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 a Cape Verdean Nation woman carrying stones, flanked by a drawing of one of the tiles of the Cathedral of the Old Town, on the background, a perspective of the Royal Fortress of the Old Town with the detail of the main gate, the National Emblem and the denomination. The reverse note side illustrates the Real fort of the Old City with a piece of the main gate, a cannon, and the denomination. The lettering in the note is in the Portuguese language. This note is part of the 2000 series, and its color is orange, red and multicolor.
Text: Banco De Cabo Verde, O Governador, O Administrator, Cinco Mil Escudos, Eugénio Tavares, Banco De Cabo Verde, Cinco Mil Escudos, 1 de Julho de 2000, A Lei Pune O Contrafactor, Fortaleza Real, Cidade Velha 5000.