A necessary inventory
So it's almost 20 years since the three Treasury bills for the Suez military campaign have been referenced by me. This inventory, started at the beginning of 2002, counts to date a total of 372 banknotes for all three denominations of 50, 100 and 1,000 francs type 1956, specimens included. Initially launched to identify counterfeit denominations in circulation, this long manual pointing work, in close correlation with the inventory of 50, 100 and 1,000 francs banknotes, type 1947 from the French Treasury (1), made it possible to permanently eradicate , or at least temporarily, the appearance of "fake Suez" offered for sale over the past ten years. This fight is undoubtedly won, since the last fake banknote unmasked is already more than a year old (2). We hope that the current result of our research finally reassures our community and restores the confidence of collectors, because the three Suez banknotes are essential in any serious collection of French Treasury notes.
Inventory in detail
50 francs Suez type 1956 (Ref. Pick: M16a Fayette-Dessal: VF41): 137 copies in inventory.
|M16a / VF.41.01||1||68||51|
|M16a / VF.41.02||2||55||41|
|M16a / VF.41.03||3||11||8|
|M16s / VF.41.00s||0.0-00000||3||(*)|
(*) The specimen is very rare: one specimen is known in UNC grade unperforated "SPECIMEN". A second note is known in UNC grade, perforated "SPECIMEN" vertically (copy seen on page 578 of the 2007 Fayette catalog). The third copy in XF grade was offered for € 2,900 by the Comptoir des Monnaies (Numiscorner) in June 2016.
100 francs Suez type 1956 (Ref. Pick: M17a Fayette-Dessal: VF42) : 186 copies in inventory.
|M17a / VF.42.01||1||54||29|
|M17a / VF.42.02||2||73||40|
|M17a / VF.42.03||3||47||26|
|M17a / VF.42.04||4||9||4|
|M17a / VF.42.05||5||1||1|
|M17s / VF.42.00s||0.0-00000||2||(*)|
(*) The specimen is very rare: one specimen is known in UNC grade unperforated "SPECIMEN" (GJ Collection). A second note is known in UNC grade, perforated "SPECIMEN" vertically (copy seen on page 578 of the 2007 Fayette catalog).
1,000 francs Suez type 1956 (Ref. Pick: M18a Fayette-Dessal: VF43) : 49 copies in inventory.
|M18a / VF.43.01||1||16||35|
|M18a / VF.43.02||2||20||43|
|M18a / VF.43.03||3||10||22|
|M18s / VF.43.00s||0.0-00000||3||(*)|
(*) The specimen is very rare: two copies are known in UNC grade unperforated "SPECIMEN" (Numizon Collection and GJ Collection). A third note is known in UNC grade, perforated "SPECIMEN" vertically (copy seen on page 578 of the 2007 Fayette catalog).
50 francs type 1956
A 50 francs type 1956 was offered in the cgb.fr sale which closed on Tuesday August 10 (Lot #4480369). The copy, in VF grade with a dedication on the watermark on the front, was estimated at € 800 for a starting price of € 400. The Numizon estimate: € 420 in VF, € 620 in VF+. Final price: € 420.
A second copy was also on sale at cgb.fr (Lot #4480368). F copy at the starting price of € 250 for an estimate of € 500. The Numizon estimate: € 280 in VG, € 320 in VG +. Final price: € 250.
In addition, In addition, 5 banknotes including a very rare specimen are on sale at a fixed price in the Numizon Listings.
(1) To identify French Treasury notes overprinted with "false Suez", the Numizon database consists of 728 copies of the 50 francs type 1947, 978 copies of the 100 francs type 1947 and 243 copies of the 1,000 francs type 1947. This database is now implemented automatically, since any new banknote offered for sale on our partners websites is systematically archived by our robots.
(2) Read or reread our news (in French) of June 13, 2020: “A false Suez unmasked!"