Dominican Republic 20 Pesos Oro banknote 2001 General Gregorio Luperon

Dominican Republic currency 20 Pesos Oro banknote 2001 General Gregorio Lúperon
Dominican Republic currency 20 Pesos Oro banknote 2001 National Pantheon of the Dominican Republic

Currency of the Dominican Republic 20 Pesos Oro banknote 2001 General Gregorio Luperon
Central Bank of the Dominican Republic - Banco Central de la República Dominicana
Dominican Republic Banknotes - Dominican Republic Paper Money

Obverse: Vignette with the image of General Gregorio Luperon (1839-1897) located at the right hand side of the banknote, looking toward the left. Seal of the Central Bank of the Republic at left. Blossoms of the Mahogany Tree, La caoba (Swietenia mahagoni), formerly (1957-2011) the national flower and now the national tree of the Dominican Republic at center. Denominations are in top and lower right corners. Brown on multicolor underprint.
Reverse: Vignette, located at the left side, of the frontal facade of the National Pantheon of the Dominican Republic, in a three-quarter view toward the right side (Panteon Nacional in Santo Domingo), View from Calle de Las Damas. Blossoms of the Mahogany Tree, La caoba (Swietenia mahagoni), formerly (1957-2011) the national flower and now the national tree of the Dominican Republic at center.
Printer: De la Rue, London.
Dimensions: 156 x 67 mm.

Security Features:
1. Latent Image (hidden): The effect of this image is created through the process of Intaglio printing. The shadows caused by microscopic channeling and slots create an image that is only perceivable when observed under a light, at a 45-degree angle.
2. Mark for the Visually Impaired: It consists in the placement of a geometric figure in bas relief along the lower left-hand border of the banknotes.
3. Micro-printing: Small-letter inscriptions which, upon simple inspection, resemble a solid line but can only be deciphered if seen through a magnifying lens.
4. Asymmetrical horizontal numbering: Numbering characterized by ascending type fonts; each letter and numbering is of a different and increasing size.
5. Year of printing: The year in which the banknote was printed is located on the front of the banknotes and helps identify the series to which it belongs.
6. Vertical numbering: Numbering appears in the form of printing same-size letters in a vertical line along the right-hand edge of the banknotes.
7. Security thread: A thin thread made of synthetic material, printed with no text, is inserted within the paper’s mass.

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General Gregorio Lúperon
Gregorio Luperón (September 8, 1839 – May 21, 1897), is best known for being a Dominican military and state leader who was the main leader in the restoration of the Dominican Republic after the Spanish annexation in 1863.

  Gregorio Luperón was born 8 September 1839 in Puerto Plata to Pedro Castellanos and Nicolasa Luperón. His parents owned a Ventorrillo (small business) that sold homemade foodstuff such as piñonate, a local delicacy made of sweetened pine-nut kernels. Most of these were sold on the street by Gregorio and his siblings in order to help the family livelihood.
  Around the age of 14, Gregorio began working for Pedro Eduardo Dubocq, an owner of a major company specializing in wood. While working there, he displayed a strong strength of character and a knack for getting any job assigned to him completed in the best possible fashion. Because of this, Mr. Dubocq promoted Gregorio to a management position. Mr. Dubocq also allowed Gregorio to spend time in his personal library because Gregorio wanted to enrich his intellect.
  In 1861, the annexation of the Dominican Republic by Spain took place. Gregorio was only 22 years old at the time but a sense of nationalism began to swell within him. During one instance, Gregorio was arrested but managed to escape and flee to the United States for protection. Shortly thereafter, Gregorio managed to return to the Dominican Republic through the town of Monte Cristi in time to take part in the uprising of Sabaneta (1863). However, this uprising was short-lived due to the quick Spanish response.
  After the failure at Sabaneta, Gregorio and his compatriots hid in the mountains of La Vega in order to prepare for a full-scale revolution against the Spanish forces.

Present Day References: The Gregorio Luperón International Airport in Puerto Plata and the Gregorio Luperón High School for Math & Science in New York are named after him. The small peasant city of Luperon, located 50 km west of Puerto Plata, is also named after him.

National Pantheon of the Dominican Republic
The National Pantheon was built from 1714-1746 by the Spaniard Geronimo Quezada y Garçon and was originally a Jesuit church. The structure was constructed in the neoclassic-renaissance style. Today the structure stands as a national symbol of the Dominican Republic and serves as the final resting place of the Republic's most honored citizens.

  Jesuits held mass here from 1746-1767. After 1767 it was used as a tobacco warehouse and then as the first Dominican theater for purely artistic purposes by the society Amantes de las Letras in 1860 until 1878 when it became theater La Republicana which operated until 1917. It housed governmental offices until 1956.
In 1956, Spanish architect Javier Borroso renovated the structure to serve its new purpose as a national mausoleum, by order of then dictator Rafael Trujillo.  
  Originally, Trujillo envisioned being interred at the National Pantheon, yet today it is the place where the country's most famous persons are honored, among others Trujillo's assassins.
  Other notables that are buried at the National Pantheon include; Francisco Gregorio Billini, Gregorio Luperón, Eugenio María de Hostos and Jose Gabriel García.