Paper Money of Chihuahua

.. by Simon Prendergast

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$50 sábanas

The sequence appears to have been:

Colour
of series
Series
letter
ImprintAbbreviationSize of numbers
(left, right)
Type of seal
on face
handwritten signatures
A B Núm. large, large black
printed signatures
A B Núm. large, large black

At least some of the 'Núm.' notes with handwritten signatures had an error: 'Diciemhre' for 'Diciembre', thus:

Colour
of series
Series
letter
ImprintAbbreviationSize of numbers
(left, right)
Type of seal
on face
red A B No. No. large, large black

Both 'Núm.' and 'No. No.' are known with and without a dot after ‘GOBIERNO’ in the printer’s imprint.

With the 'No. No.' notes, there are two major varieties, the one with the final 'h' in 'Chihuahua' different from the first two

and the other with the three 'h's the same.

In the former the phrase 'General Francisco Villa' is 71mm in width, whilst in the latter it is 67mm.

A notice from Hermosillo might suggest that the latter indicated a counterfeit, but it is more probable that the counterfeit note (Type 3) had this (and other) legitimate distinctions but also a missing full stop from Chao's Signature.

We can also distinguish three different varieties in the arrangement of the middle of the last line of the green underprint, namely PESOS.  50. CINCUENTA

PESOS  50.  CINCUENTA

and PESOS  .50.  CINCUENTA

which may be related to the position on the printed page or counterfeiting (see Counterfeit $50 sábanas).

 

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