Uganda's Shs50,000 note whose main feature is the mountain gorilla image, is the third most beautiful currency in the world. The note was named among the nine most beautiful currencies in the world by the International Bank Note Society (IBNS). "Uganda's 50,000-shilling note is a finely worked piece of currency with design features such as the watermark of
The award shows a strong appreciation of the 50,000-shilling note among a large community of banknote enthusiasts. The highest denomination in a series of six notes introduced in May 2010, the 50,000-shilling note has strong design elements consistent with the series.
These elements include the watermark of the head of a crested crane, an outline of a map of Uganda (highlighting the equator), the profile of man wearing Karimojong head dress, patterns based on indigenous basket work and, at the far right on the back, the Independence Monument. Erected to celebrate Ugandan independence in October 1962, the statue is of a woman wrapped in bonds lifting a child above her head, celebrating the birth of the nation.
On the front of the award-winning note the 'Stride Monument' is at the left, the Bwindi tropical rain forest is illustrated at the centre left, a foil strip with the denomination and images of shields at centre right and an area for the watermark at the far right.
The Stride Monument was erected to celebrate the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Kampala in 2007. Depicting a husband, wife and son stepping forward, the monument symbolizes the countries of the Commonwealth progressing as a family.
The back of the note is dominated by illustrations of silver back mountain gorillas and undoubtedly these amazing animals attract people to the notes and their depiction is one of the reasons the 50,000-shilling note was so popular amongst the IBNS members voting for the award.