This Chilean banknote 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 a dozen pieces of folding money that she had. I would grade this note in VF to EF condition.
The pattern is inset with the white background forming a picture frame around all the printing. On the obverse, it has the number “10” at all 4 corners, and the denomination “Diez Escudos” inside of what looks like a cabbage (but is probably some other culturally significant plant). On the right side of the note is a portrait of JM Balmaceda looking to the left in 3/4 profile.
The reverse shows some sort of militarily significant event (I presume two armies linking up to win the war of Independence) with men on horses carrying standards taking up about 2/3 of the note on the left. The legends include “Banco Central DeChile” “Eo DIEZ” and “Diez Escudos”.
Identification code: Chile P-143
Date: No Date =1962-1975
Mint Mark: n/a
Mintage: unknown (but fairly large)
Country of origin: Chile?
Composition: Paper and linen (?)
Size: will measure later
Estimated Value: $0.25 according to the world currency book I found. I would expect to find it in a coin shop for less than a dollar and wouldn’t book any vacations if you’re planning to sell a note similar to this (even if you have a whole briefcase full of them).