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About #105 - 5000 francs Apollon Type 1946
Algeria. French administration. Bank of Algeria. Creation date: 04-11-1946. Date of issue: 03-09-1948. Work by William Fel and engraving by Marliat for the front and Broutin for the back. Dimensions: 206 x 105 mm. Watermark: profile of a Moorish woman in a square medallion on the right. Front and back: polychrome print predominantly yellow, orange and gray. Description of the front: The wording of the issuing institute "BANQUE DE L'ALGÉRIE", the values are printed in dark brown. The numbering, signatures and date of issue are printed in black. On the left, a head in profile of Apollo, after a Roman sculpture discovered in 1910 and exhibited at the Museum of Cherchell. In the center, in a rectangle, a floral composition with the three signatures and the date of issue. Below, article 139 of the Penal Code is printed on two lines in an orange cartridge. Only one combination of signatures is known with Delahaye, The Secretary General, Brunet, The Director General and Couquet, The Cashier General. Description of the back: in the center, a representation of the Trajan Triumphal arch located in Timgad (The Pompeii of Africa). Below, the wording of the issuing institute "BANQUE DE L'ALGÉRIE" translated into Arabic. On the sides, several bas-reliefs and the value "5000" written in Arabic in the lower corners. At the bottom of the note, between two stylized flowers in bas-relief, article 139 of the Penal Code written in Arabic. The specimen is known as overprinted "SPECIMEN" in red horizontally at the location of the watermark on the front. The note is watermarked, signed Delahaye / Brunet / Couquet, dated "00-00-0000" and numbered "O.00 - 000". A second specimen, not mentioned in the Muszynski-Kolsky's book, is identical to the previous one but with a "SPECIMEN" perforation in the vertical on the right. The year 1946 is nowhere to be found and the banknote is very rare in good quality above the VF grade!
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