About #38 - 500 francs type 1927
New Caledonia. Bank of Indo-China. 1926-1940 Issues. Work by Gustave Fraipont and engraving by Eugène Gaspérini for the front and Rita for the back. Two dates of issue: 1927 and 1938. Dimensions: 219 x 151 mm. Watermark: Polynesian woman's head with flowers in her hair. Material: Paper. Printer: Bank of France. Polychrome front and back printing predominantly green, red and blue. Description of the front: Texts in French. Frame made of repeating floral shapes. At the center of the upper edge, the wording "BANQUE DE L'INDO-CHINE" is printed in dark green in a light green cartouche. On the left, a standing woman wearing a wreath of woven leaves holds an olive branch in her left hand. His other hand is placed on a coat of arms in which we can guess a Gallic rooster, a distant symbol of metropolitan France. Above, a scene of merchant ships at anchor in a Polynesian port, no doubt Noumea. Below, on a light green security background, Nouméa and the date of issue, then the value in letters and the words "PAYABLES EN ESPÈCES A VUE AU PORTEUR" are printed in dark green. The numbering and the alphabet are printed in black in small cartridges in the frame at the top and bottom. Two combinations of signatures in black: a) An Administrator and the Director, b) The Chairman and the CEO. On the left, a medallion containing the watermark is decorated with bunches of fruit and placed on a cart. In the foreground, a scythe and a rake are placed on cut hay. At the bottom of the note, the value in figures is printed in a red cartouche and surrounded by pineapple fruit. Description of the back: Frame composed of fruits and flowers in repetition on the outline. In the center, two coastal landscapes with merchant ships and sailboats at anchor are separated by a light blue area with the value in figures and light blue rays diffusing from the center outwards. At the top, the monogram "BIC" of the "BANQUE DE L'INDO-CHINE". On the right, a young Polynesian topless is dressed in a long crimson pareo. On the left, the filigree medallion is overgrown with tropical vegetation. Printer: Banque de France. 60,000 issued notes (50,000 copies for 1927 and 10,000 copies for 1938). Very rare note. In September 1968, 691 banknotes were still in circulation!