Niger 1000 Francs banknote of 1993

22 Aug 2019  Thu

Niger, officially the Republic of the Niger, is a landlocked country in West Africa named after the Niger River. Niger is bordered by Libya to the northeast, Chad to the east, Nigeria to the south, Benin to the southwest, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, and Algeria to the northwest.

Niger is a developing country, which consistently ranks near the bottom of the United Nations' Human Development Index. The economy of Niger centers on subsistence crops, livestock, and some of the world's largest uranium deposits.

The West African CFA franc is the currency of eight independent states in West Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. When the CFA franc was introduced, notes issued by the Banque Centrale des Etats de l'Afrique Occidentale in denominations of 5, 10, 25, 50, 100 and 1000 francs were in circulation. 500-franc notes were added in 1946, followed by those of 5,000 francs in 1948.

Today we are looking at a 1000 Niger Franc banknote of 1993. The obverse features a portrait of an African woman wearing a head cloth to right and a scene depicting workmen hauling peanuts to storage at centre. The reverse depicts african women carrying baskets of fruit on their heads, elevated riverside storage bins in background at centre and Carved twin statues and mask to left. This multi-coloured note has a portrait of African woman wearing a head cloth as watermark.

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