Pick: #21 , The Banknote Book: B301
Belgian Congo. Central Bank of Belgian Congo and Rwanda-Burundi. 1952-1960 Issues. Banknote identical to Pick # 13A. Dimensions: 102 x 80 mm. Material: paper. Watermark: no. Printer: Waterlow & Sons Ld, London Wall, London. No security thread. 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 "CENTRAL BANK OF BELGIAN CONGO AND RWANDA-BURUNDI" and below the value "FIVE FRANCS" and the words "PAYABLES AT SIGHT". The note is dated in black. 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 hive on the ground. On the right, a coat of arms with a Congolese star printed in blue as a security background. The series and banknote number are printed twice in black. The signatures are printed in black. At the bottom, the article of the penal code is printed on three lines at the edge of the frame. A single combination of signatures with The Senior Officer Hector Martin and The Governor Paul Charles. 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. The specimen is known unnumbered, dated "01-10-52" and twice overprinted "SPÉCIMEN" in red diagonally front / back. An identical specimen is known unnumbered, but dated "15-09-53" and twice overprinted "SPECIMEN" in red diagonally front / back.