The Catalog Updated

Official Territory name: Colonie du Dahomey

Dahomey now is Benin for current banknotes see Benin

GOUVERNEMENT GÉNÉRAL DE L’AFRIQUE OCCIDENTALE FRANÇAISE (A.O.F.)
– Colonie du Dahomey –
Franc System

1917 Emergency Issue

                    

50 Centimes P-1; B-101 Color: Red Dimensions: 82 x 55 mm

Front: 50-centime coin.
Back: Text.
Security thread: None.
Printer: Imprimerie Gouvernement Général, Gorée (França) - IGGG.
Signatures: Le Trésorier-Payeur (Paymaster) Paul Riboulet & Le Lt-Gouverneur (Lieutenant Governor) Leon Bourguine.

PickTBBDescriptionGoodFineXF
1a101aDate: 11 FÉVRIER 1917. Watermark: Bee pattern. 4.5-mm tall serial numbers. 23-mm wide imprint.27.5060.00175.
NL101b3.5-mm tall serial numbers. 26-mm wide imprint.27.5060.00175.
1b101cWatermark: Laurel leaf pattern.27.5060.00175.
NL101rRemainder: No serial numbers; punched.27.5060.00175.

               

1 Franc P-2; B-102 Color: Orange and yellow Dimensions: 102 x 66 mm

Front: 1-franc coin.
Back: Text.
Security thread: None.
Printer: Imprimerie Gouvernement Général, Gorée (França) - IGGG.
Signatures: Le Trésorier-Payeur (Paymaster) Paul Riboulet & Le Lt-Gouverneur (Lieutenant Governor) Leon Bourguine.

PickTBBDescriptionGoodFineXF
2a102aDate: 11 FÉVRIER 1917. Watermark: Bee pattern. 4.5-mm tall serial numbers. 23-mm wide imprint.27.5060.00175.
NL102b3.5-mm tall serial numbers. 26-mm wide imprint.27.5060.00175.
2b102cWatermark: Laurel leaf pattern.30.0065.00200.
NL102rRemainder: No serial numbers; punched.30.0065.00200.

 

The easiest way to distinguish between the 1-franc varieties is to examine the symbol on the back. On earlier issues, the symbol has five petals (B102a, top), whereas on later issues it has six petals (B102b/c, bottom).