About #5 - 500 francs Blue Type 1874
Tunisia. French administration. Bank note from Bank of Algeria overprinted "Tunisia" in vertical on the left. Issue period: 1904 to 1924. Work by H. Cabasson and engraving by Pannemaker Fils for the front and engraving by Ch. Wullschleger for the back. Dimensions: 196 x 120 mm. Two types of watermarks: BANK / 500 FRANCS / de L'ALGERIE / 500, a lion walking on the right and twice the word "Tunisia" under the figures until 1909. After this date, the word "Tunisia" is not no longer incorporated into the watermark under the numbers "500". Front: blue monochrome print on white paper. The signatures, the value in letters, the numbering and the overprint "Tunisia" on the left in vertical are printed in black. The date of issue is printed in blue. Composition with an oval frame decorated at the top with two snakes and a winged anchor in the center. Article 139 of the Penal Code is printed in two vertical cartridges (unpublished). On the left, an allegory of Fortune standing with her hand on the wheel and stretching the other arm towards the future. On the right side, Mercury, god of Commerce standing and holding his caduceus in hand. Four variants of signatures are known with the Secretary General, the Director and the Chief Cashier. Downstairs in the decorated frame, two children are leaning against a lamp. The child on the left symbolizes Science and the child on the right symbolizes Study. The value is repeated obliquely in the corners of the drawing. Back: monochrome print in blue. In the upper part, the star of the southern Cross star in the center of the oval frame decorated with Arabic motifs. In the center of the drawing, a young boy standing holding a scythe, symbolizes Agriculture. On the left side, a medallion with the profile of Athena and on the right, a medallion with the profile of Ceres. At the bottom two winged dragons frame article 139 of the Penal Code printed in a blue medallion. The numerical value is repeated twice diagonally in the upper frame. The specimen is known as overprinted "SPECIMEN" in red and vertically to the right on the front. The note is watermarked, signed Moyse / Moreau / Penalva, numbered "0.00 - 000" and dated May 33, 3091! This banknote is identical to the 500 francs Bleu Type 1874 without "Alger" (Pick: # 75).