About #26 - 20 francs type 1953
Belgian Congo. Central Bank of Belgian Congo and Rwanda-Burundi. 1952-1960 Issues. Dimensions: 140 x 90 mm. Material: paper. Watermark: elephant head. Printer: Thomas de La Rue and Cie Limited, London (TDLR). No security thread. The note is dated in black at the bottom border. Front and back printing predominantly green and orange. Texts in French. Description of the front: frame composed of guilloche patterns in repetition with the value "20 FRANCS" in the lower right corner. On the upper border, the issuing institute "CENTRAL BANK OF BELGIAN CONGO AND RWANDA-BURUNDI" and the Congolese star in the center. Below, the value “TWENTY FRANCS” and the mention “PAYABLES AT SIGHT” and the signatures printed in black. On the left, the profile portrait of a young Mangbetu woman. In the background, a man looks at the Kalule waterfall located in Katanga. The series and banknote number are printed twice in black. The article of the penal code is printed in green in the frame at the bottom. A single combination of signatures with The Senior Officer Hector Martin and The Governor Paul Charles. On the right, the watermark and the monogram of the bank "CCB". Description of the back: frame composed of geometric “V” shapes. On the left, the watermark in a Congolese star. Above, the monogram of the bank "CCB". Texts in Dutch. In the center, a view of the Queen Astrid Research Institute in Kinshasa. On the right, a young warrior with his lance stands guard in the shade of a tree. The specimen is known dated "15-12-53", numbered "K 000000", overprinted "SPECIMEN" in red in horizontal and comprising two oval stamps TDLR from the English printer. Another identical specimen is known but dated "15-04-54" and numbered "Q 000000".