Nicaragua - The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes
100 Cordobas 1990; 1991-92 ND Issues P178

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Note Description: Nicaragua, Banco Central "SPECIMEN"
100 Córdobas 1990
Grade: 66 EPQ
Country: NIC
Note Number: NIC178s
Signatures/
Vignettes:
- Printer: TDLR
Certification #: 2506150-082  
Owner: Love Collection
Sets Competing: Nicaragua - The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes  Score: 384
Date Added: 7/22/2017
Research: See PMG's Census Report for this Note

Owner's Description

These new 1990 100 Cordoba Oro banknotes were produced by De La Rue Co and feature on the obverse the effigy of the legendary Nicaraguan poet Ruben Dario. It is the first time Ruben Dario has featured on a 100 Cordoba banknote, having previously featured on multiple issues from 1945 through to 1985 on the 500 Cordobas banknotes. He will feature on further releases of the 100 Cordoba banknotes through to 2006, and also features on the 1000 Cordoba Commemorative issue in 2016. Also is the scene of cotton fields which is the same design that was used on the reverse of the 1972 2 cordobas banknotes. The reverse features the Nicaraguan Coat of Arms.

The design of these 100 Cordoba banknotes remain mainly unchanged for the subsequent Series B (1992), Series C (1997) & Series D (1999) issues. With only small differences notably with the series B issue they only used two signatures dropping the signature from the First Vice President of Central Bank and it was the only note in the series B that kept the wording Cordobo Oro in the border, the word Oro (Gold) was dropped for the series C issue keeping inline with the other denominations. The series C had a changing of wording for the quote from Ruben Dario from: "Si la patria es pequeño uno grande lo sueña" to: "Si pequeña es la patria uno grande lo sueña". The first version is the more well known version and both versions literally translates to if the homeland is small than one dreams it to be larger. And finally for the series D they included a horizontal security thread.

For the issue of 1990 there were three different printers used and there was not a very uniform design across the banknotes. De La Rue produced the 1, 10 & 100 cordobas denominations.

There are two different signature varieties for this banknote and a third variation is the 7 & 8 digit serial numbers for the second signature variety. Even though this is the specimen banknote I do have all three versions as part of my collection. I don't have exact numbers issued however in the Flores book it states that the initial Central Bank resolution on the 23rd of May 1990 approved the quantity of 1 million 100 Cordoba banknotes. I believe this initial order was quickly followed up with a further 2 or 2.5 million banknotes, then there was a change in the central bank management and from issues that have serial numbers of approximately 3500000 onward feature the signature from the newly appointed president of the central bank. Which changed from Francisco Mayorga (April 1990 - October 1990) to Raul Lacayo Solorzano (October 1990 to January 1992). These banknotes still feature 7 digits, however a further release I believe was later required and they produced banknotes with a new 8 digit serial numbers. I have seen these from banknotes over 6 million and onward. The total exact number of banknotes produced is unknown I estimate there to have been at least 12 million printed. I have a banknote of over 11 million in my collection.

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