Pick: #67 , The Banknote Book: B522 , Other: #M020
Belgium. National Bank of Belgium. 1905-1926 issue. Banknote issued between 30-07-1896 and 19-07-1920. Withdrawn from circulation on 01-01-1957. 20 francs Type 1894 (Ref. TBB: # B522 or Pick: # 67). Work by Louis Titz and engraving by Alberts Doms and Édouard Biet. Dimensions: 137 x 88 mm. Printer: National Bank of Belgium. Watermark: National Bank of Belgium and head of Minerva. Front and back: this 20 francs is the first Belgian banknote printed in full color. Description of the front: frame and background in green and red composed of floral motifs of "Art Nouveau" inspiration. All texts are in French. The text of the Law is printed on two lines at the top of the frame. Below, the label of the issuing institute is printed in red. In the center, the value in figures is printed in white in a red circle. The date, the banknote number and signatures are printed in black. On the left, the Belgian lion is lying at the feet of a Minerva goddess holding in his hand a caduceus. Minerve is leaning on a large number of tools on which one can read the mention: "Work - Economy". On the right side, a bouquet of laurels and a pennant with the lion of the Belgian coat of arms is hung on a pole. Below, a sword and a banner with the words: "Unity is strength". The note includes several variants of signatures with The Treasurer and The Governor. Description of the back: printing in red monochrome. The texts are in Dutch. The value in words is framed by the 39 Belgian municipalities. The specimen is known to be perforated "SPECIMEN" twice diagonally and numbered "0000A-000". Series: 51 to 3725.