The kwanza is the official currency in Angola since 1977, when it replaced the escudo, which had been the currency before Angolan independence from Portugal in 1975. The official currency symbol is Kz. The “Banco Nacional de Angola” is the official issuing institution. The first banknotes series was introduced in 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1000 kwanzas. In 2010, a new banknotes series was introduced 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 kwanzas.
The 500 Namibian dollars note front design features António Agostinho Neto (1922 – 1979), who was an Angolan national leader, politician, poet, and the 1st President of Angola from 1975 to 1979. A stylized image of the sculpture called The Thinker, originally from the Tchokwe people is a reference and symbol of the Angolan culture. The denomination is presented in the Portuguese language. The reverse note side illustrates Tundavala Gap (Fenda da Tundavala), a viewpoint that is located 18km from the city of Lubango in the province of Huíla; its altitude exceeds 2200 meters. The design is completed with the National Coat of Arms, the stylized sculpture “The Thinker”, and the denomination. This note is part of the 2020 series, and its color is brown and gray on a multicolor underprint.
Text: Banco Nacional de Angola, Governador, Dr. António Agostinho Neto, Primer Presidente du República 1975 – 1979, República de Angola, Qhinhentos Kwanzas, Fenda Da Tundavala Huila, Malanje, 500.