Cámara Nacional de Comercio
Obviously by early 1914 there was a scarcity of low values coins in Tabasco so the local Chamber of Commerce issued 20c and 50c notes dated 15 April 1914.
On 9 May it added a 25c note.
|date on note||Series||from||to||Total
|20c||15 April 1914||B||includes numbers 24129CNBanxico #12156 to 47148|
|25c||9 May 1914||C||includes number 3705|
|50c||15 April 1914||A||includes numbers 8906 to 9363CNBanxico #12157|
The 20c and 50c are well designed notes with a variety of motifs including a vignette of the state coat-of-arms, a background of micro-lettering, a red seal of the TESORERIA Y ADMON. GRAL. DE RENTAS DEL ESTADO – TABASCO and a statement that they were of voluntary circulation and guaranteed by a deposit in the Chamber’s treasury. On the reverse it stated that the vale would be accepted without difficulty or discount by all the casas comerciales and that an office to exchanged the notes for banknotes in multiples of five pesos had been established in the Drogueria y Botica “La Palma”. The 25c note is of a simpler design, and has the imprint of the printers, La Universal.
They had the printed signatures of Juan Ripoll as Presidente, Simón Garcés Alemany as Tesorero and Eligio N. Granados as Secretario.
|Juan Ripoll Deyá was a consejero of the Banco de Tabasco and signed some of its notes in 1903. By 1908 he was managing partner of M. Ripoll y Cía, Sucs.|
Simón Garcés Alemany was a chemist who ran the “La Palma” where these notes were to be exchanged. In July 1909 he got approval from the Health Department (Consejo Superior de Salubridad of the Secretaría de Gobernación) for his anti-snakebite preparation “Ofidina de la Australia”Diario Oficial, 14 August 1909 which he sold in his shop. In 1911 he was appointed French consul in San Juan Bautista.
He was elected treasurer at the AGM on 24 March 1913 for a two year periodSemana Mercantil, 14 April 1913.
|Eligio N. Granados had been secretary of the Cámara Agrícola de Tabasco El Eco de Tabasco, 8 November 1908. He was elected secretary at the AGM on 24 March 1913 for a two year periodSemana Mercantil, 14 April 1913.|
Presumably these were issued during Huerta’s time, but they were later reused when the revolutionaries had taken over the capital. Notes are known with a red overprint on the reverse ’EJERCITO CONSTITUCIONALISTA / TABASCO / GOBIERNO PROVISIONAL / San Juan Bautista, Diciembre 31 de 1914’ and the printed signatures of Carlos Greene Ramírez as Gobernador, Rodolfo Moguel as Tesorero General, and Fernando Aguirre Colorado as Secretario General.
On 29 March 1915 because of the absolute necessity for small change Carranza authorised the government of Tabasco, to authorise in turn the Comercio of the state to issue fractional currency, as long as it was in denominations of 5c, 10c, 20c and 50c, and the issuers had deposited a similar amount in the Tesorería General as a deposit.
So in May 1915 the Carrancista government in listing the different types of paper currency in circulation included as ‘Papel moneda de circulación legal’ the fractional currency that the Comercio of the states of Guerrero, Chiapas, Tamaulipas, Puebla, Hidalgo and Tabasco, had issued with the authorization of the local government, in virtue of the authorization conceded by the Secretaría de Hacienda on 29 March 1915Periódico Oficial, Puebla, Tomo XCVI, Núm. 13, 18 May 1915: Periódico Oficial, Chiapas, 29 May 1915.