About #13 - 500 francs type 1898
New Caledonia. Bank of Indo-China. 1888-1889 Issues. 100 francs Type I, 1888. Work by A. Bramtot and G. Duval and engraving by Jules Robert. Banknote with the decrees of January 21, 1875 and February 20, 1888. Issue date: Nouméa, July 1, 1898. Dimensions: 214 x 145 mm. Watermark: Woman's head. Material : Paper. Printer: Banque of France. Two-color printing on both sides, predominantly blue and red. Description of the front: Frame made up of two columns and an Asian-style pediment. On the left, a bearded European in a tunic (shipowner) places his hand on an anchor. On the right, a young Asian with an oar in his hand and a dragon sticking out its tongue at these sides! In the center, the decrees, the wording of the issuing institute “BANQUE DE L'INDO-CHINE”, the place and date of issue printed in red. Numbering and series in black. The value in letters “CINQ CENT FRANCS” and the words “payables en espèces au porteur (payable in cash to bearer)” are repeated twice. A combination of signatures in Gothic letters with the handwritten signature of the Branch Cashier and the signatures printed in red of the Director, Stanislas Simon and an Administrator, Ernest Denormandie. At the bottom of the frame, three different types of boats anchor in a bay near the coast. Description of the back: Monochrome printing in blue. The watermark in the center. Article 139 of the penal code is printed slanted in French on the sides. The text “BANQUE DE L'INDO-CHINE” is printed repeatedly in four rectangles. Very rare note. Of the 50,000 issued notes, 626 copies were still in circulation in 1956 for the two types of the 500 francs (Pick: # 13 and # 22).