Pick: #103 , Other: #F47
France. Bank of France. Banknote issued from 1942 to 1947. Withdrawn from circulation on January 30, 1948. 5000 francs Type 1942 "French Empire" (Ref. Fayette-Dessal: # F.47 or Pick: # 103). Work by Clément Serveau, engraving by Camille Beltrand and intaglio by Jules Piel. Typography by Rita Dreyfus. Dimensions: 208 x 115 mm. Printer: Bank of France. Watermark: Profile of French on the right and two profiles on the left of an African and an Asian. Front and back: polychrome print with dominant blue and pink. Description of the front: in the center, a young brunette woman symbolizing France is surrounded by three men who are supposed to embody the French colonial Empire. Above the figures, three-color banners flutter in the wind. All around a frame decorated with flowers and fruit in abundance. On the sides, two white areas reserved for watermarks. The values in figures are printed in red in the upper corners. The signatures, the alphabet, the date and the numbering are printed in black. Three signatures with The Comptroller General, The Cashier General and The Secretary General. Description of the back: the young woman's central subject is printed identically on the front. Behind her, a background of exotic fruits and a frame of plants and flowers frame a view of the Basque coast in south of France on the left and a view of the port of Rabat (Morocco) on the right. The value in figures is printed in yellow-orange in rectangles with a blue background at the top. Article 139 of the Criminal Code is printed at the bottom center on six lines in a blue cartridge. The specimen is known only in rare copies: numbered "0.000 - 000", dated "O.0-0-0000.O." With "SPECIMEN" perforated diagonally on the left and with the first signatures: R. Favre-Gilly / J. Belin / P. Rousseau. A non-watermarked proof is known on both sides without labels, values, numbering and signatures. Another proof is known front / back signed, not numbered and not watermarked. A magnificent front / back proof is known unnumbered, mounted on card and dedicated for the Bank of France personnel manager! A pencil drawing of the front for a study of 10,000 French Empire Type 1942 francs is known, numbered, dated and signed. Rare!