Printing details of El Banco Comercial
The following table gives the details of the printing runs by the American Bank Note Company. The company engraved a special vignette portait of Miguel Hidalgo ( C 172)The following plates were made on the original order of 18 March 1890.
One 25c face and back plate (each of 12 notes) and one 25c tint plate.
One 50c face and back plate (each of 12 notes) and one 50c tint plate (No. 2).
One $1 face and back plate (each of 10 notes) and two $1 tint plates (No. 1 and 2).
One $5 face and back plate (each of 4 notes) and two $1 tint plates (No. 1 and 2).
One $10 face and back plate (each of 2 notes) and two $1 tint plates (No. 1 and 2).
One $20 face and back plate (each of 2 notes) and two $1 tint plates (No. 1 and 2).
One $50 face and back plate (each of 1 note) and two $1 tint plates (No. 1 and 2).
One $100 face and back plate (each of 1 note) and two $1 tint plates (No. 1 and 2).
One $500 face plate, one centre back plate and one border back plate (each of 1 note) and two $1 tint plates (No. 1 and 2).
In November 1897 the ABNC made a new $5 face plate (of 4 notes)..
In October 1897 the series was changed to B, dateline was altered to read "Chihuahua, ______1898", and "en Moneda de Plata del cuño Mexicano" was changed to "a la par en efectivo". All the signatures were erased as "Director" changed to "Gerente". As the government had just allowed facsimile signatures on low value notes (circular núm. 3) Enrique Creel and José M. Falomir's signatures were engraved on the $5 plate.
In March 1899 the date and series letter were changed to 1899 and C.
The American Bank Note Company archives produce additional facts. Amongst the specimens there were two different background colours for the 1889 $1 noteThe 1890 specimen has [ ], the July 1890 specimen has a diffused pink background whilst the September 1891 specimen has a lighter background, an 1898 $5 Series D (approved in January 1898 and so not printed) and an 1898 $50 Series C).
By 31 December 1899, by which time the bank had probably made all the issues that it was going to make, it had issued $1,005,000. Of these, $293,075 had been amortised, leaving $711,925 ($469,710 in general circulation and $242,215 in its offices). The American Bank Note Company printed a total of $2,050,000, so just under half these notes were never issued.
On 27 October 1931 Roberto Casas Alastriste, of the Comité liquidador de los Antiguos Bancos de Emisión, gave the American Bank Note Company permission to cancel the plates and these were cancelled on 18 February 1932ABNC.