About #19 - 5 francs Type 1944 Papeete
French Polynesia. Tahiti. Bank of Indochina. 1920-1963 Issues. Dimensions: 148 x 92 mm. Watermark: No. The note is undated but was issued from 1944. Printer: Commonwealth Banknote Company of Melbourne, Australia. Monochrome front and back print, mainly dark blue. Texts in French. Description of the front: frame composed of repeating guilloche shapes. In the upper corners, two flower-shaped rosettes contain the value "5". In the center of the upper edge, the label "BANK OF INDOCHINA" is printed in a dark blue cartridge. Article 139 of the penal code is printed in blue on seven lines at the top left. 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 "5" is printed in very large numbers. The note is overprinted “PAPEETE” in black at the bottom right. The value in letters is printed in a dark blue cartridge in the edge of the lower frame. The numbering and signatures are printed in black. Two combinations of signatures with The Branch Officer, Émile Dufour and a Deputy Director, Jules Millaud. Other variants of signatures are still unknown for the second combination of signatures. 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 amount of the ticket printed in very large letters. In the center of the upper edge, the label "BANK OF INDOCHINA" printed in a dark blue banner. At the bottom in a cartridge, the place of emission "PAPEETE" printed in dark blue. The specimen is known overprinted "SPECIMEN" in red diagonally to the left on the front and numbered "000000". 200,000 copies ordered but only 66,000 issued notes.