About #12 - 20 francs type 1941 CCFL
French Equatorial Africa (FEA). Caisse Centrale de la France Libre. No date (1941). Work by Edmund Dulac. Dimensions: 135 x 75 mm. Printer: Bradbury and Wilkinson of London. Banknote without watermark. No security thread. Front and back: printing in green on a security background in purple and yellow gradient composed of geometric patterns repeated continuously. On the front: the value "20" is repeated on the left and right of the note. Numbering printed in red. Signatures, values and labels are printed in green. In the center, in a dark green oval in the shape of an eye, a portrait of Marianne wearing a Phrygian cap in profile. Marine anchors with cross of Lorraine on both sides of the figure. Two signatures: The Chief Executive Officer: André Diethelm and The Chairman of the Supervisory Board: René Pleven. On the back: guillochages in the angles on a security background in yellow and purple shading and in an oval, article 139 of the Penal Code framed by the value "20" repeated on the left and on the right. Ordinance of December 2, 1941. 1944 issue (October 27): LA series 530,001 to LA 1,000,000. Issuance of 1944 (November 23): series LB 000,001 to LB 1,000,000. No issue for Cameroon. The specimen is known to only 42 copies in the LA series and 11 copies in the LB series with a red “SPÉCIMEN” overprint on the diagonal and a perforation “114” upside down. Copies seen: "LA 578,815", "LB 909,274" and « LB 924,458 ». A specimen is known numbered "LA 000,001-LA 1,000,000" with a red number "12,345" in the upper margin and horizontally perforated "SPECIMEN" in small characters. Finally, a front and back proof is known unnumbered and comprising three cancellation perforations at the location of the signatures and a number (graded ICG 60 AU/UNC).
Note: identical banknote issued for St-Pierre & Miquelon with different serial numbers.