Guyana Stamps : Trains on Millennium 2000 'Banknotes' sheetlet

In 2000, Guyana produced a sheetlet with railway interest (Yvert 5026-33), titled 'Faces of the Millennium'. The sheet contains 4 x $80 stamps down each side, flanking a very large central label. It depicts (in overall outline) George Washington with a background composed of a photomosaic made up from 752 images of the obverse and/or reverse of various world banknotes, with some duplication.

Guyana Sheetlet
The sheetlet is large, nearly the size of a typical album page.

Guyana Sheetlet-Detail(left).
A detail from the top left of the sheetlet.

There are three railway-related banknotes in the corner scan above and they are identified by row and position, referring simply to the positions of the small images, not to any stamps within the sheetlet:

Row 1, 6 : An image of a diesel train from an Algerian 10 Dinar banknote, issued in 1983.

Row 3,4 : A steam train depicted on a Chinese 'Bank of Communications' 10 Yuan banknote, issued in 1941.

Row 6, 2 : A vignette of a steam locomotive, the central motif of a Chinese 'Bank of Communications' 5 Yuan banknote, issued at Shanghai in 1914.

Algerian Banknote.
Algerian banknote of 1983.

China 1941 Banknote.
Chinese banknote of 1941.

China 1914 Banknote.
Chinese banknote of 1914.

The 1941 banknote appears again more fully on the third stamp down on the right-hand side of the sheetlet, with a further part image of itself alongside. A detail from this is shown below:

Guyana Sheetlet-Detail(right).

With 752 images to study under a magnifying glass, and based on our relatively limited familiarity with banknotes depicting trains, it is possible that other railway-related banknotes are incorporated into this design. Conveniently, perhaps, for those of you who might be interested in trying to acquire the three banknotes that we have illustrated, they are quite common - and inexpensive.

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