About #4 - 100 francs Type 1874
New Caledonia. Bank of New Caledonia. 1875 Issues. Work by Guillaume Cabasson (Inv. And Del.) and engraving by Jules Robert for the front and Charles Wullschleger for the back. Issue date: “Nouméa, on… 187". All banknotes bear the bank's inception date and the date the banknotes were issued: 1875. Dimensions: 177 x 122 mm. Watermark: Unknown. Printer: Banque of France. Monochrome front and back printing, predominantly blue. Description of the front: Counterfoil cut out on the left and next to it a colonist wearing a hat poses with his hands resting on a shovel and a gourd slung over his shoulder. In the background, a cow lying down and a sheep from behind symbolize breeding. On the right, a young melanesian dressed in a loincloth holds a stick in his hand. Exotic fruits litter the ground beside it. At the top center, a Saint-Jaques shell, the issuing institute "Banque de la Nouvelle-Calédonie", the words "Il sera payé à vue et au porteur (It will be paid on sight and to bearer)" and the value in black letters. Below, the location for the handwritten signatures of the Director and two Administrators, Chopart and Denis. At the bottom, a decorated cartouche contains article 139 of the penal code in five lines. The series and number are printed in black and repeated twice. Description of the back: Printing in blue monochrome. Two marine anchors and two decorated medallions: The one on the left with a portrait of Mercury and the one on the right with a portrait of Ceres. In the center, a rosette with "FRANCE" in the middle and above, article 139 of the penal code in a decorated cartouche. Below, a coastal view of New Caledonia with two sailboats at anchor. Very rare banknote.