About #19A - 5000 francs 1950 Unissued
Belgian Congo. Bank of the Belgian Congo. 1940-1952 Issues. Banknote unissued. Dimensions: 194 x 112 mm. Material: paper. Watermark: Lion's head. Printer: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co Ld, England. No security thread. Front and back printing predominantly brown, light blue and yellow. Texts in French. Description of the front: security background and frame composed of guilloche patterns in repetition with the value "5000" repeated in the corners. On the upper border, the issuing institute "BANK OF THE BELGIAN CONGO". Below, a large Congolese star printed in yellow, the value "FIVE THOUSAND FRANCS" and the words "PAYABLES AT SIGHT". On the left in a medallion, the portrait of a young native wearing a scarf. On the right, the watermark surrounded by a view of the banks of a river with a stranded canoe. The signatures are printed in brown above a large colored rosette. The article of the penal code is printed in white on a line in the frame. A single combination of signatures with The Deputy Board Member Guy Feyerick and The Governor Paul Charles. Description of the back: frame composed of intertwined scrolls. Texts in Dutch. The signatures are shown in black on the back. On the left, the watermark. On the right in a medallion decorated with guilloche forms, the monogram "BCB". In the center, three men paddling in a pirogue in the middle of a river. A first specimen is known dated “07-08-50”, overprinted “SPECIMEN” in red diagonally on the front. A second specimen is known dated “07-08-50”, overprinted “SPECIMEN” in red horizontally on the front. A last specimen is known in reddish brown, unnumbered and overprinted "SPECIMEN" in black horizontally on the front.