Pick: #A3 , The Banknote Book: B103 , Other: #KM303
French India. French settlements in India. Trading station of Pondicherry. 1898 Issue. Decrees of January 21, 1875 and February 20, 1888. Work by A. Bramtot and G. Duval and engraving by Wullschleger. Date of issue printed: “Pondicherry, September 10, 1898”. Dimensions: 207 x 118 mm. Watermark: head of Mercury in profile. Printer: Bank of France. Two-color printing front and back, predominantly blue-purple and red. 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 Branch Cashier, a Board Member, Ernest Denormandie and the Director, Stanislas Simon. 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 to be perforated "SPECIMEN" horizontally in the center and numbered "O.0 - 000". Rare banknote. 7,750 issued notes only.