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The pound was the currency of the Gambia between 1907 and 1971. Until 1966, Gambia used the British West African pound, after which it issued its own currency. In 1971, the dalasi replaced the pound at a rate of 1 pound = 5 dalasi, i.e., 1 dalasi = 4 shillings.



Coins were introduced in 1966 in denominations of 1, 3 and 6 pence, 1, 2 and 4 shillings, with 8 shillings added in 1970. All coins had Queen Elizabeth II's portrait on the obverse.

Value Date Composition Reverse
1 penny 1966 Bronze Native sailing boat
3 pence 1966 Aluminium bronze Double-spurred francolin
6 pence 1966 Cupronickel Three peanuts
1 shilling 1966 Cupronickel Oil palm
2 shillings 1966 Cupronickel African domestic ox
4 shillings 1966 Cupronickel Slender-snouted crocodile
8 shillings 1970 Cupronickel Hippopotamus

The 8 shilling coin of Gambia is the only example of this denomination ever minted. With the exception of the Hippopotamus, the reverse designs of the pre-decimal coins were reused on Gambia's decimal coins.


In 1965, banknotes were introduced by the Gambia Currency Board in denominations of 10 shillings, 1 and 5 pounds. All notes had a sailing boat with a forest background on the obverse and were produced until 1970.

Value Colour Reverse
10 shillings Green Natives tending their crops
1 pound Red Labourers working at a wharf
5 pounds Blue People using hand powered machinery

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