Currency Bill –
Country of Origin: Yemen
Amount: 10 Rials
A Little History of Yemen….
So in fact, Yemen used to be divided north and south. North Yemen was formed shortly after the Ottoman Empire’s collapse and South Yemen remained a British Colony. North Yemen, the Yemen Arab Republic, held close relations and alliance with other foreign countries especially Saudia Arabia whereas South Yemen, aka Republic of Yemen, formed an alliance with the USSR. South Yemen held a Marxist view and was dominated by the Socialist Party. Yemen reunification did not happen until 1990. In 1989, both leaders of North Yemen and South Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh and Ali Salim al-Beidh respectively, agreed to demilitarize the borders and unify the nation through one constitution. They also agreed to establish the capital in the city of Sana’a. In 1990, North Yemen and South Yemen officially became the Republic of Yemen. After the reunification, Saleh remained President of Yemen while al-Beidh became Vice President.
It is definitely interesting to see that this banknote was released in the year of Yemen’s reunification and definitely marks the beginning of a physically unified Yemen.
“Yemeni Unification.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 13 Aug. 2016.
MEDEA INSTITUTE. “Yemen Reunification.” MEDEA INSTITUTE, n.d. Web. 13 Aug. 2016.