Banknotes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo or Congo-Kinshasa is a country in Central Africa bordering the Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Angola, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. It remains largely unexplored to this day, but was first mapped by Pierre de Brazza, which allowed for Leopold II of Belgium to lay claim to the region as the Congo Free State during the Scramble for Africa in 1885. Reports of human rights abuses on rubber farms there led the Belgian government to take over the territory in 1908, and it became the Belgian Congo, or Lower Congo to distinguish it from the French Congo, or Middle Congo. Ruanda-Urundi (now Rwanda and Burundi) was attached to it from German East Africa after WWI in 1919; it was a supplier of uranium to the Allies in WWII, and gained it's formal independence from Belgium after the war in 1960. After attempted secession by Katanga, the DRC became an anti-communist right-wing dictatorship during the Cold War, known as Zaïre until 1997. After two civil wars in 1996-2003, the DRC is only a little closer to democracy as of 2018. It currently has a population of about 78.7 million, and uses the Congolese franc. The Belgian Congo was first acquired by King Léopold II in 1885 as the Congo Free State, and coinage on par with the Belgian Franc was issued in 1887-1892. The Congo Free State became notorious for human rights abuses, and was given to the Belgian government in 1908, whereupon coins in the Belgian Congolese Franc were issued starting in 1911. Ruanda-Urundi was attached to it following its acquisition from Germany in 1919. During the 2nd World War, the Belgian Free Forces were based in the Belgian Congo, and brass and silver coinage was minted. The colony became independent as the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1960. The Congo Free State is the former name of present-day Republic of Congo, when it was awarded to the Belgian King Leopold II during the Berlin Conference in 1885. He made a lot of money exploiting the locals for his rubber enterprises. Due to bad conditions and epidemics many millions of Congolese died, but no accurate records exist. International pressure led to the annexation of Congo Free State by the Belgian state in 1908, which marked the start of Belgian Congo.
Wikidata: Q974

See also: Belgian Congo and Ruanda-Urundi, Katanga

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Zaire (1967-1993)

100 Sengi = 1 Likuta • 100 Makuta = 1 Zaïre

5 Zaires
1967-1970

Standard banknote
171 × 76 mm
P# 13
5 Zaires
1971

Standard banknote
170 × 82 mm
P# 14
5 Zaïres
1972

Standard banknote
P# 20
Available for swap 5 Zaïres
1974-1977

Standard banknote
170 × 85 mm
P# 21
Available for swap 5 Zaires
1979-1980

Standard banknote
170 × 84 mm
P# 22
Available for swap 5 Zaires
1982-1985

Standard banknote
133 × 64 mm
P# 26, P# 26A
10 Zaires
1971

Standard banknote
180 × 89 mm
P# 15
Available for swap 10 Zaïres
1972-1977

Standard banknote
180 × 90 mm
P# 23
Available for swap 10 Zaires
1979-1981

Standard banknote
P# 24
Available for swap 10 Zaïres
1982-1985

Standard banknote
138 × 65 mm
P# 27, P# 27A
50 Zaires
1980

Standard banknote
P# 25
Available for swap 50 Zaïres
1982-1985

Standard banknote
145 × 70 mm
P# 28
Available for swap 50 Zaires
1988

Standard banknote
130 × 61 mm
P# 32
100 Zaïres
1983-1985

Standard banknote
149 × 72 mm
P# 29
Available for swap 100 Zaires
1988

Standard banknote
134 × 64 mm
P# 33
Available for swap 500 Zaïres
1984-1985

Standard banknote
154 × 75 mm
P# 30
Available for swap 500 Zaires
1989

Standard banknote
138 × 67 mm
P# 34
1000 Zaïres
1985

Standard banknote
159 × 79 mm
P# 31
1000 Zaires
1989

Standard banknote
144 × 70 mm
P# 35
Available for swap 2000 Zaires
1991

Standard banknote
123 × 58 mm
P# 36
Available for swap 5000 Zaires
1988

Standard banknote
150 × 73 mm
P# 37