Pick: #116 , The Banknote Book: B140 , Other: MK61
Algeria. French administration. Bank of Algeria. Creation date: 09-01-1956. This note, known as "STARFEL", is not issued and is kept in reserve. Work by William Fel and engraving by Camille Beltrand for the front and Marie-Madeleine Tison-Klein for the back. Dimensions: 142 x 73 mm. Watermark: profile of a Moorish woman in a medallion on the left. Front and back: polychrome print predominantly blue, green and yellow. Description of the front: background composed of oak leaves and small colorful flowers. The wording of the issuing institute "BANQUE DE L'ALGÉRIE", the values "500" and "CINQ CENTS FRANCS", the numbering, the signatures, the date of issue and article 139 of the Penal Code are printed in black In the center. On the right, an allegory of the European woman wearing a crown of golden oak leaves. Only one combination of signatures is known with Gandy, The Secretary General and Civier, The Cashier General. Description of the back: bottom composed of oak leaves and colorful flowers. The value "500" in Arabic is printed in blue in the upper corners. The wording of the issuing institute "BANQUE DE L'ALGÉRIE" in Arabic is printed in dark blue. On the left, a European woman, dressed in a long purple dress, sits on a stone stele. She reaches out, holding a miniature reproduction of the Statue of Liberty in her hand. Below it, article 139 of the Penal Code translated into Arabic is printed in blue in a yellow cartridge. The specimen is known as overprinted "SPECIMEN" in red diagonally at the location of the watermark on the front and back. The bill is dated "A.9-1-1956.A" or "B.9-1-1956.B" and numbered "W.9 - 000" or "W.10 - 000". This note was normally never issued, but a few rare copies probably circulated in the confusion of the transition to Algerian independence. The copies seen: E.35-658, J.53-422, J.53-611.