About #13 - 500 francs Type 1923 Papeete
French Polynesia. Tahiti. Bank of Indo-China. 1920-1963 Issues. Work by Gustave Fraipont and engraving by Eugène Gaspérini for the front and Rita for the back. Dimensions: 219 x 151 mm. Watermark: head of a Polynesian woman with flowers in her hair. The note was issued on April 1, 1923. Printer: Bank of France. Full color front and back print, predominantly blue and yellow. Texts in French. Description of the front: frame composed of repetitive floral shapes. In the center of the upper edge, the label "BANK OF INDO-CHINA" is printed in dark blue in a pale yellow cartridge. On the left, a standing woman wearing a wreath of woven leaves holds an olive branch in her left hand. His other hand is placed on a coat of arms in which we guess a Gallic rooster, a distant symbol of metropolitan France. Above, a scene of merchant ships at anchor in a Polynesian port, probably Noumea. Below, on a pale yellow security background, the place of issue "PAPEETE" and the date of issue, then the value in words and the words "PAYABLE IN CASH FOR SIGHT TO THE HOLDER" are printed in dark blue. The numbering and the series are printed in black in small cartridges in the frame at the top and bottom. Two combinations of signatures printed in black with The President and The Chief Executive Officer. On the left, a medallion containing the watermark is decorated with clusters of lemons and flowers placed on a cart. In the foreground, a scythe and a rake are placed on cut hay. At the bottom of the note, the value in figures is printed in a blue cartridge and surrounded by pineapple and coconut fruits. Description of the back: frame composed of fruit and flowers in repetition on the outline. In the center, two coastal landscapes with merchant ships and sailboats at anchor are separated by a light green zone with the value in figures and green rays diffusing from the center outwards. Above, the monogram "BIC" of the "BANK OF INDO-CHINA". On the right, a young Polynesian girl with naked breasts is dressed in a long carmine pareo. On the left, the watermark medallion is invaded by tropical vegetation. Article 139 of the penal code is printed on six lines in a cartouche in the center of the lower edge. The specimen is known to be perforated "SPECIMEN" vertically to the right on the watermark and numbered "O.000 - 000". A proof is known as perforated "SPECIMEN" in vertical on the right on the watermark, not dated, not numbered and not watermarked. A file of seven working tests from Atelier Gaspérini is known. 76,000 issued notes. Rare. In 1985, 841 copies were still in circulation!