For our blog-ette this week, we are looking at a colorful note from Spain. Spain is part of the southwest corner of Europe which is also considered Europe’s Iberian Peninsula. Spain has some areas of territory in the Mediterranean Sea. Since 1975, Spain has been a constitutional monarchy.

The note we are looking at is 1,000 Pesetas p163 1992. Spain joined the European Union in 1986 and currently uses the Euro as currency; however, the Euro wasn’t issued until 1999. The front of the note shows a rosette as a registration device, a globe showing the Americas, an Aztec ball player, and explorer Hernan Cortes. The back of the note shows the coat of arms, an astrolabe, explorer Francisco Pizarro, a Cathedral in Lima, and a sword and helmet.

The note shows an Aztec ball player from Chiapas, Mexico. This ancient Mesoamerican ballgame was played in several different ways, but there are some commonalities. The game was played with a heavy rubber ball that needed to be constantly in motion and on a court. Players often wore protective gear like gloves and coverings over their midsections. The Aztecs typically bet on the ballgames. The games also sometimes included human sacrifices by decapitation. The Spanish explorers had never seen a game like this and brought a group of them to play in front of the King.

Hernan Cortes was a Spanish Conquistador in the early 16th century. He commanded an expedition to the Americas that caused the fall of the Aztec Empire, and claimed Mexico on behalf of Spain. The other explorer featured on this note is Francisco Pizarro. Pizarro is best known for conquering the Incas and helping Spain colonize Peru. Pizarro is buried at the Cathedral in Lima, Peru.

It was difficult to pick which images to write about for this blog-ette. There are so many to choose from on the 1,000 pesetas. I really enjoyed learning more about the Aztec ballplayer and ballgame. Head to the website to get a closer look at this note.

Country: Spain
Denomination: 1,000 Pesetas
Pick #: 163
Year: 1992 (1996)
Grade: UNC
Coloration: Green
Depictions: Hernan Cortes; back: Francisco Pizarro
Note Size: 5 1/4″ x 2 1/2″
Continent: Europe
Watermark: Herman Cortes