Pick: #A2 , The Banknote Book: B102 , Other: #KM302
French India. French settlements in India. Trading station of Pondicherry. 1875 Issue. Decree of January 21, 1875. Work by A. Bramtot and G. Duval and engraving by Wullschleger. Handwritten issue date with several variant dates: “Pondicherry,…”. Banknote issued in January 1877. Dimensions: 207 x 118 mm. Watermark: head of Mercury in profile. Printer: Bank of France. Two-color printing front and back, mainly purple and brown. Description of the front: frame composed of two columns on the sides each illustrated by an elephant and its cornac or mahout. Above, hidden in the vegetation, two small dragons can be seen in the upper corners. The decrees are printed on ribbons in the center of the frame. All texts are printed in red-brown and in several languages: French, English, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. The signatures are printed in red-brown and the numbering in black. A single type of signature with The Cashier, a Board Member in Paris, Édouard Delessert and The Branch Director. At the bottom of the frame, two young women lying down frame a vase placed on a pedestal. On the left, a European woman accompanied by a cow symbolizes the French metropolis and on the right, an Indian woman accompanied by a tiger symbolizes India. Back description: blue and red duotone printing. Article 139 of the penal code is printed in French in squares positioned in the corners. On the sides, rectangles with the text "BANQUE DE L'INDO-CHINE" printed in repetition. Texts in the Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu languages are printed in red overprint on the drawing. The specimen is known not overprinted, undated and numbered "J.1 - 001". Rare banknote. 17,450 issued notes.