Peso Convertible Notes.


In Cuba two different currencies circulate:

  • The Peso Cubano Nacional: legal tender for transactions by Cubans in "Peso shops"

  • The Peso Cubano Convertible (CUC): to be used by tourists for their transactions in hotels, casa particular, bars, gas stations ... and in the "divisa" (previously dollar) shops

Some unscrupulous money changers on the streets will try to pass off "National" peso bills or coins as "convertibles" that are worth about 25 times more. I have therefore added some images to ensure travelers are able to differentiate between the two types of notes and coins.

The "street name" of the Peso Cubano Convertible on the streets is the "Chavito".

 

Up CUC notes CUC coins Nacional notes

 

Update: new notes issues in Cuba in December 2006.
Cuba swaps bank notes to stop counterfeiting
www.caribbeannetnews.com

 

The old 2004 style CUC notes remained valid for some time.

 

More info on the notes: http://www.bc.gov.cu/Espanol/emisiones.asp
 

 

1994-2005 Notes.


Value

Front side Back
1 Peso Convertible Cubano Peso Convertible Cubano
3 Peso Convertible Cubano Peso Convertible Cubano
5 Peso Convertible Cubano Peso Convertible Cubano
10 Peso Convertible Cubano Peso Convertible Cubano
20 Peso Convertible Cubano Peso Convertible Cubano
50 Peso Convertible Cubano Peso Convertible Cubano
100 Peso Convertible Cubano Peso Convertible Cubano

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