5,000 francs Cameroon type 1961

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The Central Bank's triplets

Between 1961 and 1962, the Central Bank of Cameroon issued three denominations of 5,000 francs with the following characteristics: No date. Dimensions: 170 x 110 mm. Watermark: Antelope head. Material: Paper. No security thread. Printer: Bank of France. Multicolored front and back printing.

Description of the front: Texts in French. Frame decorated with multicolored geometric patterns and carved figurines. Numbering and series in black. View of the Chamber of Deputies of the Republic of Cameroon with on the right a portrait of the first President of the Republic of Cameroon, Ahmadou Babatoura Ahidjo (1924-1989). A combination of two signatures with the Managing Director, Claude Panouillot and A Censor, Boulou Diouedi.

Description of the back: Frame made up of multicolored decorative patterns, flowers and exotic fruits. In the center, a clearing with freshly felled tree trunks.

To the untrained eye, these three banknotes may look exactly the same. Here are some technical benchmarks that will allow you to quickly distinguish them:

  • the first 5,000-franc note (1) was introduced in 1961. This note includes the name of the issuing institute on the front "BANQUE CENTRALE" and the name of the country on the back "RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN".
  • the second 5000-franc note (2) was introduced the same year with the same wording, but with an overprint printed in blue on the front "FIVE THOUSAND FRANCS".
  • the third and last 5,000-franc note (3) was issued in 1962. This one has a front similar to the second note, but on the back, the wording of the issuing country changes to “RÉPUBLIQUE FÉDÉRALE DU CAMEROUN”:

Numizon's inventory

In preparation for this article, 51 banknotes were identified (4) by us and distributed for each type with a comparison of 34 graded banknotes in the PMG Population Report:

TypeNumizon's inventoryPMG Population Report
Pick #882
Pick #8s105
Pick #934
Pick #132916
Pick #13s16
Pick #13p01

Our analysis

Taken together, the three banknotes are not very common. But the rarest type is undoubtedly the reference Pick # 9 with at least four known copies (5). Note that no specimen has yet been found for this reference! The 3 copies that we have in "Inventory" (6) are as follows:

Pick #9W.10373PMG 64on sale at cgb.fr in October 2021 (lot # 4490064).
Pick #9W.10374PMG 63 EPQMichel Musynski Collection. Sold for £ 10,000 at Spink in 2020 (lot # 368).
Pick #9J.24377-copy illustrating the WPM, the Bank Note Museum website and The Banknote Book catalog.

The copy of the next cgb.fr Sale

As you may have noticed in the table above, the copy numbered "W.10 - 373" and graded PMG 64 will be available for purchase during the next Live Auction Banknotes at cgb.fr in October 2021 (lot # 4490064). For information, the banknote is followed by 6 bidders and displays a price of € 3,100.00, which is already € 100.00 above the estimation! Collectors may have remembered the exceptional price of £ 10,000.00 achieved by the copy "W.10 - 374" from the Michel Musynski Collection at Spink in 2020 (lot # 368). Will this record be reached and surpassed? See you in 15 days to find out ...




(1) References: Pick: # 8, The Banknote Book: # BCB2, Leclerc-Kolsky: # LK657.
(2) References: Pick: # 9, The Banknote Book: # BCB3, Leclerc-Kolsky: # LK658.
(3) References: Pick: # 13, The Banknote Book: # BCB7, Leclerc-Kolsky: # LK664.
(4) Issued notes and specimens.
(5) 4 graded banknotes in the PMG Population Report: PMG20, PMG63 EPQ, PMG64 and PMG67EPQ.
(6) The “Inventory” section of Numizon is a new service that you will be able to use in a few days with the provision of our new web interface! This section will allow you to consult the photos of the rarest banknotes that collectors have added to the delight of the Numizon community.

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