TIM LESTER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY TIM LESTER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Chinese banknotes stored in a wallet. The Chinese currency is the renminbi (CNY), with the primary unit being the yuan. Banknote denominations are 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 yuan. The renminbi was introduced in the 1940s around the same time as the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC). These notes, with different colours and sizes for each denomination, are from the fifth series of banknotes, printed in 1999, with a second edition in 2005. Visible here are the observe sides of 100-yuan and 10-yuan banknotes. These, like all Chinese banknotes, feature a portrait of PRC founder and leader Mao Zedong (1893-1976).
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