About #1 - 5 francs Type 1905 Papeete with Decree
French Polynesia. Tahiti. Bank of Indo-China. 1905-1914 Issues. Works by Daniel Dupuis and Georges Duval. Engraving by Leveille. Dimensions: 141 x 106 mm. Material: paper. Watermark: No. Banknote including the decrees of January 21, 1875, February 20, 1888, May 16, 1900 and April 3, 1901. Put into circulation from July 5, 1905. Monochrome printing in red front and back. Texts in French. Description of the front: ornamental frame made up of small dragons in bas-reliefs decorating two columns which support a large arch. On it, decorations of dragon snakes frame a pediment containing the wording of the issuing institute in capital letters "BANK OF INDO-CHINA". The banknote number and series are the only items printed in black. On the left, a young Asian woman dressed in black and holding a bamboo stick in his right hand, sits at the foot of an allegory of Colonial France represented by a European woman wearing a crown of laurels and seated on a throne. In his left hand, a caduceus with two snakes and a sheaf of wheat at his feet. On the right, the decrees, the place and the date of issue, the value in letters "FIVE FRANCS" and the mention "PAYABLE IN LOCAL CURRENCY TO THE HOLDER". Below, the signatures printed in red. The 1905 banknotes are signed by An Administrator, Baron Hely d'Oissel and by The Director, Stanislas Simon. The 1914 banknotes are signed by An Administrator, Baron Hely d'Oissel and by The Administrator-Director, Stanislas Simon. Description of the back: ornamental frame composed of repetitive shapes and two floral rosettes per side. The number "5" is printed in a cartridge at the corners. The background includes the text "BANQUEDEL'INDO-CHINE" in rehearsal. Above, a large Chinese dragon. On the sides, article 139 of the penal code is printed on eleven lines. 275,000 banknotes issued in 1905 and 25,000 banknotes issued in 1914. Certain copies, such as the banknote illustrating the Numizon sheet, meet with a "PAPEETE (TAHITI)" surcharge stamped in black in the center.
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