About #13A/13B - 5 francs type 1943-1952
Belgian Congo. Bank of the Belgian Congo. 1940-1952 Issues. Banknote identical to Pick # 4 and # 13. Dimensions: 102 x 80 mm. Material: paper. Watermark: no. Printer: Waterlow & Sons Ld, London Wall, London. No security thread. The note is dated in gray-green in the upper margin. Two-color printing front and back, mainly gray-green and orange. Texts in French. Description of the front: frame of guilloche 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 "PAYABLES AT SIGHT". Black overprint in the center of the issue number and date. On the left, a young woman seated on a stone column holds a distaff. A child is next to her and both look at a beehive on the ground. On the right, a coat of arms with a Congolese star printed in blue as a security background. The banknote number is printed twice in black. The signatures are printed in gray-green. At the bottom, the article of the penal code is printed on three lines at the edge of the frame. Several combinations of signatures with The Deputy Officer in Africa and The Officer in Africa. Back description: printing in gray-green monochrome. Guilloche frame with the value "5" on the sides. In the center in a medallion, an elephant and a hippopotamus in the jungle. Texts in Dutch above and below. Black overprint in the center of the issue number and date in Dutch. The specimen is known unnumbered, overprinted "SPECIMEN" in diagonal red. Another specimen is known unnumbered, overprinted "SPECIMEN" in blue in horizontal.