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About #40 - 1000 francs on 100 piastres Type 1939
New Caledonia. Bank of Indochina. 1939 Provisional Issues. 100 piastres Type 1920 (Pick: # 42) is overprinted "1000 FRANCS - NOUMÉA - 1000" in red with three horizontal bars in red on the number "100", a horizontal bar in red on the date “Saigon… 1920” and three horizontal bars in red on the value “HUNDRED PIASTRES”. Work by Henry Bellery-Desfontaines (DEL.) And engraving by Léon Henri Ruffe (SC.) For the front and Eugène Gaspérini (E. Gaspé) for the back. The note is undated but was issued in September 1939. Dimensions: 212 x 142 mm. Watermark: Native head in profile. Printer: Banque of France. Front and back printing predominantly purple. Description of the front: On the left, a Chinthe standing on a column seems to dominate a peacock resting on a cloud in front of a stylized olive tree. Below this scene, the frame of the watermark. On the right, against a background of bamboo, a woman in a tunic and wearing a laurel wreath (allegory of France) holds an olive branch in her right hand. Her left arm resting on a column, she gently puts her hand on the shoulder of a young Asian in traditional costume. At the foot of the two figures, exotic fruits litter the ground. In the center of the banknote, on a background of repeating geometric patterns, the original wordings are crossed out in red. Below, a combination of signatures in black with the two signatures of the Administrator, Baron Hely d'Oissel and the Administrator-Director, Stanislas Simon. At the bottom of the front, the two words "MILLE FRANCS" and "NOUMÉA" are printed on a flaming yin / yang symbol. The series and the banknote number in black are repeated twice. Description of the back: The texts are in Chinese and French. In the center, a dragon flies in stylized clouds against a background of stacked circular patterns. At the bottom of the note, article 139 of the penal code. The new overprints “MILLE FRANCS”, “1000”, “FRANCS” and “NOUMÉA” are printed in red. 7000 issued notes. Very rare. In March 1967, 76 banknotes were still in circulation!
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