$50 dos caritas
All the fifty pesos notes are Series F and were hand signed by Treasurer Vargas and Interventor Muñoz. The sequence was as follows:
15,000 notes printed by Maverick-Clarke and dispatched on 8 May 1914. These were Series F, numbered 1 to 15000, and were stamped with a black circular Tesorería seal, red scalloped Ejército Constitucionalista seal and Type 1 vertical control letters on back. The only control letters used were XIV-A F-XIVThough perhaps the future sequence was intended to be:
First Norris Peters printing
30,000 notes printed by Norris Peters under the 18 July 1914 contract, begun on 4 August and dispatched on 29 August 1914. These were Series F, numbered 15001 to 45000 and were stamped with a black circular Tesorería seal and horizontal Type 3b control letters on the back
and then purple circular Tesorería seal and horizontal Type 3b control letters on the back
It is easy to see how B-XXCVIII could be an error for B-XXCIII but harder to explain the two ‘D’s. There is a known error: F-MXX for F-XXX.
Second Norris Peters printing
30,000 notes printed by Norris Peters under the 8 October contract and dispatched on 23 October 1914LG papers, 2-F-36, letter from S. C. de la Garza, Washington, to L. de la Garza, El Paso. 23 October 1914: 6-C-28, letter Navarro, Washington to Luis Gaxiola, El Paso. 9 December 1914. These were Series F, numbered 45001 to 75000 and were stamped with a purple circular Tesorería seal and Type 3b horizontal controls on the back
N-CSM is also known and is possibly an error for N-CLM.
Third Norris Peters printing
90,000 notes printed by Norris Peters under the 16 November contract and dispatched on 1 December 1914LG papers, 6-C-28, letter Navarro, Washington to Luis Gaxiola, El Paso. 9 December 1914. These were Series F, numbered 75001 to 165000 and were stamped with a scalloped Tesorería seal and san-serif control letters on the back. The seal and letters were sometimes printed in red ink, sometimes purple: and occasionally vertically:
horizontal red scalloped Tesorería seal and Type 5 control letters:
vertical red scalloped Tesorería seal and Type 5v control letters:
horizontal purple scalloped Tesorería seal and Type 5 control letters:
vertical purple scalloped Tesorería seal and Type 5v control letters:
On 11 December 1914 at Torreon de la Garza conferred with the Tesorero de Chihuahua, who had ten million pesos, of which $4,500,000 were in $50 which had to be signed by handLG papers, 1-F-142. This must refer to this third printing.
The February 1916 report to the Carrancista government, which only listed the Maverick-Clarke issues, states that the Villistas began to overstamp the $50 notes on 9 June 1914 and finished on 17 February 1915AGN, Fondo Gobernación Periodo Revolucionario, caja 61, exp 24.