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Hacienda de Beneficio “San Diego”

Mineral el Chico is a town about 15 kilometres north of Pachuca. The hacienda de beneficio (smelter) “San Diego” is located in the southern corner of the town.

We know of cartones and cheques produced by the Tipografia Artistica, Pachuca. The cartones were for ten and twenty centavos, printed on the back of ledger paper from the tienda de raya. The dates range from to 14 May to 23 July 1915.

The following was cut from the same recycled boletas de raya as the above.

El Chico Hidalgo 10c

There were also bearer cheques (cheques al portador) drawn on the Mexico City branch of the Banco Internacional e Hipotecario de México. An early $5 had the printed date of February 1915.

San Diego 5 4

San Diego 5 4 reverse

Later issues had the date handstamped.

Later notes were payable in (bank)notes currently in circulation (con billetes en curso).

On 14 June 1915 it was reported  that the Compañía de San Diego del Mineral del Chico had issued vales of five pesosTeodomiro Manzano, Anales del Estado de Hidalgo: Segunda parte (1869 a marzo de 1927), Pachuca, 1927 but known notes are dated from April to August.

In summary:

  Date on note from to total
$5 8 April 1915         includes number 1919
7 May 1915          
11 June 1915         includes number 5[4]22
18 June 1915          
16 July 1915         con billetes en curso
includes number 9186
11 August 1915         con billetes en curso
includes number 11382CNBanxico #11219
25 August 1915         con billetes en curso
(different typeface)


All these notes were signed by Sydney [     ][identification needed] per pro Ricardo T. Sobey.

Sydney [      ]  
Ricardo T. Sobey was Administrador del Ramo de Aguas in Pachuca but resigned in June 1904 to pursue his own affairsPeriódico Oficial, Tomo XXXVII, Núm. 41, 1 June 1904.  


In his August 1915 report on local issues to the Secretaría de Gobernación in Veracruz, Arturo Lazo de la Vega records that the “Blanca y Anexas”, “Maravillas y San Francisco”, “Real del Monte y Pachuca” and “San Diego”, had issued cheques for $1, $5, $10, $20 and $50 but does not know the amounts issuedAGN, Fondo Gobernación Periodo Revolucionario, caja 93, exp. 36, folletos 8 Secretario general L. de la Vega to [    ], Pachuca, 20 August 1915. In response, on 9 September the Secretaría de Gobernación replied that all these issues should be withdrawnAGN, Fondo Gobernación Periodo Revolucionario, caja 93, exp. 36, folletos 8.