El Banco de Zacatecas
The Banco de Zacatecas, granted a concession on 3 March 1891, was founded on 25 May 1891 by Jesus and Antonio Garcia, Rafael Villalpando and Luis Macias with a capital of $600,000 and began operating on 8 December of the same year. Most of the founding members were men of lineage, well-known business men, merchants and land ownersThe first board were Genaro García, as presidente, Luis Macías, Rafael Villalpando, Enrique Hatchandy, Cayetano Arteaga, Jaime G. Würst, Leopoldo Viadero, Francisco Pérez, Agustín G. González and Luan Breña. Strangely enough, over a dozen of the shareholders also owned shares in the Compañía Guanajuatense-Zacatecana which was the last private enterprise that leased the Zacatecas Mint (1876-1895).
From the beginning of the armed movement in 1910 until the end of 1913 Zacatecas did not suffer serious conflict. Nonetheless, at the beginning of 1914 the winds of war began to blow across the mountainous regions of Zacatecas and with the approach of the revolutionary forces the board took the decision on 2 June 1914 to close the head offices and move to Mexico City.
On 8 December 1915, following an investigation into the bank's finances, the Comisión Reguladora e Inspectora de Instituciones de Crédito declared that the bank was within the terms set by the Ley General and would keep its concession.
The bank was finally liquidated in 1930.
ANBC print runs
The bank issued notes in seven denominations ($1, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 and $500) printed by the American Bank Note Company in New York. All of them bear a vignette (C 181) of Francisco Garcia Salinas (governor from 1828 to 1834) on the face as well as different allegories and rural or industrial scenes. The ABNC engraved special vignettes of "oxen ploughing" (C 438) and "a view of a mining district" (C 441). For the backs the ABNC engraved a special vignette of the Cerro de la Bufa (C 439).
The American Bank Note Company's print runs were:
The bank applied the serial letters and subseries, using a sequence of first Arabic and then Roman numerals.
|Series||no of subseries||Date||$1||$5||$10||$20||$50||$100||$500|
|A||5||8 December 1891||1 to 5||6 to 10||11 to 15||16 to 20||21 to 25||26 to 30||31 to 35|
|B||5||20 December 1891||I to V||VI to X||XI to XV||XVI to XX|
|C||5||20 June 1892||XXI to XXV||XXVI to XXX||XXXI to XXXV||XXXVI to XL|
|D||5||15 May 1895||XLI to XLV||XLVI to L||LI to LV||LVI to LX|
|E||4||7 August 1897||LXI to LXIV||LXV to LXVIII||LXIX to LXXII||LXXIII to LXXVI|
|F||4||15 November 1898||LXXVII to LXXX||LXXXI to LXXXIV||LXXXV to LXXXVIII||LXXXIX to LXXXXII|
|G||4||1 July 1899||LXXXXIII to LXXXXVI||LXXXXVII to C||CI to CIIII||CV to CVIII|
|H||4||15 August 1900||CIX to CXII||CXIII to CXVI||CXVII to CXX||CXXI to CXXIV||CCXV to CXXVIII||CXXIX to CXXXII|
|I||5||5 May 1903||CXXXIII to CXXXVII||CXXXVIII to CXLII|
|J||3||27 January 1905||CXLIII to CXLV|
|K||5||2 March 1906||CXLVI to CL||CLI to CLV||CLVI to CLX||CLXI to CLXV||CLXVI to CLXX|
|L||5||18 November 1908||CLXXI to CLXXV||CLXXVI to CLXXX||CLXXXI to CLXXXV|
|M||5||22 September 1909||CLXXXVI to CLXXXX||CLXXXXI to CLXXXXV||CLXXXXVI to CC|
|N||3||1 November 1912||CCI to CCIII||CCIV to CCVI||CCVII to CCIX||CCX to CCXII||CCXIII to CCXV|
|Ñ||4||15 February 1914||CCXVI to CCXIX||CCXX to CCXXIII||CCXXIV to CCXXVII||CCXXVIII to CCXXXI||CCXXXII to CCXXXV||CCXXXVI to CCXXXIX|
|O||4||15 May 1914||CCXL to CCLIII|
(information and table provided by Luis M. Gómez-Wulschner)