Counterfeit $20 sábanas Type 1

sabanas 20 A 11852

sabanas 20 A 11852 reverse

The characteristics listed in the notice of 21 March 1914 are as follows:

GENUINE COUNTERFEIT
  letters are thicker (más gruesos)
  ink is blacker

 

edging frame is made up of plates so slight breaks in corners

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edging is continuous in the corners

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Chao’s signature stroke ends in a thick flourish

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Chao’s signature ends in a lump (bola o nudo)

 

The notice of 24 March 1914 lists:

GENUINE COUNTERFEIT

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Rubber seal, printed in different colours

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Steel seal, printed in a single colour, without a bar after ‘CHIHUAHUA’

Small joints at the corners and various parts of edging Edging appears continuous
Either ‘No’ ‘No’ in red, or a single ‘Num’ in black Single ‘Num’ in black

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In ‘TESORERIA’ ‘I’ separated from ‘A’

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‘I’ joined to foot of ‘A’

In ‘DEL ESTADO’ the 'DE' (se desprended de las rectas de cada letra) 'DE' are joined at the top

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comma after 'VALIDO'

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no comma after 'VALIDO'
Type finer Type thicker

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Comma after ‘Interventor’

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Point after ‘Interventor’

The initial angle of Vargas' signature is thinner Thicker
the hatching lines in ‘VEINTE PESOS’ are fine and separate lines are very coarse (muy toscas)
  In the majority, a bolita in Chao’s signature

 

On 26 March 1914 Pedro Maese, the collector of customs at Ciudad Juárez and the expert who determined which money was counterfeit and which genuine, testified before a United States commissioner's court in El Paso, in the case of J. G. Sperro, charged with having in his possession forged and counterfeit money of a foreign countryEl Paso Herald, 26 March 1914. Maese outlined the following differences:

GENUINECOUNTEFEIT

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comma after 'VALIDO'

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no comma after 'VALIDO'actually reported in the newspaper the other way round
  heavier paper
  the angle of the flourish of Vargas’ signature is much heavier

 

In March 1914 the El Paso HeraldEl Paso Herald, 27 March 1914 reported that local businessmen were doing a bit of expert money examination on their own initiative. Having obtained one of the notes that has been restamped in Ciudad Juárez, they compared all money that was offered them and if it compared well they accepted it in payment for goods and in exchange for American money at the prevailing rate. There were many ways to distinguish between bad and good rebel money. By placing two of the notes side by side, the difference could be readily seen but the only difficulty was is in telling which was genuine and which was bogus. The newspaper said that the $20 sábanas had been most widely counterfeited and the differences it listed were:

GENUINECOUNTEFEIT
  printing in background is much paler green
  serial number in the upper right hand corner several shades lighter
  letters used for printing bolder
  impression much heavier
'CHIH.' in printers' imprint

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'CHTH.'

green 'viente' easy to read 'viente' does not appear plainly
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The notice of December 1914 also mentions:

GENUINECOUNTERFEIT

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comma after ‘Gobernador Provisional del Estado’

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These notes, which include the three examples from the Supreme Court in Chihuahua, also have

GENUINE COUNTERFEIT

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comma after ‘VALIDO’

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no comma

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