About #NA2 - 50 francs Purple Type 1912
Tunisia. French administration. Banknote from Algeria overprinted "Tunisia" in vertical on the right. Creation date: 25-10-1913. Work by Georges Duval and engraving by Romagnol. Dimensions: 170 x 110 mm. Watermark: profile of a Moorish woman in a large medallion on the left. In a small medallion on the right: Arabic inscription in a crescent. Front and back: polychrome print, mainly purple and blue. Description of the front: in the foreground on the right, the smallest watermark in an octagonal medallion placed on an agave and a doum palm tree and the overprint "Tunisia" printed in black and vertical. Behind, the great mosque of Algiers and its minaret dominate a distant view of the white city and its bay in the center. The wording of the issuing institute "BANQUE DE L'ALGÉRIE", the value "FIFTY FRANCS" and the date of issue in Arabic are printed in dark purple in the center at the top. The signatures, numbering and date of issue are printed in black. On the left, the largest watermark in a medallion decorated with arabesques is placed on a prickly pear. Only one type of signature known with Le Caissier Principal, Biron and The Secretary General, Moyse. Back description: large blue frame decorated with arabesques. On the left, a child, naked and from the back, picks oranges while looking at an elegant young Algerian woman spinning spindle wool. In the upper right edge, the value "50" is printed in purple. In the center at the bottom, a large basket overflows with harvested fruit. In the bottom right, article 139 of the Penal Code is printed in purple in a yellow cartridge. This 50 franc Type 1912 note was abandoned because it could be confused with the 100 francs Violet Type 1920! Specimen not known to date. The issued note is very rare. Only two copies are known: F.73-504 (mentioned in the Muszynski-Kolsky) and P.73-283 dated 25-10-1913, sold in Good/VeryGood grade at $ 1610 in 2010 at Lyn Knight, Auction CPMX 2010 Session 1 (lot: # 1046). Note otally unknown from the SWPM.