About #49 - 20 francs type 1944
New Caledonia. Bank of Indochina. 1943-1944 Issues. Work of Henri Bonneaud. Dimensions: 162 x 63 mm. Watermark: No. The note is undated but was issued in June 1944. Printer: Commonwealth Banknote Company of Melbourne, Australia. Two-color printing on both sides, predominantly green and yellow. Description of the front: Texts in French. Frame composed of repeating accordion shapes. In the center of the upper edge, the wording "BANQUE DE L'INDOCHINE" is printed in a cartridge. Below, the value in letters and the “NOUMÉA” overprint are printed in dark green. On the left, an allegory of France represented by a woman wearing a crown of oak leaves and wheat and with ribbons in her hair. In the center, a view of a Polynesian coastline with three men sailing on a tongiaki, a large double-hulled Austronesian sailing canoe similar to a catamaran and originating in Tonga. On the right, a native seated at the edge of the water, holds a spear in his hands and seems to watch the boat go away. The value in figures is printed twice in dark green in rectangles. The numbering and prefix (FT = French Territories) are printed in black in light green cartridges repeated in opposite angles. A single combination of signatures with the Director of the Branch, Jules Perraud and a Founder of Powers, René Tardieu. Description of the back: Green and yellow frame made up of braided graphic patterns. In the center, a Polynesian tribal mask. On the left, the value in numbers and letters are printed in dark green. On the right, article 139 of the penal code is printed in dark green on six lines above a number "20" in yellow. Under the mask, the “NOUMÉA” overprint is printed in dark green. 430,000 issued notes. In March 1967, 77,508 banknotes were still in circulation!