Brazilian Real, the currency of Brazil, was introduced in 1994 as part of the Plano Real, a substantial monetary reform package that aimed to put an end to three decades of rampant inflation. In April, 2010 the Central Bank of Brazil released a new series of banknotes (see picture above), they have different sizes according to how much they worth. The new banknotes have begun to enter circulation in December 2010, coexisting with the older ones.Get to know both of them!
NOTAS DE R$1 (um real)
Since 2005, banknotes of “um real” aren’t produced anymore. They were took off circulation little by little and nowadays (coins of) “moedas de um real” replace them.
COMPARE THE NEW WITH THE OLD REAL
THE NEW REAL WAS PRINTED IN DIFFERENT SIZES
LEARN ABOUT THE ANIMALS ON THE REVERSE OF BRAZILIAN BANKNOTES
NOTA DE R$ 1 (um real): Beija-flor is a tiny birs that eats a lot! This animal needs keep on eating once it spends a lot of energy to fly. It is easy to see beija-flores even in the cities.
NOTA DE R$2 (dois reais): tartaruga-de-pente lives in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. For centuries, the shell of this turtle was used to make objects suc as combs (pentes) which ended up giving origin to the popular nam eof this specie.
NOTA DE R$5 (cinco reais): garça-branca-grande adapts itself very well in several environments. Even in very poluted places as the Tietê river, in São Paulo, it is possible to find it out.
NOTA DE R$10 ( dez reais): arara-vermelha can be found in Amazônia, Cerrado, Caatinga, Pantanal and Mata Atlântica.This animal eats a variety of fruits and seeds, but the most curious is that it also eats clay. The male of this specie chooses a female to live with him for the rest of their lives.
NOTA DE R$20 (vinte reais): Mico-leão-dourado is a native specie from Mata Atlântica and just exists in Brasil. It almost despared with the destruction of the forest. They are usually born as twins are stick with their moms all the time while young. The familes of this specie are normally in between six or seven members and always one that is the head of the group.
NOTA DE R$50 (cinquenta reais): Onça Pintada lives in areas with plenty of water as Mata Atlântica, Amazônia and Pantanal. In its natural habitat, it spots serve as camouflage among the woods and facilitate their survival. Unfortunately, this specie is now at risk of extinction.
NOTA DE R$100 (cem reais): garoupa is a very common fish in the southest area of Brazil. A curious feature of this specie is that groupers are born as females and become males at around nine or ten years old. They can reach up to 120 centimeters long and there are records of 50 years old animals. Unfortunately, many of them do not come so far due to overfishing. This animal is also at risk of extinction.
The information about the animals was based on: http://diariodebiologia.com/2011/03/conheca-os-bichos-das-nossas-notas/
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