About #111 - 5 NF/500 francs Bacchus Type 1959
Algeria. French administration. Bank of Algeria and Tunisia. Provisional issue. By the decree of December 27, 1958, France introduced the "Nouveaux Francs (New Francs)". This change took effect on January 1, 1960. A 1NF is equal to 100 "old" francs. Algeria is immediately concerned by this change, and as in mainland France, the old denominations are overprinted in red in the watermark "CONTRE-VALEUR DE / 5 / NOUVEAUX FRANCS" in French on the front and in Arabic on the back. 900,000 issued notes. Work by Robert Pougheon (1886-1955) and engraving by Camille Beltrand. Dimensions: 159 x 82 mm. Watermark: profile of a Moorish woman in a square medallion on the left. Front and back: polychrome print predominantly blue-green and brown. Description of the front: the wording of the issuing institute "BANQUE DE L'ALGÉRIE ET DE LA TUNISIE" is printed in a blue-green square in the center. The value "500" is repeated twice in the upper corners. The numbering, signatures and date of issue are printed in black. On the right on the front, a head of Bacchus, Roman god of shepherds and herds and a head of a ram at his side. In the background, we can see a vine and a bunch of grapes on the left. In the same place, article 139 of the Penal Code is printed on three lines in an orange cartridge. Only one type of signature is known with Gandy, The Secretary General and Civier, The General Cashier. Description of the back: a scene of work in the fields is represented after an old mosaic with two peasants and their agricultural tools. The value "500" is printed in Arabic and dark brown in the upper corners. At the bottom of the note, article 139 of the Penal Code is written in Arabic as well as the other labels which were in French on the front. The specimen is known as perforated "SPECIMEN" in vertical on the left and has an overprint "SPECIMEN" and a specimen number in black on the right. The bill is watermarked, unsigned and numbered "O.00 - 000".
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