Guanajuato Development Company

The Guanajuato Development Company was an American Corporation, formed in the state of New Jersey for the purpose of acquiring properties in the Guanajuato mining district, developing them sufficiently to prove their value, and, subsequently, offering them for purchase to other companies or organizing subsidiary companies upon them with sufficient capital to work them thoroughly. These properties were taken up on lease with an option to purchase the same outright, which afforded an opportunity for the subsidiary company to prove the value of any property before actually taking it over.

The company issued notes in accordance with an authorization of 8 August 1914. Espinoza mentions 5c,10c, 25c, 50c, $1, $2, $5 and $10 denominationsCrisoin Espinosa, Ephemerides Guanajuatenses. He also said that they entered circulation on 7 August.

Colección Numismática Banxico #4141

Colección Numismática Banxico #4142

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Colección Numismática Banxico #4145

The notes are dated 3 August but were put into circulation on 7 AugustCrispín Espinosa, Efemérides Guanajuatenses.

The notes were a temporary measure and on 28 October 1914 the companies issued a notice that they were to be redeemed in their respective offices, giving people five days in which to hand in any notesCrispín Espinosa, Efemérides Guanajuatenses.

By 1 November some public offices and shops had begun to refuse the notes. The local newspaper, El Observador, said that it realized that the were not of forced circulation, but they had been issued with the approval of businesses and the public and did state that the companies would redeem with legal tender as soon as business communications were restored with the capital of the Republic. The paper was aware of poor people who had not been able to buy necessities, and speculators who were buying the notes at less than face value. It called upon the authorities to actEl Observador, Guanajuato, Año XI, Núm. 895, 1 November 1914.