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El Banco de Querétaro

The bank was founded on 24 February 1903 when the Secretaria de Hacienda granted a concession to Nicolás del Moral and Guillermo Obregón (representing Agustín Arnaud, Alfonso M. Veraza and Francisco Urquiza) for a bank with a capitalisation of $800,000. It opened on 30 July 1903Informe of  Interventor Tejeda, 20 January 1904 in Memoria de la Instituciones de Crédito, correspondiente al año 1903.

The bank opened a branch in Irapuato in the neighbouring state of Guanajuato on 3 December 1903 with $200,000 in notes prepared for its useibid..

American Bank Note Company print runs

The American Bank Note Company produced the following notes. They engraved special vignettes of Guadalupe Obregón (C265)Guadalupe Obregón was the daughter of Guillermo Obregón. Her portrait also appears on the $5 note of the Banco de Tamaulipas as her father was also an investor in that bank., Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez (C 264)Doña Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez or La Corregidora (8 September 1768 – 2 March 1829) was married to Miguel Domínguez, corregidor (magistrate) of Querétaro. She was interested in social issues and convinced her husband to organize a number of political meetings in their house. The meetings, attended by educated figures including Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and Ignacio Allende, became the official location of a revolutionary conspiracy and much of the insurgent planning was carried out there, including gathering weapons and supplies and storing them in various houses.
The beginning of the revolution was planned for 8 December 1810. However, on 13 September, the conspirators were betrayed by a supporter, who informed the Spanish colonial authorities about rebel activities in Querétaro. The colonial authorities, unaware of Domínguez's wife's allegiance, asked the Corregidor to conduct a search in the town in order to apprehend the rebel leaders. He imprisoned his wife in her room to prevent her from exchanging information with her fellow conspirators but she managed to get a warning out through the town mayor. The allowed the leaders of the conspiracy to abandon the town and prompted Miguel Hidalgo to declare war against the Spanish colonial authorities earlier than expected. He gave a speech to his followers known as Grito de Dolores ("Cry of Dolores"), in the early morning of 16 September 1810, an event that signalled the start of the Mexican War of Independence.
, Juan Antonio de Urrutia y Arana (C 266)Don Juan Antonio de Urrutia y Arana Perez de Inoriza y Chávarri was a rich and powerful nobleman and patron of the arts in 18th-century Querétaro. He built and paid from his own money the Aqueduct to bring water from the springs in "La Cañada" (the Ravine) to the city, including the 74-arch aqueduct, that appears on the back of the notes., and the state's coat of arms (C  881). The vignette of the aqueduct was engraved directly on to the plate.

Queretaro 5 A 00000

Queretaro 5 A 00000 reverse

Queretaro 10

Queretaro 10 reverse

Queretaro 20 A 00000

Queretaro 20 A 00000 reverse

Queretaro 50 A 00000

Queretaro 50 A 00000 reverse

Queretaro 100 A 00000

Queretaro 100 A 00000 reverse

Queretaro 500 A 00000

Queretaro 500 A 00000 reverse

Queretaro 1000 A 00000

Queretaro 1000 A 00000 reverse

Date Value Number Series from to Comment
March 1903 $5 30,000 A 00001 30000  
$10 20,000  A 00001 20000  
$20 7,500 A 00001 7500  
$50 2,000 A 00001 2000  
$100 2,000 A 0001 2000  
$500 200 A 1 200  
$1000 100 A 1 100  


The proofs for all the designs were approved, by cable, on 4 JuneAGN, SC244 Antiguos Bancos de Emisión, caja 112, libro 315.

Date Value Number Series from to Comment
April 1904 $5 60,000 A 30001 90000  
$10 40,000 A 20001 60000  
$20 2,500 A 7501 10000  
$50 3,000 A 2001 5000  
$100 1,000 A 2001 3000  


Queretaro 1000 B 00000

Queretaro 1000 B 00000 reverse

Date Value Number Series from to Comment
September 1909 $100 1,000 B 3001 4000  
$500 200 B 201 400  
$1000 100 B 101 200  


In April 1914 the bank ordered a new print of 35,000 $5, 10,000 $10, 3,720 $20, 1,000 $50, 1,000 $100 notes, continuing the previous numeration, but stopped the order on 28 April 1914. On 2 April 1916 the ABNC invoiced the bank $105.96 for the work done before the cancellation.