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Black People on the Money

Name: Malian 1,000 franc note ca. 1960

Location: Republic of Mali, West Africa

Number of daily users: approximately 14.5 million

        When we think about it, it should not be a big surprise to find beautiful pictures of Africans on various denominations of currency. African governments, especially since winning independence from 1957 to 1994, made strong efforts to develop their economies and instill pride in their countries. The result was that numerous currencies were created with striking images of African people and scenes.

        What is surprising, however, is the number of people using these currencies on a daily basis at this very moment. Hundreds of millions of people use these types of bills every day to buy anything from food and clothing, to houses and luxury items. These images from African currencies represent only a few different regions and time periods. They were selected for their graphic qualities, and do not represent the most current bills in circulation. If you want to see or purchase up-to-date currencies or check out exchange rates you can go to There are more than a hundred currencies not shown here.


Name:  Kenya Shilling Notes from 1967 and 1989

Location: Republic of Kenya

Number of daily users:  approximately 41 million

Name: Guinea Bissau 1,000 pesos note

Location: Republic of Guinea Bissau, West Africa

Number of daily users: approximately 1.6 million

Name: CFA (Francophone Africa) Notes

Location: Senegal, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo, and Ivory Coast (green) and Chad, Cameroun, Gabon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Congo Republic (yellow)

Number of daily users:  77 million (green) and 33.5 million (yellow) combined approximately 100 million

Name: Naira

Location:   Nigeria

Number of daily users: 167 million

Name:  Ethiopian Birr

Location: Ethiopia

Number of daily users: 67.5 million

Name: Congolese Franc

Location:  Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire)

Number of daily users:  55 million

Name: Cedi

Location: Republic of Ghana

Number of daily users: 20.2 million

Name: Zambian Kwacha

Location: Zambia, Southern Africa

Number of daily users: approximately 9.9 million

Name: Republic of Guinea

Location: West Africa

Number of daily users: 7.7 million

Name: Jamaican Dollar (ca 1970)

Location: Jamaica

Number of daily users: 2.8 million