Guinean franc

Guinean franc

Infobox Currency
currency_name_in_local = franc guinéen fr icon
image_1 = GNF5000.jpg
image_title_1 = 5000 franc of the current series
iso_code = GNF
using_countries = GIN
inflation_rate = 22.9%
inflation_source_date = " [ The World Factbook] ", 2007 est.
subunit_ratio_1 = 1/100
subunit_name_1 = centime
symbol = FG (possibly also Fr or GFr)
used_coins = 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 francs
used_banknotes = 100, 500, 1000, 5000, 10 000 francs
issuing_authority = Banque Centrale de la République de Guinée
issuing_authority_website =

The Guinean franc ( _fr. franc guinéen, ISO 4217 code: "GNF") is the currency of Guinea.


First Guinean franc

The first Guinean franc was introduced in 1959 to replace the CFA franc. There were 1, 5, 10 and 25 francs coins (made of aluminium bronze) with banknotes (dated 1958) in 50, 100, 500, 1000, 5000 and 10,000 francs denominations. A second series of banknotes was issued in 1960, without the 10,000 francs. This second series had the same portrait but with a different colour scheme and reverse designs to the first. A new issue of coins in 1962 was made of cupronickel.

In 1971, the franc was replaced by the syli at a rate of 1 syli = 10 francs.

econd Guinean franc

The Guinean franc was reintroduced as Guinea's currency in 1985, at par with the syli. The coins came in denominations of 1, 5 and 10 francs, with 25 francs (1987) and 50 francs (1994) added later. Banknotes were issued in denominations of 25, 50, 100, 500, 1000 and 5000 francs.

A second series issued in 1998 dropped the 25 and 50 francs banknotes, since they had been replaced by coins. 2006, third issue were introduced in denomination of 500, 1000 and 5000 francs that are similar to previous issues. On 11 June 2007, a 10,000 franc was issued. [cite web | author=Nachthund | date=2007-01-07 | url= | title=Update - Guinea. | accessdate=2007-01-19] .

Exchange rates

From an average value of about 2500 Guinean francs to the pound sterling during the year 2000, the value of the currency has fallen to a current level (April 2006) of about 8000 to the GBP and about 4500 to the United States dollar. On 23 November 2007, yahoo finance quoted the rate as 4,280 Fr to 1 U.S dollar.

Note: The official exchange rate and the exchange rate the population uses are different due to the lack of foreign currency in the banks. At Gbessia Airport, this is the rate you should be getting, give or take 200 GNF.

ee also

* CFA franc
* Guinean syli
* Economy of Guinea


External links

Standard numismatics external links
world_coin_gallery_1_url = Guinea
world_coin_gallery_1_name = Guinea
banknote_world_1_url = guinea
banknote_world_1_name = Guinea
dollarization_1_url = gn
dollarization_1_name = Guinea
gfd_1_url = Guinea
gfd_1_name = Guinea
gfd_data_1_url = 5596
gfd_data_1_name = Guinea Franc
show_gfd_excel = Y

* [ Banque Populaire Marocaine Guineenne]

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