Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, is a mostly French and Arabic-speaking country of dry shrublands, volcanic formations and Gulf of Aden beaches. It is home to one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world, the low-lying Lake Assal, in the Danakil Desert. The nomadic Afar people have settlements along Lake Abbe, a body of saltwater featuring chimney like mineral formations.
From 1884, when the French Somaliland protectorate was established, the French franc circulated alongside the Indian rupee and the Maria Theresa thaler. Now the Djiboutian Franc is the official currency of Djibouti. It is subdivided into 100 centimes.
Today we are discussing a 1000 francs banknote issued in 2005. The obverse has the portrait of Ali Ahmed Oudoum; Camel; and Sand mining scene. The reverse depicts the Port of Djibouti with container ships.
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