About #2 - 10 rupees Type 1901 modified
French India. French settlements in India. Trading station of Pondicherry. 1915-1919 Issues. Decrees of January 21, 1875, February 20, 1888, May 16, 1900 and April 3, 1901. Work by A. Bramtot and G. Duval and engraving by Wullschleger. Issue date printed. 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, Tegoulu 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 of the branch, a Board Member, Baron Hely d'Oissel and the Board Member and Officer, Stanislas Simon. 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, Tegoulu and Urdu languages are printed in black overprint on the drawing. Artists' signatures at the bottom of the note. The specimen is known to be perforated "SPECIMEN" horizontally, dated "May 0, 1910" and numbered "O.00 - 000". Another specimen is known not overprinted, unperforated, dated "May 0, 1910" and numbered "O.0 - 000". Rare banknote. 400,750 issued notes.