Pick: #72 , The Banknote Book: B533 , Other: #M077/#M078
Belgium. National Bank of Belgium. 1905-1926 issue. Banknote issued between 13-10-1910 and 31-07-1925. Removed from circulation on 09-10-1944. 500 francs Type 1887 - 1910-1925. (Ref. TBB: # B533 or Pick: # 72). Presence of arabesques in relief in the texture of the paper in margins for the copies printed between 1910 and 1914. Designed by Henri Hendrickx. Dimensions: 205 x 125 mm. Printer: National Bank of Belgium. No security thread. Watermark: 500 FRANCS. Front and back: polychromy print with blue and green dominant. Description of the front: all texts are in French. Oval frame made up of decorative patterns. Six cherubs and four allegorical figures illustrate the Arts (Music, Painting …) and the Sciences. Labels and values are printed in green. The date, the banknote number and signatures are printed in black. At the bottom, we find the text of the Law printed on three lines in a blue frame. The note includes four variants of signatures with The Treasurer and The Governor. Description of the back: all texts are printed in Dutch. In the upper part, a frieze contains the coat of arms of the 9 Belgian provinces (of which only 8 coats of arms are visible!) With in the center the royal crown and the Belgian lion. On the sides two allegories represented by two seated women. In the background, there are other allegorical figures, including a woman driving a chariot pulled by two winged horses. The specimen is known for the Type with a perforation "CANCELED" in horizontal, unnumbered, undated and unsigned. Known series: 067 to 128. Very rare with embossed swirls in margins!
#72a: 13.10.1910-1914. With embossed arabesque design on border. 2 signatures varieties.
#72b: 25.1.1919-31.7.1925. Without embossed arabesque design on border. 2 signatures varieties.