About #2 - 100 francs Type 1896
Belgian Congo. Congo Free State. 1896 Issues. Dimensions: 152 x 75 mm. Material: paper. Watermark: no. Printer: Waterlow & Sons Ld, London Wall, London. No security thread. The note is dated February 7, 1896. Polychrome front and back printing, predominantly black, yellow, red and green. Texts in French. Description of the front: security background and a frame composed of small repeating patterns and rosettes with the value "100" repeated obliquely in the corners. On the left, the words "CONGO INDEPENDENT STATE" and below, the place and date of issue. A young woman sits on goods at the edge of a dock. In the distance, a commercial boat departs or arrives. The banknote number is printed twice in red. On the right, a sleeping lion and the word "CONGO". Below, the value in letters and the signatures printed in black. A single combination of signatures with The Chief Treasurer Henry Poquer and The Secretary of State Edmond van Eetvelde. Description of the back: security background composed of multiple repeating patterns with the value "100" oblique in the corners. In the center, a young woman wearing a Phrygian cap and the wording of the issuing institute in outline. On the sides, the value in letters "HUNDRED". The specimen is known undated, unsigned, unnumbered, overprinted "SPECIMEN" in red diagonally twice with a specimen number in red in the upper margin and may possibly include the blue stamp of the English printer Waterlow & Sons, Ld.