Pick: #39 , The Banknote Book: B123 , Other: #LK189/#LK191/#LK192
French West Africa. Bank of West Africa. 1943-1954 Issues. 50 francs Type 1943. Work by Sébastien Laurent and engraving by Armanelli for the front and by Mr. Tison-Klein for the back. Printer: Bank of France, Paris. Dimensions: 150 x 81 mm. Watermark: Native bearded African head in profile. Front and back: multicolored printing. On the front: view of the large market of Bamako in Mali with a man in traditional costume and wearing a red fez. In the background, two women carrying trays on heads. Above in the center frame in blue in a yellow cartouche, the issuing institute "BANQUE DE L'AFRIQUE OCCIDENTALE (BANK OF WEST AFRICA)". On the left, location of the watermark in a pentagon. The value “50” is printed in red and repeated in the upper corners. The numbering, date and signatures are printed in black. Two variants of signatures with the President and the Chief Executive Officer. On the back: scene of banana harvest in lush vegetation with a young man carrying a bunch of bananas on his shoulder. The value in figures is repeated in purple in the upper corners. Above, the issuing institute "BANQUE DE L'AFRIQUE OCCIDENTALE" is printed in dark blue in an orange-yellow cartridge. In bottom on the right, article 139 of the Penal Code is mentioned in very small on three lines in a yellow-orange cartridge. The specimen on issued note is known dated "0-0-0000", numbered "O.00-000", perforated "SPÉCIMEN" and bearing the signatures of G. Keller and E. Poilay. A proof is known dated “00-00-0000”, numbered “O.0000-000”, but not overprinted and not watermarked. Another proof is known, dated “00-00-0000”, numbered “O.0000-000” on non-watermarked paper with a machine-written stamp in blue in the watermark.