Myanmar to issue banknotes with new portraits

Myanmar (or Burma as the country is still called by a lot of countries) will probably issue banknotes with new faces in the future. The parliament of Myanmar specifically asked for the return of the portrait of General Aung San on the banknotes of lower denominations.

General Bogyoke Aung San (13 February 1915 – 19 July 1947) was a Burmese revolutionary, nationalist, founder of the modern Burmese army and considered to be the Father of modern-day Burma. He was responsible for bringing Burma's independence from British colonial rule in Burma, but was assassinated six months before independence. He is recognized as the leading architect of independence, and the founder of the Union of Burma. Affectionately known as "Bogyoke" (General), Aung San is still widely admired by the Burmese people, and his name is still invoked in Burmese politics to this day. Aung San had a daughter, Aung San Suu Kyi, who is now a world famous Burmese politician and the recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize.

The image of General Aung San on an older banknote from my own collection:

Steven Friday 15 November 2013 at 09:16 am | | news
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