The last few days of 2009 are ticking away, and 2010 fast approaches. Next year is a big one for Mexico. Two hundred years since Independence. And one hundred years since the revolution. The countdown clock in the Zocalo has been ticking for months, Ruta 2010 signs have gone up everywhere to mark, well, various routes. And preparations for massive celebrations are well underway.
Including, not surprisingly, commemorative banknotes. Here’s the new 100 peso note, celebrating the 100 years since the revolution. I got my first one today. You’ll notice the train – it’s very much a symbol of the event. There is a big train sitting outside the Monument to the Revolution in the Centro Historico, and if you watched the video I did of the Sound and Light show, you’ll notice that it ends with the shadow of a passing train. Bit weird really – it all suggests that Mexicans think trains are just fabulous. Yet, aside from city metro, the Copper Canyon line and a tourist line to a Tequila producer near Guadalajara, there aren’t any passenger trains here.
I don’t have one of the new 200 pesos on me, although they’ve been out for a while. Off the top of my head, I’m guessing the 200 peso note celebrates the 200 years of independence. Just a hunch. by the way, it turns out that Adobe’s Photoshop recognises banknotes when you try and scan them in, and refuses to open the image. Quite clever. Took me at least 15 seconds to find the necessary crack. It’s not illegal to reproduce Mexican bank notes anyway. And besides, I did add ‘sample’ watermarks.