Pick: #41 , The Banknote Book: B125 , Other: #LK196/#LK198
French West Africa. Bank of West Africa. 1943-1954 Issues. 500 francs Type 1943. Work by Sébastien Laurent and engraving by G. Regnier for the front and by G. Beltrand for the back. Printer: Bank of France, Paris. Dimensions: 179 x 96 mm. Watermark: the Republic inspired by a bas-relief of Rude. Front and back: multicolored printing. On the front: composition of flowers with in the center, a young African woman wearing many jewels and holding in her hand a large tricolor banner. In the top center in a pink cartridge, the issuing institute "BANQUE DE L'AFRIQUE OCCIDENTALE (BANK OF WEST AFRICA)" is printed in blue. On the left, a white area is reserved for the watermark. The value “500” is printed in dark blue in yellow cartridges repeated in the upper corners. The numbering, date and signatures are printed in black. The value in letters is printed in dark blue on the left side. Two variants of signatures with The President and The Director General (Gal). On the back: three soldiers from the French army with the rifle in hand, including two Africans for a symbolic tribute to the colonial troops who contributed to the liberation of France in 1945. The figures are repeated in dark blue in the upper corners. Above, the issuing institute "BANQUE DE L'AFRIQUE OCCIDENTALE" is printed in dark blue in a yellow cartridge. Under the characters, article 139 of the Penal Code is mentioned on four lines in a pale pink cartridge. The specimen on issued note is known dated "00-00-0000", numbered "O.000-000", perforated "SPÉCIMEN" diagonally with the signatures of G. Keller and E. Poilay and overprinted "SPECIMEN" with a purple stamp front and back. A front/back proof with large margins is known not watermarked, unsigned, undated: single document?