About #46 - 100 francs type 1943-1944
New Caledonia. Bank of Indochina. 1943-1944 Issues. 100 francs Type II & III, 1943-1944. Dimensions: 160 x 102 mm. Watermark: No. Printer: Commonwealth Banknote Company of Melbourne, Australia. Two-color printing on both sides, predominantly dark brown and light green. Description of the front: Texts in French. Frame composed of repeating guilloche shapes. In the upper corners, two flower-shaped rosettes contain the value "100" obliquely. At the center of the upper edge, the wording "BANQUE DE L'INDOCHINE" is printed in a dark brown cartouche. Below, the black overprint “Emission 1943” for Type II or “Emission 1944” for Type III. Article 139 of the Criminal Code is printed in brown on seven lines at the top left. In the center, a door of honor (Pailou) decorated with dragon-headed snakes frames an allegory of France represented by a Minerva wearing a wreath of oak leaves and holding in her hands a branch of laurels and a small statue of Athena standing on a globe. On each side, the value "100 Fr." is printed in very large numbers. The numbering with A / O prefix and signatures are printed in black on the right. The note is overprinted "NOUMÉA" in black at the bottom right. The value in letters is printed in a dark brown title block at the edge of the lower frame. A single combination of signatures with the Director of the Branch, Jules Perraud and a Founded of Powers, René Tardieu. Description of the back: Floral frame containing a central medallion featuring a view of the ruins of the Bayon temple of Angkor-Wat 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 note printed in very large characters. In the center of the upper edge, the wording "BANQUE DE L'INDOCHINE" printed in a dark brown band. At the bottom, “NOUMÉA” is printed in brown in a cartridge. 138,000 issued notes for the 1943 and 190,000 issued notes for the 1944. In March 1967, 18,048 banknotes were still in circulation for the three types of 1942, 1943 and 1944!