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 1000 Congolese note front design features a “Coffret Kanioka”, which is an indigenous handicraft of the Kanyok people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a couple of Okapi, also known as Congolese giraffe, the “Banque Centrale du Congo” (Central Bank of Congo) symbol, a sketch of the map of the republic and the denomination. The reverse note side illustrates a Grey parrot on a tree branch and corn cob, a corn crop background, a sketch of the map of the republic and the denomination in English and Swahili (African language). This note is part of the 2005 – 2013 series, and its color is green and gray.
Text: Banque Centrale Du Congo,BCC, Le Gouverneur, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Giesecke & Devrient Munich, Elfu Moja Tshinunu Koto Moko Difunda Mosi, Le Contrafacteur Est Puni De Servitude Penale, Coffret Kanioka, 1000F, 1000, Mille Francs, 30.06.2013.