Like coins I seem incapable of just accumulating random notes and need to 'organize' them into some form of set. The diversity of Mexican currency during this period means there is great potential for numerous sets, however one obvious set that I have been considering is one note, any note, from each of the 30 states.
The dos caritas 10 pesos note from my first PMG Journal was issued in Chihuahua so that became State No1 - it appears I have quite a few notes from this large northern state which will no doubt start mulitple other groupings. The next note I mentioned was a 20 pesos note where the otters on the Tampico Coat of Arms seem to have morphed into dogs on the back of the note. This added Tamaulipas as State No2.
State No3 is going to be Vercacruz, highlighted by this 5 Pesos note (S437s, M528s) issued by El Banco Mercantil de Veracruz from 1899 until 1910, another Specimen note. The 5 Pesos was the lowest, and most common denomination issued by the bank but like many of the original state banks this one didn't survive the revolution when Carranza as the new President cancelled all their charters in an attempt to centralise the banking system. This note shows a seated female figure (representing the city?) on the front with her back to the harbour surrounded by references to the local industries and commerce; mining tools, agricultural products and the train line. The back of the note depicts another view of the docks as Veracruz, like Tampico, is a major port and remains critical to the Mexican economy today although the fortress of St Juan de Ulua could do with some restoration.
So at February 2022 the Mexican states acquired are:-
So 3/30 at the moment, only 27 to go, some are going to be difficult, due to both limited availability and/or that they are expensive but it is the challenge and it is striving for completion that keeps us young!