Pick: #36 , The Banknote Book: B120 , Other: #LK179/#LK181
French West Africa. Bank of West Africa. 1943-1954 Issues. 5 francs Type 1943. Work by Sébastien Laurent and engraving by Hourriez for the front and by Chapon for the back. Printer: Bank of France, Paris. Dimensions: 114 x 62 mm. Watermark: bearded native from the front. Front and back: multicolored printing. On the front: a local African landscape with a village and its houses. In the foreground on the left, an elegant young woman is wearing jewelry. In the background another woman wears a jar on her head. The value "5" is printed in red and repeated in the upper corners. Above in a yellow cartouche, the issuing institute "BANQUE DE L'AFRIQUE OCCIDENTALE (BANK OF WEST AFRICA)" and below the date of issue. The numbering, date and signatures are printed in black. On the right, under the letter value, the acronym "BAO" is printed in red. Two variants of signatures with the President and the Chief Executive Officer. On the back: fishing scene with two men in a dugout by the river. In the foreground, a man in bust. The numerical value is repeated in red on the upper sides. Above, the issuing institute "BANQUE DE L'AFRIQUE OCCIDENTALE" is printed in sky blue in capital letters. Bottom right, article 139 of the Penal Code is printed very small on three lines in a yellow cartridge. The specimen is known on issued note dated "00-0-0000", numbered "O.00-00000" and perforated "SPECIMEN". Another specimen is known numbered "N.8-00000" and perforated "SPECIMEN". The specimen is also known without date, without signature and perforated "SPECIMEN".