About #19 - 1000 francs type 1944
Belgian Congo. Bank of the Belgian Congo. 1940-1952 Issues. Dimensions: 185 x 106 mm. Material: paper. Watermark: Leopard head. Printer: Waterlow & Sons Ld, London Wall, London. No security thread. The note is dated in black. Front and back printing predominantly brown, blue, green and yellow. Texts in French. Description of the front: frame composed of guilloche patterns in repetition with the value "1000" repeated in three angles. On the upper border, the issuing institute "BANK OF THE BELGIAN CONGO" and below the value "THOUSAND FRANCS" and the words "PAYABLES AT SIGHT". On the left, three Wagenia fishermen pose by the river next to a fish trap. On the right, the watermark surrounded by exotic vegetation and a Congolese star printed in yellow below. The value "1000" is printed in white in the lower right corner. The series and banknote number are printed four times in black. The signatures are printed in black at the bottom. Two combinations of signatures with The Deputy Board Member and Officer and The Chairman. The article of the penal code is printed in white on a line at the edge of the frame. Back description: security background made up of triangles in blue and yellow. Texts in Dutch. The signatures are shown in black on the back. On the left, two natives in traditional costume. The first blowing into elephant tusk horn and the second playing talking drum. On the right in a medallion decorated with guilloche forms, the portrait of a young native Bauba wearing scarifications on chest. A first specimen is known, dated “10-05-44”, twice overprinted “SPECIMEN” in red diagonally front / back and not numbered. A second specimen is known, dated “10-04-47”, twice overprinted “SPECIMEN” in red diagonally front / back and numbered “3 000 000”. A last specimen is known in blue, unnumbered and twice overprinted "SPECIMEN / WATERLOW & SONS" in red diagonally on the front.