Commercial concerns

Hidalgo commercialWe know of various notes issued by local businesses.

Zacualtipán

Zacualtipán is 100 kilometres north of Pachuca.

La Benefactora

“La Benefactora” issued a vale for 20c, dated 24 May 1914 with the printed signatures of Ramón Rueda as Responsable and Ruben Ramírez as Interventor. Ramón Rueda was presidente municipal in 1911 and again in 1915-1917.

The text on the reverse reads ‘La casa comercial cuyo nombre aparece en el anverso, pagará en esta población a la presentación de este en unión de otros vales emitidos por la misma Casa, que sumen la cantidad de cinco pesos, el valor que indica el presente’ so this was one of a uniform series issued by different casas comerciales.

Tula de Allende

La Tolteca Compañía de Cemento Portland

This cement factory at San Marcos, Tula, was established in 1910 by some Americans who a short time later sold it to a British multinational.

Among the archives that were thrown into landfill by the new owners of the American Bank Note Company was correspondence from 1913-1914 on notes for the La Tolteca Compañía de Cemento PortlandABNC, 40238.00. This might have been for a proposed (and possibly effected) issue of notes, to be used to pay workers and suppliers, during the Revolution.

Pachuca

In his August 1915 report on local issues to the Secretaría de Gobernación in Veracruz, Arturo Lazo de la Vega records that certain casas comerciales had made small issue of 5c and 10c notes, but when told to stop had done soAGN, Fondo Gobernación Periodo Revolucionario, caja 93, exp. 36, folletos 8 Secretario general L. de la Vega to [    ], Pachuca, 20 August 1915.

"La Floresta"

La FlorestaLa Floresta made and sold ice and fizzy drinks. It was owned by the Spaniard, Gonzalo Zapata, who in 1917 founded (or refounded) the local Chamber of Commerce. Zapta issued a 10c note dated 1 April 1915 with the rather convoluted legend “devolverá al portador la suma de 10 CTS en moneda corriente, en cambio de esta contraseña

Colección Numismática Banxico #4458

Cía. de Transmisión Eléctrica de Potencia del Estado de Hidalgo, S. A.

Transmision 1

Transmision 1 reverse

A $1 note similar to the ones issued by the Negociación Minera Hacienda Grande, Purísima y Minas de Guadalupe y Anexas.

La Compañía de Luz, Fuerza y Ferrocarriles de Pachuca

The Compañía de Luz, Fuerza y Ferrocarriles de Pachuca operated 21 miles (34 kilometres) of tram and railway track around Pachuca, including lines to Santa Gertrudis and Real del Monte to the east, and to San Rafael to the north.

In his August 1915 report on local issues to the Secretaría de Gobernación in Veracruz, Arturo Lazo de la Vega records that on 22 May 1915 governor General Alfredo J. Machuca agreed to a request from the Compañía de Luz, Fuerza y Ferrocarriles de Pachuca, S.A to issue 5c vales to help with making change on their streetcarsAGN, Fondo Gobernación Periodo Revolucionario, caja 93, exp. 36, folletos 8 Secretario general L. de la Vega to [    ], Pachuca, 20 August 1915.

This vale has the facsimile signature of [            ] as Manager (Gerente) and the date [            ] handstamped on the back. The number ‘3’ suggests that the vales were issued in uncut strips of [  ], with a common serial number (the examples in the Banco de México collection have serial numbers 0382 (5) and 1693 (6)).

In response to de la Vega’s report, on 9 September the Secretaría de Gobernación replied that the government should ascertain the size of the issue, ensure the company makes a deposit in the Tesorería General and, above all, fix a period for withdrawing this issueAGN, Fondo Gobernación Periodo Revolucionario, caja 93, exp. 36, folletos 8.

On 27 November 1915 it was reported that these notes, along with other issues, were being exchanged in the offices of the Tesorería for the currency issued by the local government, as approved by CarranzaEl Pueblo, Año II, Tomo II, Núm. 397, 29 November 1915.

So these vales will have been in use for a very limited period.

Ferrería de Apulco

Ferrería de Apulco is a town in the municipality of Metepec.

Jesús Martín

Ferrera 5c

Ferrera 5c reverse

Ferrera 10c

Ferrera 20c

Tulancingo

Tulancingo is the second-largest city in the state, about 50 kilometres east of Pachuca.

Al Bazar Universal

The Bazar Universal of G. de la Concha y Compañía, Sucesores issued a variety of notes. The Bazar Universal was founded by the brothers Lorenzo and Juan Vizay(?) in [   ] and located in 1914 in the Plaza de la Constitución and Cuahutemoc.

  
"La Soledad"

La Soledad, of Manuel de la Concha é hijo, was a clothing factory, situated at 4ª. de Zaragoza 31.

We know of $1 notes, signed by El rayador P. Oliver and [M. de la Concha   ]. The text reads 'VALE al portador por la cantidad de UN PESO, valor de trabajo hecho en favor de ésta fábrica, y que pagará la misma en billetes del vurso legal en union de otros vales que sumen diez pesos ó sus múltiples'.

The Series A note has the printed date of 1 June 1915. The Series C note has an extra line printed at the bottom setting a time limit of three months.

  Series Date on note from to
$1 A 1 June 1915    
C