Paper Money of Chihuahua

.. by Simon Prendergast

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25c sábanas

Besides serial letters the 25c is known with different printer’s imprintThe various imprints are:
A     Imp. del Gobierno
B     Imp. del Gobierno, Chih.
C     Imp. del Gobierno, Chihiahua
, different abbreviations for ‘número’, different sized numerals, different coloured seals and a variety of control letters. As the later dos caritas issue did not have a 25c value, these fractional sábanas continued to be issued until July 1915.

The sequence appears to have been:

Colour
of series
Series
letter
ImprintAbbreviationSize of numbers
(left, right)
Type of seal
on reverse
Control letters
black A B NUM. large large black

The very first issues had ‘SERIE A’ (25c), ‘SERIE B’ (50c) and ‘SERIE C’ ($1) as part of the print. Later issues just had ‘SERIE’ with the letter added (as part of the numbering?).

Colour
of series
Series
letter
ImprintAbbreviationSize of numbers
(left, right)
Type of seal
on reverse
Control letters
red B A No. NUM. small, large large black
C small, large
large, large

 

Colour
of series
Series
letter
ImprintAbbreviationSize of numbers
(left, right)
Type of seal
on reverse
Control letters
red C B No. No. large, large black

Colour
of series
Series
letter
ImprintAbbreviationSize of numbers
(left, right)
Type of seal
on reverse
Control letters
red D C No. No. small, large large black
E
F
G
H
I

Colour
of series
Series
letter
ImprintAbbreviationSize of numbers
(right)
Type of seal
on reverse
Control letters
black H C No. large small black A-XXC
red I B=CCVII
red J B-VVV
red K D-MVI
black L E-VIM
black M F-MXI
black N G-IMX
black O G-CLH, H-NST
black P F-DMVI
black Q G-CLII
black R H-VVIII
black S I-XCDI
T
black U H-LKC
black V Y-MNR
black W K-IBC
black X L-CDP

The change in control codes from letters of the alphabet with pseudo-Roman numbers to letters of the alphabet with three or two letter codes no doubt took place at the same time as the changes in the dos caritas. This would suggest that the first of this group dated to July-September 1914 and the later to November-December 1914.

Colour
of series
Series
letter
ImprintAbbreviationSize of numbers
(right)
Type of seal
on reverse
Control letters
black AA C No. large small black T-GDE
A A M-AN
A A M-CK
A A C-MK
A A M-KC
A A small blue C-KM
A A small green K-RK
A A small red M-ARI

T-GDE obviously stands for 'Tesoreria General del Estado'.

Colour
of series
Series
letter
ImprintAbbreviationSize of numbers
(right)
Type of sealControl letters
red B B C No. large black S L 2,000 (face) C-ARA
1-00 L-I (face) L-UIS
1-00 L-II (face) C-ARA
1-00 L-III (face) CA-GF
1-00 L-IV (face) CH-MJ
100 C L-IV (face) CH-MJ
red C C C No. large red E-6-29-15   200,000
E-6-30-15   200,000
E-7-5-15    200,000-III
E-7-6-15-T  200,000-IV
E-7-7-15-L  200,000-5
E-7-9-15-L  200-000 6
E-7-10-15-L 200,000-7
E-7-12-15-T 200,000-8
red D D C No. large red 2E 7-14-15L 125-M-I
2E7-16-15L  125-M-II
2E 7-20-15L 125-M-III
2E7-21-15T  125-M-IV
2E7-22-15E  125-M-5
SE7-23-15S  66-M-U

For the later CC and DD series the date sequence is obvious. 200,000 and 125-M (125,000?) may be print runs: E and 2E may be emisión and segunda emisión; T, L, E and S may refer to different machines or locations.

One can note the progression of the Tesorería seal over time. The rough original seal was replaced by a finer seal with a break across the ‘O’ of ‘TESORERIA’. This then developed a crack in the rim at 1 o’clock.

 

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