This blog entry is ongoing work
Colombian money is confusing even for Colombians due to a relatively recent change of the bills.
First lets start with punctuation
We use a comma for cents. eg. Fifty cents = ,50 (we no longer use cents, but is good to know)
We use a dot for thousands. eg. One thousand = 1.000
We use an apostrophe for millions. eg. One million = 1'000.000
Keep in mind that this article is not historically accurate, I'll talk about the people or things in the coins and bills on a very superficial level
Coin are used a lot on daily life, we currently have 2 sets of 50, 100, 200, 500 coins and one set of the 1.000 pesos coin
|50||This is the coin you give as change when you hate someone and you want to screw them over, the only reason this exist is to annoy businesses.||SIlver looking coin with a Colombian coat of arms and a big "50" on the other side||Has an animal that look like a polar bear, but is in fact spectacled bear.|
|1.000||If you find an old one, keep it. it however doesn't have any value nowadays, government phased it out because it was too easy to counterfit.||This is our most good looking coin|
|1.000||Grossest bill you will ever lay hands on since is the most used bill for day to day operations.||Collectors item||it features a guy whose murder incited one of the most violent times in Bogota|
|10.000||This one features the most badass Colombian woman, her name was Policarpa and she was a spy who died by firing squad while cursing the Spanish|
|100.000||SInce the 3 years these have been in circulation i've only seen them 3 times, having one of these is like having a check, nobody will accept them, so make sure that if you are unlucky to get one you get rid of it as soon as possible||N/A||
This bill features Gabriel Marquez, our Literature Nobel price winner, everyone knows who he is, but less than 10% of the population in Colombia have read his novels.