French Somaliland 500 francs type 1927


Pick: #9 , The Banknote Book: B114 , Other: KM616

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French Somaliland. Djibouti. Bank of Indo-China. 1927-1941 Issues. Work by Gustave Fraipont and engraving by Eugène Gaspérini for the front and Rita for the back. Two issue dates: 1927 and 1938. Dimensions: 219 x 151 mm. Watermark: Polynesian woman's head with flowers in her hair. Material: Paper. Printer: Bank of France. Polychrome front and back printing predominantly green, red and yellow. Description of the front: Texts in French. Frame composed of repeating floral shapes. At the center of the upper edge, the wording "BANQUE DE L'INDO-CHINE" is printed in dark brown in a light green cartouche. 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 can guess a Gallic rooster, a distant symbol of metropolitan France. Above, a scene of merchant ships at anchor in a Polynesian port undoubtedly Noumea. Below, on a light green security background, "DJIBOUTI" and the date of issue in black, then the value in letters and the words "PAYABLE IN CASH AT SIGHT TO THE HOLDER" are printed in dark brown. The numbering and the alphabet are printed in black in small cartridges in the frame at the top and bottom. Two combinations of signatures in black: For 1927, “Un Administrateur”, Stanislas Simon and “Le Directeur”, René Thion de la Chaume. For 1938, “Le Président”, Marcel Borduge and “Le Directeur Général”, Paul Baudouin. On the left, a medallion containing the watermark is decorated with bunches of fruit and 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 brown cartouche and surrounded by pineapple fruit. Description of the back: Frame composed of fruits 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 blue area with the value in figures and light blue rays diffusing from the center outwards. At the top, the monogram "BIC" of the "BANQUE DE L'INDO-CHINE". On the right, a young Polynesian topless is dressed in a long crimson sarong. On the left, the watermark medallion is overgrown with tropical vegetation. Article 139 of the penal code printed in brown on six lines at the bottom center. 100,000 issued notes (50,000 for the year 1927 and 50,000 for the year 1938).

Banknotes :Bank of Indo-China (1927-1941)

pick#6 5 francs Walhain type 1927
pick#7 20 francs "au paon" type I (1936)
pick#7A 20 francs "au paon" type II (1936)
pick#7B 20 francs "au paon" type III (1941)
pick#8 100 francs "Angkor" type I (1931)
pick#8A 100 francs "Angkor" type II (1931)
pick#9 500 francs type 1927
pick#10 1000 francs type 1938
pick#10A 1000 francs type 1938
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