Varieties on provisional Estado de Sonora notes
The Estado de Sonora notes were printed in four different series. Each note was made from five different impressions, three on the front and two on the back, except for the 25c and 50c which had an extra countermark that required an additional plate. Certain differences can be discerned within various plates, though the matter is complicated by the subsequent forgeries.
First series 25c and 50c notes had an inner frame of 118 or 116mm x 50mm size, whilst the later series had frames of 123mm x 55mm, with the type more spaced and a different pattern in the background, presumably to make space for the extra lettering of the series.
Robert D. Perigoe has identified the following different types of lettering for the abbreviation ‘No.’, ‘eagle’ seals, ‘hand’ seals and ‘mountain’ seals on genuine notes.
Varieties of typefaces for ‘No.’
|Type 1||Thin Block||Diagonal of ‘N’ meets right upright about one third from the bottom. (When inking on Thin Block is heavy it can appear like Thick Block.)|
|Type 2||Thick Block||Diagonal of ‘N’ meets right upright about half way from the bottom. (When inking on Thick Block is light it can appear like Thin Block.)|
|Type 3||Broken Thick Block||
Colourless portion in diagonal of ‘N’
Curved ends on uprights of ‘N’
|Type 5||Broken Fancy||
Diagonal of ‘N’ is thick but appears thin because of colourless portion
Thin Block, Thick Block and Fancy lettering are found on the all denominations whilst Broken Thick Block and Broken Fancy letting are found on 25c and 50c notes.
Varieties of genuine ‘hand’ seals
|Type 1||‘LIBERTAD’ on Liberty Cap resembles ‘####TAD’
Below hand, left stalk has two rectangular shading marks of roughly equal size
Below hand, right stalk has almost no shading
Rightmost ear of corn in middle group is thick and colourless on underside
|Type 2||‘LIBERTAD’ on Liberty Cap resembles ‘LIDENTAL’
Slight dent in outer edge at 11 o'clock
Slight notch in outer edge between 5 and 6 o'clock
Ear of corn to left of hand is thick, straight and colourless on upper side
|Type 3||‘LIBERTAD’ on Liberty Cap resembles ‘LIGEGTA’
Prominent notch in outer edge between 12 and 1 o'clock
Ear of corn to left of hand is thick and solid
|Type 4||‘LIBERTAD’ on Liberty Cap resembles ‘1196D##’
Two thicker diagonal lines from bottom of upper corn ears to left of Liberty Cap
Two more from bottom of major ray left of hand to middle of next ray
|Type 5||LIBERTAD’ on Liberty Cap resembles ‘UGTATH’
Ear of corn is colourless on upper side not lower side
‘Varieties of genuine ‘mountain’ seals
|Type 1||Thick ray leading from bottom left of Liberty Cap and pointing to left mountain
Two long parallel reflections in bottom of lake at 6 o'clock
|Type 2||Coloured spots in the two large rays to the right of vertical
Large reflection one third down, centre-left in lake
Middle mark on Liberty Cap is circular, joined to right dash shaped mark
|Type 3||Enclosed colourless circle near outer edge at 7 o'clock
Scraped diagonal lines one third down, central right in lake
Diagonal lines on lower right of right mountain
Left and middle marks on Liberty Cap are almost rectangular and at same level
|Type 4||Circular notch at outer edge at 7 o'clock
Two other colourless spots in line with this notch to the right and downward
Colourless spot or spots in horizontal lines above shoreline
|Type 5||Circular notch or enclosed colourless circle between 6 and 7 o'clock
No horizontal line at right above shoreline
Varieties of genuine ‘eagle’ seals
|Type A||Large size: 38.5mm.
Normal ‘C’ in ‘MEXICANA’
|Type B||Large size: 38.5mm.
Broken ‘C’ in ‘MEXICANA’
|Type C||Smaller size: 35.5mm.
Colourless spot in inner border between ‘LIBRE’ and ‘Y’
Break in outer border by left star
Break in inner and outer borders between ‘R’ and ‘N’ of ‘GOBIERNO’
Broken ‘C’ in ‘MEXICANA’
|Type D||Smaller size: 35.5mm.
No spot or other breaks in borders
Broken ‘C’ in ‘MEXICANA’
Various of the $5 notes are known with a variety, a broken ‘J’ in ‘Juan Sánchez Azcona’. They are:
|Value||Series||'No' type||Seal type||Eagle seal Type|
|$5||2||1 Thin Block||Mountain 5||A Solid C||38|
|$5||2||2 Thick Block||Mountain 2||B Broken C||38|
|$5||2||4 Fancy||Mountain 4||C Spot||35|
|$5||3||4 Fancy||Mountain 1||A Solid C||38|
|$5||4||4 Fancy||Mountain 1||A Solid C||38|
There are, in turn, counterfeits of some of these varieties.
No dot after ‘IMP’
The $10 Series 2, Series 3 and Series 4 with Fancy 'No' Type 4 [Eagle seal ] have no dot after 'IMP' in the imprint. These suggests that [ ]
Varieties of leaf design on reverse
On the reverse of the $10 notes there are two recurrent varieties where either the lower or both the leaf designs in the left-hand corners have broken outlines. These were probably the result of a gradual deterioration in the plate and are known on all the series with ‘mountain’ seal Type 5 and the smaller ‘eagle’ seal.
|Series 1 Thick Block Eagle seal C||Series 3 Thin Block Eagle seal C|
|Series 2 Thin Block Eagle seal C||Series 4 Thin Block Eagle seal C|
|Series 4 Thin Block Eagle seal C|
There are two typographical errors: ‘PROVSIONAL’ found on the $10 Series 2 Fancy ‘No’ Type 4 Eagle seal A
and ‘PROVISIIONAL’ found on the $10 Series 2 Thin Block ‘No’ Type 1 Eagle seal C.