THEODORE ROOSEVELT & the ROUGH RIDERS, PRE – INDEPENDENCE PAPER-MONEY SERIES of 1896 & 1897
The Spanish American War was an outgrowth of Cuba’s seeking independence from Spain. During this phase which began in 1895 and lasted until the US overran the Spanish, shortly after the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine in 1898, 2 series of paper-money were issued (1896 and 1897), both printed in the USA.
The sea victory was swift, with America’s newly built fleet and the land battle lasted for about a week. The charge on San Juan Hill led by Leonard Wood was immortalized by his friend and future president, Theodore Roosevelt. These Rough Riders (who attacked on foot, as they left their horses in Florida) gained the greatest notoriety.
With Spain’s surrender, America emerged as a world power and Cuba became independent (after nearly 400 years of colonialism).
5 CENTAVOS – FIRST NOTE to SHOW TOBACCO (CIGAR) 1896; Also, 1896 death of Vicente Martinez Ybor, father of the Cigar Industry – 24.95 Measures approximately 3 1/4 x 2 inches
1 PESO with SHORT LIVED REGENT of SPAIN 1896 – 9.95 Measures approximately 3 1/4 x 2 inches
5 PESOS with WOMAN & BALES 1896 – 34.95 Measures approximately 3 1/4 x 2 inches
5 PESOS with WOMAN & BALES OVERPRINTED in RED PLATA (SILVER) 1896 – 39.95
10 PESOS with SUGARCANE in OXCART 1896 – 44.95
10 PESOS with SUGARCANE in OXCART OVERPRINTED in RED PLATA (SILVER) 1896 – 49.95
20 CENTAVOS ISSUED EXACTLY 1 YEAR to the DAY BEFORE the SINKING of the MAINE; FEBRUARY 15, 1897 – 24.95