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Re: Beasts of French Africa
« Reply #30 on: June 30, 2014, 04:32:57 PM »






Interestingly, Cameroon has depicted two of the most common beasts.
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Re: Beasts of French Africa
« Reply #31 on: June 30, 2014, 04:34:34 PM »
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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Re: Beasts of French Africa
« Reply #32 on: June 30, 2014, 04:35:09 PM »
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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Re: Beasts of French Africa
« Reply #33 on: June 30, 2014, 04:56:51 PM »


Congo, 100 francs, 1975.





Cameroon, 100 francs, 1966.



Notice the two different types of patterning inside the numerals: "100".
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Re: Beasts of French Africa
« Reply #34 on: June 30, 2014, 05:05:31 PM »


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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Re: Beasts of French Africa
« Reply #35 on: July 01, 2014, 09:04:17 AM »
Absolutely stunning collection of images. Thanks for posting them.

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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Re: Beasts of French Africa
« Reply #36 on: July 01, 2014, 11:19:47 AM »
Thanks for the info, Pabitra.  ;)
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Re: Beasts of French Africa
« Reply #37 on: July 07, 2014, 10:23:19 PM »
Central African States, 2000 francs, 2002.  Notice the rectangular device containing stars, next to the antelopes. What is its significance?
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Re: Beasts of French Africa
« Reply #38 on: July 08, 2014, 12:18:04 PM »
This purports to be a punch of the Monnaie de Paris for silver Euro pieces, applied to this coin by error.

Peter
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« Reply #39 on: July 08, 2014, 01:17:33 PM »
I thought it looked rather euro-ish! Thank you, Peter.
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Re: Beasts of French Africa
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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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