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Impossible - 2023 February

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ColonialCoinsUK

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A very busy month meant that I have only been able to add 3 notes to the Impossible Set, :( although this did add the first examples for 2 countries.:bigsmile:

https://notes.www.collectors-society.com/registry/notes/ViewPersonalCollection.aspx?UserCollectionID=1822&Tab=list

The first note added was the Argentine 1 peso note which was highlighted in the previous Journal Entry as it was the first square note in the collection.

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The second note is from the Bolivian Bank established by Francisco Argandano in 1892. Not knowing much about this from the banknote references, an internet search found that Francisco had a really interesting life and was even made a Prince – the only one in Bolivia.

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The last note that made it into the set this month is an example of the 50 centavos issue from the Aguan Navigation and Improvement Company from Honduras. The company didn’t last long as it was set up to raise funds to build a waterway from the Atlantic to the Pacific – Panama won that one!

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The second note is from the Bolivian Bank established by Francisco Argandano in 1892. Not knowing much about this from the banknote references, an internet search found that Francisco had a really interesting life and was even made a Prince – the only one in Bolivia.

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Is this one hand signed or stamped/printed, the sig in red? Looks stamped but it would be one heck of a sig if not. Was there a changing of the guard that required the additional signature or is it just graffiti? An original Banksy perhaps? xD

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@Fenntucky Mike well spotted, the signature is Julio Calvo authorising the bill for the Government as it was a private bank. One of the reasons I picked this note was that the signature was in red as the only info I have is that the signatures were stamped, and in black or blue. All the other examples I have seen match this so it may just be Series EE. It looks red to me but as you will appreciate this may be another case of it being the only colour available at the time or changes over the long-term? xD

Even though there seems to be plenty of gaps in the records for major issues these smaller banks are going to take a lot of research :whatthe::banana::whatthe::banana:

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On 3/2/2023 at 6:53 AM, ColonialCoinsUK said:

One of the reasons I picked this note was that the signature was in red as the only info I have is that the signatures were stamped, and in black or blue. All the other examples I have seen match this so it may just be Series EE. It looks red to me but as you will appreciate this may be another case of it being the only colour available at the time or changes over the long-term? xD

That's interesting! It looks like it bleed through to the back of the note and that appears red as well. hm My opinion would be that red ink was used, especially if you can tie it to a series and number range. Good luck in researching this, hopefully there will be a definitive answer for you at the end of this crumb trail. (thumbsu

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