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Guinean franc
franc guinéen (French)
5000 franc of the current series
5000 franc of the current series
ISO 4217 Code GNF
User(s)  Guinea
Inflation 15%
Source The World Factbook, 2008 est.
Subunit
1/100 centime
Symbol FG (possibly also Fr or GFr)
Coins 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 francs
Banknotes 100, 500, 1000, 5000, 10 000 francs
Central bank Banque Centrale de la République de Guinée
Website www.bcrg.gov.gn

The Guinean franc (French: franc guinéen, ISO 4217 code: GNF) is the currency of Guinea.

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History

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First Guinean franc

The first Guinean franc was introduced in 1959 to replace the CFA franc. There were 1, 5, 10 and 25 francs coins (made of aluminium bronze) with banknotes (dated 1958) in 50, 100, 500, 1000, 5000 and 10,000 francs denominations. A second series of banknotes was issued in 1960, without the 10,000 francs. This second series had the same portrait but with a different colour scheme and reverse designs to the first. A new issue of coins in 1962 was made of cupronickel.

In 1971, the franc replaced the syli at a rate of 1 syli = 10 francs.

Second Guinean franc

The Guinean franc was reintroduced as Guinea's currency in 1985, at par with the syli. The coins came in denominations of 1, 5 and 10 francs, with 25 francs (1987) and 50 francs (1994) added later. Banknotes were issued in denominations of 25, 50, 100, 500, 1000 and 5000 francs.

A second series issued in 1998 dropped the 25 and 50 francs banknotes, since they had been replaced by coins. 2006, third issue were introduced in denomination of 500, 1000 and 5000 francs that are similar to previous issues. On 11 June 2007, a 10,000 franc was issued. [1].

Exchange rates

From an average value of about 2500 Guinean francs to the pound sterling during the year 2000, the value of the currency has fallen to a current level (April 2006) of about 8000 to the GBP and about 4500 to the United States dollar. On 23 November 2007, yahoo finance quoted the rate as 4,280 Fr to 1 U.S dollar.

Current GNF exchange rates
From Google Finance: AUD CAD CHF EUR GBP HKD JPY USD
From Yahoo! Finance: AUD CAD CHF EUR GBP HKD JPY USD
From XE.com: AUD CAD CHF EUR GBP HKD JPY USD
From OANDA.com: AUD CAD CHF EUR GBP HKD JPY USD

Note: The official exchange rate and the exchange rate the population uses are different due to the lack of foreign currency in the banks. At Gbessia Airport, this is the rate you should be getting, give or take 200 GNF.

See also

References

  1. ^ Nachthund (2007-01-07). "Update - Guinea.". http://www.nachthund.biz/CatalogUpdate/Guinea/GuineaIndex.html. Retrieved 2007-01-19.  

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