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Highest-rated condition rarity shines

By Neil Shafer

This 50 centavos Revolution issue from Yucatan is one of the highest-rated condition rarities I have ever encountered. In every other instance where I have seen any example, the back design and, most assuredly, any text of any kind is practically indecipherable.


The note shown here is the single piece in uncirculated condition that I have ever come across. A detailed description of the back and the entire inscription follows:

At center, the monument has figures of an Indian facing left and a freed female slave with a broken chain facing right. On the monument are the words, Constitucion y Reforma.

Text below: Este billete circulara conforme al Decreto no. 550 de Mayo 23(?) de 1916. CINCUENTA CENTAVOS across bottom. In upper corners, Oro Nacional above 50 in circle, CENTAVOS below. In lower corners, CENTAVOS.

The difficulty has always been the total lack of detail that accompanies all of these pieces. Their back color, a dull dark yellow, makes the job of discerning the basic design and any text virtually impossible.

All those details are finally brought to light with this one example.

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