Pick: #48 , The Banknote Book: B321 , Other: KM423
New Caledonia. Bank of Indochina. 1943-1944 Issues. Dimensions: 148 x 92 mm. Watermark: No. The note is undated but was issued in June 1944. Printer: Commonwealth Banknote Company of Melbourne, Australia. Monochrome printing on both sides, predominantly dark blue. Description of the front: Texts in French. Frame composed of repeating guilloche shapes. In the upper corners, two flower-shaped rosettes contain the value "5". At the center of the upper edge, the wording "BANQUE DE L'INDOCHINE" is printed in a dark blue cartridge. Article 139 of the Criminal Code is printed in blue on seven lines at the top left under the red overprint. 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 "5" is printed in a very large number. The note is overprinted "NOUMÉA" in black. The numbering is printed in black. The value in letters is printed in a dark blue cartridge at the edge of the lower frame. A single combination of signatures in black with The Director of the Branch, Jules Perraud and a Founder 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 blue band. At the bottom, “NOUMÉA” is printed in dark blue. 460,000 issued notes. In March 1967, 68,277 banknotes were still in circulation!