About #PA4 - 500 francs Type 1874
Bank of Senegal. 1853-1901 Issues. 500 francs Type 1874. Work of Jacques-Jean Barre. Dimensions: 238 x 135 mm (with the stump). Watermark with the value "500" repeated twice above the signatures. Identical black or blue print on cream paper front and back. Front: vignette composed of a floral frame with, at the top, two elegant cockatiels. At the bottom of the bill, four languid cherubs. On the right side, a draped Mercury holds in its left hand a large shell containing the alphabet of the note. Facing him to the left, a half-naked woman representing Wisdom also brandishes a seashell containing the banknote number. Next to it, the stump in English typography is cut out. A single type of signatures with the Director, the Cashier and One of the Censors. The value in letters and the label of the transmitter are printed in black. The numbering, the alphabet and the signatures are handwritten in black. Article 139 of the Penal Code is printed in white in two black medallions. Back: identical to the front. A specimen is known and kept by the Bank of France. A proof of the 500 francs Type 1874 Modified is known from a private collection, not watermarked, with heel, unsigned or numbered. Graded note: PCGS 55. A proof of the 500 francs Type 1874 Modified from the Treasury of the Ministry of the Colonies, is known in a private collection, numbered "000-000" by hand, perforated "CANCELLED" in the center, watermarked with full heel, but unsigned. Graded note: PCGS 63 Choice Unc. Very rare note, only one known copy: A / 734 canceled by four blue stamps. All banknotes except 19 copies were redeemed by the Bank of the West Africa in 1928!