In time I hope this site will give a comprehensive narrative of the history of paper currency in Mexico. At present, it is at the stage of "second fix" and is beginning to develop some formal structure.

In addition to the results of over twenty years of my own research I have included much of the information gained from previously published articles, including those of the  journals of the US Mexican Numismatic Association and added the results of Dick Long's extensive work on the banks of issue (bancos), cross-referenced with the American Bank Note Company's order book (which Dick did not have) and checked against the notes held in of the collection of the Banco de México.

I want sources to be, wherever possible, original documentation and so have included texts of the relevant decrees, circulars and other correspondence. I have also included images of many of the notes, particularly the backs, which are neglected in most catalogues but are not only often pleasing to the eye but also a deep source of information about origins, issuers and dates of use and redemption.  For this I am grateful to have the use of images from Elmer Powell’s extensive collection of revolutionary notes, and permission to use the images from Mexican Paper Money. I have occasionally lifted images from the internet. Generally I have not bothered to detail their provenance but in the case of Heritage Auctions I have used enough, particularly of high-quality high-denomination bancos, for them to warrant a particular mention.

I hope others will help me in building this website and have outlined how they can in How you can help. I particularly hope that other collectors will provide me with extra details about personnel (particularly signatories), issues, date and signature combinations, number ranges, security marks, branch overprints etc. to fill out the tables for the various banks. All contributors will be acknowledged and, where sizeable, given their own byline.

I have completely ignored the Banco de México.

Simon Prendergast
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