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 500 Congolese commemorative note front design features the Matadi port, which is the chief port in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 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 the Kinsuka river in Ngaliema and the denomination in English and Swahili (African language). This note is part of the 2010 commemorative series, “50th Anniversary of Independence”, and its color is light and dark green.
Text: Banque Centrale Du Congo,BCC, Le Gouverneur, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Giesecke & Devrient Munich, Port de Matadi, Le Contrafacteur Est Puni De Servitude Penale, Mia Tano,, Nkama Itanu, Nkama Mitano, Nkama Tanu, Cinquantenaire de L’ Independence 1960 – 2010, Pont de Kinsuka, 50 RDC, 500F, 500, Cinq Cent Francs, 04.01.20.