Hacienda de Beneficio “San Diego”

Mineral el Chico is a town about 15 kilometres north of Pachuca. The hacienda de beneficio (smelter) “San Diego” is located in the southern corner of the town.

We know of cartones and cheques produced by the Tipografia Artistica, Pachuca. The cartones were for ten and twenty centavos, printed on the back of ledger paper from the tienda de raya.

There were also bearer cheques (cheques al portador) drawn on the Mexico City branch of the Banco Internacional e Hipotecario de México and signed by Sydney [  ] per pro Ricardo T. Sobey. An early $5 had the printed date of February 1915

San Diego 5 4

San Diego 5 4 reverse

Later issues had the date handstamped. Some were payable in (bank)notes currently in circulation (con billetes en curso).

Others had this qualification removed.

On 14 June 1915 it was reported  that the Compañía de San Diego del Mineral del Chico had issued vales of five pesosTeodomiro Manzano, Anales del Estado de Hidalgo: Segunda parte (1869 a marzo de 1927), Pachuca, 1927 but known notes are dated from April to August.

  Date on note from to  
$1       without legend
$5 8 April 1915     without legend
7 May 1915    
11 June 1915    
18 June 1915    
16 July 1915     con billetes en curso
11 August 1915    
25 August 1915     con billetes en curso
(different typeface)


In his August 1915 report on local issues to the Secretaría de Gobernación in Veracruz, Arturo Lazo de la Vega records that the “Blanca y Anexas”, “Maravillas y San Francisco”, “Real del Monte y Pachuca” and “San Diego”, had issued cheques for $1, $5, $10, $20 and $50 but does not know the amounts issuedAGN, Fondo Gobernación Periodo Revolucionario, caja 93, exp. 36, folletos 8 Secretario general L. de la Vega to [    ], Pachuca, 20 August 1915. In response, on 9 September the Secretaría de Gobernación replied that all these issues should be withdrawnAGN, Fondo Gobernación Periodo Revolucionario, caja 93, exp. 36, folletos 8.