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100 FRANCS Banknote CONGO - 2000 - ELEPHANT in National Preserve - Pick 92 - UNC
100 Francs Banknote of the Democratic Republic of the Congo / Featuring a Scene of an Elephant in Virunga National Park / Also Featuring a View of the Inga II Dam on the Congo River / Very Attractive Crisp Uncirculated Note with Excellent Color / Series of 2000
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Description: We are very pleased to offer this authentic 100 Francs banknote of the Democratic Republic of the Congo for your consideration. It features a scene of an elephant in the Virunga National Park and a view of the Inga II dam on the Congo river. This note survives in crisp uncirculated condition with excellent color. ( See below for more on the Democratic Republic of the Congo )
Series and Denomination: 100 Francs - 2000 Watermark: Okapi Head Condition: Crisp Uncirculated Reference: Pick 92A
History of the Democratic Republic of the Congo: The area known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo was populated as early as 10,000 years ago and settled in the 7th and 8th centuries AD by Bantus from present-day Nigeria. Discovered in 1482 by Portuguese navigator Diego Cao and later explored by English journalist Henry Morton Stanley, the area was officially colonized in 1885 as a personal possession of Belgian King Leopold II as the Congo Free State. In 1907, administration shifted to the Belgian Government, which renamed the country the Belgian Congo. Following a series of riots and unrest, the Belgian Congo was granted its independence on June 30, 1960. Parliamentary elections in 1960 produced Patrice Lumumba as prime minister and Joseph Kasavubu as president of the renamed Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The population of D.R.C. was estimated at 66 million in 2008. As many as 250 ethnic groups have been distinguished and named. Some of the larger groups are the Kongo, Luba, and Anamongo. Although 700 local languages and dialects are spoken, the linguistic variety is bridged both by the use of French and the intermediary languages Kikongo, Tshiluba, Swahili, and Lingala.
About 70% of the Congolese population is Christian, predominantly Roman Catholic. Most of the non-Christians adhere to either traditional religions or syncretic sects. Traditional religions include concepts such as monotheism, animism, vitalism, spirit and ancestor worship, witchcraft, and sorcery and vary widely among ethnic groups; none is formalized. The syncretic sects often merge Christianity with traditional beliefs and rituals. The most popular of these sects, Kimbanguism, was seen as a threat to the colonial regime and was banned by the Belgians. Kimbanguism, officially "the church of Christ on Earth by the prophet Simon Kimbangu," now claims about 3 million members, primarily among the Bakongo tribe of Bas-Congo and Kinshasa. In 1969, it was the first independent African church admitted to the World Council of Churches.
Before independence in 1960, education was largely in the hands of religious groups. The primary school system was well developed at independence; however, the secondary school system was limited, and higher education was almost nonexistent in most regions of the country. Since independence, efforts have been made to increase access to education, and secondary and higher education have been made available to many more Congolese. The largest state-run universities are the University of Kinshasa, the University of Lubumbashi, and the University of Kisangani.
The D.R.C.'s location in the center of Africa has made the country a key player in the region since even before independence. Because of its size, mineral wealth, and strategic location, the former Zaire under Mobutu was able to capitalize on Cold War tensions to garner support from the West. In the early 1990s, however, Cold War-era tolerance of human rights abuses faded, and the mounting evidence of such abuses led Western support for the Mobutu regime to wane just as internal pressure for reform increased.
In December 2006, the D.R.C. inaugurated its first democratically elected president in over 40 years, the culmination of both the Congolese people's efforts to choose their leaders through a peaceful, democratic process and international support for numerous domestic and international peace agreements. The United States remains a partner with the D.R.C. and other central African nations in their quest for stability and growth on the continent. The United States facilitated the signing of a tripartite agreement on regional security in the Great Lakes region among the D.R.C., Rwanda, and Uganda in October 2004. (Burundi formally joined the Tripartite Commission in September 2005, and the Tripartite Commission is now Tripartite Plus.)
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