About #3 - 100 francs Type 1905 Papeete with Decree
French Polynesia. Tahiti. Bank of Indo-China. 1905-1914 Issues. Work by A. Bramtot and G. Duval and engraving by Wullschleger. Banknote including the decrees of January 21, 1875, February 20, 1888, May 16, 1900 and April 3, 1901. Put into circulation from December 1905. Date of issue printed: “PAPEETE (TAHITI), on…”. Dimensions: 200 x 115 mm. Watermark: woman's head. Printer: Bank of France. Monochrome printing in brown front and back except the texts printed in black and in French. Description of the front: frame composed of two columns on the sides each illustrated by an elephant and its cornac or mahout. Above, hidden in the vegetation, two small dragons can be seen in the upper corners. The words "THE LAW PUNISHES THE COUNTERFEITER" is printed on a ribbon at the top border of the frame. Below in the note, the decrees, the wording of the issuing institute in capital letters "BANK OF INDO-CHINA", the place and the date of issue. The value in letters “HUNDRED FRANCS” and the mention “PAYABLE IN LOCAL CURRENCY TO THE HOLDER” are repeated twice. Below, two printed signatures and a handwritten signature. A single type of signature with the Cashier of the branch, a Board Member, Baron Hely d'Oissel and The Board Member, Stanislas Simon. At the bottom of the frame, two young women lying down frame a vase placed on a pedestal. On the left, a European woman accompanied by a cow symbolizes the French metropolis and on the right, an Indian woman accompanied by a tiger symbolizes India. Back description: monochrome print in brown. Article 139 of the penal code is printed in French in squares positioned in the corners. On the sides, rectangles with the text "BANK OF INDO-CHINA" printed in repetition. The specimen is known unperforated or perforated "SPECIMEN" horizontally in the center, dated "July 4, 1905" and numbered "O.0 - 000". Another specimen is known unperforated or perforated "SPECIMEN" horizontally in the center, dated "September 1, 1910" and numbered "O.0 - 000". Rare note. 122,500 issued notes. The banknote is known to be overprinted "CANCELLED" by wet pads in black diagonally.
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