Gabriel Garcia Marquez won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. Photograph: (Getty)
Country's central bank head said note pays tribute to man who 'carried country's name far and wide'
Colombia started circulating a new 50,000-peso banknote on Friday bearing the likeness of late Nobel-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
The light purple piece of money, worth equivalent of $17.40, "pays honour to a person who carried Colombia's name far and wide from the middle of the last century," the head of the country's central bank, Jose Dario Uribe, said.
The banknote was launched in a ceremony in Santa Marta, a town on Colombia's Caribbean coast, close to Garcia Marquez's birthplace, that served as the setting for the writer's landmark 1967 novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude."
The first retail bank customer to receive the new bill, Jadis Saker, said "this moment will remain carved into my memory," according to the newspaper El Heraldo.
Garcia Marquez, who was born in 1927, started out as a journalist before finding fame as an author and pioneering a style called "magic realism." In 1982, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature
He died in April 2014 aged 87, in Mexico, where he lived with his wife.