Paper Money of Chihuahua

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Counterfeit $10 sábanas Types 4-11

Counterfeit $10 sábanas Type 4

The other notice of December 1914 mentions a counterfeit series A note.

no comma after 'Chihuahua' thick comma after 'Chihuahua'

This is confusing as genuine notes appear to have a comma after 'Chihuahua'. Some well-produced Series A 'No' 'No' notes are known without a comma (these seem to have used a different numbering machine with a smaller point in the abbreviation 'No.') Either these are genuine and the author had one of these to hand when he made his comparison or more likely he transposed the characteristics, and intended

Counterfeit $10 sábanas Type 4a


comma after 'Chihuahua'

no comma after 'Chihuahua'

This is more likely, as this note is known with an improbable combination of three resellos (Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez and San Luis Potosí), that is obviously false, and found on other counterfeits.

Counterfeit $10 sábanas Type 5

The December 1914 notice also lists a counterfeit series B note.


an ‘x’ in the upper lefthand corner

no 'x'

Similarly, Series B notes with no ‘x’ are common and carry a variety of resellos. It appears that the variety with an ‘x’ was a later printing, with numbers from [              ] onwards.

The notice from Parral states that there were already counterfeit Series B with an 'x', which could only be distinguished because they were badly printed.

This notice from Parral also list (three) other types of counterfeit $10 sábanas.

Counterfeit $10 sábanas Type 6

On the reverse the ‘I’ of ‘DIEZ’ touches the ‘D’  and at the top has a small shadow-like line
The two parallel strokes of the peso sign are well drawn and of equal length at top and bottom The two strokes, one thick and one thin, are imperfect and of different thickness at each end

Counterfeit $10 sábanas Type 7

This type is mentioned in the notice from Parral dated 6 November 1914.


The Tesorería General seal was printed before the denomination which overlays it

Counterfeit $10 sábanas Type 8


Bright blue ink and darker print

The ‘Z’ of ‘DIEZ’ on the reverse lacks the spikes at the top and bottom that the other letters have

The ‘Z’ of the blue “DIEZ” on the left is slightly larger and a different type from the other letters

Counterfeit $10 sábanas Type 9

In December 1914 a Guadalajara paperBoletín Militar, Guadalajara, 11 December 1914 reported the following:

background is bright blue (azul fuerte) background is pale green (verde palído)
on right side blue edging is slightly separate from the black square blue edging is same on all four sides
(la redacción no está perfectamente derecha)
poorer impression

Counterfeit $10 sábanas Type 10

$10 sabanas counterfeit type 7

$10 sabanas counterfeit type 7

The Hermosillo telegram of 30 January 1915 lists the following characteristics.

black double edging is composed of sections and one can see joins in the corners and along the sides edging is continuous
full stop after ‘No.’ point in ‘No’ missing

Full stop in the ‘M’ of Chao’s signature missing

All ‘D’s of ‘DIEZ’  are the same size

The ‘D’ of ‘DIEZ’ in the bottom left-hand corner is different to the other ‘D’s

The two vertical strokes of the peso sign ($) on the reverse are equal

The two vertical strokes are thicker and the right one longer than the left

Counterfeit $10 sábanas Type 11

The notes seized in Mexico City in January 1915 had these characteristics.

black edging is weaker edging is stronger
in the edging the small line has breaks small line is continuous
paper is better quality, thicker and holds the ink better


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