Currency often features a nation's past heroes, whose portraits become the face of despair during monetary devaluation and the resulting poverty and suffering. In this case, Antonio José de Sucre was a revolutionary figure helpinig Venezuela to free itself from colonial domination. But that hope was wasted on future generations.
In 2018, (the year this note was printed), the rates of inflation became so accelerated under President Nicolas Maduro, the government stopped providing statistics, with estimates ranging from 33,000% to as high as 1,000,000% by the IMF. Interestingly, de Sucre was a contemporary of George Washington, the face of the US dollar.