Pick: #7 , The Banknote Book: B204 , Other: #KM712
New Hebrides. Bank of Indochina. Provisional Issues (1941-1963). A New Caledonia banknote Type (Pick: # 49) is overprinted in the double-sided center with a red oval with a view of a Polynesian coastline, a Lorraine cross and the words "NOUVELLES HÉBRIDES - FRANCE LIBRE". Work by Henri Bonneaud. Dimensions: 162 x 63 mm. Watermark: no. The note is undated but was issued in March 1945. Two-color printing on the front and back, predominantly green and yellow. Texts in French. Description of the front: frame composed of repeating accordion shapes. In the center of the upper edge, the label "BANQUE DE L'INDOCHINE (BANK OF INDOCHINA)" is printed in a cartridge. Below, the value in letters and the overprint "NOUMÉA" are printed in dark green. On the left, an allegory of France represented by a woman wearing a crown of oak leaves and wheat and with ribbons in her hair. In the center, a view of a Polynesian coastline with three men sailing on a tongiaki, a large Austronesian sailing dugout with double hull similar to a catamaran and native to Tonga. On the right, a native seated at the edge of the water, holds a lance in his hands and seems to watch the boat go away. The numerical value is printed twice in dark green in rectangles. The numbering and prefixes are printed in black in light green cartridges repeated in opposite corners. A single combination of signatures with The Director of the Branch Jules Perraud and a proxyholder René Tardieu. Description of the back: green and yellow frame composed of braided graphic patterns. In the center, a Polynesian tribal mask. On the left, the value in numbers and letters are printed in dark green. On the right, article 139 of the penal code is printed in dark green on six lines above a yellow number "20". Under the mask, the "NOUMÉA" overprint is printed in dark green. Printer: Commonwealth Banknote Company of Melbourne, Australia. 70,000 issued notes.