Pick: #28 , The Banknote Book: B308
Belgian Congo. Central Bank of Belgian Congo and Rwanda-Burundi. 1952-1960 Issues. Dimensions: 172 x 106 mm. Material: paper. Watermark: lion head. Printer: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co Ld, England. No security thread. Front and back printing predominantly orange and purple. Texts in French. Description of the front: frame composed of guilloche forms in rehearsal. The value "500" is repeated at two opposite angles. A security background is made up of small scrolls intertwined in repetition and a large yellow rosette in the center containing the Congolese star in yellow. On the upper border, the issuing institute "CENTRAL BANK OF BELGIAN CONGO AND RWANDA-BURUNDI", then the date of issue in black and below, the value "FIVE HUNDRED FRANCS", the words "PAYABLES AT SIGHT" and signatures printed in black. On the left in a medallion with a decorated outline, the profile portrait of a young Bambuba girl. The series and banknote number are printed twice in black. On the right, the watermark with the value "500" above. At the bottom, the article of the penal code is printed on a line in the frame. Two combinations of signatures with The Senior Officer and The Governor. Description of the back: frame composed of geometric patterns and guilloche shapes in repetition with the value "500" repeated in the upper corners inside rosettes. Texts in Dutch. The watermark on the left and in the center, an okapi in its living space. Below, the signatures on the front are shown in black. Several types of specimens: see the "Variants" section.