Mauritania's New Polymer 20-Ouguiya Note

19 Jan 2022  Wed

The central bank of the northwest African country of Mauritania placed a new polymer 20-ouguiya note into circulation during November.

The note illustrates two elements that the bank describes as emblematic of the country. One side has the grand mosque of Gataga in the southern city of Kaedi. Built-in 1946, it is one of the oldest mosques in the country. Its architecture, called Sudano-Sahelian, is found in many old Islamic cities in sub-Saharan Africa.

The other side features a geological wonder, Guelb Errich√Ęt. Located in the north of the country, this unique structure is visible from space and is known worldwide as the Eye of Africa. Like the other banknotes in circulation since 2018, the note contains security features, such as transparent windows, raised printing, color-changing inks, and tactile elements.

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