World Paper Money Value and Identification Guide




Paper Money Values - Belgian Congo

The Belgian Congo became a colony of Belgium in 1908. The Bank of the Belgian Congo issued its first banknotes in 1914 and continued until the Central African nation achieved its independence in 1960 as the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Belgian Congo’s paper money is known for its artistry and imagery, depicting a rich variety wildlife and scenes celebrating Congolese culture and heritage.

1912-1937 Issue

Belgian Congo Paper Money 5 Francs 1924
Belgian Congo Paper Money 5 Francs 1924

  • Denomination: 5 Francs
  • Issue Date: 1924
  • Reference: 8a
  • Authority: Banque du Congo Belge / Bank van Belgisch Congo
  • Printer: Banque Nationale de Belgique
  • Front: Huts - Palm Trees
  • Back: River Steamboat
  • Watermark: Elephant's Head
  • Grade: Ungraded
  • Sale Date: Dec. 2019
  • Price: $599.00

Belgian Congo Paper Money 10 Francs 1937
Belgian Congo Paper Money 10 Francs 1937

  • Denomination: 10 Francs
  • Issue Date: 1937
  • Reference: 9
  • Authority: Banque du Congo Belge / Bank van Belgisch Congo
  • Printer: Banque Nationale de Belgique
  • Front: Market Scene
  • Back: Antelopes
  • Watermark: Elephant's Head
  • Signatures: Guilluame & Franck
  • Grade: Choice VF 35 - PCGS
  • Sale Date: Dec. 2019
  • Price: $795.00



1940-1952 Issue

Belgian Congo Paper Money 5 Francs 1949
Belgian Congo Paper Money 5 Francs 1949

  • Denomination: 5 Francs
  • Issue Date: 1949
  • Reference: 13B1
  • Authority: Banque du Congo Belge / Bank van Belgisch Congo
  • Printer: Waterlow and Sons
  • Front: Woman Seated with Child and Beehive
  • Back: Elephant and Hippopotamus
  • Grade: VF+ - Seller Graded
  • Sale Date: Jan. 2020
  • Price: $46.10

Belgian Congo Paper Money 50 Francs 1943
Belgian Congo Paper Money 50 Francs 1943

  • Denomination: 50 Francs
  • Issue Date: 1943
  • Reference: 16a
  • Authority: Banque du Congo Belge / Bank van Belgisch Congo
  • Printer: American Bank Note Company
  • Front: Woman
  • Back: Leopard
  • Grade: F - Seller Graded
  • Sale Date: Jan. 2020
  • Price: $78.77

Belgian Congo Paper Money 100 Francs 1949
Belgian Congo Paper Money 100 Francs 1949

  • Denomination: 100 Francs
  • Issue Date: 1949
  • Reference: 17d1
  • Variety: Without Émission overprint. 16.07.1949 (d1)
  • Authority: Banque du Congo Belge / Bank van Belgisch Congo
  • Printer: Waterlow and Sons
  • Front: Elephants and Riders - Palm Trees
  • Back: Oxen
  • Watermark: Zebra's Head
  • Grade: Very Fine 25 - PMG
  • Note: Minor Thinning
  • Sale Date: Dec. 2019
  • Price: $81.00

1950-1954 Issue

Belgian Congo Paper Money 10 Francs 1952
Belgian Congo Paper Money 10 Francs 1952

  • Denomination: 10 Francs
  • Issue Date: 1952
  • Reference: 22
  • Authority: Banque Centrale du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi
  • Printer: Waterlow and Sons
  • Front: Tutsi Dancers
  • Back: Inspecting the Troops
  • Watermark: Giraffe's Head
  • Grade: VF - Seller Graded
  • Sale Date: Jan. 2020
  • Price: $49.11

Belgian Congo Paper Money 20 Francs 1952
Belgian Congo Paper Money 20 Francs 1952

  • Denomination: 20 Francs
  • Issue Date: 1952
  • Reference: 23
  • Authority: Banque Centrale du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi
  • Printer: Thomas De La Rue & Company
  • Front: Pirogue (canoe) with Seven Oarsmen
  • Back: Elephants with Riders
  • Grade: Ungraded
  • Sale Date: Jan. 2020
  • Price: $21.50

1953-1955 Issue

Belgian Congo Paper Money 20 Francs 1953
Belgian Congo Paper Money 20 Francs 1953

  • Denomination: 20 Francs
  • Issue Date: 1952
  • Reference: 26a1
  • Authority: Banque Centrale du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi
  • Printer: Thomas De La Rue & Company
  • Front: Woman
  • Back: Queen Astrid Research Institute
  • Watermark: Elephant's Head
  • Grade: Choice Very Fine 35 EPQ - PMG
  • Sale Date: Dec. 2019
  • Price: $128.55

1955-1959 Issue

Belgian Congo Paper Money 20 Francs 1959
Belgian Congo Paper Money 20 Francs 1959

  • Denomination: 20 Francs
  • Issue Date: 1959
  • Reference: 31
  • Authority: Banque Centrale du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi
  • Printer: Thomas De La Rue & Company
  • Front: Boy and Reservoir
  • Back: Girl and River
  • Watermark: Elephant's Head
  • Grade: Gem UNC 65 EPQ - PMG
  • Sale Date: Nov. 2019
  • Price: $159.51