About #NL1 - 500 francs type 1874 Not issued
New Caledonia. Bank of New Caledonia. 1875 Issues. Work by Guillaume Cabasson (Inv. And Del.) and engraving by Jules Robert for the front and Charles Wullschleger for the back. All banknotes bear the date of creation of the bank and the date of issue of the banknotes: 1875. Dimensions: 240 x 220 mm. Watermark: Unknown. Printer: Banque of France. Monochrome front and back printing, predominantly blue. Description of the front: Octagonal frame composed of arabesques and stylized leaves with the value "500" repeated in the corners. On the left, the date of issue: "Nouméa, le ... 1876.", the counterfoil cut out and next to it, a bundle of local weapons. A colonist wearing a hat poses with his hands resting on a shovel and a gourd slung over his shoulder. In the background, a cow lying down and a sheep from behind symbolize breeding. On the right, a cluster of local weapons and a mask. A Melanesian dressed in a loincloth holds a stick in his hands. Exotic fruits litter the ground beside it. In the center, a Saint-Jaques shell, the issuing institute "Banque de la Nouvelle-Calédonie", the words "Il sera payé à vue et au porteur (It will be paid on sight and to bearer)" and the value in black letters. Below, the location for the handwritten signatures of the Director and two Administrators, Chopart and Denis. At the bottom, a decorated cartouche contains article 139 of the penal code in five lines. No serial or number. Description of the back: Octagonal frame made up of arabesques and stylized leaves with the value "500" repeated in the corners. Monochrome blue printing. Two marine anchors and two decorated medallions: The one on the left with a portrait of Mercury and the one on the right with a portrait of Ceres. In the center, a rose window with FRANCE in the middle and above, article 139 of the penal code in a decorated cartouche. At the bottom, a coastal view of New Caledonia with two sailboats at anchor. Very rare banknote.
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