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10 Francs 1959, Belgian Congo

in Krause book Number: 30b
Years of issue: 01.12.1959
Signatures: Directeur: Karel - Antoine - Francis Vercruysse (6.04.1957 – 3.10.1960 ), Le Gouverneur: Hector - Jules Martin (17.06.1954 – 3.10.1960)
Serie: 1955 - 1959 Issue
Specimen of: 15.01.1955
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 128 x 68
Printer: Waterlow and Sons, Limited, London

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10 Francs 1959




The okapi (Okapia johnstoni) is a giraffid artiodactyl mammal native to the Ituri Rainforest, located in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Central Africa. Although the okapi bears striped markings reminiscent of zebras, it is most closely related to the giraffe. The generic name Okapia derives from the Lese Karo name o'api, while the specific name (johnstoni) is in recognition of the explorer Harry Johnston, who organized the expedition that first acquired an okapi specimen for science from the Ituri Forest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


10 Francs 1959

armyOn the photo is the colonial army of Belgian Congo in 1941.

Soldier in uniform is in lower left corner.

The Hut in the middle.

Denominations in numerals are in all corners. Centered in words.


10 Francs 1959

Litocranius walleriThe gerenuk, Litocranius walleri, also known as the Waller's gazelle, is a long-necked species of antelope found in dry thorn shrubland and desert in the Horn of Africa and the African Great Lakes region. The word gerenuk comes from the word in the Somali language, Garanuug, meaning "giraffe-necked". Gerenuk are sometimes also called the giraffe-necked antelope. It is the sole member of the genus Litocranius.

Gerenuks have a relatively small head for their body, but their eyes and ears are proportionately large. Only the males have horns and they also have a more muscular neck than females. Both sexes have ruddy brown coats with a paler underbelly . They have short, black tipped tails. The gerenuk is easily recognizable from its distinctive long and skinny neck which can be elongated further if need be for activities like feeding off the taller brambles and undergrowth of the desert. It also has remarkably long slender legs which are another great advantage as they can gallop away into the distance at very high speeds from any form of predator trying to attack. However, because of the extreme length of their legs, they can be more liable to fracture of the leg bone. There have been numerous occasions[citation needed] in which gerenuks actually snapped their long legs due to tripping and stumbling along the ground. From head to tail, the gerenuk is around 150 centimeters (59 in.) long. Males are a little taller than females, at 89-105 cm. (35-41 in.) tall, with the females typically 80-100 cm. (31-39 in.) tall. The male is also heavier than the female, weighing 45 kilograms (99 lb.), while females weigh around 30 kg. (66 lb.).

Denominations in numerals are in all corners. Centered in words.


Gouverneur: Hector-Jules MARTIN (17.06.1954 - 3.10.1960).

Hector-Jules MARTIN

He was born in 1899 in Cuesmes. After studies at the Provincial Institute of Industrial Hainaut, it entered the Bank of Belgian Congo. He was appointed Secretary

Management in Leopoldville in 1922, Director in Elizabethville 1927 and director in Brussels in 1945. When the Central Bank the Belgian Congo and Ruanda-Urundi was established in 1951 H.Martin was appointed the first Director and in 1954, Governor.

Commissioner Hoover Foundation for Development University of Brussels, since 1942. Administrator-Treasurer Belgian Foundation in Montana, 1949. Administrator and Vice-

President of the Savings Bank of the Belgian Congo and Ruanda-Urundi, 1952-1958. Administrator and Vice-President of the Credit Company in Colonat and Industry, 1953-1958. treasurer Honorary Officer of the Belgian Red Cross. administrator

Chairman of Study Financial Group of the National Institute for the development of Bas-Congo "Inga", 1958-1960.

Vice-Gouverneur: Karel-Antoine-Francis Vercruysse (6.04.1957 - 3.10.1960).

Karel-Antoine-Francis VERCRUYSSE

He was born in 1903 in Diksmuide. Inspector General, 1947-1951. Head of Accounting

General. Degree in commercial and financial sciences Higher Commercial St. Louis Institute, he joined the Bank in 1937. Upon release, he was seconded for two years to the Department Finance, where he led the Unlock Service, established in

framework of monetary remediation. He left the Bank in 1951 to become Director and Vice-Governor of the Central Bank of the Belgian Congo and Ruanda-Urundi. Member

Council of the Belgo-Luxembourg Exchange Institute and Professor at the Institute of Commerce Saint-Louis in Brussels.