500 nouveaux Fancs Molière, type 1959

Features

Country France
Issuing bank Bank of France
Period Fifth Republic (1958-date)
Type Standard banknote
Years 1959-1966
Value 500 Francs (500 FRF)
Currency New franc (1960-2001)
Composition Paper
Size 97 × 182 mm
Shape Rectangular
Demonetized 04-30-1971
References P# 145,
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Modern issues 1961-present (25th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248986.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. General issues, 1368-1960 (16th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247071.
  • George S. Cuhaj (editor); 2013. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Specialized Issues (12th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440238833.
Fay# 60
Claude Fayette, Jean-Marc Dessal; 2014. La Cote des Billets de la Banque de France et du Trésor. Numismatique & Change, Revigny-sur-Ornain, France. ISBN 9782350581514 .

Obverse

Portrait of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known as Molière in the center. Theater balconies on the left. Red curtains. Orchestra on the right. This scene seems to be the first representation of the Imaginary Ill in the hall of the Royal Palace in 1673.

Lettering:
BANQUE DE FRANCE 500 NF
CINQ CENTS NOUVEAUX FRANCS

Engraver: André Marliat

Designer: Jean Lefeuvre

Reverse

Molière in the center, in front of an audience and a scene of actors performing. It is the Imaginary Ill at Versailles in 1674, after the death of the author. Musical instruments.

Lettering:
500 500
BANQUE DE FRANCE
L'ARTICLE 129 DU CODE PENAL PUNIT DE LA RECLUSION CRIMINELLE A PERPETUITE CEUX
QUI AURONT CONTREFAIT OU FALSIFIE DES BILLETS DE BANQUE AUTORISES
PAR LA LOI, AINSI QUE CEUX QUI AURONT FAIT USAGE DE CES BILLETS
CONTREFAITS OU FALSIFIES. CEUX QUI LES AURONT INTRODUITS EN FRANCE
SERONT PUNIS DE LA MÊME PEINE.

Engraver: Georges Beltrand

Designer: Jean Lefeuvre

Watermark

500 nouveaux Fancs (Molière, type 1959) -  obverse

© CGB

Comments

500 nouveaux francs Molière (type 1959)
Deux combinaisons de signataires :
a) Pol Gargam - Gaston Goüin D’Ambrières - Raoul Tondu (du 02/07/59 au 08/01/65)

b) Pol Gargam - Hubert Morant - Raoul Tondu (06/01/66)

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Date No. printed VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (1959)  (fr) F.60/00Ed1 - P145s - épreuve, date O.00-00-0000.O, alphabet O.00 n°00000 (sans filigrane)
ND (1959)  (fr) F.60/00Ed2 - P145s - épreuve, date O.00-00-0000.O, alphabet O.00 n°00000 (perforé SPECIMEN, sans filigrane)
ND (1959)  (fr) F.60/00Spn - P145s - spécimen, date O.00-00-0000.O, alphabet O.00 n°00000 (perforé SPECIMEN, surcharge numérotée)
1959  (fr) F.60/01 - P145a - 2-7-1959, alphabet 1-3
1959  100,000 (fr) F.60/01A1 - P145a - 2-7-1959, alphabet A.1, billet 1 - 100 000
1960  (fr) F.60/02 - P145a - 7-4-1960, alphabet 4-6
1961  (fr) F.60/03 - P145a - 5-1-1961, alphabet 7-8
1963  (fr) F.60/04 - P145a - 4-1-1963, alphabet 9-10
1963  (fr) F.60/05 - P145a - 5-9-1963, alphabet 11-12
1964  (fr) F.60/06 - P145a - 2-1-1964, alphabet 13-16
1964  (fr) F.60/07 - P145a - 3-12-1964, alphabet 17
1965  (fr) F.60/08 - P145a - 8-1-1965, alphabet 18-21
1966  (fr) F.60/09 - P145b - 6-1-1966, alphabet 22-25

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