About VF.17 - 5 francs Flag back Type 1944
France. Supplemental French franc currency. American Impressions for the "Tom Cat" Operation. Date of Issue: 6-6-1944. 5 francs Type 1944 "Flag back". Dimensions: 78 x 67 mm. No date. 160,000,000 issued notes. No watermark, but a security sign symbolized by a stylized "F" for "Forbes" is hidden in the visual of the sticker on the front lower left in a sheet. Printer: Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Co., Boston. Front and back: multicolored printing. On the front: black and white frame decorated with abstract shapes and two guilloche rosettes printed in dark blue on the sides at the bottom of the note. A safety background made up of wavy curved lines is printed in blue-green and mixed with abstract shapes in green and blue. The numerical value is repeated four times in dark blue in the corners and once in the center in white in a rosette in dark blue. The value in letters “CINQ / FRANCS” and the mention “ÉMIS EN / FRANCE” are printed in dark blue in the center. The words "SÉRIE DE 1944" are printed twice in black. The eight-digit banknote number is printed in black in the center. No signatures. On the back: dark blue and white frame decorated with abstract shapes. A safety background composed of curved lines wavy in blue and red. In the center, a large tricolor flag flies in the wind and below, a medallion decorated with leaves in which are inscribed the three currencies of France: "LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY". Specimen of the issued note numbered 00000000 with "SPECIMEN" perforated horizontally in the center of the bill. Replacement note with the letter "X" printed on an issued note. Other reference: Schwan-Boling: # 143.
VF.17.03 (Block XS): 86 copies in inventory (January 12, 2021)
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