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About F.A38 - 50 francs type 1868 Bleu à indices noirs
France. Bank of France. Issue from 1862-1872. Note issued between November 26, 1868 and November 16, 1883. Date of circulation: March 4, 1869. 50 francs Type 1868 "Blue with black indices" (Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # F.A38 or Pick: # 51) . Work by Guillaume Cabasson and engraving by François Pannemaker and Ligny. Dimensions: 178 x 120 mm. Printer: Banque de France. Watermark: head of Mercury facing the center of the sticker. Front and back: monochrome printing in blue. Front: general composition with an oval ornamental frieze separated by two medallions with a blue background on the sides and each containing "Article 139 of the Penal Code". In the center of the upper frieze, a profile portrait of a young Mercury wearing his winged helmet. In the center of the lower frieze, two young cherubs symbolizing Science and Agriculture, frame an escutcheon containing a caduceus with two heads of snakes. The banknote number and the alphabet are printed twice in black inside the oval frieze. The date is printed in black in the center under the curved label "BANQUE DE FRANCE". The signatures, serial number and letter value are printed in black in the center. Four variants of signatures are known with the Chief Cashier and the Secretary General. On the back: a less sophisticated oval frieze separated by two medallions on the sides and each containing "Article 139 of the Penal Code" printed in blue. The specimen is unknown for Type. The 50 francs Type 1868 has 13 different issue dates. 68 copies are currently known in inventory.
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