Pick: #40 , The Banknote Book: B124 , Other: #LK193/#LK195
French West Africa. Bank of West Africa. 1943-1954 Issues. 100 francs Type 1943. Work by Sébastien Laurent and engraving by C. Chapon for the front and by G. Beltrand for the back. Printer: Bank of France, Paris. Dimensions: 162 x 91 mm. Watermark: African head in profile. Front and back: multicolored printing. On the front: lush landscape composed of flowers and fruits with in the foreground, a naked girl holding a basket of fruit in her hand. At the top center in a yellow cartridge, the issuing institute "BANQUE DE L'AFRIQUE OCCIDENTALE (BANK OF WEST AFRICA)" is printed in blue. On the right, location of the watermark in a circle decorated on the border. The value “100” is printed in red and repeated in the upper corners. The numbering, date and signatures are printed in black. The value in letters is printed in purple above the date and the signatures. Two variants of signatures with The President and The Director General (Gal). On the back: an African couple and their child pose in the center of the vignette. In the background, a landscape of hills and a herd of zebus at the edge of a body of water. The value in figures is repeated in dark blue in the upper corners. Above, the issuing institute "BANQUE DE L'AFRIQUE OCCIDENTALE" is printed in dark blue in a yellow cartridge. On the right side, article 139 of the Penal Code is mentioned on five lines in a pale yellow cartridge above the acronym "BAO". The specimen on issued note is known dated “00-00-0000”, numbered “O.000-000”, perforated “SPÉCIMEN” diagonally and bearing the signatures of G. Keller and E. Poilay. A proof is known dated “00-00-0000”, numbered “O.000-000”, but not overprinted and not watermarked. A testnote is known on fiduciary paper without watermark, without date, without number and without signatures with the name of the engravers on the back.