Pick: #42 , The Banknote Book: B126 , Other: #LK199/#LK201
French West Africa. Bank of West Africa. 1943-1954 Issues. 1000 francs Type 1945. Work by Sébastien Laurent and engraving by G. Beltrand and J. Piel for the front and by Rita and C. Clément for the back. Printer: Bank of France, Paris. Dimensions: 193 x 105 mm. Watermark: native woman from the front wearing a turban. Front and back: multicolored printing. On the front: background composed of flowers with three gazelles in the background. In the center, a young African girl from the front and wearing numerous jewels is leaning on two large earthenware jars. At the top center, the issuing institute "BANQUE DE L'AFRIQUE OCCIDENTALE" is printed in red. On the left, a white area is reserved for the watermark. The value "1000" is printed in dark blue in orange cartridges in the upper corners. The numbering, date and signatures are printed in black. The value in letters is printed in dark red on the right side. Two variants of signatures with the President and the Chief Executive Officer. On the back: an indigenous woman in ceremonial costume poses in front of the huts of her village against the backdrop of lush vegetation. The value in figures is repeated in dark blue in the upper corners. At the top, the issuing institute "BANQUE DE L'AFRIQUE OCCIDENTALE" is printed in red in the thumbnail. In the bottom right under the watermark area, article 139 of the Penal Code is mentioned on five lines in a pale yellow cartridge. The specimen on issued note is known dated “00-00-0000”, numbered “O.00-000”, perforated “SPÉCIMEN” diagonally with the signatures of G. Keller and E. Poilay. Two complete single-sided proofs on the front and back are known on non-watermarked paper.