France: This 100 Francs 1861 Proof print of an unissued design was unknown until now. Produced by or for the Banque de France this proof is printed on thin paper, resembling the banknote paper of that time, mounted on thick cardboard with printers annotations at borders. The design somehow resembles the New Caledonia baknote issues of that time and makes it likely that there was really a plan for issuing a new series of banknotes during that time. Interestingly, especially during that period between 1848 and 1862 there were no issued notes of the Banque de France. The notes printed after 1862 were ony one colour on white paper while this trial design of a 100 Francs note was already planned with background printing but probably not accepted by the bank. According to this it is very likely that this piece of french banknote history is unique. It was acquired already in 1970 by the actual owner who kept it until now to offer it on the market. As there were no other known notes of this type offered during the past 30 years, this is probably the one and only possibility to become the new owner of this rare and beautiful piece. Before the actual owner got this note, it was part of the collection of ”Dr. Paul C. Martin”. Paul Christoph Martin was born in Luckenwalde in 1939 and is a promising German economist and book author. He studied philosophy, history and economics, and worked as an economist, columnist, and later as editor in the world on Sunday and the economic week. Mr. Martin is also a co-founder of the Swiss Economic Magazine. From 1992 to 2000 he was also Deputy Chief Editor of the Bild-Zeitung in Hamburg. Today he is a freelance writer. The note is problem-free, without tears, light creasing at borders because of mounting on the cardboard, edges round but this was obviously meant to be (not caused by usage), signatures of ”Le Caissier Principal” and ”Le Secretaire Général” may be handwritten but could also be stamped on the paper (hard to verify). The female figure at lower center, the denomination and title of the note are printed in intaglio-like style. An exceptional piece of french banknote history. Do not miss it !