About #A1 - 10 rupees Type 1875
French India. French settlements in India. Trading station of Pondicherry. 1875 Issue. Decree of January 21, 1875. Work by A. Bramtot and G. Duval and engraving by Wullschleger. Date of issue affixed by stamp: "Pondicherry, on ...". Dimensions: 180 x 92 mm. No security thread. Watermark: head of Mercury in profile. Printer: Bank of France. Two-color printing front and back, predominantly blue and black. Description of the front: background composed of small geometric patterns in repetition. All texts are in black and in several languages: French, English, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. On the left, a decorated frame has two numerical values and the watermark. Below, the god Neptune holding his trident is seated on two sea snakes. The signatures and numbering are printed in black. A single type of signature with The Cashier, A Board Member in Paris, Édouard Delessert and The Branch Director. Description of the back: monochrome blue print of a drawing composed of two Chinese celestial dragons which surround two medallions. In the center, article 139 of the French penal code is printed twice in blue and on five lines in two rectangles. Below, a rectangle with the text "BANQUE DE L'INDO-CHINE" printed in repetition. On the sides, two other rectangles with the value in letters "10 ROUPIES" printed six times. Texts in the Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu languages are printed in black and overprinted on the drawing. Artists' signatures at the bottom of the note. The specimen is known not overprinted, undated and numbered "A.0 - 000" or "J.1 - 002". The above photo is graded PMG 58 About UNC and was sold for £ 8,000 at Spink, Auction # 19024 in 2019 (Lot # 988). Only 3 copies known for the Type. 33,250 issued notes.