Counterfeit $5 dos caritas

The differences that de la Garza listed in his letter of 6 February 1915 were referenced to annotations that he made on the counterfeit examples. Without these it is difficult accurately to identify most of the points he raised. These were:

GENUINECOUNTERFEIT
'El Estado de Chihuahua’ banner touches portraits banner is further from the portraits
secret printer’s marks  
  strokes of the ‘E’ are larger

 

 

shadows of the ‘E S’ are different

  has part of a star
figura touches the figuras above space between figuras
triangles are larger and ray clearer  
  shadows of ‘A’ different
figura touches the side space between figura and side

(la linea recta casi hasta arriba de la Estrella y hace vurva)
line is curved

sal la curva donde acaba la linea
is below the line
the shading of the letters is unbroken, without gaps the shading had many gaps

 

 

Chao’s signature different
limpia la j (of Vargas’ signature) tiene una linea que mas bien parece un rasgo de la o
  portraits and portraits’ shading different
two three
background on reverse does not touch sides but leaves a white space background touch sides

 

However, two types of counterfeit Series C notes are easy to recognise. There are several minor differences, but one particularly distinguishing feature is the relationship of the denomination ‘shield’ on the back to the line beneath the griffin. In the genuine notes the ‘shield’ flows into the line, on one set of counterfeits there is a distinct break, whilst on another the alignment is completely different.

5denom type1 5denom type2 5denom type 3
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3

 

As for the portraits, there are various differences, though there are also differences amongst genuine notes. For Madero Types 1-3 are from genuine printings, whilst Types 4-5 are from counterfeits

 dos5Madero1  dos5Madero2  dos5Madero3
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3
 dos5Madero4  dos5Madero5  dos5Madero6
Type 4 Type 5 Type 6

 

Likewise, for González Types 1-3 are from genuine printings, whilst Types 4-5 are from counterfeits

 dos5Gonzalez1  dos5Gonzalez2  dos5Gonzalez3
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3
 dos5Gonzalez4  dos5Gonzalez5  dos5Gonzalez6
Type 4 Type 5 Type 6