The American Book & Printing Company

The American Book & Printing Company, established in 1882, with a capital of almost half a million pesos and over two hundred workers, half of them women and children working as binders, was one of the largest printing companies in the country but it had no experience in printing currency, as is obvious from the quality of their notes.

It produced $1 and $2 notes for the Banco de Coahuila, Banco del Estado de México, Banco Oriental de México, Banco de Querétaro and Banco de San Luis Potosí, a $1 note for the Banco de Tamaulipas and a $2 note for the Banco Minero de Chihuahua. Each bank had its own design, used for both denominations. Except for the Banco Oriental, one denomination had a green underprint and the other a reddish underprint, which suggests some controlling hand, or maybe just a simple lack of choice in inks.

The Banco Peninsular Mexicano of Yucatán also issued $1 and $5 notes from the American Book & Printing Company, the $1 a poor impression of an earlier $1 note that the ABNC had produced for its predecessor Banco Yucateco.

Also known only as proofs or remainders are $5 and $10 Banco Oriental de México notes, from the American Book & Printing Company.

The Banco Oriental de México notes were far more professional.

Oriental 1 1

Oriental 2 1
One of the consequences of using Mexican City printers was that the resulting notes were easier to counterfeit and there are several reports of these later bancos being falsified.