Pick: #8 , The Banknote Book: B203
Belgian Congo. Bank of the Belgian Congo. 1912-1937 Issues. Work by J. Verplanche and engraving by M. Poortman for the front and C. Minguet for the back. Dimensions: 128 x 74 mm. Material: paper. Watermark: elephant head and the number "5". Printer: National Bank of Belgium. No security thread. The note is dated in black in the center. Full color front and back printing, mainly red, blue and green. Texts in French. Description of the front: frame decorated with small patterns with the value "5" repeated in the corners. In the center, the issuing institute "BANK OF THE BELGIAN CONGO" and below the value "FIVE FRANCS" and the words "PAYABLE AT SIGHT AT". Four possible emission locations: STANLEYVILLE, LÉOPOLDVILLE, MATADI and ELIZABETHVILLE. On the left, vegetation, palm trees and huts of a Congolese village. On the right, the watermark. The banknote number is printed in black. The signatures are printed in black. Below, the article of the penal code is printed on three lines in a pediment. Two combinations of signatures with The Deputy Board Member and Officer and The Chairman. Description of the back: frame with the Congolese star in yellow in the corners. On the left, palm branches and the watermark. In the center, a Steam ship on the Congo river. Texts in Dutch. The specimen is known overprinted "SPECIMEN" in red diagonally front / back and overprinted "ELIZABETHVILLE". Another specimen is known overprinted "SPECIMEN" in red on the diagonal front and back and numbered "A 000000".