The gourde is the official currency in Haiti since 1813, when the livre was replaced. The Banque nationale d’Haïti began to introduced notes in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 gourdes in 1920, followed by 50 and 100 gourdes in 1925. The 25, 250 and 500 gourdes notes were issued in the 1970s. The 1000 gourdes note were announced in 1999 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of Port-au-Prince. The 1, 2, 5, and 20 gourdes notes are no longer circulated.
Currently are circulating banknotes with denominations 10, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500 and 1000 gourde.
The 250 gourdes note front features Jean-Jacques Dessalines (1758 – 1806), who was a leader of the Haitian Revolution and the first ruler of an independent Haiti under the 1805 constitution. The reverse note side has Fort Décidé (Marchand). This note is part of the 1999 – 2016 series and, its color is Blue on tan and brown underprint.
Text: Deux Cent Cinquante Gourdes, Desan Senkant Goud, Banque De La Republique D’Haiti, Bank Repiblik Dayti, Bicentenaire De L’independance D’Haiti, Bisantné Endepandans Dayiti 1804 – 2004,Ce Billet Est Émis Conformément À La Constitution De La République D’haïti, 250 Deux Cent Cinquant Gourdes, Gouverneur, Directeur Général, Fort Décidé (Marchand), Jean-Jacques Dessalines, 250.