About #PA1 - 5 francs Type 1874
Bank of Senegal. 1853-1901 Issues. 5 francs Type 1874 Cabasson. Work by Guillaume-Alphonse Cabasson. Dimensions: 134 x 92 mm. Watermark: No. Front: blue print on English-made paper. In an oval vignette, two indigenous heads inset: a woman on the right and a man on the left surrounded by tropical vegetation. At the bottom of the note, a cartouche with the text of the law framed by a barrel and a sea anchor on the left and a rudder on the right. The value "5" is located at the four corners of the bill outside the oval composition. Two types of signatures with The Director and The Cashier. Only one note is known with unidentified signatures. The numbering, the alphabet and the signatures are printed in black. Back: in the center of an oval sticker printed in bistre color, a caduceus surmounted by two wings and surrounded by two intertwined snakes dominate a medallion with a portrait of a woman in profile. Lush vegetation with parakeets and butterflies frame the whole. At the bottom of the note: "Organic and statutory legislation of 1874". A banknote is known in AU+ grade with a black overprint “CANCELLED” and numbered “000-000”. A banknote numbered "W1-807" (see picture), includes the word "SPECIMEN" typed in red diagonally and small handwritten number 149 at the top right of the front. We had this note in hand for authentication. We have reservations about its authenticity. Note: more than 450 copies of the "W.1" series were found in 1986. These banknotes do not have signatures. 74,000 issued notes in several tranches.