20 Francs "Travail et Science" type 1940

Features

Country France
Issuing bank Bank of France
Period Third Republic (1870-1940)
Type Standard banknote
Years 1939-1942
Value 20 Francs (20)
Currency Franc (1795-1959)
Composition Paper
Size 97 × 160 mm
Shape Rectangular
Demonetized 01-01-1963
References P# 92,
  • 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# 12
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

Allegories of Science and Labour on the right

Lettering:
BANQUE DE FRANCE
VINGT FRANCS
20 | 20

Translation:
Bank of France
Twenty Francs

Engraver: Emile Deloche

Designer: Clément Serveau

Henri Clément Serveau, also known as Clément-Serveau (29 June 1886 – 8 July 1972), was a French painter, designer, engraver and illustrator. Clément-Serveau produced works in a realist manner early on, but soon became interested in the new movements. He was influenced by his friend Louis Marcoussis and experimented with Cubism, utilising geometric patterns to give the illusion of form and space. Later in his career he turned toward abstraction with a post-cubist stance. He designed banknotes for the Banque de France and produced large murals and participated in numerous French and international exhibitions.

Reverse

Chesmist at work on the left. Industrial landscape. River with boats and a bridge.

Lettering:
VINGT FRANCS
LE CONTREFACTEUR SERA PUNI DES TRAVAUX FORCES A PERPETUITE. ART. 139 DU CODE PENAL
20 | 20
BANQUE de FRANCE

Translation:
Twenty Francs
The counterfeiters will be punished with forced labor for life. Article 139 of the Penal Code.
Bank of France

Engraver: Emile Deloche

Designer: Clément Serveau

Henri Clément Serveau, also known as Clément-Serveau (29 June 1886 – 8 July 1972), was a French painter, designer, engraver and illustrator. Clément-Serveau produced works in a realist manner early on, but soon became interested in the new movements. He was influenced by his friend Louis Marcoussis and experimented with Cubism, utilising geometric patterns to give the illusion of form and space. Later in his career he turned toward abstraction with a post-cubist stance. He designed banknotes for the Banque de France and produced large murals and participated in numerous French and international exhibitions.

Watermark

20 Francs

© CGB

Signatures

Pierre Rousseau (PR) General Cashier
René Favre-Gilly (RFG) General Secretary

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Date Signatures No. printed VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
ND (1939)  PR, RFG 1.5% F.12/00Sp - specimen, date 00.0-00-0000, alphabet O.000 n°000 (perforated SPECIMEN)
ND (1939)  PR, RFG 0% F.12/00Spn - specimen, date 00.0-00-0000, alphabet O.000 n°000 (perforated SPECIMEN, numbered surcharge)
ND (1939)  PR, RFG 0% F.12/00Ss - specimen, date 00.0-00-0000, alphabet O.000 n°000 (not perforated, surcharged twice ANNULE in black)
1939-Dec-7  PR, RFG 0% F.12/01, P#92a - alphabet 1-288
1939-Dec-7  PR, RFG 1,000 1.5% F.12/01A1, P#92a - alphabet A.1, banknote 1 - 1000
1940-Feb-22  PR, RFG 1.5% .12/02, P#92a - alphabet 289-432
1940-Jun-6  PR, RFG 3% F.12/03, P#92a - alphabet 433-576
1940-Jul-11  PR, RFG 1.5% F.12/04, P#92a - alphabet 577-720
1940-Aug-1  PR, RFG 1.5% F.12/05, P#92a - alphabet 721-864
1940-Aug-22  PR, RFG 1.5% F.12/06, P#92a - alphabet 865-1008
1940-Sep-26  PR, RFG 5% F.12/07, P#92a - alphabet 1009-1152
1940-Oct-3  PR, RFG 3% F.12/08, P#92a - alphabet 1153-1296
1940-Oct-17  PR, RFG 1.5% F.12/09, P#92b - alphabet 1297-1776
1940-Dec-5  PR, RFG 6% F.12/10, P#92b - alphabet 1777-2256
1940-Dec-19  PR, RFG 9% F.12/11, P#92b - alphabet 2257-2736
1941-Feb-20  PR, RFG 9% F.12/12, P#92b - alphabet 2737-3216
1941-Apr-3  PR, RFG 18% F.12/13, P#92b - alphabet 3217-3696
1941-May-8  PR, RFG 6% F.12/14, P#92b - alphabet 3697-4176
1941-Jun-11  PR, RFG 5% F.12/15, P#92b - alphabet 4177-4656
1941-Jul-17  PR, RFG 5% F.12/16, P#92b - alphabet 4657-5136
1941-Aug-28  PR, RFG 9% F.12/17, P#92b - alphabet 5137-5616
1941-Sep-18  PR, RFG 17% F.12/18, P#92b - alphabet 5617-6096
1941-Oct-30  PR, RFG 5% F.12/19, P#92b - alphabet 6097-6576
1941-Dec-4  PR, RFG 8% F.12/20, P#92b - alphabet 6577-7056
1942-Jan-8  PR, RFG 3% F.12/21, P#92c - alphabet 7057-7221

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