The ariary is the official currency of Madagascar since 1961, and its name derived from the Spanish word “real”. The Institut d’Émission Malgache (Malagasy Issuing Institute) issued the first notes in denominations of 10, 20, 100, 200 and 1000. In 1973, the Banky Foiben’ny Repoblika Malagasy (Central Bank of the Malagasy Republic) replaced the Institut d’Émission as an official issuing entity and, one year later, introduced new notes with the same denomination. In 1975, the Repoblica Demokratika Malagasy (Democratic Republic of Madagascar), was proclaimed and the former Banky Foiben’ny Repoblika Malagasy was renamed Banky Foiben’i Madagasikara (Central Bank of Madagascar). The newly renamed entity introduced notes of 2000 ariary. In 2017 the Bank Foiben’i Madagasikara (Central Bank of Madagascar) announced a new series of banknotes in denominations of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000 and 20,000 ariary.
The 100 Malagasy ariary note front design features the Ambozontany cathedral located in Fianarantsoa, with a city’s view on the background, two birds flying, a sketch map of Madagascar island and a comet moth butterfly stylized seal. The reverse of the note illustrates a Madagascar poison frog on the Lili Waterfalls located near the village of Ampefy and a comet moth butterfly stylized seal. Both sides of the note present the lettering in the Malagasy language. This note is part of the 2017 series, and its color is blue on multicolor underprint.
Text: Banky Foiben’I Madagasikara, Le Gouverneur, Ariary Zato, Helohin’ny Lalana Hiasa, Antervozona, Mandrapahafatiny Ny Mpanao Vola Sandoka. La Loi Punit de Travaux Forces a Perpetuite Tout Contrefacteur de Monnaine.