About #19A - 100 francs "Plowman" type 1946
French Somaliland. Djibouti. Bank of Indochina. 1946-1948 Issues. Work by Lucien Jonas. Dimensions: 134 x 76 mm. No date. No security thread. Material: Paper. Printer: Bank of France. Watermark: Head of Mercury. Polychrome front and back printing predominantly red, yellow and brown. Description of the front: Texts in French. “DJIBOUTI” in red and vertically on the sides of the note. At the top edge, the value and the wording "BANQUE DE L'INDOCHINE" are printed in a yellow cartridge. On the left, a portrait of a young French woman in profile watching a man plowing his field. The numbering and the alphabet are printed in black on a yellow background. A combination of signatures in black with "Le Président (The President)", Émile Minost and "Le Directeur Général (The Chief Officer)" Jean Laurent. Description of the back: "DJIBOUTI" in red and vertically on the sides of the banknote. At the top edge, the value and the wording "BANQUE DE L'INDOCHINE" are printed in a yellow cartridge. Article 139 of the Criminal Code is printed in white on a blue background. Scene symbolizing French industry with metallurgists at work. This 100 francs is completely out of step with the desert country it is supposed to illustrate, but the Bank of France had no other choice but to use this reserve note to respond to the urgency of the moment in Somaliland!
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