About #5 - 5000 francs Type 1959
Central Bank of the West African States. 1959 Issue. 5000 francs Type 1959. Work by Munier and engraving by C. Beltrand for the front and Work by Clément Serveau and engraving by Baudier for the back. Printer: Bank of France, Paris. Dimensions: 169 x 110 mm. Watermark: young girl with many jewelry in profile. Front and back: multicolored print, mainly blue, yellow and gray. On the front: on the left, a bearded old man wearing a red beret. In the center, a palm oil factory with smoking chimneys. On the right, a circular white area reserved for the watermark and palm trees. At the top of the bill in the center in dark blue, the issuing institute "CENTRAL BANK OF THE WEST AFRICAN STATES" and below the value in letters in dark blue. The value "5000" is printed in dark blue in the two upper corners. The numbering, date and signatures are printed in black. On the sides of the decorative bands composed of arabesques in pink, yellow and blue. A single type of signature with The President, Robert Tezenas du Montcel and The Director General, Robert Julienne. On the back: village scene where young boys are filtering palm oil. On the right in the foreground, a village woman wearing a scarf seems to be looking at them, smiling. On the left, the area reserved for the watermark and at the bottom corner, article 139 of the Penal Code is printed on five lines in a yellow-green rectangle. The value "5000" is printed in sky blue in the upper corners. At the top, the issuing institute "CENTRAL BANK OF THE WEST AFRICAN STATES" is printed in sky blue. The specimen is dated "00-00-0000", numbered "O.00-00000", unperforated and includes the signatures of R. Tezenas du Montcel and R. Julienne. Another specimen is dated “00-00-0000”, numbered “O.00-00000”, perforated “SPECIMEN” vertically and includes the signatures of R. Tezenas du Montcel and R. Julienne. A specimen is identical to the previous one but with a "SPECIMEN" overprint with a black stamp and a four-digit specimen number affixed obliquely on the left side of the note. Signatures of Alpha Ba Bocar and Robert Julienne. A final specimen is known for Ivory Coast, unsigned and undated.