JK, Brazil's Prosperous President: 100 Cruzeiros (Brazil, 1986)-Article

Updated: Mar 20

This Brazilian banknote represents the 3rd denomination of the Cruzado (Series 1986). The Cruzado was a short-lived currency, which circulated from 1986 to 1989. Which replaced the previous 2nd Cruzeiro, at at a rate of 1 cruzado to 1000 Cruzeiros. Notably the last 3 denominations of the 2nd Cruzeiro served, as overprinted provisional Cruzado notes.

Due to high inflation the Cruzado was replaced by the Cruzado Novo, at a rate of 1,000 to 1.


The observe features a portrait of President Juscelino Kubitschek de Oliveira (1902-1976), Popularly known as JK, his term is remembered as a period of prosperity. The most famous example being the construction of Brasília, Brazil's current capital. To the right are illustrations of electrical transformers and a newly built highway.

The note's header is off-set to the upper-left. It reads, the (trans.) "Central Bank of Brazil". Notably the space between the letters "D" and "O" aligns with a faint security thread. Below the header is one of the note's dual-serial numbers (A 2095027870 A). The second number can be seen at the lower-right.

At the lower-left is a large number "100". Its (trans.) "Hundred Cruzado" text value is listed to the left, on a guilloche backing. A second number "100" can be seen at the upper-right. Below is a pair of signatures, representing the Minister of Finance (top) and Central Bank President (bottom).

Beneath the signatures is a "grain and figures" registration element. Backlighting the note with bright light, will complete the light puzzle effect. Doing so will also expose a mirrored "JK" watermark, opposite of the "grain". To the right of the watermark is a decorative border of "arrow" shapes.


The reverse features a collage depicting landmarks of Brasília, the Catetinho (left), the National Congress (center), and the Alvorada Palace (right). These three locations were built from 1956-1960, notably the Catetinho served as Juscelino Kubitschek's office. To the right, the negative for the beforementioned "grain and figures" registration element.

Similar to the observe, the reverse has number "100"s at its upper-right and lower-left corners. Although the text value now features a "titled" backing. It extend from the lower center, to the watermark area, at the right. The beforementioned security thread aligns, between the letters "C" and "R" (Cruzados).

Additionally UV sensitive fibers can be seen on the note's unprinted sections.

Cruzado Gallery

(Gallery will be updated as new banknotes are databased)


Additional Notes

  • This note's dimensions are 154 x 74 mm or 6.06 x 2.91, larger than a US Dollar.

  • The preferable method to preserve this note are large sized protective sleeves.

  • The Cruzado ISO code was BRC, it used Cz$ as its official symbol.

  • The Cruzado was subdivided into 100 Centavos, coins were in Centavos and Cruzados.

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