But first things first.
As techniques are improving, it means the first banknotes didn't have security features or they appeared not to be 'secure' enough.
In this first part, I'll start with very old banknotes. Not the oldest ones, as banknotes are described since the 14th century. Still we're going back to the 18th century. Some very old, but relatively 'cheap' banknotes are the french Assignats.
Assignats were issued by the new government of France, the 'Assemblé Nationale', after the French Revolution of 1789. They bare signatures of hundreds of different people.
|Louis XVI in 1786 - His Most Christian Majesty The King|
|Monday, 21 January 1793, Louis (citoyen Louis Capet) was beheaded by guillotine|
12 deniers = 1 Sol
20 Sols = 1 Livre
120 Sols = 6 Livres = 1 Ecu
The later assignats were issued in the new French Franc (100 Centimes)
|5 livres (£) - 1973 (l'an 2)|
First, as the title said, I need to say something about the security marks.
Well there aren't many :-)
The assignats were made of common bookpape, the only 'security marks' are a watermark and one or two drystamps.
1. There is a certain watermark visible as can be seen on this picture I found on eBay (thus this is not a banknote I have!)
|eBay-picture of Assignat with clear watermarks|
|Example of a drystamp - depicting Justice|
more to follow !