The birr is the official currency in Ethiopia since 1931, when Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, made the formal request to use the name Ethiopia instead of Abyssinia. A few years later, after the Italian occupation, the Italian lira was introduced, and the Ethiopian banknotes were out of circulation. In 1941, during the East African Bell of the British Empire, Indian, Egyptian, British and British East African currency were introduced, and all accepted as official means of payment. The Italian lira was allowed only up to 50 lire, but finally, the East African shilling ended up being designated as the only official currency in 1942.
Three years later, after the different monetary changes as a result of the various occupations that the country suffered, notes in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 birr were issued by the State Bank of Ethiopia, which was replaced by the National Bank of Ethiopia in 1964. Then, in 1976, the birr was designated as the official name of the currency in Ethiopia. A new series of banknotes was announced in 2020, with 10, 50, 100, and 200 birr denominations.
The 200 Ethiopian birr note front design features the Peace dove, a lion’s head, which is the National Animal of the country and a sketch of the national map. The text and numbers are present in Amharic and English. The reverse note side illustrates an ibex with a high mountains background and the denomination. This note is part of the 2020 series, and its color is purple and multicolor underprint.
Text: National Bank of Ethiopia, Payable of the bearer on demand, Governor, 2012, 2020, Two Hundred Birr, 200.