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10 Pesos 1896, Cuba

in Krause book Number: 49a
Years of issue: 15.05.1896
Edition: --
Signatures: El Gobernador: Francisco Cassa Rouvier, El Consejero: Joaquin Jover y Costas, El Cajero: E.L. Orellana
Serie: Banco Español de la Isla de Cuba
Specimen of: 15.05.1896
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 143 х 92
Printer: American Bank Note Company, New - York

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10 Pesos 1896




10 Pesos 1896

ox cartCentered is the ox cart on the field. The cart is loaded with sugar cane.

Denominations are across all field of banknote.


10 Pesos 1896

coatCentered is the Lesser coat of arms of the Spanish Monarch from 1834 till 1930 - Golden Fleece version.

The blazon of the Spanish coat of arms is follows:

1st and 3rd quarters - Gules, a three towered castle Or, masoned sable and ajouré azure - Kingdom of Castile.

2nd and 4th quarters - Argent, a lion rampant purpure (sometimes blazoned gules) crowned Or, langued and armed gules - Kingdom of León.

enté en point - Argent, a pomegranate proper seeded gules, supported, sculpted and leafed in two leaves vert - Kingdom of Granada.

Centered (Inescutcheon) - Azure bordure gules, three fleur-de-lis Or Oval in the official version - House of Bourbon (Anjou Branch).

Crest & Top of supporter - Or and precious stones, with eight rosettes, five visible, and eight pearls interspersed, closed at the top by eight diamonds also adorned with pearls and surmounted by a cross on a globe - Spanish Royal crown (Heraldic crown).

Around the shield are the collars of the Golden Fleece.

Denominations in numerals are repeated 6 times on the right and left sides.


articleI found an article from Spanish newspaper "La Voz" ("The voice"), issued in Madrid at 11 of March 1937.

There is a civil war, a newspaper published in the republican Madrid.

The illiterate Moroccans from the Spanish Morocco were a significant share of rebel nationalists forces.

Here is the translation to English:

"The superstitious are shaking. Cuba old notes, prior to 1898 serve today to pay Moroccans.

Today the military rebels spliced ​​with those General, who came from the colonies.

A few days ago, in a pool that made our forces in a given sector, were found several bodies of enemy soldiers. Naturally, they were given burial not without checking their clothes. They found different things, which included several banknotes of those using the rebels to pay his soldiers. One of these banknotes has reached our power. Its description is curious. The text of the note reads:

"The Bank Spanish island of Cuba, presentation This bill, you pay the bearer ten strong pesos in metal (silver). Havana, May 15, 1896. The governor, Francisco Godine. Counselor: J. Jover. Teller: E. L. Orellana." On the back, there is stamp in red word "Silver".

As can be seen, the rebels paid soldiers with their counterfeit currency. To Italy and Germany they are paid differently - with our territories.

The thing is not new. But interesting highlight about the use of these Cuban notes, bearing the date 1896, i.e. two years before loss that territory. Bad sign for the military side, than they are superstitious. On account of this, we can not resist the temptation of having something with Cuba and the military to relate.

In Weyler's and Maceo times it was common knowledge, that when a general was in bad economic situation then he was sent to Cuba, of where again, soon, returned fully recovered from his bad condition. Well, a general who was there and published, on his return, a book entitled "My command in Cuba" built a house on "Paseo de Rosales". And an ironic passer, when the house was finished, had the occurrence to write on the stones the flamboyant title "My command in Cuba".

What ark of old military these banknotes would be kept to now serve the rebels to pay his soldiers? What would happen then, when they were not changed back in their time? It was the excess, allowing him the luxury to keep as a souvenir? The truth is that the retained and which now serve for deception. The military then and now have a point of coincidence...

But the superstitious are shaking."