The Congolese franc is the official currency of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The franc as a denomination was first introduced in 1887 as the Belgian colony of the Congo until 1967, when the zäire replaced it. After the First Congo War (1996 – 1997), the franc was reintroduced again, replacing the zäire. In 1998, notes were introduced in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 centimes, 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 francs, followed by the 200 francs note in 2000 500 francs note in 2002. In 2012, the “Banque Centrale du Congo” issued a new banknote series in denominations of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000 francs.
The 100 Congolese note front design features an African elephant of the Virunga National Park, which is the first protected area in Africa and is listed in the List of World Heritage in Danger. The “Banque Centrale du Congo” (Central Bank of Congo) symbol and de denomination completed the design. The reverse note side illustrates Inga II Dams, which is one of the two hydroelectric dams connected to Inga Falls; one of the largest waterfalls in the world, a high voltage power line tower and the denomination in English and Swahili (African language). This note is part of the 2007 – 2013 series, and its color is slate blue.
Text: Banque Centrale Du Congo,BCC, Le Gouverneur, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Giesecke & Devrient Munich, Elephant, Parc, National des Virunga, Le Contrafacteur Est Puni De Servitude Penale, barrage D’Inga II, Mia Moja, 100F, One Hundred, 100, Cent Francs, 31.07.2017.