The escudo is the official currency of the Republic of Cape Verde since 1914, when it replaced the Cape Verdean real. The Banco Nacional Ultramarino introduced the first notes in denominations of 4, 5, 10, 20 and 50 centavos, followed by the 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 escudos in 1921. In 1945, a new series was issued, omitting the 1 and 5 denominations, and introducing the 500 escudos note. The 1, 5 and 10 escudos notes were replaced by coin between 1945 and 1953. After the independence in 1975, notes were issued in denominations of 100, 500 and 1000 escudos, followed by 200 and 2500 in 1989. In 2014, the Banco de Cabo Verde introduced a new banknotes series in denominations of 200, 1000, and 2000 escudos, followed by 500 and 5000 escudos in 2015.
The 5000 Cape Verdean escudos note front design features Aristides Maria Pereira (1923 – 2011) was a Cape Verdean politician and who served as the first President of Cape Verde, between 1975 and 1991, on the background, the Palácio da Presidência da República (Palace of the Presidency of the Republic) in the city center of Praia (capital of Cape Verde). The security tape, which contains holograms with the president bust and the island of Boa Vista, a seal with the map of the African continent and the denomination, completes the design of this side of the note. The reverse note side illustrates a landscape of the island of Boa Vista, the map of the island, the different accents that make up the political division, and the image of the Chimney of Chavez, a ceramic factory buried by the sands coming from the Sahara Desert. The design is completed with the denomination. The lettering in the note is in the Portuguese language. This note is part of the 2014 series, and its color is purple, blue and red.
Text: Banco De Cabo Verde, BCV, 5000 Escudos, O Governador, O Administrador, 5 De Julho De 2014, Aristides Pereira, A Lei Pune O Contrafactor, Banco De Cabo Verde, Cinco Mil Escudos, Santa Isabel, Bofarreira, Estância de Baixo, Lacacão, Povoação Velha, Rabil, Sal Rei, São João Baptista, Cabeça dos Tarrafes, Fundo das Figueiras, João Galego, 5000.