About #14 - 100 francs type 1937 Papeete
French Polynesia. Tahiti. Bank of Indochina. 1920-1963 Issues. Work by Sébastien Laurent and engraving by Rita. Dimensions: 206 x 118 mm. Watermark: native head in profile. The note is undated but was issued from 1937. Printer: Bank of France. Full color printing front and back, mainly brown, green and yellow. Texts in French. Description of the front: bottom and frame composed of branches and leaves of autumn oak. In the center of the upper edge, the label "BANK OF INDOCHINA" is printed in a light brown cartridge. In the center of the drawing, an allegory of France represented by a Minerva wearing a crown of oak leaves and holding in her hands a branch of laurels and a small green statue of Athena standing on a globe. On each side, two identical white vertical medallions. The one on the left contains article 139 of the penal code printed in brown on seven lines and the watermark below. The medallion on the right contains the value “100 Fr.” printed in red. Above, the “PAPEETE” overprint in black and the signatures. At the bottom, the value in letters and the words "PAYABLE IN CASH TO THE HOLDER" are printed in red in a pediment decorated with leaves. The numbering and the alphabet are printed in black and repeated at the top and bottom of the composition. Five combinations of signatures with the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Back side description: two golden doors of honor (Pailou) decorated with dragon-headed snakes and stylized leaves frame 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). In the center of the upper edge, the wording “BANK OF INDOCHINA” printed in brown in a banner. The amount of the “100 Francs” note and the “PAPEETE” overprint are printed in red. 5,400,000 issued notes. The specimen is known not watermarked, unperforated and numbered "O.00 - 000". Another specimen is known to be perforated "SPECIMEN" vertically to the right on the watermark and numbered "O.00 - 000". A third specimen is known perforated "SPECIMEN" vertically to the right on the watermark, numbered "O.00 - 000" and overprinted "SPECIMEN" in black at the top left with a specimen No. 000000 below in black. A double-sided proof with large margins and no watermark is also known.