Pick: #5G , The Banknote Book: B101 , Other: LK21
French West Africa. Bank of West Africa. 1918-1919 Without City Issues. 5 francs Type 1918 "Omnibus". Work by Henry Bellery-Desfontaines (DEL.) and engraving by Ernest Florian (SC.). Printer: Bank of France, Paris. Dimensions: 162 x 84 mm. Watermark: RF letters framing a caduceus surmounted by a bird. Front and back: multicolored print, mainly blue, red and yellow. On the front: graphic composition in security background. On the left, a lion seems to be lying on an octagon containing the watermark. The value "FIVE" is printed in blue in very large font in another octagon on the right opposite the first. Above, a set of locally produced objects. At the top center in red, the issuing institute "BANQUE DE L'AFRIQUE OCCIDENTALE (BANK OF WEST AFRICA)" printed in curve. The value in letters and the date of issue are printed in red in the center. The numbering and signatures are printed in black. Three variants of signatures with An Administrator and The Director. On the back: printing in green monochrome. The texts are in Arabic and printed in green. No known specimen. A proof on the front by H. Bellery-Desfontaines is known in sepia color without watermark, unnumbered, undated and unsigned. Another color proof of the front on large format paper is known to be watermarked, unnumbered, undated and unsigned. These notes without city overprint are probably mistakes by omission! 101,975,000 copies were printed between 1904 and 1935.