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Note features unusual approval stamp

By Neil Shafer

The image is that of a Banco Maua 20 pesos of 1871. This bank was the first privately run such institution in Uruguay. Printer was Bradbury, Wikinson, in England.


The unusual characteristic of this particular piece is the oval stamping in purple at right and also on the back. It indicates approval by a court of commerce in Montevideo, the only time I have ever seen such a stamping.

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