Impossible - 2023 March
Entry posted by ColonialCoinsUK ·
This month all of the notes added are from Mexico, some of which have been covered in other Journal posts as examples for the States of Chiapas, Campeche and Jalisco (‘Chiapas is Mexico State No. 5’, ‘Campeche takes the No. 6 slot’ and for Jalisco ‘The land of Tequila’)
The first of the other notes added is the earliest date for the 10 pesos notes issued by the Banco Minero de Chihuahua, a reinvention of Banco Minero during the Revolution, and is dated 9th May 1914. The whole issue ran from Series A29 at S/N 330,001 with a Series change every 2500 notes continuing until S/N 630,000. This note is Series D29 and S/N 339498, so close to end (S/N 340,000) of this initial group. Collecting examples of all of the Series would be a real challenge, and probably much more difficult than searching for die numbers on Victorian sixpences.
Whereas the Series for the Minero note are essentially known the next entry is included in the Set as it represents an unrecorded Series; Z. R. and, for me, just demonstrates that there is still so much to discover. The ‘note’ is a 20 centavos issue from Series 2 for the Gobierno Constitucionalista del Estado Libre y Soberano de Veracruz Llave. This note is also interesting as it is the first pasteboard note in the collection and also the smallest note at 53 × 31 mm.
Another local issue is represented by a 5 pesos note from L. Guiterrez, Merida, Yucatan. In the late 1800’s there was a shortage of banknotes in Yucatan compromising trade so the major companies based in the capital city, Merida decided to issue their own notes from ~1874, one of these companies was L. Guiterrez Sucesores, established in 1860 and the largest hardware and haberdashers in the State.
The last note added during March 2023 is another important Revolutionary Issue, a 1 peso note issued by the authority of Gustavo Baz as Estado Libre y Soberano de Mexico, Toluca. Similar to the notes above there is still much to understand about this Toluca Series, particularly related to the S/Ns for different printing runs across all of the denominations. This note is probably from the second printing of Series F as the attribution on the note is in italics.
It is great that this month the Set is back on track, growing by at least 5 notes per month, however every note added highlights gaps in the references and thus seems to generate a completely new area of research.
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