About #9 - 500 francs Brown and Gray Type 1874
Bank of Martinique. No date (1874). First issue in 1910. Printing of the frame in brown and text in black identical front and back. Work of Barre. Dimensions: 238 x 135 mm (with the strain). Watermark with a cougar, snakes and the word "Colonies". Front: the vignette composed of a floral frame with at the top, two elegant cockatiels. At the bottom of the bill, four languid Cherubim. On the right side, a draped Mercury holds in his left hand a large shell containing the alphabet "A" of the note. Facing him on the left, a half-naked woman representing Wisdom also brandishes a shell containing the number "129" of the note. Beside, the strain in English typography is cut out. Three signature variants with The Director, The Cashier and One of the Censors. Numbering, alphabet and signatures are printed in black. Article 139 of the Penal Code is printed in white in two black medallions. Back: identical to the front. No known specimen. Proof not signed or numbered. Known banknotes : J.1-817, L.1-531, M.1-445, N.1-011, Q.1-169, Q.1-285, B.2-159, C.2-843, E.2-919, M.2-726, N.2, X.2-919.The photo note was canceled in 1935 by Didellot.
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