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 5000 Congolese note front design features a Hemba Statue, which is a tribal ancestor of the Hemba people (a Bantu ethnic group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo), half-god and half-human who is a symbol of power, a herd of zebras, 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 couple of helmeted guineafowl (Numida meleagris) and bundles of manioc, commonly called cassava or yuca, 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 brown and orange.
Text: Banque Centrale Du Congo, BCC, Le Gouverneur, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Giesecke & Devrient Munich, Statuette Hemba, Elfu Moja Tshinunu Koto Moko Difunda Mosi, Le Contrafacteur Est Puni De Servitude Penale, 5000F, 5000, Cinq Mille Francs, 30.06.2013.