About #27 - 500 Pesetas type 1884
Spain. Bank of Spain. 1884 (1884-1893) First Issues. Date: 01.01.1884. Dimensions: 160 x 102 mm. Material: paper. Watermark: no. No security thread. 300,000 issued notes. Printer: American Bank Note Company (ABNC), New York. Intro: 14.11.1893. Front and back printing in black and brown. Texts in Spanish. Description of the front: security background composed of small patterns in brown. Frame with the word "QUINIENTAS" and the value "500" printed in repetition. From top to bottom: the issuing institute "EL BANCO DE ESPAÑA", the words "Pagará al portador (will pay to the bearer)" and the red numbering repeated twice. On the left an allegory of Justice with a sword and a balance. In the center, a cherub (allegory of Agriculture and Industry) raises a plate of fruit. In the background, a sheaf of wheat, factories and a train. Below, the value in letters "QUINIENTAS PESETAS" On the right, a portrait of the Spanish economist and statesman Juan Álvarez Mendizábal, the place and the date of issue. Three signatures in black including that of the Cashier is handwritten. A single combination of signatures with El Gobernador (The Governor), El Interventor (The Comptroller) and El Cajero (The Cashier). Counterfoil on the left with “BANCO DE ESPAÑA” in vertical. Description of the back: frame and bottom composed of guilloche patterns with the value "500" in rosettes on the sides. In the center, a medallion containing the coat of arms of Spain. The specimen is known overprinted "SPECIMEN" in red in horizontal and numbered three times "00000" in red. Cancellation perforations at the location of the signatures.