Pick: #86 , The Banknote Book: B119 , Other: #M002/#M003
Belgium. German occupation. Societe Generale de Belgique. 1915-1918 issue. Banknote issued between 01-03-1915 and 29-10-1918. Withdrawn from circulation in 1944. 1 franc Type 1915 (Ref. TBB: # B119 or Pick: # 86). Work by Max Weber. Dimensions: 85 x 50 mm. Printer: National Bank of Belgium. Watermark: no, but patterns of wavy lines in the paper. Front and back: polychrome print, mainly purple, brown and orange. Description of the front: guilloche frame with the numerical value in the corners. The texts are printed in French and in purple. The date and banknote number are printed in green. On the left in an oval medallion, a portrait of Queen Louise-Marie and below in a rectangle the following statement: "This note will be exchanged at the option of the bearer for a note of the same importance from the National Bank of Belgium at later three months after the conclusion of the peace". The note has two signatures with The Director-Treasurer, Auguste Jean-Baptiste Hubert Marie Serruys and The Governor, Jean Jadot. Below, the text of the Law is printed on two lines in a purple rectangle. Back description: guilloche patterns and texts in Dutch. No specimen known for Type. Banknote printed in over 100,000,000 copies.
# 86a. 01-03-1915 to 31-01-1916. Violet on a pink underprint. Series: A - Z.
# 86b. 01-02-1916 to 29-10-1918. Purple on a pink underprint. Series: A2 - H5.