Printing details of El Banco Comercial

The following table gives the details of the printing runs by the American Bank Note Company.

 25c50c$1$5$10$20$50$100$500
1890 Mar 80,000 60,000 50,000 20,000 15,000 7,500 4,000 2,000 400
1891 Sept     50,000            
1897 Oct       60,000 5,000 5,000 1,000 1,000  
1899 Mar         5,000 5,000 1,000 1,000  
                   
Total 80,000 60,000 100,000 80,000 25,000 17,500 6,000 4,000 400

 

There were slight changes to the designs over the yearsThe 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 altered five denominations, by changing the year date from 1889 to 1898, taking out “en moneda de Plata del cuño Mexicano” and engraving “a la par en efectivo”, changing “Director” to “Gerente” and erasing signatures, and changing from Series “A” To “B”. On the $5 it engraved two new signatures. It made a new $5 face plate (of 4 notes).
On the order of 28 March 1899 it altered the $10, $20, $50 and $100 face plates by taking out year date “1898” and Serie letter “B’ (ABNC).
. The earlier notes (1890 and 1891) promised to pay in Mexican silver coin (en moneda de plata del cuño mexicano) whilst the later notes (1897 and 1899) had the text ‘at par in cash’ (a la par, en efectivo), whilst the sequence for dates was:

Type 1 Chihuahua,1889 Comdate1a
Comdate1b
Type 2 1897 Comdate2
Type 3 Chihuahua ___________ 1898
(with stamped month dd or month dd yy)
Type 4 Chihuahua ___________ 1899

 

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 18981 specimen has a lighter background, an 1898 $5 Series D (approved in January 1898 and so not printed) and an 1898 $50 Series C. A manuscript note in the records states that the plates were altered for the March 1899 print run (by removing the year date and series letter).

We also have actual details of four issues. On 15 August 1897 $5 A numbers 10,001-20,000 and $10 A numbers 7,501-8,500 were issuedalternative: authorised on 7 October 1897; on 28 April 1898 $5 B numbers 1-20,000; on 7 September 1898 10,000 pesos in unspecified denominations of Series B, and in April 1899 $20 B numbers 1501-2500, $50 B numbers 401-1000 and $100 B numbers 201-700Report of Interventor Ahumada, 29 July 1899; Richard Long, Mexican Market Forecast, 28 May 1984.

Comercial 50 script O var   Comercial 50 script O

Some $50 Series B notesknown numbers included 0101, 0104, 0452, 0477 have a script O above and behind the Indian woman’s right shoulder.

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.

 

 

 

 

All this can be summarised as:

Comercial 25c A 55186

Comercial 25c A 55186 reverse

 Print dateBook dateSeriesDate
(Type 1)
Date
(Type 2)
Date
(Type 3)
Date
(Type 4)
fromtosig1 (Interventor)sig2 (Presidente)sig3 (Director/
Gerente)
Comment
25c 1890 Mar   A 1889       00001 80000 Ahumada T.MacManus I.MacManus  

 

Comercial 50c A 13110

Comercial 50c A 13110 reverse

 Print dateBook dateSeriesDate
(Type 1)
Date
(Type 2)
Date
(Type 3)
Date
(Type 4)
fromtosig1 (Interventor)sig2 (Presidente)sig3 (Director/
Gerente)
Comment
50c 1890 Mar   A 1889       00001 60000 Ahumada T.MacManus I.MacManus  

 

Comercial 1 A 51437

Comercial 1 A 51437 reverse

 Print dateBook dateSeriesDate
(Type 1)
Date
(Type 2)
Date
(Type 3)
Date
(Type 4)
fromtosig1 (Interventor)sig2 (Presidente)sig3 (Director/
Gerente)
Comment
$1 1890 Mar   A 1889       00001 50000 Ahumada T.MacManus I.MacManus  
1891 Sep   50001 100000  

 

Comercial 5 A 15991

Comercial 5 A 15991 reverse

 Print dateBook dateSeriesDate
(Type 1)
Date
(Type 2)
Date
(Type 3)
Date
(Type 4)
fromtosig1 (Interventor)sig2 (Presidente)sig3 (Director/
Gerente)
Comment
$5 1890 Mar   A 1889       00001 10000 Ahumada T.MacManus I.MacManus  
15 August 1897 1897     10001 20000 known with Gómez Palacio overprint
1897 Oct 20 May 1898 B     20-5-1898   00001   Ahumada E.C.Creel J.M.Falomir known with Gómez Palacio overprint (type 1)
      15-6-1898     20000   known with Gómez Palacio overprint (type 2)
  C         00001 20000   might not have been issued
  D     1898   00001 20000   might not have been issued

 

Comercial 10 A 02947

Comercial 10 A 02947 reverse

 Print dateBook dateSeriesDate
(Type 1)
Date
(Type 2)
Date
(Type 3)
Date
(Type 4)
fromtosig1 (Interventor)sig2 (Presidente)sig3 (Director/
Gerente)
Comment
$10 1890 Mar   A 1889       00001 07500 Ahumada T.MacManus I.MacManus  
15 August 1897 7501 8500        
  8501 15000       might not have been issued
1897 Oct   B     20-10-1898   0001   Ahumada E.C.Creel J.M.Falomir known with Gómez Palacio overprint (type 2)
19-8-1899     4000 Ahumada E.C.Creel J.M.Falomir known with Gómez Palacio overprint (type 3)
20-10-1898     5000        
1899 Mar   C       1899 0001 5000        

 

Comercial 20 B 4229

Comercial 20 B 4229 reverse

 Print dateBook dateSeriesDate
(Type 1)
Date
(Type 2)
Date
(Type 3)
Date
(Type 4)
fromtosig1 (Interventor)sig2 (Presidente)sig3 (Director/
Gerente)
Comment
$20 1890 Mar   A         00001 07500        
1897 Oct   B     1898   0001 1500        
April 1899     1501 2500 Ahumada E.C.Creel J.M.Falomir  
  19-8-1899   2501 5000 known with Gómez Palacio overprint (type 3)
1899 Mar   C       1899 0001 5000        

 

Comercial 50 B 0104

Comercial 50 B 0104 reverse

 Print dateBook dateSeriesDate
(Type 1)
Date
(Type 2)
Date
(Type 3)
Date
(Type 4)
fromtosig1 (Interventor)sig2 (Presidente)sig3 (Director/
Gerente)
Comment
$50 1890 Mar   A 1889       0001 01000 Ahumada T.MacManus I.MacManus known with Gómez Palacio overprint (type 4)
01001 04000       might not have been issued
1897 Oct   B     20-10-1898   0001 0400 Ahumada E.C.Creel J.M.Falomir known with Gómez Palacio overprint (type 5)
April 1899 1-5-1898   0401 1000 known with Gómez Palacio overprint (type 4)
1899 Mar   C       1899 0001 1000        

 

 Print dateBook dateSeriesDate
(Type 1)
Date
(Type 2)
Date
(Type 3)
Date
(Type 4)
fromtosig1 (Interventor)sig2 (Presidente)sig3 (Director/
Gerente)
Comment
$100 1890 Mar   A 1889       00001 00400       known with Gómez Palacio overprint
      00401 2000       might not have been issued
1897 Oct   B         0001 0200       known with Gómez Palacio overprint (type 4)
April 1899     1-8-1898   0201 0700 Ahumada E.C.Creel J.M.Falomir  
      19-8-1899   701 1000  
1899 Mar   C       1899 0001 1000        

 

 Print dateBook dateSeriesDate
(Type 1)
Date
(Type 2)
Date
(Type 3)
Date
(Type 4)
fromtosig1 (Interventor)sig2 (Presidente)sig3 (Director/
Gerente)
Comment
$500 1890 Mar   A 1889       1 400        

 

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.