About #10A/#11/#12 - 100 francs type Minerva
New Hebrides. Bank of Indochina. Provisional Issues (1941-1963). A New Caledonia babknote Type (Pick: # 44 or # 46) is overprinted on the left on the front of a red oval with a view of a Polynesian coastline, a cross of Lorraine and the words "NEW HÉBRIDES - FREE FRANCE ”. Dimensions: 160 x 102 mm. Watermark: no. No date but issued on March 1945. Monochrome front and back print, mainly dark brown. Texts in French. Description of the front: frame composed of repeating guilloche shapes. In the upper corners, two flower-shaped rosettes contain the value “100” in diagonally. In the center of the upper edge, the label "BANQUE DE L'INDOCHINE (BANK OF INDOCHINA)" is printed in a dark brown cartridge. Below, the overprint in black "Emission 1943" or "Emission 1944". Article 139 of the penal code is printed in brown on seven lines at the top left under the red overprint. In the center, a main door (Pailou) decorated with dragon-headed snakes frames an allegory of France represented by a Minerva wearing a crown of oak leaves and holding in its hands a branch of laurels and a small statue of Athena standing on a globe. On each side, the value “100 Fr.” is printed in very large numbers. The value in letters is printed in a dark brown cartridge in the edge of the lower frame. The A / O prefix numbering and signatures are printed in black on the right. The note is overprinted "NOUMÉA" in black at the bottom right. A single type of signature with the Director of the Branch Jules Perraud and a proxyholder René Tardieu. Back description: floral frame containing a central medallion with a view of the ruins of the Bayon temple of Angkor-Vat in Cambodia with the four faces of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (the God who hears the cry of the world). On each side, the banknote amount printed in very large letters. In the center of the upper edge, the label "BANQUE DE L'INDOCHINE" printed in a dark brown band. Printer: Commonwealth Banknote Company of Melbourne, Australia. 42,000 issued notes. Very rare especially for Type I from 1942.
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