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Banknotes in Bolívares : Banco Mercantil y Agrícola : Numismatic Catalog of Venezuela

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Information about Banco Mercantil y Agrícola and the Monetary Unit Bolívar

Historical overview

Founded initialy as Banco Mercantil Americano in 1917, following in 1918 as Banco Neerlando Venezolano, and 1926 as Banco Mercantil y Agrícola, this bank issued banknotes until 1940 when the Central Bank began to be the only authorized institute to issue banknotes nationwide. This bank still functioning today as Banco Mercantil, name changed in 1982.

Monetary Unit Name

Bolívar of Silver (1879-1918)
Bolívar of Gold (1918-1974)
Bolívar (1974-2007)

Monetary System

100 Céntimos = 1 Bolívar

Time Period

From 1879 through December 31st 2007, which has been replaced by "Bolívar Fuerte".

Monetary equivalence

5 Céntimos = 1 Centavo (Venezolano)
1 Bolívar = 20 Centavo (Venezolano)
5 Bolívares = 1 Venezolano
1000 Bolívares = 1 Bolívar Fuerte


10 Bolívares

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Banknotes of 10 Bolívares

20 Bolívares

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Banknotes of 20 Bolívares

100 Bolívares

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Banknotes of 100 Bolívares

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