Cape Verdean real

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The real (plural réis) was the currency of Portuguese Cape Verde until 1914. It was equal to the Portuguese real. Portuguese coins were used but banknotes were issued by the Banco Nacional Ultramarino specifically for Cape Verde starting in 1865. The real was replaced by the escudo, at a rate of 1000 réis = 1 escudo.


In 1865, Portuguese notes were overstamped for use in Cape Verde. In 1897, notes specifically designed for Cape Verde were introduced, in denominations of 1000, 2500 and 5000 réis. Notes for 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000 réis followed in 1909.


  • Pick, Albert (1994). Standard Catalog of World Paper Money: General Issues. Colin R. Bruce II and Neil Shafer (editors) (7th ed.). Krause Publications. ISBN 0-87341-207-9.

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