The land of abundant waters!
Dutch colony in the 17th century, Guyana came under British influence in 1815. The country finally obtained its independence in 1966 and became the Co-Operative Republic of Guyana.
“It is the only Commonwealth state located in South America and the only one where the official language is English. Located north of the equator but in the tropics, it has coasts on the Atlantic Ocean. Guyana is surrounded to the southeast by Suriname, to the south and southwest by Brazil and to the northwest by Venezuela. Guyana is one of the last two countries on the American continent where driving is done on the left side, the other being its neighbor, Suriname!"
Guyana means "land of abundant waters" in the Arawak language. Located in a tropical region, the country is invaded by vast forests cut by numerous rivers and waterfalls, in particular the famous Kaieteur falls on the Potaro river and which can be found in illustration on the banknotes of the first issues. The capital of Guyana is Georgetown. The national economy is essentially agrarian. The main resources are sugar, rice and bauxite.
An attempt to issue four $ 1, 5, 10 and 20 bills was probably made between 1963 and 1965 by the English printer Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co LD, but these denominations would never be put into circulation. We found only rare photo proofs front and back mounted on card stock and sold by Heritage Auctions, Auction # 281906 of 2019 ...
In 1965, the Bank of Guyana issued a first issue of 1, 5, 10 and 20 dollars, the visuals of which were strongly influenced by the abortive issue of 1963.
In 1988, the range was enriched by a 100 dollar bill then by a 500 dollar bill in 1992. It was not until 1996 to see the arrival of a value of 1,000 dollars. This range is slightly modified by the addition of new security signs but remains essentially the same until 2013, date of the issuance of a new 5000 dollar note and currently the highest value of the Bank of Guyana.
In 2016, the country issued a commemorative $ 50 banknote to celebrate 50 years of independence (1966-2016). The last known issue dates back to 2019 with a 1,000 dollars bill printed by the US printer Crane Currency with new security signs.
All Guyana banknotes from 1965 are very affordable financially and in perfect grade!
(1) Guyana: wikipedia.