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    Alonzo Earl Foringer Inspired 100 Francs

    France Banque de France 100 Francs ND (ca. 1917) Pick 75 Face and Counter Proofs.
    During the course of 1916-17, ABNCo spent a good deal of time and effort developing concepts for a 100 Franc design for the Bank of France. The French government planned to issue these notes in the event that Paris fell to the Central Powers. That event and the notes, therefore, never materialized.

    There is evidence that some, if not all, of the design was based on the work of Alonzo Earl Foringer and that the face proof offered here was one of several designs considered. The central vignette is a variation on the female figure titled Allegory Railroad. In it, a maiden stands atop a winged wheel, but the locomotives, seen on several other versions, have been removed from her sides. Also included are two progress die proofs of the counters that flank the allegorical vignette, with one being the blue-green ink pass and one the orange-brown ink pass. These printings had to be precisely aligned in order to produce the desired effect. The face proof has been assigned a grade of PMG Gem Uncirculated 65 EPQ, and the counters a grade of Superb Gem Unc 67 EPQ.
    From the Feeling Good Collection (Total: 3 notes)

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