Private issues (Guadalajara - San Gabriel)


In October 1914 it was reported that some small businesses, because of the lack of small coins, had issued fichas with which to make change. As these could only be used in the same establishment, it seemed that the government would take steps to stop the practiceEl Reformador, Tomo I, Núm. 64, 15 October 1914. However, in June 1915 a newspaper could report that it had received complaints about the paper money issued by cantinas, shops and even hawkers in the market. Although people had done this to overcome the shortage of small change, the practice was illegal and the public were not obliged to accept such paper or cartonesEl Presente, 6 June 1915.

M. Ascencio Morales

Morales 10c

Salon Azteca

Salon Azteca 1

Salon Azteca 1 reverse

Teodoro Campos Kunhardt y Assoc.

Tienda de Antonio Bayardo

Compañía Hidroeléctrica e Irrigadora del Chapula, S. A.

This company ran the trams in Guadalajara. In 1905 the local electricity company and several horsecar operators formed the Compañía de Tranvías, Luz y Fuerza. This was absorbed in 1909 by the Compañía Hidroeléctrica e Irrigadora del Chapala, which had a power plant at El Salto de Juanacatlán 30 kilometres south of town.

In December 1915 it was said that the company was considering withdrawing its bonos because of their poor state. The company was the winner because it did not exchange or make good any bono that had deterioratedBoletín Militar, Tomo III, Núm. 333, 1 December 1915.

Again in February 1916 it was reported that the company would recall its bonos which would make the lack of change even worseBoletín Militar, Tomo V, Núm. 391, 8 February 1916 but the next day the managers wrote to say that because of the effect on the public in agreement with the competent authority they would not be recalling their planillas para pasajesBoletín Militar, Tomo V, Núm. 392, 9 February 1916.

The Drogueria Alemana (German Drugstore)

This was run by Carlos Ibarra.

Drogueria Alemana 50c

Date modelo Value Number
Total Comment
 19 June 1915 5266 5c 4,000 11,500 pink cartón
10c 4,000 deep blue cartón
20c 2,000 Nile green cartón 
50c 1,000 green cartón
$1 500 yellow cartón

"El Fenix"

The Drogueria y Ferreteria "El Fenix” issued 10c and 20c notes dated 11 May 1915.

El Fenix 10c

El Fenix 20c

Hotel Francés

The Cantina of the Hotel Francés issued a 5c note, with the name of Enrique Villa.

Hotel Frances 5c

Hotel Frances 5c reverse

La Fraternal

La Fraternal 10c

La Fraternal 10c reverseA 10c note, placed here because of the similarities in design.

La Imperial

A 5c note.

La Imperial 5c

La Imperial 5c reverse

Restaurante “Valdez”

A 10c note with the name of Francisco Valdez

Valdez 10c

Valdez 10c reverse

Cantina “La Fuente”

La Fuente 10c

La Fuente 10c reverse

A 10c note dated May 1915 with the stamp of Tomás R. Rosales.

Cantina “La Metralla”

La Metralla 20c

La Metralla 20c reverseA cantina called “the shrapnel” obviously dates from the Revolution. A 20c note with the names of Manuel Romero é hijo

Empresa de Kioskos

Rotter y Franco 5c

Rotter y Franco 5c reverseA 5c note with the name of Rotter y Franco

Depósito de Carbón y Lena

This was run by Salvador Martínez Frías.   

Carbon 10c

Carbon 10c reverse

Date modelo Value Number
Total Comment
 24 April 1915    5235   5c 250 2,000 round cartón
10c 750  
50c 1,000 round cartón: two types
          second issue: no details known

Leopoldo López Zavala


Leovala reverse

On 19 May 1915 Leopoldo López Zavala, owner of two bars, asked the Presidente Municipal whether he could issue boletos of one and three centavos for his customers to use, attaching samples for consideration.. He was refused but told he could issue chequesAMGuad, Hacienda 1915, exp. 11.

Celso Vergara

On 22 November 1915 a José M. Silva wrote to J. E. González, the Subsecretario interino, that he had $45.50 in cheques issued by Celso Vergara. He had presented them to Vergara who refused to redeem them as the time limit had expired. Then he presented them to the Tesorería Municipal which said that they no longer had funds from Vergara. So he was asking the Governor to order the Tesorería Municipal to exchange them. González passed the message on to the Presidente Municipal who replied, on 24 December, that none of his offices had information on cheques issued by VergaraAMGuad, Hacienda 1915, exp. 145.


Compañía Enrique Fletes

Enrique Fletes 50c

Enrique Fletes 1

Enrique Fletes 1 reverse

Enrique Fletes 1 red

J. N. Arreola

Juchitlan 5c

Juchitlan 5c reverse

Juchitlan 10c

Juchitlan 10c reverse

Notes dated 15 July 1916 and valid until 30 November, in infalsificables.


Comercio y Agricultores de Lagos

Lagos 5c

Lagos 5c reverse

Lagos 10c

Lagos 10c reverse

Lagos 20c

Lagos 20c reverse

Date on note   Series from to total
1 September 1915 5c A          
D         includes number 44771CNBanxico #11406
10c J         includes number 2636CNBanxico #4594
Q         includes number 28977CNBanxico #11407
20c T         includes numbers 3548CNBanxico #4595 to 3582CNBanxico #11408


These notes are dated 1 September 1915 and on the reverse they state that they are a temporary measure (emisión transitoria) solely to facilitate making change and are of forced circulation according to an agreement authorised by Manuel M. Dieguez. They have provision for the signature of an Interventor as well as a Presidente and Secretario.

La Huerta

Juan Gómez González

J Gomez 2


José Maqueo C.

Maqueo 50c

Maqueo 50c reverse

San Gabriel

Carlos Vizcayno e Hijo

Vizcayno 20c

Vizcayno 20c reverse

Vizcayno 50c

Vizcayno 50c reverse

Vizcayno 1

Vizcayno 1 reverse