By Aris Maragoudakis – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers ……
In our January 2018 New York International Sale on January 12, at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, we will be offering a very special Puerto Rico 1896 5 Pesos note in Lot 30390.
The note is from the Banco Espanol de Puerto Rico, and is printed by the American Bank Note Company as part of Series D. This piece is one of the very few available in issued form for the series and will certainly grab the attention of collectors. It is the first we have offered in many years, and it displays attractive ink tones and detail for the grade. This is the finest graded example on the PMG population report.
Queen Regent Maria Cristina is pictured at left and an allegorical child is pictured at right. This note was printed with a few different dates, and those dated November 3rd, 1896 are among the tougher notes to find. It is much more common to find the note with a “MAYAGUEZ” stamp at center, and exponentially more difficult to find it without a stamp or cancellation such as on this intact piece. PMG discloses staple holes in the comments section, which are common for the type and often seen on ABNC0-issued notes of that era.
For more questions regarding this note or other highlights in our upcoming official auction of the January 2018 New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC), please contact our Director of World Currency Auctions at [email protected]. We have stopped taking consignments for our January NYINC sale, but are currently collecting World Paper Consignments for our April Hong Kong and May Collectors Choice sales.