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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.

  Series from to Total
20c B         includes numbers 24129CNBanxico #12156 to 47148
50c A         includes numbers 8906 to 9363CNBanxico #12157

These are dated 15 April 1914. They 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”.

They had the printed signatures of Juan Ripoll as Presidente, S. García Ale[          ][identification needed] as Tesorero and E. M. Granados as Secretario.

Juan Ripoll  
S. García Ale[         ]  
E. M. Granados  


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.

carlos greeneCarlos Greene Ramírez was born in Cárdenas, Tabasco in 1883. He made enough in the logging business with Policarpo Valenzuela to be able to buy the hacienda San Pedro. He joined the revolution in 1913 and took part in various actions against the federal forces. Carranza named him Gobernador Preconstitucional y Comandante Militar of the state from 1 November 1914 to 2 February 1915.

He was governor again in 1919 and 1920 though he had to fight opposing factions and finally was forced to renounce the governorship and leave the country. He returned to revolt against Obregón 1921, and then joined de la Huerta’s rebellion, being killed in combat on 2 December 1924.

Rodolfo Moguel  

Fernando Aguirre Colorado was born in Huimanguillo, Tabasco in 1879. In 1902 he founded the club antirreeleccionista Melchor Ocampo in his home town, a precursor of the revolution in Tabasco. On the assasination of Madero he and others in Huimanguillo rose in revolt, and finally capture the state capital on 2 September 1914.

Aguirre Colorado served as a local deputy, a federal deputy, presidente municipal of Huimanguillo and governor of the state.

He died in 1966.



Another issue?

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.