1953 France 500 Francs Banknote Pick Number 129c Francois Rene de Chateaubriand Choice Very Fine or Better
Description: A beautiful and rather rare choice very fine or better banknote from France. This is the January 2, 1953 five hundred francs or Cinq Cents Francs currency note. It is made of light, thin and crisp paper and retains very strong embossing. This beautiful and very modernistic banknote, which preceded the issuance of the new francs, has a purple and multicolored design ove a white background on the front. It shows the image of Chateaubriand (Francois Rene de Chateaubriand is the famous French writer and recognized as the founder of romanticism in France) reading in the bottom center of the front. The back, which has the same color scheme as the front, has women reading and leaning. This is a rather rare banknote with a very intricate and colorful design. This particular note has the serial number 30493 which is displayed twice in black on the front. It is series L.137 and has three signatures. It is dated 2 January 1953 (L.2-1-1953.L) on the front. The note has a watermark showing what we believe is a young girl looking up. 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 ~5 5/8" by ~3 5/8".
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. The note retains strong embossing from the printing. It has light vertical folds, which could also be a printing artifact. It has no horizontal folds that we could identify. The note has minimal soiling if any. The note has no stains and its colors are still vivid and show no fading. The paper itself is crisp and as mentioned earlier thin showing the embossing from the printing. The note has no tears, splits, or edge wear. The note has four pinholes, which is the reason we are grading the note VF instead of XF or higher, where it was stapled near the left edge of the front (these come from the French habit of stapling payments to bills). The corners show minimum wear, are intact and squared with minimal rounding (except the top right corner, which is folded on itself). 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.