Pick: #39 , The Banknote Book: B318 , Other: KM416
New Caledonia. Bank of Indochina. 1939 Provisional Issues. 20 piastres Type 1936 (Pick: # 56b) is overprinted in red "CENT FRANCS", "100" and "NOUMÉA". Work by Sébastien Laurent (Fec.) and engraving by Émile Deloche and Jules Piel for the front and engraving by Rita for the back. The note is undated but was issued in September 1939. Dimensions: 160 x 85 mm. Watermark: Helmeted Mercury head. Material: Paper. Printer: Banque of France. Polychrome front and back printing predominantly blue, green, yellow and brown. Description of the front: Texts in French. Background composed of branches and leaves of autumn oak. At the center of the upper edge, the wording "BANQUE DE L'INDOCHINE" is printed in a yellow cartridge. Below, the “NOUMÉA” overprint in red. In the center of the drawing, an allegory of France represented by a helmeted Minerva holding in her hands a wreath of oak leaves. In the background, a small green statue of Athena. On the left, in a pink frame, the value “TWENTY PIASTRES” is crossed out by a red horizontal line. Below, article 139 of the penal code printed in blue on three lines. A combination of signatures in black with The Chairman, Marcel Borduge and General Director, Paul Baudouin. The "100" overprint is printed twice in red at the bottom of the note. A medallion on the right contains the watermark. The two values "20" are crossed out by a horizontal red line. The numbering and alphabet are printed in black and repeated twice. Description of the back: Text in Chinese, Tamil and Vietnamese. The frame is made up of columns and the pediment of a Khmer temple. In the center, the identical portrait on the front with a helmeted Minerva holding in her hands a wreath of oak leaves. On the left, two Chinthes watch the entrance to the temple. On the right, a view of the Angkor-Wat temple in Cambodia. The new overprints "CENT FRANCS", "100" and "NOUMÉA" are printed in red. 50,000 issued note. Very rare. In March 1967, 4,304 banknotes were still in circulation!
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