RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Central Bank yesterday announced the issue of the R$200 banknote (US$40), which will feature the maned wolf (lobo guará), common to Brazil's cerrado (savanna) regions. The new banknote is expected to be in circulation from late August. The largest denomination now in circulation is the R$100 bill.

The definitive image of the new banknote has not yet been released by the Central Bank, which said it is still in the "final testing stage". The Central Bank expects to print 450 million R$200 banknotes this year.

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