The Land of Tequila
Entry posted by ColonialCoinsUK ·
Jalisco is the 3rd Mexican state added this month and is north of Chiapas and Campeche and more or less west of Mexico City, although the State is on the west coast Jalisco is lacking a major port. My knowledge of the State extends to the 1986 soccer World Cup with matches played in Guadalajara, the State capital – not sure why everyone here in the UK remembers that tournament.
Then there is Tequila, a major export for the State, and increasingly popular here in the UK but as I would rather have a beer than a cocktail it has been a while since I drank any!
This addition means that we are now up to 7 Mexican States and it also adds another bank to the ‘Impossible Set’.
1. Chihuahua; 2. Tamaulipas; 3. Veracruz; 4. Guerrero; 5. Chiapas; 6. Campeche; 7. Jalisco
The note for this Set is from Banco de Jalisco Series 2 issue as I have not yet been able to acquire a nice example of one of the beautiful coloured notes (unusually this is back of the note) from Series 1. The bank was founded in 1897 with Bradbury Wilkinson & Co printing the first Set of notes, running from 50 centavos to 1000 pesos – this was a bit odd, as at the time, banks couldn’t issue notes of the less than 5 pesos and therefore the two smallest denominations were redundant. Fortunately, they were saved and when regulation changes allowed the issue of these lower denominations they entered circulation in 1914 alongside the ABNC printed Series 2 notes (1902 to 1914). The example of the 50 centavos in my collection is low grade and therefore doesn’t do the colours justice at all so will need to be upgraded at some point. The bank closed in 1915 joining the fate of many other State Banks following the post-Revolution financial reforms.
A specimen 5 pesos note from Series C (1908, S320, M385) of the ABNC printing represents the State and as the lowest denomination is one of the more readily available notes in high grade. Contemporary counterfeits of this note exist (S328, M386) with the easiest way to tell being that the name of the printer is not correct and they are often unsigned remainders. Some notes from the first two series, A and B, may also be found with Branch overprints for Tepic, Zamora and Zapotlan – even more scope for collectors! Surprisingly, this note is the only one in the series, 5 to 1000 pesos, not to have a vignette (local scenes or an allegorical figure) on the front alongside the State Coat-of-Arms whereas all notes do share the same view of the centre of commerce, Guadalajara, on the back.
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