About #10 - 500 francs Type 1874
Bank of Guadeloupe. No date (1852) modified 1874. First issue in 1922. Work of Barre. Dimensions: 238 x 135 mm. Printing in black and red on cream paper identical to the 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 bill, four languid Cherubim. On the right side, a draped Mercury holds in his left hand a large shell containing the alphabet of the note. Facing him on the left, a half-naked woman representing Wisdom also brandishes a shell containing the banknote number. Beside, the strain in English typography is cut out. Six variants of signatures with The Director, The Cashier and One of the Censors. The letter value and the issuer label are printed in red. Numbering, alphabet and signatures are printed in black. Article 139 of the Penal Code is printed in white in two red medallions. Back: identical to the front. Specimen recto / verso with red text and black frame, unsigned and numbered 0.0 - 000 with the number "500" repeated twice. Unsigned proof, not watermarked, numbered 00 - 000 and overprinted "SPECIMEN". Frame proof only for sale. Thumbnail test with blue frame and red text. Banknote very very rare, some known copies: M.1-026, Z.1-770, B.2-532, S.2-650. Banknote withdrawn from circulation in May 1928.