About #4 - 500 francs Type 1852
Bank of Guyana. No date (1852). First issue in 1888. Printed in black on cream paper 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 is composed of a floral frame with, at the top, two elegant cockatiels. At the bottom of the note, four languid Cherubim. On the right side, a draped Mercury holds in his left hand a large shell containing the manuscript alphabet "B" of the note. Facing him on the left, a half-naked woman representing Wisdom also brandishes a shell containing the manuscript number "256" of the note. Beside, the strain in english typography is cut out. A type of signatures with The Director, The Cashier and One of the Censors. The numbering, the alphabet and the signatures in black are handwritten. Article 139 of the Penal Code is printed in white in two black medallions. Back: identical to the front. Type 1853 specimen with puma and snake watermark, black and unnumbered texts. The photo B-256 is the only known copy to date and also illustrates Dr. Kolsky's book: "The D.O.M-T.O.M Banknotes", published in 2006, 280 pages. Slab PMG 30. Very rare!