Recorded April 22, 1927.
Title: Rueg Brothers 6-1/4 cents (six and one-quarter cents) private scrip
County of Origin: Nacogdoches County
Town of Issue: Nacogdoches
Currency Type: Private Scrip
Bank Issuer: Rueg Brothers
Imprint: Impreso por Benjamin Levy—Nueva-Orleans.
Date Issued: ca. 1831-1832
Vignette: Verso: Mexican eagle stamped in ink
Notes: This private scrip was issued in Nacogdoches by Nacogdoches County. Henry Rueg and his brother Louis opened a mercantile business in Nacogdoches in 1831. The note is printed in Spanish. Elaborate designs border all edges of the note. The phrase ”MEDIO REAL” is printed in the center of the left border; the word ”NACOGDOCHES” is printed in the right. The phrase ”Medio Real.” is again printed towards the upper-left corner in a box design. The phrase ”6 1/4 CENTS.” is printed in a similar design towards the upper-right corner of the note. The following imprint appears across the bottom of the note: Impreso por Benjamin Levy—Nueva Orleans. The signature on the note is ”Rueg Hermanos.” A stamp of the Twelfth Permanent Battalion Mexican Infantry appears on the verso of the note. The Twelfth Permanent Battalion of the Mexican Army occupied Nacogdoches from the spring of 1827 until August 2, 1832 (TSHA). Rueg was appointed political chief of the Department of Nacogdoches from 1834-1836 (Ibid.).
Signatures: Rueg Hermanos
Dimensions: 5.5 x 10.4 cm.
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Stamp (“BRITISH MUSEUM” around date “7 OC 78” [i.e. 7 October 1878]) in ink (now orange). The word “CANCELLED.” has been stamped across it in blue ink.
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