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France 500 Francs 1945-1953
Common name: "Chateaubriand"

Item Code: FR-129

Obverse: French writer, politician, diplomat, historian and founder of Romanticism in French literature François-René de Chateaubriand (1768-1848) holding a lyre. Saturn among clouds. Vertical rectangles in a purple background are some works of the writer: "The Adventures Of The Last Abencerages"; "René"; "The Martyrs". Reverse: Meditative muses. Two lyres and a cornucopia. Vertical rectangles in a purple background are some works of the writer: "Atala, The Genius of Christianity", "Memoirs From Beyond The Grave"; "The Natchez". Watermark: Profile of a woman overcome by flame of genius. Predominant colour: Purple. Artist: Eugène Robert Pougheon. Engraver: André Marliat (obverse) and Roberto Armanelli (reverse). Signatures: J. Belin (Le Controleur Général); P. Rousseau (Le Caissier Général); R. Favre-Gilly (Le Secrétaire Général). Issuer: Bank of France. Date of Issue: 12 September 1946 (1945–1953). Material: Cotton paper. Printing technique: Polychrome. Printer: Banque de France.

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Dimensions: 142 x 92 mm

Texts: Banque de France. Cinq Cents Francs. Five Hundred Francs. Le Dernier des Abencerages. Les Martyrs. Atala, le Génie du Christianisme. Le Natchez. Mémoires d'Outre-Tombe. L'Article 139 du Code Pénal Punit des Travaux Forcés Ceux qui Auront Contrefait ou Falsifié les Billets de Banques Autorisées par la Loi. Ainsi que Ceux oui Auront Fait Usage de Ces Billets Contrefaits ou Falsifies.


Legal Tender Status: This banknote was released and recalled between the 19th of July 1945 and the 2nd of July 1953. It circulated between the 20th of May 1946 and the 12th of October 1954. It was deprived of its legal tender status on the 1st of January 1963.

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