Coins and Banknotes of Vietnam
and French Indochina

1 Piastre 1892-1900

Face:

female allegory of France and oriental woman; denomination;
Text:
BANQUE DE L'INDO-CHINE = Bank of Indochina;
Décrets du 21 Janvier 1875 et du 20 Février 1888 = Decrees of January 21, 1875 and February 20, 1888;
Emission autorisée le 3 Août 1891 = Emission authorised on August 3, 1891;
UNE PIASTRE = One piastre;
PAYABLES EN ESPÈCES AU PORTEUR = Payable to bearer in cash;
ONE DOLLAR;
TO BE PAID ON DEMAND TO BEARER;
DANIEL DUPUIS ET GEORGES DUVAL FEC [designers: Jean-Baptiste Danie Dupuis and Georges Duval]; A LEVEILLE SC [engraver: Auguste Léveillé];

Back:

dragons; denomination;
Text:
奉本國特諭 = By this country special decree;
東方滙理銀行 = Bank of Indochina;
銀壹元正 = Silver one piastre exactly;
L'article 139 du Code pénal punit des travaux forcés à perpétuité ceux qui auront contrefait ou falsifié les Billets de Banques autorisées par la Loi, ainsi que ceux qui auront fait usage de ces Billets contrefaits ou falsifiés.
= Article 139 of Penal Code punishes with the life-term forced labour those who counterfeit or falsify the bills of the banks authorized by the Law, as well as those who use these counterfeit or forged notes.;
BANQUE DE L'INDO-CHINE = Bank of Indochina;
DANIEL DUPUIS ET GEORGES DUVAL FEC [designers: Jean-Baptiste Danie Dupuis and Georges Duval];

Watermark:

$1

P-24 1 Dollar/Piastre 1892-1899 Saigon

Face:

overstamp SAÏGON;
Un Administrateur = Administrator
[signature: Édouard Delessert];
Le Directeur = Director
[signature: Stanislas Simon]
French Indochina banknote 1 Dollar/Piastre 1892-1899 Saigon, faceFrench Indochina banknote 1 Dollar/Piastre 1892-1899 Saigon, back

P-24(p) 1 Dollar/Piastre 1892-1899 Saigon, PROOF

Face/Back:

as above;

No watermark

French Indochina banknote 1 Dollar/Piastre 1892-1899 Saigon proof, faceFrench Indochina banknote 1 Dollar/Piastre 1892-1899 Saigon proof, back

P-27 1 Dollar/Piastre 1900 Saigon

Face:

overstamp SAIGON;
Un Administrateur = Administrator
[signature: Ernest Denormandie];
Le Directeur = Director
[signature: Stanislas Simon]
French Indochina banknote 1 Dollar/Piastre 1900 Saigon, faceFrench Indochina banknote 1 Dollar/Piastre 1900 Saigon, back