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Commercial concerns (Uruapan)

Michoacan commercial centralUruapan

In the beginning it seems that various businesses issued cartones of similar design and for voluntary acceptance.

Los Dos Mundos

Dos Mundos 20c

Dos Mundos 20c reverse

Pedro Echeverría owned the store “Los dos Mundos".

El Negro

El Negro 10c

El Negro 20c

This grocery store was run by Jesús D. Cendejas.

Meson Reforma

Reforma 10coperated by Ignacio Rodríguez

La Isla de Cuba

Isla de Cuba 2c

We know of a 2c green cartón.

La Victoria

La Victoria 1c

La Victoria 1c reverse

La Victoria 10c

La Victoria 20c

Hotel San Francisco

Hotel San Francisco 20c

Hotel San Francisco 20c reverse

"La Primervera"

Primavera 10c

La Primavera 20c

"La Ciudadela"

La Ciudadela 5c

Bejarano y Alvarez

Bejarano 20c

Bejarano 50c

Bejarano 50c reverse

Comerciantes de Uruapan

By August 1915 businesses had agreed a commmon plan and issued a series of notes guaranteed by a deposit of legal tender and therefore acknowledged as of forced circulation within the city. The higher value notes had the printed names of Francisco Armella as Depositario, Othon Fernández as Pagador and Rafael Cano as Presidente Municipal (and Interventor overseeing the project).

Francisco Armella  
Othón Fernández was prefect of the district of Jíquilpan from 1899 to 1900.  
Rafael Cano was federal deputy for Uruapan from 1917 to 1918 and alternate for that of Pátzcuaro from 1920 to 1922.  


Comerciantes 10c

Comerciantes 10c reverse

Comerciantes 20c

Comerciantes 50c

Comerciantes 50c reverse

Comerciantes 1

Comerciantes 1 reverse

  series from to total
10c D 00001       includes number 00335
20c C         includes number  01222
50c A         includes numbers 6803CNBanxico #5258 to 16198
$1 B         includes numbers 7053CNBanxico #5259 to 9521


In June  and July at least three companies were paying their workers with vales that could be accepted by local businesses and would be redeemed weekly in quantities of not less than ten pesos for infalsificable money. The Fernández notes asks the businesses not to reuse the notes as change, and both set a timelimit of September 1916, by when, presumably, they expected the shortage of currency to be resolved. 

Fernández y Cía.

Fernandez y Cia 50c

  from to total
50c         includes number 2689CNBanxico #11604


J. Fernández y Compañía were seed merchants.

Hurtado y Cía.

San Pedro 50c

San Pedro 50c reverse

Hurtado y Cía. operated the "San Pedro" clothing factory. “La Empacadora” of Silvano Hurtado stocked sugar from the “Los Bancos” and “Palmira” haciendas, material from their San Pedro textile mill, imported wines and jams, and work by native craftsmen.

La Camelia

La Camelia 50c

La Camelia 50c reverse

This cigar factory issued a similar 50c note, dated 7 July 1916.