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1000 Francs 1974, Djibouti

in Krause book Number: 32
Years of issue: 1974
Signatures: no signature
Serie: French Afars and Issas
Specimen of: 1974
Material: 100% raw cotton
Size (mm): 162 х 102
Printer: National printing office, Paris

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1000 Francs 1974




Watermark on banknote - presumably - Marianne, with flowers in her hair - a national symbol of the French Republic.

This is just my personal opinion, is that it is not documented. I do not know why, but I'm pretty sure it's Marianne. It is known, that she was portrayed not always in a pair of classic effigies, issued for stamps, coins and banknotes of France, or, for example, in a phrygian cap. There are different variations of her image.


1000 Francs 1974

Issa woman carrying a vase (jug). The portrait is printed identically on the front and back.

The Issa (also Eesah, Esa, Aysa) (Somali: Ciise, Reer Sheikh Ciise, Arabic: عيسى) is a northern Somali clan, a sub-division of the Dir clan family. The issuing institute "PUBLIC TREASURE" is printed in blue in the center at the top of the frame. The numbering is printed in black. The watermark is shown in a circular medallion on the right. The words “FRENCH TERRITORY OF AFARS AND ISSAS” are printed in blue in the lower corners on a pink background. The value in figures is printed in blue in the upper corners.

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In the background on the right, a view of the Djibouti Government building (Presidential Palace).

In 1896, Djibouti became the capital of the colony. The construction of the residence of Governor Lagarde is under construction. Today, this building houses the Presidential Palace. During the same year, the creation of the Imperial Ethiopian Railway Company consolidated the emergence of this nascent urban center. The station was inaugurated in 1900.

This urban development is supervised by the colonial administration. The buildings line up neatly along the streets and squares. The urban space is rationalized. The heart of the European city is Place Ménélik, now Place du 27 juin, around which the colonial administrative buildings are organized. The General Secretariat, current Djibouti City Hall, is built in the axis of the square. The irrigation of the city, from the source of Ambouli, has given life to green spaces where the acacia of Yemen predominates.



1000 Francs 1974

Issa woman carrying a vase (jug).

The wording of the issuing institute "DJIBOUTI - FRENCH TERRITORY OF AFARS AND ISSAS" is again indicated in the center on the drawing.

The article of the penal code is printed in blue in a yellow rectangle.

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In the background on the left, the French warship "Maréchal Joffre".

Marechal Joffre in 1931 by the Societe Provençale de Constructions Navales of La Ciotat, France for the Societe des Services Contractuels des Messageries Maritimes. Manned by Vichy French Forces after the fall of France in 1940, Marechal Joffre was in the Philippines when the United States entered World War II. She was taken over by a crew of downed US Navy fliers from Patrol Wing 10 and with the help of some of the French sailors who were not supportive of the Vichy government sailed on the 18th for Balikpapan, whence she proceeded to Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. She arrived at San Francisco with a cargo of wool and zircon sand on 19 April 1942.

The following day, she was taken over by the United States Maritime Commission and transferred to the Navy. Commissioned 27 April 1942 with Lieutenant Thomas G. Warfield in command, she was renamed Rochambeau and designated AP-63 on the 29th.


Designer: Robert Pougheon.

Engraver of obverse: André Marliat.

Engraver of reverse: Robert Armanelli.

French Somaliland (French: Côte française des Somalis, lit. "French Coast of Somalis"; Somali: Dhulka Soomaaliyeed ee Faransiiska) was a French colony in the Horn of Africa. It existed between 1883 and 1967.

It was established between 1883 and 1887, after the ruling Somali and Afar sultans signed the land away in various treaties with the French.

Map of French Somaliland, modern-day Djibouti, showing the French possession of a small peninsula in the Aden territory

On the other side of the Bab el Mandeb strait, the French held a small peninsula in the Aden territory.

The construction of the Imperial Ethiopian Railway west into Ethiopia turned the port of Djibouti into a boomtown of 15,000 at a time when Harar was the only city in Ethiopia to exceed that.

Although the population fell after the completion of the line to Dire Dawa and the original company failed and required a government bail-out, the rail link allowed the territory to quickly supersede the caravan-based trade carried on at Zeila (then in the British area of Somaliland) and become the premier port for coffee and other goods leaving southern Ethiopia and the Ogaden through Harar.

The railway continued to operate following the Italian conquest of Ethiopia but, following the tumult of the Second World War, the area became an overseas territory of France in 1946. In 1967, French Somaliland was renamed the French Territory of the Afars and the Issas and, in 1977, it became the independent country of Djibouti.