About #12 - 500 Pesetas type 1876 Lope de Vega
Spain. Bank of Spain. 1876 Lope de Vega Issues. Date: 01.01.1876. Dimensions: 190 x 101 mm. Material: paper. Watermark: no. No security thread. 150,000 issued notes. Printer: American Bank Note Company, New York. Front printing in black, orange and green and back in orange. Texts in Spanish. Description of the front: frame composed of the value “500” continuously. On the left, profile portrait of the Spanish writer and poet Lope Félix de Vega y Carpio (1562-1635). In the center, an allegory of Spain (Hispania) crowned and three children at his feet. On each side, the red numbering repeated twice. Below, the issuing institute "EL BANCO DE ESPAÑA", "Pagará al portador (will pay to the bearer)", the value in letters "QUINIENTAS PESETAS", then three signatures in black. A single combination of signatures with El Gobernador (The Governor), El Interventor (The Comptroller) and El Cajero (The Cashier). On the right, a young woman sitting and factories with smokestacks in background (allegory of the Industry). Counterfoils left and right with "EL BANCO DE ESPAÑA" in vertical. Description of the back: orange safety frame and background made up of small guilloche patterns with the value "500" on the sides. In the center, a railroad steam engine at station is loading merchandises. The specimen is known without signatures, twice overprinted "MUESTRA" in blue and horizontally, overprinted "SPECIMEN" in red and numbered "00000".
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