These notes arose from a forced loan of $12,000 made on the major merchants and property owners in San Juan Bautista by General Manuel Díaz de la Vega. During the French intervention Díaz was appointed governor of Tabasco by the Imperial Regency to replace Eduardo González Arévalo, who had been unable to resist the local Liberal army and was besieged with the French army in San Juan Bautista. Díaz arrived on 18 January 1864, and his men fought hand to hand and street to street until 27 February when the Republican retook control of the city.
The notes were authorised by a decree[text needed] dated [ ]AHDN, xi/481.4/9536, 5 February 1864, f. 255. Of the $12,000 demanded, half was to be paid in currency, and half in 'papel moneda' which the government would allow to circulate. The government would collect the paper currency and repay the lenders within six months. The list of businesses and their assessment wasLa Sociedad, 6 March 1984:
|Juan Ruiz||$ 1,700|
|José Julián Dueñas||1,000|
|J. Rondan y Compañía||1,000|
|Juan Sanchez Roca||600|
|Welsh, Allen y Compañía||600|
|Francisco S. Balboa||500|
|González y Gutiérrez||200|
|José Sainz Pardo||150|
|Señora Viuda de R. de la Peña||150|
|Pedro Sánchez y Compañía||150|
|Gutiérrez y Glori||70|
|García y Cueva||60|
|José L. Priego||60|
|Riera y Beverino||50|
Not surprisingly, given the circumstances, these have a very simple design with the legend 'Papel moneda. / VALE UN PESO' inside a frame, and were personalised with a signature, handstamp(s) and occasionally a number.
Known issuers included:
with handstamp of JUAN RUIZ - TABASCO and signature of Juan Ruiz
with a handstamp "RAMON BOIX – TABASCO." and signature of Juan Oliver.
He died in San Juan Bautista on 27 June 1877El Organo de los Estados, Año I, Núm. 61, 20 July 1877.
with a square stamp, a round "A.G." and signature of Angel Ghigliazza.
with a handstamp "SANCHEZ HERMANOS - TABASCO." and signature of Juan Sánchez Roca.
|Juan Sánchez Roca, a major capitalist in the state, was the father of Juan Sánchez Azcona.|
with handstamp "RAMON BOIX - TABASCO" and signature of Juan Ruiz on behalf of Welsh, Allen y Ca.
with handstamps "M. M. C." and "[ ]CO" and signature Manuel Manegat p.p. Luis Manegat.
|Manuel Manegat was a Spanish businessman.|
|Juan Oliver||includes numbers [ ]12 to 326|
|Angel Ghigliazza||1||300||300||300||includes numbers 96 to 235CNBanxico #6751|
|Juan Sánchez Roca||300||300|
|Welsh, Allen y Compañía||1||300||300||300||includes number 55|
|Manuel Manegat||1||75||75||75||includes number 57|
There is a reference to Díaz decreeing the circulation of $2,104 in promissory notes, which the city merchants were forced to acceptAHDN, D/481.4/9536, 19 February 1864, f. 274, which might indicate the total value of papel moneda issued.
Again, given the circumstances, we can presume that these were short-lived and probably not redeemed.