About #5 - 20 francs Type 1926 Papeete without Decree
French Polynesia. Tahiti. Bank of Indo-China. 1920-1963 Issues. 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. Material: paper. Printer: Bank of France. Banknote no longer including decrees. Put into circulation on May 1, 1920. Double-color printing front and back mainly blue and black. Description of the front: background composed of small geometric patterns in repetition. All texts are printed in black and in French. 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. On the right, the wording of the issuing institute in capital letters "BANK OF INDO-CHINA", the place and the date of issue, the value in letters "TWENTY FRANCS" and the mention "PAYABLE IN LOCAL CURRENCY TO THE HOLDER". Below, two printed signatures. A single type of signature with 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 "20 FRANCS". Artists and engravors' signatures at the bottom of the note. Very rare banknote. 50,000 issued notes. The note is known as overprinted "CANCELLED" in black diagonally.
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