Paper Money of Chihuahua

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$50 dos caritas

All the fifty pesos notes are Series F and were hand signed by Treasurer Vargas and Interventor Muñoz. The sequence was as follows:

Maverick-Clarke printing

15,000 notes printed by Maverick-Clarke and dispatched on 8 May 1914. These were Series F, numbered 1 to 15000, and were stamped with a black circular Tesorería seal, red scalloped Ejército Constitucionalista seal and Type 1 vertical control letters on back. The only control letters used were XIV-A F-XIVThough perhaps the future sequence was intended to be:
I-F A-I
II-R L-II
III-A L-III
IV-N I-IV
V-C V-V
VI-I O-VI
VII-S C-VII
VIII-C S-VIII
IX-O I-IX
X-V C-X
XI-I N-XI
XII-L A-XII
XIII-L R-XIII
XIV-A F-XIV
.

First Norris Peters printing

30,000 notes printed by Norris Peters under the 18 July 1914 contract, begun on 4 August and dispatched on 29 August 1914. These were Series F, numbered 15001 to 45000 and were stamped with a black circular Tesorería seal and horizontal Type 3b control letters on the back

A-VXCII B-XXCIII
B-XXCVIII
C-VVIXI D-CVIIII
D-CXVVI
E-XXXCVII

and then purple circular Tesorería seal and horizontal Type 3b control letters on the back

F-XXX G-XCVI H-VVXCII I-CCC J-VVIC K-MDC
L-DCV

It is easy to see how B-XXCVIII could be an error for B-XXCIII but harder to explain the two ‘D’s. There is a known error: F-MXX for F-XXX.

Second Norris Peters printing

30,000 notes printed by Norris Peters under the 8 October contract and dispatched on 23 October 1914LG papers, 2-F-36, letter from S. C. de la Garza, Washington, to L. de la Garza, El Paso. 23 October 1914: 6-C-28, letter Navarro, Washington to Luis Gaxiola, El Paso. 9 December 1914. These were Series F, numbered 45001 to 75000 and were stamped with a purple circular Tesorería seal and Type 3b horizontal controls on the back

M-DCL N-CLM O-MXI P-IXM R-XMX

N-CSM is also known and is possibly an error for N-CLM.

Third Norris Peters printing

90,000 notes printed by Norris Peters under the 16 November contract and dispatched on 1 December 1914LG papers, 6-C-28, letter Navarro, Washington to Luis Gaxiola, El Paso. 9 December 1914. These were Series F, numbered 75001 to 165000 and were stamped with a scalloped Tesorería seal and san-serif control letters on the back. The seal and letters were sometimes printed in red ink, sometimes purple: and occasionally vertically:

horizontal red scalloped Tesorería seal and Type 5 control letters:

I-UMO J-IMO S-XCI(?)

vertical red scalloped Tesorería seal and Type 5v control letters:

S-XCI

horizontal purple scalloped Tesorería seal and Type 5 control letters:

I-UMO S-MCI
S-XCI
T-CML U-NTB
U-NTR

vertical purple scalloped Tesorería seal and Type 5v control letters:

S-MCI
S-XCI

On 11 December 1914 at Torreon de la Garza conferred with the Tesorero de Chihuahua, who had ten million pesos, of which $4,500,000 were in $50 which had to be signed by handLG papers, 1-F-142. This must refer to this third printing.

The February 1916 report to the Carrancista government, which only listed the Maverick-Clarke issues, states that the Villistas began to overstamp the $50 notes on 9 June 1914 and finished on 17 February 1915AGN, Fondo Gobernación Periodo Revolucionario, caja 61, exp 24.

 

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