La Negociación Minera Hacienda Grande, Purísima y Minas de Guadalupe y Anexas

Purisima

1914 issue

On 24 January 1914 some of the principal merchants of Pachuca called upon the mining companies and asked them to issue script as had been done elsewhere. They explained that their sales had been cut very heavily through lack of change and that they would not only welcome mining companies’ paper but would help in any way we could suggest. All the mining companies had been experiencing great difficulties in obtaining change for pay rolls, so a meeting of the eight principal companies decided, having obtained the governor’s approval, to issue a series of notes in a common format. It was further decided that great care should be taken and considerable expense incurred to obviate the possibility of falsification. La Negociación Minera Hacienda Grande, Purísima y Minas de Guadalupe y Anexas undertook to issue $2,000 in the first trancheAHMM, Fondo Norteamericano, vol. 41, exp. 15, Dirección General, Correspondencia, Mar 1913 – Nov 1914.

These notes were printed by the American Book and Printing Company, of Mexico City. The company had had little experience with this type of work and was under time pressure, working twenty four hours a day to complete the ordersThe Mexican Herald, 9 February 1914, and the result were disappointing.

The Purisima notes were in four denominations (5c, 10c, 50c and $1)


  Date of issue Date on note from to total
number
total
value
 
5c after 21 February 1914 2 February 1914          
10c         includes number 0489
50c         includes number 1888
$1         includes number 360
               

Further issues

These notes were probably withdrawn, or lost acceptability, when counterfeits appeared of some notes. This is probably the reason for a couple of low value notes (5c, 10c and 20c), produced by Bouligny & Schmidt, of Mexico City, dated 10 July 1914. Known notes are datestamped September and November 1914 on the reverse.


Purisima 20c 2

Purisima 20c 2 reverse

  Date on note from to total
number
total
value
 
5c 3 November 1914         includes numbers 10617CNBanxico # 11220 to 36290
10c 9 September 1914         includes number 17287
          includes number 34298CNBanxico # 11221
20c [  ] September 1914         includes number 18059CNBanxico # 11222
             

 

These are payable en esta población a la presentación de este en union de otros vales que sumen CINCO PESOS ó cantidad multiple de CINCO PESOS and signed by S. Camacho for the board (Junta Directiva). They are based on issues that Bouligny & Schmidt had already produced for the El Oro Mining & Railway Co. and The Mexican Mines of El Oro Limited, in the adjoining Estado de México.

The company also produced bearer cheques for $1, $5 and $5 dated from March to June 1915. These were signed by Luis García Granados as Cajero and Eligio Ramírez or Manuel Ordóñez as Director y Administrador.

Purisima 1 3

Purisima 5 3

Purisima 5 3 reverse

Purisima 10 3

Purisima 10 3 reverse

  Date on note from to total
number
total
value
 
$1 15 May 1915         includes number 1538-HCNBanxico #11236
$5 27 March 1915         includes numbers 66 to 75CNBanxico #11237
$10 15 May 1915         includes number 4047