Uruguayan author passed away on 14.4.2015 at age 74. His most famous book, "Las
venas abiertas de América Latina" (Open
Latin America) was given
to President Obama by the then Venezuela President Hugo Chavez at
2009 Summit of the Americas in a mocking gesture.
Open Veins of Latin America, published in 1971, was a harsh critique of
the exploitation of Latin America by European powers and the USA. Galeano
was banned from Uruguay in the 1970's by the military dictatorship when he
fled first to Argentina and later to Spain. He returned to his birthplace,
Montevideo in 1985. In 2014 he recounted writing Open
Veins saying he regretted some aspects of his writing as time has passed.
The above note was privately designed as a commemoration to Galeano.
published his excellent work, Latin American Bank Notes Records in 2005
with only 500 copies printed. The book was meticulously prepared from the
American Bank Note Company archives records from 1865 to 1965.
Over two thousand banknote types are catalogued which were issued by over
270 banks and government authorities from 20 Latin American countries.
There are hundreds of high quality illustrations which depict the great
beauty of these classical period issues. Ricardo also was very detailed
and included the original production quantities, serial and series
numbers, dates, signatures, secret marks and other reference information
not found anywhere else.
This book originally sold for $42. Thanks Ricardo for producing such an
outstanding reference and for now making the complete book available free
online to everyone!GSE
prolific author, has just completed another interesting
article, this time on "Historic
Maps on Latin American Banknotes" Miguel
originally from Venezuela, but has been living with his family in the USA
since 1996. His numismatic interests extend beyond
collecting to include historical research. He has been contributing articles
about Latin American paper money to several
for the past two decades.
The Maps article was first published in
the IBNS Journal and was enhanced in 2015 for the IBNS-NC
forward to many more great articles from Miguel.GSE
16,203 banknotes from 395
"countries" in 6338
pages are now listed; last update:
Current Countries, 145 Former,
Terr., Unrecog.,Currency Unions,
30 Local currencyIssues,
17 Fantasy Issues