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 200 Congolese note front design features a worker woman statue and a Congolese man plowing the field, alluding to the agricultural theme. The “Banque Centrale du Congo” (Central Bank of Congo) symbol and de denomination completed the design. The reverse note side illustrates Congolese native men playing the “Lokole” (a traditional slit drum played by the Mongo people in the Congo region) on the Congo River banks and the denomination in English and Swahili (African language). This note is part of the 2007 – 2013 series, and its color is lilac, olive and green on multicolor underprint.
Text: Banque Centrale Du Congo,BCC, Le Gouverneur, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Giesecke & Devrient Munich, L’ Agriculture, Le Contrafacteur Est Puni De Servitude Penale, Mia Mbili, 200F, Two Hundred, 200, Deux Cent Francs, 31.07.2017.