Women whose image has appeared on money around the world – 24/7 Wall St.

One indication of how a nation feels about its exceptional women is whether or not it depicts them on its currency. In fact, a number of nations on every continent have honored their prominent citizens, recent and former, by putting their likeness on their money.

To compile a list of women who have appeared on coinage around the world, 24/7 Tempo gleaned information from sources such as world of banknotes, visual capitalist, the National Museum of American Historyand Draw World, as well as several encyclopedia sites. The list is limited to paper money and may include women who were featured on banknotes that are no longer in circulation, such as the German mark and the Italian lira, both supplanted by the euro.

In a reflection of the reach of the British Commonwealth, for example, that Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s oldest sovereign, appears on banknotes in 19 different currencies. (She was first seen on paper money in 1935 when she was 8 years old on the Canadian dollar.) Images of other queens also appear on the coinage, among them Kurmanjan Datka of Kyrgyzstan, Dido of Carthage and Teuta of Illyria, which thumbed its nose at ancient Rome. Other political leaders honored on banknotes included Golda Meir of Israel and Corazon C. Aquino of the Philippines, the first female heads of state in their respective countries. (These are the most famous female leaders in history.)

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It’s not just women in political leadership positions that appear on the paper money, of course. The rich Latin American poetic tradition is represented by Juana de Ibarbourou (Uruguay), Salomé Ureña (Dominican Republic), Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (Mexico). Opera singers were also honored on banknotes, including Birgit Nilsson (Denmark), Emmy Destinn (Czech Republic) and Jenny Lind (Sweden).

Predictably, suffragettes were immortalized by coinage, as were social activists and reformers of all kinds – some of whom paid with their lives for their commitment to freedom. (Here are 25 women legislators you should know about.)

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