About #43 - 1000 francs Type 1940
New Caledonia. Bank of Indochina. 1926-1940 Issues. Work by Lucien Jonas and engraving by G. Beltrand. Dimensions: 208 x 119 mm. The note is undated but was issued April 26, 1940. Material: Paper. Printer: Banque of France. Watermark: Native's head in profile. Polychrome front and back printing predominantly brown, green, red and yellow. Description of the front: Texts in French. Market scene. In the foreground on the right, a young woman with topless sits next to a fruit and pottery stall. In the background, other vendors, and in the distance, a caravan of camels, the minaret and the village mosque. On the upper border, the value "1000" and the wording "BANQUE DE L'INDOCHINE" are printed in black in yellow cartridges. Below, the value in letters is printed in red. The note is overprinted "NOUMÉA" in black. The numbering and alphabet are printed in black and repeated at the top and bottom. Four signature combinations in black (*). Description of the back: Top border identical to the front with the value "1000" and the wording "BANQUE DE L'INDOCHINE" printed in black in yellow cartridges. The drawing is composed of a landscape of Polynesia. In the foreground on the left, a young native in a floral dress carries a woven basket. On the right a young man holding a spear appears to be looking at her. At the bottom, article 139 of the penal code is printed on four lines in a yellow cartridge. In March 1967, 1,154,372 banknotes were still in circulation!
(*) Four combinations of signatures:
43a) The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer: Borduge / Baudouin. 125,000 issued notes.
43b) The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer: Minost / de Flers.
43c) The Chairman and Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer: Minost / de Flers. 1,635,982 issued notes.
43d) The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer: de Flers / Maxime-Robert. 846,073 issued notes.