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Brigada Alvarez

Herminio Alvarez was a Constitutionalist general in the forces of Luis Gutiérrez, who operated in Coahuila, San Luis Potosí and Zacatecas. He fought the Villistas in the north of his home state, San Luis Potosí. He captured the city of San Luis Potosí on 16 July and, on his own iniciative, asumed power, handing over on 18 July to Gabriel Gavira, who was named governor by Álvaro Obregón.

On 5 February 1915 at Matehuala the Brigada Alvarez of the División del Centro, issued $1, $5, $10 and $20 notes.

Ejercito 20

Ejercito 20 reverse

  Series from to total
$1 A         includes numbers 549 to 3569
$5 D         includes number 2082
$20 F         includes number 373CNBanxico #6023


These were authorized[text needed] by Alvarez as governor of the state and carried his signature, that of the Jefe de Hacienda, C. Vaca and the signature of an Interventor.

Herminio ÁlvarezHerminio Alvarez was born in Sandía Grande, Doctor Arroyo, Nuevo León on 25 April 1880. He was a Constitutionalist who fought with Luis Gutiérrez in Coahuila, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí and Zacatecas. In early October 1914 Alvarez took over the state governorship and a little later the Convention troops entered the city of San Luis Potosí. At the end of February 1915 Villa appointed Colonel Emiliano G. Saravia as interim governor in place of Alvarez, but, in mid-July Saravia had to leave San Luis Potosí to join Villa after the defeat of Aguascalientes, so the Carrancist forces under Alvarez took over the city and he assumed the position of governor and interim military commander for the second time.

He died in Mexico City in October 1922.

 sig Alvarez
C. Vaca sig Vaca
Azcárate[identification needed] sig Interventor 1
Interventor[identification needed] sig Interventor 2


The notes were to be exchanged at par for the currency that Carranza was about to issue. The reference would be to Carranza’s Gobierno Provisional de México notes issued in Veracruz in February 1915.