A previous Journal Entry ‘A pile of tatty notes’ was on the control letters on the El Estado de Durango 5 pesos note however this issue wasn’t going to represent the State of Durango.
Durango, State No. 8, is one of the largest states in Mexico, and similar to many without a coastline, has an economy based on mining and the production of a range of agricultural products. Improved transport and communication links rapidly expanded the potential market for goods, increasing production, and to facilitate this new level of commercial activity state banks were established. The Banco de Durango was founded in 1890 and this association is reflected in the vignettes on most of the notes issued, akin to the currency issued by other State Bancos the notes also feature lots of trains.
However, the selected note for the State is a remainder example of the 1 peso issue (S272r, M331r) which has a shield bearing the State Coat of Arms flanked by Liberty and Concorda (harmony). One of my reasons for selecting this note is actually the design on the back of the note, which reminded me of the, much closer to home, Lady Lavery series issued by the Central Bank of Ireland. The river god (River Lee), on the Irish £1 note, being exchanged for an allegorical female figure representing the State of Durango.