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 1000 Malagasy ariary note front design features the Betsiboka Bridge, which crosses the Betsiboka River in Maevatanana (Betsiboka Region). The bridge has been intervened in a reconstruction due to its destruction in the second world war; It has been renovated in 1980 and rehabilitated in 2015. Two birds flying, a sketch map of Madagascar island and a comet moth butterfly stylized seal complete this side of the note design. The reverse of the note illustrates the Lady Queen of Isalo (La Reine de l’Isalo), an unusual rock located in the Isalo National Park in the southern corner of Fianarantsoa 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 purple, brown and yellow on multicolor underprint.
Text: Banky Foiben’I Madagasikara, Le Gouverneur, Arivo Ariary , Helohin’ny Lalana Hiasa, Antervozona, Mandrapahafatiny Ny Mpanao Vola Sandoka. La Loi Punit de Travaux Forces a Perpetuite Tout Contrefacteur de Monnaine.