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Double paper leaf printed in black and brown and painted in green water-colour. Pale pink binding on upper edge. Sticks and guards of shaped, dark-coloured striped wood (17+2). Rivet with ivory washers. Front: Trompe l'oeil design of Assignats, including examples dated 1791 and 1792. Reverse: Undecorated.
Issued by the National Assembly in 1789 as 5% bonds repayable from confiscated ecclesiastical property, assignats became currency in 1790. Their issuance in large numbers led to violent inflation and in 1796 metal currency was restored.
France (maker) (country)
French (maker) (nationality)
Double paper leaf printed in black and brown and painted in green water-colour. Pale pink binding on upper edge. Sticks and guards of shaped, dark-coloured striped wood (17+2). Rivet with ivory washers.
length: (guards): 23.7
late 18th century
circa 1792 to 1793
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.344-1985 (Applied Arts)