Currency of the Belgian Congo

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Ponterio sale 152, lot 5028
photo courtesy Ponterio and Associates

c.1941 500 francs

This specimen was lot 5028 in Ponterio sale 152 (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $552. The catalog description noted, "BELGIAN CONGO. 500 Francs, ND (1941-45). P-18Ap. (Lot of 2 notes.) Front and Back Proofs. A bright pair which shows the design with crisp detail. The reverse piece has a 24mm tear which extends into the design with the front showing some thinning of the paper. Hinge remnants are also observed. Even with the drawbacks, the note still will be quite well received. ABOUT UNCIRCULATED."

1953 50 francs

Jean Elsen sale 135, lot 1631
This specimen was lot 1631 in Jean Elsen sale 135 (Brussels, December 2017), where it sold for €1,450 (about US$2,009 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"CONGO BELGE, Banque centrale du Congo belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 50 francs, 15.11.1953. Shafer & Bruce 27a. Très rare. Fleur de Coin. (Belgian Congo, Central Bank, fifty francs of 1953. Very rare, Uncirculated.)"


  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 135, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.

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