1950 France 1000 Francs Banknote Pick Number 130b Bank of France Issue Choice Very Fine or Better
Description: A beautiful and rather rare choice very fine or better banknote from France. This is the March 2, 1950 one thousand francs or Mille Francs currency note. It is made of light, thin and crisp paper. This beautiful and very colorful banknote has a light blue design on multicolored floral background on the front. It shows Minerva and Hercules in the center of the front surrounded by flowers, birds, fruits, and vegetables. The back, which has the same color scheme as the front, has the image of a woman in the center surrounded by a foliate design and the words Banque De France under it. This is a rather rare banknote with a very intricate and colorful design. This particular note has the serial number 84162 which is displayed twice in black on the front. It is series Q.633 and has three signatures. It is dated 2 March 1950 (E.2-3-1950.E) on the front. It also displays the number 1581584162 in the top center position of the front near the upper edge. The note has two watermarks one on each side of the central design. One of the watermarks shows the head of a man and the other shows the head of a woman. Please carefully review the scan presented as it is part and parcel of our description.
Printer: Issued by the Bank of France.
Size: The banknote measures ~6 7/8" by ~3 3/4".
Pick Number: P 130b.
Condition: I would grade this banknote as a choice very fine or better with all the details being very well preserved. It is an attractive note, with evidence of light handling and minimum wear. It has one light central vertical fold and a light horizontal fold. The note has minimal soiling through the note but part of the horizontal fold is darkened by the soiling (this is the main reason we are grading the note as VF instead of XF or better). The note has no stains but there is a small light line (possibly ink) at the bottom edge of the front about 2" from the right corner. The colors of the note are still vivid and without appreciable fading. The paper itself is crisp and as mentioned earlier thin. The note has no tears, splits, pinholes or appreciable edge wear. Corners also show wear but not full rounding. The corners are intact and squared with minimal rounding, if any. The note has no tears or splits and retains most of its original crispiness. This is a beautiful rare note which would make a great addition to your collection of French banknotes. Please see photo for additional condition information.