About #17 - 500 francs Type 1852
Bank of Reunion. No date (1852). First issue in 1875. Work of Barre. Dimensions: 238 x 135 mm (with the strain). Black printing on cream paper identical front and back. Watermark with a cougar, snakes and the word "Colonies". Front: Vignette 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 alphabet "Q" of the note. Facing him on the left, a half-naked woman representing Wisdom also brandishes a shell containing the number "304" of the note. Beside, the strain in English typography is cut out. Two variants of signatures 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. Uniface orange print with unsigned black frame and no watermark. Other proof in black without signatures and without numbering. Banknote very rare, some known copies: P-272, Q-304 and S.2-226(Pick #17b).