- French West African franc
The franc was the currency of
French West Africa. The French franc circulated, together with distinct banknotes from 1903 and coins from 1944. It was replaced by the CFA franc in 1945.
In 1944, aluminium-bronze 50 centimes and 1 franc coins were issued. These were the only coins struck before the introduction of the CFA franc.
The "Banque de l'Afrique Occidentale" ("Bank of West Africa") began issuing notes in 1903. 100 francs notes were introduced that year, followed by 5 francs in 1904, 500 francs in 1912, 25 francs in 1917, 1000 francs in 1919 and 50 francs in 1920. 10 francs notes were introduced in 1943. In 1944, the government issued notes for 50 centimes, 1 and 2 francs. The notes of the Banque de l'Afrique Occidentale continued to circulate after the introduction of the CFA franc.
*numis cite SCWC|date=1991
*numis cite SCWPM|date=1994
Standard numismatics external links
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world_coin_gallery_1_name = West African States
banknote_world_1_url = west_african_states
banknote_world_1_name = West African States
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