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Felipe Riveros in San Blas

Felipe Riveros was elected governor of Sinaloa for the four year term beginning 27 September 1912. In February 1913 he at first acknowledged Huerta’s usurpation but Huerta had him arrested and taken to Mexico City. He was tried for treason but acquitted and fled back to Sinaloa, where the rebels established themselves at San Blas. On 5 July Carranza recognized Riveros as governor of Sinaloa (though it was not legally in his power to do so Carranza was trying to establish himself as Primer Jefe) and in September 1913 Carranza passed through the north of the state on his way to Hermosillo, Sonora.

Military operations, however, were in the hands of others, such as General Ramón F. Iturbe. General Alvaro Obregón crossed from Sonora to Sinaloa in November 1913 and captured Culiacán on 14 November and then besieged Mazatlán, where the federal forces held out until 9 August 1914.

Decree núm . 3

San Blas 25c D 107082

San Blas 25c D 107082 reverse

Riveros’ first currency decree (núm. 3) from San Blas on 13 July 1913 was for an issue of $100,000 in five denominations, thus:

  Series from to total
25c A     10,000 $2,500 includes number 2903
B      10,000 2,500  
C     10,000 2,500  
D      10,000 2,500 includes number 167082
E      10,000 2,500  
50c A      5,000 2,500  
B      5,000 2,500 includes number 29104
C      5,000 2,500  
D      5,000 2,500  
E     5,000  2,500  
$1 A      5,000 5,000  
B     5,000 5,000  
C      5,000 5,000  
D      5,000 5,000  
E      5,000 5,000  
$5 A      1,000 5,000  
B      1,000 5,000  
C      1,000 5,000 includes number 43330
D      1,000 5,000 includes number 59427CNBanxico #12044
E      1,000 5,000  
$10 A      500 5,000  
B      500 5,000  
C      500 5,000 includes number 42320
D      500 5,000  
E      500 5,000  


The decree detailed the size (191mm x 73mm), colour of ink and text to be used and stated that the notes were provisional, until a law on paper currency was passed.

The notes are quite primitive. They carried the printed names of Riveros as governor and Felipe Dussart as secretary (even though he had already stepped down) and the signature of José A. Meza as state treasurer (Tesorero General).

RiverosFelipe Riveros Pérez was born in Mocorito, Sinaloa on 5 February 1880. He was president of the Club Antireeleccionista in Angostura in 1910, being a personal friend of Francisco Madero, and later rose in arms, rising to the rank of general. On 26 March 1912, when Governor José Rentería was forced to flee, Riveros was named interim governor and then won the election for the four-year term beginning 27 September 1912. In February 1913 he at first acknowledged Huerta’s usurpation but Huerta had him arrested and taken to Mexico City. He was tried for treason but acquitted and fled back to Sinaloa, where the rebels established themselves at San Blas. On 5 July Carranza recognized Riveros as governor of Sinaloa (though it was not legally in his power to do so Carranza was trying to establish himself as Primer Jefe).

When Villa broke with Carranza Riveros supported the former, With the Villistas being pursued by forced under Coronel Ignacio Gurrola, he had to flee, leaving behind typewriters, telephones, $112,000 of his own issue, cars, horses etc. In Chihuahua he fell out with Villa who ordered his execution, though the assassins killed his brother Jesús by mistake.

He later returned to Sinaloa and devoted himself to agriculture. He died on his hacienda La Providencia on 5 May 1945.

Felipe Dussart  
José A. Meza  


The 25c note illustrated above (A 2903) is signed by Carlos Randall, the Treasurer General of the neighbouring state of Sonora.

RandallCarlos E. Randall Bazozábal: Born on 23 May 1860, Randall was the son of an English skipper who had lived in Guaymas since the middle of the century. He tried his hand at mining, at storekeeping and in various other businesses, and was obliged to spend ten years outside the state because of his opposition to the ruling clique. Maytorena and Randall started the first Club Reyista in Guaymas originally not as an anti-reelection movement but to support Reyes against Corral in the vice-presidential election. Randall was the club’s treasurer whilst Maytorena was president.
Randall accompanied Maytorena on his sabbatical to the United States. When they returned he supported Maytorena against Carranza and was named governor by Villa on 1 October 1915. On 26 November 1915 he left for the United States but returned in 1920.
He died in Tucson on 2 July 1929 and is buried in Guaymas. 


Decree núm. 8

A month later, on 13 August, Riveros, still at San Blas, in his decree núm. 8[text needed] authorised another issue of $1,000,000 in five series (A – E).  There were to be $200,000 in each of the series, made up of 400,000 of 5c, 400,000 of 10c, 160,000 of 25c, 80,000 of 50c, 20,000 of $1, 4,000 of $5 and 2,000 of $10. However, for some reason this money was never printed.

Decree núm. 11

Later, on 15 September of the same year another one hundred thousand pesos of these “bearer vouchers”, was authorized by decree núm. 11 in San Blas. There were to be five series (F – J), each again made up of $20,000 as in the previous series, i.e. 10,000 25c, 5,000 50c, 5,000 $1, 1,000 $5 and 500 $10 notes. These carried the names of governor Riveros and secretary Fidencio E. Schmidt and the signature of the interim state treasurer.

Fidencio E. Schmidt Gómez Llanos was born in Mazatlán, in 1886, the son of the American Federico Schmidt and a local lady, Herlinda Gómez Llanos.

He was one of the first to support Madero and to distribute Madero’s book La Sucesión Presidencial de 1910 in Sinaloa. In 1911, during the administration of José M. Rentería, he was secretario of the Mazatlán town council.

On 14/15 September 1913 Carranza, while in El Fuerte, approved Schmidt appointment as a mayorAHSDN, AC, exp. Gral Miguel Armienta López, XI/111/3-3187, f.31.

He died in 1942.



  Series from to total
25c F     10,000 $2,500  
G      10,000 2,500  
H     10,000 2,500  
I      10,000 2,500  
J      10,000 2,500  
50c F      5,000 2,500  
G      5,000 2,500  
H      5,000 2,500  
I      5,000 2,500 includes number 183837
J     5,000  2,500  
$1 F      5,000 5,000  
G     5,000 5,000  
H      5,000 5,000  
I      5,000 5,000  
J      5,000 5,000  
$5 F      1,000 5,000 includes number 166185
G      1,000 5,000  
H      1,000 5,000 includes number 135652CNBanxico #12045 
I      1,000 5,000  
J      1,000 5,000  
$10 F      500 5,000 includes number 1055749
G      500 5,000 includes number 121067CNBanxico #6242   
H      500 5,000  
I      500 5,000  
J      500 5,000  

Decree núm. 14

Decree núm. 14 of 23 October authorised another $300,000 in Series K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, X, Y, Z.

  Series from to total
25c K     10,000 $2,500 includes number 259744CNBanxico #12046  
L      10,000 2,500  
M     10,000 2,500  
N      10,000 2,500  
O      10,000 2,500  
P     10,000  2,500  
 Q     10,000 2,500  
 R     10,000 2,500  
 S     10,000  2,500 includes number 483608
 T     10,000  2,500  
 U     10,000  2,500  
 V     10,000 2,500  
 X      10,000 2,500  
Y     10,000 2,500  
 Z     10,000  2,500  
50c K      5,000 2,500 includes number 207063CNBanxico #12047  
L      5,000 2,500  
M      5,000 2,500 includes number 249925 
N      5,000 2,500  
O     5,000 2,500  
P      5,000  2,500  
Q      5,000  2,500  
R      5,000  2,500  
S      5,000  2,500  
T      5,000  2,500  
U      5,000  2,500  
V      5,000  2,500  
X      5,000  2,500  
Y      5,000  2,500  
Z      5,000  2,500  
$1 K      5,000 5,000  
L     5,000 5,000  
M      5,000 5,000  
N      5,000 5,000  
O      5,000 5,000  
P       5,000   5,000  
Q       5,000   5,000  
R       5,000   5,000  
S       5,000  5,000  
T       5,000  5,000  
U       5,000  5,000  
V       5,000   5,000  
X       5,000   5,000  
Y       5,000   5,000  
Z       5,000   5,000 includes number 545345CNBanxico #12048  
$5 K      1,000 5,000  
L      1,000 5,000  
M      1,000 5,000  
N      1,000 5,000  
O      1,000 5,000 includes number 264724
P      1,000  5,000  
Q      1,000  5,000  
R      1,000  5,000  
S      1,000  5,000  
T      1,000  5,000  
U      1,000  5,000 includes number 237843
V      1,000  5,000  
X      1,000  5,000 includes number 273342CNBanxico #12049  
Y      1,000  5,000  
Z      1,000  5,000  
$10 K      500 5,000  
L      500 5,000  
M      500 5,000 includes number 210114CNBanxico #12050  
N      500 5,000  
O      500 5,000 includes number 233169CNBanxico #6241  
P      500  5,000  
Q      500  5,000  
R      500  5,000  
S      500  5,000  
T      500  5,000  
U      500  5,000  
V      500  5,000  
X      500  5,000  
Y      500  5,000  
Z      500  5,000  


On some notes the handwritten signatory is Matías Ayala, as Interventor, rather than Meza as interim Tesorero General.

Matías Ayala was a student activistBoth José G. Heredía and Matías Ayala represented the Colegio Rosales, of Sinaloa, at the Congreso Nacional de Estudiantes in September 1910 (El Tiempo, 9 August 1910), one of the organisers for Diego Redo’s candidature in 1909La Iberia, Año IV, Núm. 943, 13 July 1909 and then secretary to Felipe Riveros during his governorship. In early 1913 four men from Culiacán, including Matías Ayala and Ignacio Bermúdez, were accused of fomenting rebellion, arrested by the military authorities and sentenced to enlistment in the army. On 27 June they were transferred to Mexico City where they sought an amparo (injunction) and a deputation of Sinaloan students appealed to the Ministro de Gobernación on their behalfEl Imparcial, 29 June 1913; The Mexican Herald, 1 July 1913. Ayala and Gregorio Cuevas were freed from prison on condition that they did not leave the city, but in November fled back to Sinaloa to join the rebellionThe Mexican Herald, 19 November 1913.  


Another 50c note refers to this decree núm. 14, but is of cruder design, the seal is of the Regimiento Cosala of the Brigada Sinaloa rather than the state of Sinaloa, and the handwritten signatory is Teniente Coronel Nigromante(?). Cosala is a small town in Sinaloa, about 50 miles south east of Culiacán, whilst the Brigada Sinaloa, commanded by General Ramón F. Iturbe, was part of the Constitutionalist Cuerpo de Ejército del Noroeste. Presumably this was an extremely local issue, trying to piggyback on the acceptance of Riveros’ issues.

[  ] Nigromante  


Decree núm. 17

However, Riveros still wanted to issue up to $1m and was seeking Carranza’s authority. On 28 October Carranza told Riveros that he had contacted a J. Webb, a printer in Los Angeles, and told him to come to Hermosillo, Sonora to discuss the proposition. Carranza wanted to avoid any notes being seized by the American authorities, which had happened with the Monclova issueAIF, RM/V, 1-015, Consecutivas cartas enviados por Venustiano Carranza .

On 14 November 1913 the rebels had taken the state capital, Culiacán. With Carranza’s blessing, decree núm. 17, of 13 December, authorized another $500,000 in 25 series (Series A bis to T bis, W, U bis, V bis, X bis, Y bis) each composed of 2,500 $1, 2,500 $5 and 500 $10 notes.

These notes had the new location, Culiacán, and José G. Heredia, as secretary.

José G. Heredia was born in Llano Grande, Sinaloa, in 1886.

As well as serving as Secretario General de Gobierno and a federal Senator, he was a distinguished historian, writing Apuntes para la historia de la guerra de Independencia en el Estado de Sinaloa.

He died in 1962.


On 20 January 1914 the Correo de la Tarde in Huertista held Mazatlán reported that the revolutionaries in Tepic had ordered the supression of these notes, nicknamed ‘yoyomos’, in favour of pesos produced in El Rosario and the Monclova issueEl Correo de la Tarde, Año XXIX, Núm. 9370, 20 January 1914. However, on 28 February Carranza, from his headquarters at Nogales, Sonora, made the issues that had been issued, with his approval, by the Constitutionalist governments in Sonora, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Durango, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas forced circulation throughout the territory dominated by the Constitutionalist government, and the Sinaloa notes were accepted, though with difficulty, in neighbouring states.

After the Carranza-Villa split, the Riveros’ issues continued to be listed by the Villistas among the notes of forced circulation, but were disowned by the Carrancistas and Carranza never made any provision for any sort of retirement, despite the fact that he had given his blessing to the earlier issues.

On 5 December 1914 the Convencionist president, general Gutiérrez, confimed Riveros as governor. In late December Riveros visited Guitérrez and Villa in Mexico CityVida Nueva, 22 December 1914: El Monitor, 22 December 1914 to discuss the campaign. On 30 December Riveros was allotted $300,000 for the expenses of his brigade (para haberes de tropa y oficialidad de la Brigada Riveros)ASDN, Archivo de Cancelados ac, exp. Gral. Felipe Riveros, xi/111/3-1439, f. 3. On 2 January 1915 the Secretario de Guerra y Marina, General José Isabel Robles, notified Riveros that he had been named Comandante Militar with full powers, and that, if the circumstances demanded, he was authorised to issue paper currencyASDN, Archivo de Cancelados ac, exp. Gral. Felipe Riveros, xi/111/3-1439, f. 8.

At the end of December 1915 Manuel M. Díeguez, Jefe de Operaciones en el Noroeste, from Esperanza, Sonora, told the Jefe de Hacienda in Mazatlán, Alejandro Duhagón, that since the circulation of Durango and Riveros notes was contrary to Carranza’s decree and another from his own Cuartel General he had decided to set a period of fifteen days from 1 January for holders to hand them in to the Jefatura and its dependencies in return for a certificate of deposit. Thereafter they would be considered null and voidPeriódico Oficial, Sinaloa, Tomo VII, Núm. 3, 6 January 1916.