New Caledonia

Wanted: Images of missing Oceania notes

As we prepare the first regional edition of The Banknote Book, we're making a renewed effort to obtain images of the following banknotes heretofore unillustrated. If you have any of the following notes in any condition, please share 300-dpi scans of same, or send links if you know where to find images online.

Cook Islands BNP101 (PCS1): 3, 10, and 20 dollars w/ matching s/n in booklet.
Fiji B306 (P30): 20 pounds 1914 - 1926.
French Oceania B305 (Tahiti P5): 20 francs 01.05.1920
French Oceania B601 (PNL): 25 centimes ND (1919)
French Oceania B602 (PNL): 50 centimes ND (1919)
French Oceania B603 (PNL): 1 franc ND (1919)
Gilbert and Ellice Islands B101 (P1): 1 shilling 01.01.1942
Gilbert and Ellice Islands B102 (P2): 10 shillings 01.01.1942
Keeling-Cocos Islands B103 (PS103): 1 rupee copper 03.10.1879
Keeling-Cocos Islands B108 (PS114): 2 rupees copper 24.07.1888 - 29.07.1888
Keeling-Cocos Islands B109 (PS115): 5 rupees copper 10.01.1888
Keeling-Cocos Islands B111 (PS117): 1/4 rupee 1897
Keeling-Cocos Islands B112 (PS118): 1/2 rupee 1897
Keeling-Cocos Islands B114 (PS120): 2 rupees 1897
Keeling-Cocos Islands B115 (PS121): 3 rupees 1897
Netherlands New Guinea B207 (P17): 500 gulden 08.12.1954
New Caledonia B203 (P9): 500 francs 1875
New Caledonia B204 (PNL): 5 francs 1875
New Caledonia B207 (PNL): 500 francs 187_
New Caledonia B304 (P14): 20 francs 03.03.1902
Papua New Guinea B154 (PNL): 2 kina
Tonga B108 (P8): 5 pounds 19.05.1939

New Caledonia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

New Caledonia cover
The New Caledonia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 25-page catalog covers notes issued by the Compagnie de la Nouvelle-Calédonie Banque, the Banque de la Nouvelle-Calédonie, the Banque de l'Indo-Chine, and the Trésorerie de Nouméa, and the Institut d'Émission d'Outre-Mer. Published 15.12.2017.

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New Caledonia, Tahiti, and Wallis and Futuna new notes to be issued in 2014

According to an article on Tahiti News dated 26 October 2012, the Institut d'Emission d'Outre-Mer will issue new notes denominated 500, 1000, 5000, 10000, and 20000 francs CFP in early 2014. The designs have not yet been revealed, but they will be smaller in size than the current notes, and the colors will be green for 500, yellow for 1000, blue for 5000, red for 10000, and purple for 20000 francs CFP.

New Caledonia, Tahiti, and Wallis and Futuna new notes to be issued

According to a press release dated 31 May 2012, the supervisory board of the Institut d'Emission d'Outre-Mer met in Paris, chaired by Mr. Didier Bruneel, representing the Governor of the Banque de France, and with Mr Nicolas de Seze, CEO. The Council made the three following decisions:
  • Renewal of the current family of notes denominated 500, 1000, 5000, and 10000 francs CFP.
  • Creating a new note of 20,000 francs CFP (US$210).
  • Fixing the release of the new notes towards the end of 2012 (subsequently set for 2014)

Courtesy of Jérôme Deschamps (

New Caledonia new banknote designs approved for 2013 intro

According to an article on CaledoSphere dated 24 April 2012, under the chairmanship of Harold Martin, the government of New Caledonia has validated final designs for 500-, 1,000-, 5,000-, and 10,000-franc banknotes, though for security reasons the images have not been made public. The final designs are based upon drawings by Sophie Eugene, winner of the competition held in New Caledonia in 2008, under the previous Martin government. If the Banque de France approves, the new notes will enter circulation in 2013.


Courtesy of Jérome Deschamps.

New Caledonia new banknote designs approved

According to an article on, on 18 August 2010 the congress of New Caledonia approved, under the Noumea Accords, designs for new banknotes, a new currency, and a new anthem.

Additional information and images are requested.