This Brazilian bank note was a little out of my comfort zone – it probably was saved as a souvenir by a traveler to South America. I bought it at a “We Buy Gold” place from a fellow patron who was selling foreign silver and gold coins; the owner of the shop didn’t want the currency and let me make an offer for it. I would grade this note in VF to EF condition.
The 5 Crezueiro bill is a light blue color with darker shades of blue on it. It is bisected by a horizontal stripe of blue plus a white stripe about 20% indented from the left. On the left, it has a weird fractal (like a drunken slinky) around the number 5, then the next 20% is the white vertical bar with a watermarked 5. At the center of the note is the denomination “Cinco Cruzeiros”, followed by a half dollar sized portrait of someone in a very uncomfortable and military looking high collar. He is facing 1/4 in profile to the left, which makes it look like he’s looking over my shoulder at something… (after a quick check over my shoulder, I am less concerned about axe murderer’s lurking in my office).
The reverse is also divided by blue and white bars. This time, the vertical bar is to the right of center (it runs from ~60-80%). The oval inset is on the left and shows a plaza filled with soldiers. The legend reads “Banco Central Do Brasil” and the denomination is still “Cinco Cruzeiros”.
Identification code: Brazil 192b
Mint Mark: n/a
Mintage: unknown (but fairly large)
Country of origin: Brazil?
Composition: Paper and linen, I presume
Size: I don’t have a ruler handy, but may go back and measure this later.
Estimated Value: I think the book is a bit harsh, but it says this is worth about it’s value in paper ($0.25). I would expect to pay under a dollar to find a similar note in a coin shop.