About #17 - 100 francs Type 1914
New Caledonia. Bank of Indo-China. 1900-1916 Issues. 100 francs Type IV, 1888. Work by A. Bramtot and G. Duval and engraving by Charles Wullschleger. Banknote with the four decrees of January 21, 1875, February 20, 1888, May 16, 1900 and April 3, 1901. Various issue dates: “Nouméa, le…”. Dimensions: 204 x 119 mm. Watermark: Helmeted woman's head. Material: Paper. Printer: Banque of France. Two-color printing on both sides, predominantly blue and red. Description of the front: Numbering and series in black. Frame made up of two columns on the sides each illustrated by an elephant and his mahout or mahout. Above, hidden in the vegetation, two small dragons can be seen in the upper angles. The words “LA LOI PUNIT LE CONTREFACTEUR (THE LAW PUNISHES THE INFRINGER)” is printed on a ribbon at the top edge of the frame. Below in red, the four decrees, the wording of the issuing institute "BANQUE DE L'INDO-CHINE", the place and date of issue. The value in letters “HUNDRED FRANCS” and the words “payables en espèces au porteur (payable in cash to bearer)” are repeated twice. A combination of three signatures with the handwritten signature of the Branch Cashier and the signatures printed in red of the Administrator-Director, Stanislas Simon and an Administrator, Baron Hely d'Oissel. At the bottom of the frame, two elongated young women frame a cup placed on a pedestal. On the left, a European accompanied by a cow symbolizes the French metropolis and on the right, an Indian accompanied by a tiger symbolizes India. Description of the back: monochrome printing in blue. Article 139 of the penal code is printed in French in squares positioned in the corners. On the sides, rectangles with the text "BANQUE DE L'INDO-CHINE" printed in repetition. Note: alphabets 5 and 6 are much rarer because printed on thicker paper such as cotton paper but also more fragile, these were quickly withdrawn from circulation. 1668 copies were still in circulation in 1967 for the three types of 100 francs.