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Banknotes from the Banco de Maracaibo : 20 Bolívares - Design A, Type C : Numismatic Catalog of Venezuela

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Piece bbdm20bs-acs (Obverse)
Photo from piece bbdm20bs-acs. Photograph credits: Heritage Auction Galleries


Piece bbdm20bs-acs (Reverse)
Photo from piece bbdm20bs-acs. Photograph credits: Heritage Auction Galleries


  • Identification Code: bbdm20bs-ac
  • Size: 87 x 188 mm.
  • Obverse: Design in black over a background in yellow. In the center, allegorical of a seated woman on the seashore with suitcases far away from a ship. Above, the issuer name "BANCO DE MARACAIBO" - "COMPAÑÍA ANÓNIMA". On each side, the denomination value "20" within a guilloche. Below, the denomination in words "VEINTE BOLIVARES" «twenty Bolívares». On the left, allegorical of a sailing ship with the denomination value "20" within a guilloche above. On the bottom, the signatures zone. Above, the payment clause "Que se pagaran al portador en Maracaibo a su presentacion" (Payable to bearer in Maracaibo upon presentation). On the right, Coat of Arms. Above, the date filling space "_____ de 188__" and the legend of the capitalization amount "CAPITAL 800.000".
  • Reverse: Design in yellow. On the left and on the right, the denomination value "20".
  • Production information: March 1889: 22,000 pieces
  • Design variations in the obverse: From Design A, Type A, changes the legend of the capitalization amount.
  • Signatures: "Gerente" «Manager» and "Presidente de la Asamblea Delegataria" «President of the Delegated Assembly»

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Other pieces (3)

SCWPM Piece Code Date Serie Amount
S200bbdm20bs-acp No date
Detail x
Obverse only print proof
N/Lbbdm20bs-acp2 No date
Detail x
Reverse only print proof
N/Lbbdm20bs-acs No date
Detail x
Stamped on the obverse "SPECIMEN" - "SPECIMEN", in red (perfored).


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