Beasts of French Africa

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Interestingly, Cameroon has depicted two of the most common beasts.
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Equatorial Guinea appears in this topic, since it used to be Spanish Guinea, and so was never part of French Africa. However, it eventually joined the currency union of the Central African States, all of whose other members were formerly colonies of France.

So many countries sharing so few animals. Perhaps the French could have been a little more generous?
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Here are the countries that use the West African franc:

Benin
Burkina Faso (formerly Dahomey)
Guinea-Bissau (formerly Portuguese Guinea)
Ivory Coast
Mali (formerly French Sudan)
Niger
Senegal
Togo




Here are the countries that use the Central African franc:

Cameroon
Central African Republic (formerly Ubangi-Shari)
Chad
Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) (formerly Middle Congo)
Equatorial Guinea (formerly Spanish Guinea)
Gabon




French Guinea is now known simply as Guinea, and it uses its own currency.




At some point in time, the coins of the Central African franc incorporated a letter to indicate their country of issue:

Cameroon - E
Central African Republic - B
Chad - A
Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) - C
Equatorial Guinea   
Gabon - D

Is that system still ongoing, and why did Equatorial Guinea not have a letter assigned to it?
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Congo, 100 francs, 1975.






Cameroon, 100 francs, 1966.




Notice the two different types of patterning inside the numerals: "100".
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Cameroon, 1 franc, 1948.






French West Africa, 5 francs, 1956.






West African States, 5 francs, 1972.




Look at the vegetation at the left-hand side of the gazelle on each coin. Notice how it differs.
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Pabitra

Absolutely stunning collection of images. Thanks for posting them.

Quote from: <k> on June 30, 2014, 04:35:09 PM
Here are the countries that use the West African franc:

At some point in time, the coins of the Central African franc incorporated a letter to indicate their country of issue:

Cameroon - E
Central African Republic - B
Chad - A
Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) - C
Equatorial Guinea   
Gabon - D

Is that system still ongoing, and why did Equatorial Guinea not have a letter assigned to it?

No longer.
It was just a convenient alphabetic allotment without any order.
Later, making that as a mark was causing additional cost so abandoned, perhaps at the desire of Paris mint.

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Thanks for the info, Pabitra.  ;)
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Central African States, 2000 francs, 2002.  Notice the rectangular device containing stars, next to the antelopes. What is its significance?
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Figleaf

This purports to be a punch of the Monnaie de Paris for silver Euro pieces, applied to this coin by error.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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I thought it looked rather euro-ish! Thank you, Peter.
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Among these coins, then, I found four different essential designs.

Below you see a single highly stylised design that appeared on one coin only.
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French Cameroon, 1 franc, 1943.

Design by South African artist and engraver Coert Laurens Steynberg.
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French Cameroon, 50 centimes, 1943.

Obverse and reverse designs by South African artist and engraver Coert Laurens Steynberg.

There were two version of the 1943 50 centimes and 1 franc coins: with and without the word "LIBRE", meaning "FREE". This meant that the colony was NOT under the control of the Nazi-collaborationist rump state of Vichy France.

See also: Vichy France: Its history and coinage.
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French Equatorial Africa, 1 franc, 1943.

Obverse and reverse designs by South African artist and engraver Coert Laurens Steynberg.
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Madagascar, 1 franc, 1943.

Obverse and reverse designs by South African artist and engraver Coert Laurens Steynberg.
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