1 quetzal: The Canoe

Series: Guatemala: Ibero-American Series


The inspiration for the design on the obverse is derived from an artistic expression of primitive sailing, the canoe, that was utilized by the Mayans to provide themselves with food and to travel among the different villages. The craft consisted of a hollowed-out portion of the trunk of the tree known as the Ceiba (today, Guatemala's National Tree), lined with leather.