Gambia

Gambia new 20-dalasi commemorative polymer note to be introduced at end of 2014

According to a De La Rue press release dated 18 November 2014, the Central Bank of The Gambia will introduce a 20-dalasi banknote before the end of 2014 to commemorate 20 years in office for President Yahya Jammeh. This note was designed and printed by De La Rue on Safeguard polymer substrate.

This new note is based on the existing paper 25-dalasi note (CBG B24), but is green rather than blue, and features a portrait of the president. The clear window in the polymer note will have an image of a crocodile which currently appears in the watermark of the paper note.

Ruth Euling, Sales Director for De La Rue Currency stated “We are proud to have worked with The Central Bank of The Gambia since its inception and are delighted that they have joined the growing number of banks who have chosen Safeguard for their banknotes. The Gambia is the second country in Africa to issue notes on the Safeguard substrate with a third African country due to issue later this year.”

Gambia new signature 50-dalasis note confirmed

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50 dalasis, no date. Like CBG B25, but new signatures (Basiru A. O. Njai and Amadou Colley).

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below.

Courtesy of The Monetary Unit.

Gambia new signature 100-dalasi note confirmed

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100 dalasis, no date. Like CBG B27, but new signatures (Basiru A. O. Njai and Amadou Colley).

Courtesy of Семаков Алексей.

Gambia new signature 10-dalasi note confirmed

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10 dalasis, no date. Like CBG B23, but new signatures (Basiru A. O. Njai and Amadou Colley).

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Gambia new sig 25-dalasi note confirmed

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25 dalasis, no date. Like CBG B24 (P27), but new signature (Basiru A. O. Njai and Amadou Colley).

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Gambia new signature 5-dalasis note confirmed

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5 dalasis, no date. Like CBG B22 (P25), but new signature for the governor: Amadou Colley, appointed 03.12.2010. This is the first denomination confirmed bearing the new signature combo.

Courtesy of Ian Fall.

Gambia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Gambia

The Gambia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 10-page catalog covers every note (109 types and varieties, including 20 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the The Gambia Currency Board in 1964 and the Central Bank of The Gambia from 1971 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Gambia new 25-, 50-, and 100-dalasis notes confirmed



According to an article in The Gambian Banker, on 2 August 2010 the Central Bank of The Gambia issued new 25-, 50-, and 100-dalasis banknotes signed by Governor Momodou B. Saho and First Deputy Governor Basirus A.O. Njai. The notes are essentially unchanged from the preceding issues of the same denominations issued in 2006, except for the 100-dalasis note, which has a Depth Image holographic patch instead of a silver embossed foil. The patch shows the portrait on the banknote with the palm trees alternating with the denomination. When tilted, a flying parrot moves behind the portrait. All current banknotes continue to be legal tender.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

British West Africa scans needed for catalog

I am working on a new catalog of world notes and I need all the help I can get. If you have any of the notes listed below, please email 300-dpi, 100% actual size, 24-bit color scans of the front and back of these notes, saved as uncompressed JPEG, BMP, or TIFF. Please download and follow these detailed scanning instructions.

I am looking for 300-dpi images of the following banknotes of British West Africa:

P3 issued or specimen
P4 with Arabic text on back
P5 with blank back
P6 issued note, not specimen
P7 dated 2ND JANUARY, 1930, 21ST JULY, 1930, 10TH DECEMBER, 1943, 29TH NOVEMBER, 1948, and 28TH JULY, 1950
P8 dated December, 1947
P11 dated 31ST MARCH 1953

As a contributor, you will receive the satisfaction of taking part in creating something of excellence, your note will be immortalized as the plate note for the catalog, plus your name will appear in the Acknowledgements along with your email address or URL, if you wish.

Thanks in advance for everyone's cooperation!

Gambia new signature 10-dalasis note confirmed


10 dalasis (US$0.40), no date. Introduced 16.04.2009. Like Pick 26, but new signatures: Governor Saho and First Deputy Governor Njai.

Courtesy of Andrew Roberts.

Gambia new signature 5-dalasis note confirmed


5 dalasis (US$0.20), no date. Red. Front: Giant kingfisher bird; young Gambian girl. Back: Man with cattle in field; palm trees. Solid security thread printed THE GAMBIA. Watermark: Crocodile head. Printer: (TDLR). 132 x 69 mm. Introduced 16.04.2009. Like Pick 25, but new signatures: Governor Saho and First Deputy Governor Njai.

If anyone has the new D10 note also bearing these signatures, please send scans of same so that I can share them with others.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Gambia issues new signature varieties 16.04.2009

According to a press release from the Central Bank of The Gambia, on 16 April 2009, the bank “issued into circulation new D5 and D10 banknotes [US$0.20 and 0.40]. This is the first series of banknotes issued by the Bank since the appointment of Governor Momodou Bamba Saho [on 01.08.2007] and First Deputy Governor Basiru A. O. Njai. The new notes bearing the signatures of Governor Saho and First Deputy Governor Njai, are a reprint of the current design banknotes [Pick 25 and 26]. The design and features of these banknotes are similar to the current family of new design banknotes introduced in 2006. The new D5 and D10 banknotes will circulate side by side with the current existing banknotes. All current existing banknotes continue to be legal tender.”

Gambia issues new note series


The following text is from a press release issued by the Central Bank of The Gambia on 14 July 2006:
“As part of continuing efforts to improve the security, durability and aesthetic quality of The Gambia’s banknotes, the Central Bank of The Gambia is pleased to announce the introduction of new design legal tender banknotes with effect from Thursday, 27 July 2006.

“According to international best practice, central banks introduce significant banknote design and security feature changes every six to eight years. This continuous cycle of design change enables central banks to be proactive in meeting threats from counterfeiters and maintaining public confidence in their currencies. The Gambia’s banknote design upgrade was postponed because of the scheduled implementation of monetary union in the West African Monetary Zone by July 2005 and the planned eventual introduction of a single currency for the Zone. However, in May 2005, the deadline for the launch of monetary union was rescheduled to December 2009. Since then, the Central Bank has been collaborating with its banknote printers, De La Rue Currency [www.delarue.com], to upgrade The Gambia’s banknotes.
“The Gambian currency has undergone a series of changes since it was introduced in 1971. These include reduction in size, use of more sophisticated inks and dyes, improved security features and printing techniques, and the introduction of higher denomination notes, the D50 and D100. The last major design change was done in 1996 when the portrait of the former Head of State [Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara] was replaced with generic images.
“The new design banknotes will be similar to the current family of banknotes [Pick 20 - 24] to maintain continuity but will include improvements in the design, paper thickness and security features.
“The design of the banknotes would be modified to remove all the ‘white paper’ areas. The notes would be printed all over. This makes the notes less susceptible to accumulating dirt and would thus last longer. In addition, the box-like borders, especially on the back of the notes, have been removed to give the notes a more ‘open design’ look. The Gambia’s banknotes have contained these borders since 1971. This makes them look outdated. An ‘open design’ gives the banknotes a more modern look. The vignette on the back of the D10 banknote now features the Central Bank building.
“In addition to design changes, steps have also been taken to improve durability. The most important of these is to increase the paper thickness. In addition, the D5 and D10 would be coated with a special varnish after printing. This should extend the average circulation life of the banknotes. The security features of the D100 would also be upgraded by the inclusion of a silver foil on the front of the note with the image of 100 embossed into the foil. The Central Bank will continue to honour the existing banknotes at face value as long as they remain in circulation. The new family of banknotes will circulate side by side with the current existing banknotes. The current existing banknotes will continue to be legal tender until such a time as the stock is retired from circulation. As notes are returned to the Central Bank through the usual distribution channels, those in poor condition will be phased out of circulation. It is anticipated that this gradual phasing out will take several years to complete. A program of gradual introduction of the new design banknotes is considered the most cost-effective and practical means of undertaking this important exercise.”

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Courtesy of Chris Twining.