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- P-Auction # 36
|Start Price 350000||Estimated Price 350000-400000|
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|Grade (if Slabbed)||63||Year||1936|
French India, 1936, Cinquante Roupies (50 Rupees), Specimen, Banque de l'Indochine, 2nd Issue, ‘SPECIMEN’ perforation across, Unsigned type, (KJ & RR # 13.5.4), exceptional paper quality, graded PMG as 63 Choice Uncirculated, Extremely Rare.
Note: This is an incredibly popular large-size note which has been designed for terrific eye appeal. This specimen features an ornamental Chinese vessel on the lower left of the obverse and on the reverse, a portrait of Governor Joseph Francois Dupleix can be seen at the center with a profile of a Greek goddess in the lower right within a circle. This image of this goddess also appears on ancient Greek coins from Syracuse. In the watermark, the profile of a Chinese farmer facing the left is visible.
The banknotes of French India were short-lived making their top-grade examples highly sought after. This bold specimen has its embossing, deep colour pallete and intricately detailed borers all intact from the time of issue. "SPECIMEN" in perforations is printed vertically on the watermark area. This gem masterpiece's large-sized banknote has survived and maintained its pleasing vibrant colours throughout, terrific quality.