Guinea Bissau lies between Guinea and Senegal on the ‘ bump’ of West Africa. A former Portuguese
colony, Guinea Bissau issued currency in its own name until 1993. Then it became part of the West
African States Monetary Union and abandoned banknotes in its own name.
This quartet of notes in Crisp Uncirculated condition date from the 1990’s when Guinea Bissau still
issued its own notes. Denominations included are the 50,100,500 and 1000 pesos (P10-13) A colourful
Guinea Bissau Set.
A Crisp Uncirculated pair of
notes issued by Ethiopia in
2009. (P47-8) The blue 5 birr
references the important coffee
industry on the front with and
antelope and lynx on the back
set against a mountainous background.
The brown 10 birr
shows a young girl making a
straw mat on the front with a
farmer in his fields with a tractor.
Uncirculated Ethiopian pair.
A quartet of notes from Nigeria, all
printed on polymer plastic. It comprises
the 5,10, 20 and 50 naira dated 2007 to
2009 (P32-5) The fronts feature portraits of
prominent citizens whilst the backs feature
traditional dancers, women carrying pots,
fishermen preparing fish and a woman at a
potter’s wheel. Crisp Uncirculated.
St. Thomas and Prince lies off the coast of West Africa. This island group issued a new set of banknotes
last year all printed in polymer plastic. Getting hold of these was exceptionally difficult
because of the authorities reluctance to release quantities to visiting dealers. We managed to get some
of the 5 and 10 dobras and very pretty they are too! Butterflies are the principal theme. On the back of
the 5 dobras a Sao Tome shrew is featured while a Sao Tome Prinia bird perched on a branch is on the
back of the 10 dobras Uncirculated.
In 1884 the city of Khartoum was under siege. General Charles Gordon who was in charge of the city
needed money to keep his troops on side and to ensure the city could function. To this end he issued
notes which bore his facsimile signature in values from the 1 piastre to the 5000 piastres. The Mahdi
forces eventually stormed Khartoum and Gordon was killed. Anyone caught with one of these General
Gordon issues would have been put to death.
We can now offer examples of the 500 piastres note issued by General Gordon. They were necessarily
small and crude affairs, printed on cardlike paper on one side only (PS106) A relic of an heroic
stand by a legendary 19th century general.
A trio of Uncirculated
notes from Tanzania
which used to be known
as Tanganika and
Zanzibar. It’s a colourful
set. The front of the 1000
shilingi features a portrait
President Julius Nyerere
while the front of the
2000 shilingi depicts the
head of a lion while the
head of a rhino is on the
5000 shilingi. Important
buildings and a mining
operation and diamonds
are depicted on the back.