The 5,000 francs Public Treasury Type 1955 (1) was issued by the French Public Treasury in 1955 for French military troops stationed in Germany. Designed by Louis Rigal and engraved by Armanelli (2) for the front and Marliat for the back, its dimensions are 170 x 103 mm. The banknote is neither dated nor signed! It features a watermark with a female head on the left and a male head on the right. Printer: Banque of France. Front and back: multicolored print predominantly pink. Description of the front: in the center, a peasant couple in profile in front of a decoration of flowers and in the background a view of the French countryside with cultivated fields as far as the eye can see. The man carries a tool on his right shoulder; the woman is wearing a scarf. Both seem to be looking at the village in the background on the left of the thumbnail. The value in figures is repeated twice in dark blue in the upper corners. At the bottom in the center in a pink cartouche, the mention: "Valid in Germany for the French Forces and the persons authorized by them". The seven-digit banknote number and alphabet are printed in black. Description of the back: in the center, a portrait of a woman in profile wearing a scarf with a child by her side. In the background, a decoration of flowers (grove of roses) and in the background a view of the French countryside. This magnificent note is very rare, especially in good condition and one of the most requested by collectors of the Treasury.
The note that we present to you below is numbered Z.10-764 and is in XF grade. It becomes the 36th copy listed in inventory for the Type (see the details of the score in the Numizon catalog card).
(1) Known references: Pick: # M13a, Fayette-Dessal: # VF.39.01 and Schwan-Boling: # 846.
(2) Read or reread the news that we devoted to the French engraver on January 19, 2021.