Pick: #107 , The Banknote Book: B559 , Other: #M060
Belgium. National Bank of Belgium. 1927-1947 Belgas Issues. Banknote issued between 01-05-1933 and 15-09-1943. Removed from circulation on 09-10-1944. 100 francs - 20 belgas Type 1933 (1933-1943) French texts on front. (Ref. TBB: # B559 or Pick: # 107). Banknote designed by Émile Vloors and engraved by Guillaume Minguet for the front and by Maurice Poortman for the back. Dimensions: 179 x 108 mm. Printer: National Bank of Belgium. No security thread. Watermark: King Leopold I in profile, "100F" and "20B". Front and back: polychromy print with dominant brown, purple and yellow. Description of the front: all texts are in French. The frame consists of 4 texts: at the bottom, the wording of the issuing institute "BANQUE NATIONALE DE BELGIQUE", the text of the Law printed in the upper part and the value in letters on the sides "VINGT BELGAS / CENT FRANCS". The date, the banknote numbers and signatures are printed in black. On the left above the signature of the Treasurer, a medallion with the profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and on the right, above the signature of the Governor, a medallion with the portrait of King Albert II. In the center, an allegory of abundant Belgium symbolized by a woman lying among flowers and fruit near a still smoking censer. The note includes four variants of signatures with The Treasurer and The Governor. Description of the back: all texts are printed in Dutch. Composition almost identical to the back, but the medallions this time contain a BNB monogram. Bottom center, a Belgian lion in a medallion above the label of the issuing institute "NATIONALE BANK VAN BELGIE". In the center of the vignette, a woman and a man lying down symbolize the Meuse and the Scheldt. A child standing and holding a fish in his hands evokes the Albert Canal. The specimen is known for the Type with an overprint "SPECIMEN" in diagonal red, numbered "0000.C 000000000" and dated "00-00-00". Known series: 0001 to 11524.