The crisis of 1943
In 1943, during the Second World War, Mexico was again faced with a silver crisis (there was a combination of reasons: anticipation of a rise in the price of silver; the Mexican government’s agreement to sell practically its entire silver production to the United States for its military industry; and a boom in the Mexican and US jewellery industries). On 21 August Mexico imposed a heavy export tax on silver products, to make it unprofitable to melt down silver coins to ship as bullion, and temporarily suspended a contract which promised all surplus silver production to the United States. However because of a shortage of fractional coinage, especially the fifty centavos denomination, it was compelled to authorise banks to issue cheques with printed denominations of twenty-five and fifty centavos. All these issues were quickly withdrawn.
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In Tabasco, the Cámara Nacional de Comercio in Villahermosa issued a 50c cheque drawn on the Banco Tabasqueno, S. A., dated 10 September. These were signed by Adalberto T. Manzur as Presidente and Carlos Becerra Lacroix as Tesorero.
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|Carlos Becerra Lacroix owned a toy shop and stationery shop situated in the portals of the avenida Madero, a street that housed the major commercial establishments and first-class hotels of Villahermosa. He was the father of the poet José Carlos Becerra.|
There were at least two series.