "Paladión que protege su suelo" in the marker is a line from Guatemalas's national anthem, referring to the quetzal as being similar to the Palladium (of ancient Trojan lore) as a protector of the homeland.
 
Also see . . .
1/2 Quetzal Note (1986 Series) image. Click for full size.
By Banco de Guatemala, circa 1986
3. 1/2 Quetzal Note (1986 Series)
The bird depicted on the note is a quetzal. The statue depicts Tecun Uman, the last ruler of the Mayan K'iche and Guatemala's national hero. One legend has him turning a quetzal bird during the Battle of El Pinar (1524), in which he was killed while battling the Spanish forces that were approaching the city of Quetzaltenango.
 The Guatemalan Quetzal. (Submitted on August 10, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.)
 
Categories. Government
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 310 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   3. submitted on August 10, 2015.
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