Pick: #24 , The Banknote Book: B111 , Other: #LK172
French West Africa. Bank of West Africa. 1933-1945 Issues. 1000 francs Type 1937. Work by Sébastien Laurent and engraving by Hourriez for the front and by Rita and J. Piel for the back. Printer: Bank of France, Paris. Dimensions: 195 x 110 mm. Watermark: head of indigenous face wearing a turban. Front and back: multicolored print, mainly orange, gold and green. On the front: floral arrangement with a young indigenous woman and her baby in the center accompanied by an allegory of France on the theme of France supports and protects her colonies. Above in the center in blue, the issuing institute "BANQUE DE L'AFRIQUE OCCIDENTALE (BANK OF WEST AFRICA)". The value "1000" is printed in orange in the two upper corners. The numbering, date and signatures are printed in black. A single type of signature with The President, Georges Keller and The Director General, Edwin Poilay. On the back: top center in orange-red, the issuing institute "BANQUE DE L'AFRIQUE OCCIDENTALE". The value "1000" is printed in blue in the two upper corners. Floral arrangement with the characters on the front printed identically. On the right, article 139 of the Penal Code is printed in pink on the white background of the bill. The specimen is known on an issued note, perforated "SPECIMEN", dated "00-00-0000", numbered "0.000-000" with the signatures G. Keller / E. Poilay. A proof is known not watermarked, not numbered, not dated, but signed. Another proof of the back on large format paper is known with only the characters, the frame and the background.