About #15 - 1000 francs New Hebrides Type 1941
New Hebrides. Bank of Indochina. Provisional Issues (1941-1963). A New Caledonia banknote Type (Pick: # 43) is overprinted double-sided in the center in red and horizontally with the word "NEW HEBRIDES". Work by Lucien Jonas and engraving by G. Beltrand. Dimensions: 208 x 119 mm. Watermark: native head in profile. The note is undated but was issued in September 1941. Full color front and back printing mainly brown, green, red and yellow. Texts in French. Description of the front: market scene. In the foreground on the right, a young woman with naked breasts is seated next to a stall of fruit and pottery. In the background, other vendors, and in the distance, a caravan of camels, the minaret and the village mosque. At the top border, the value "1000" and the label "BANQUE DE L'INDOCHINE (BANK OF INDOCHINA)" are printed in black in yellow cartridges. Below, the value in letters is printed in red. The note is overprinted "NOUMÉA" in black. The numbering and the alphabet are printed in black and repeated at the top and bottom of the composition. Two combinations of signatures with Émile Minost and François de la Motte Ango de Flers: a) The President and the Managing Director, b) The President and the Vice-Managing Director. Notes with the first signature have never been issued. Description of the back: upper border identical to the front with the value "1000" and the label "BANQUE DE L'INDOCHINE" printed in black in yellow cartridges. The drawing is made up of a Polynesian landscape. In the foreground on the left, a young native girl in a floral dress carries a woven basket. On the right a young man holding a spear seems to be looking at her. At the bottom, article 139 of the penal code is printed on four lines in a yellow cartridge. 50,000 issued notes. The specimen is known to be perforated "SPECIMEN" horizontally in the center and numbered "O.00 - 000".
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