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Angolan kwanza
Current coins
Current coins
ISO 4217 Code AOA
User(s) Angola Angola
Inflation 13.2%
Source The World Factbook, 2006 est.
Subunit
1/100 cêntimo
Symbol Kz
Coins
Freq. used 1, 2, 5 kwanzas
Rarely used 10, 50 cêntimos
Banknotes 10, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000 kwanzas
Central bank Banco Nacional de Angola
Website www.bna.ao

The kwanza (sign: Kw; ISO 4217 code: AOA) is the currency of Angola. Four different currencies using the name kwanza have circulated since 1977.

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Start Date Finish Date ISO 4217 Currency Unit Sub Unit Notes
1977-01-08 1990-09-24 AOK Kwanza 100 lwei 1 kwanza = 1 Angolan escudo
1990-09-25 1995-06-30 AON Novo kwanza none 1 novo kwanza = 1 kwanza
1995-07-01 1999-11-30 AOR Kwanza reajustado none 1 kwanza reajustado = 1000 novos kwanzas
1999-12-01 present AOA Kwanza 100 cêntimos 1 kwanza = 1,000,000 kwanzas reajustados

First Kwanza, AOK, 1977-1990

50 lwei 1979
Coat of arms Value

The kwanza was introduced following Angolan independence. It replaced the escudo at par and was subdivided into 100 lwei. Its ISO 4217 code was AOK.

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Coins

1 lwei 1979
Coat of arms Value

The first coins issued for the kwanza did not bear any date, although all bore the date of independence, 11 November 1975. They were in denominations of 10, 20, 50 lwei, 1, 2, 5 and 10 kwanzas. 20 kwanza coins were added in 1978. The last date to appear on coins was 1979.

Banknotes

In 1977, banknotes (dated 1976) were introduced by the Banco Nacional in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 kwanzas. The 20 kwanza note was replaced by a coin in 1978.

Novo kwanza, AON, 1990-1995

In 1990, the novo kwanza was introduced, with the ISO 4217 code AON. Although it replaced the kwanza at par, Angolans could only exchange 5% of all old notes for new ones; they had to exchange the rest for government securities. This kwanza suffered from high inflation.

Banknotes

This currency was only issued in note form. The first banknotes issued in 1990 were overprints on earlier notes in denominations of 50 (report not confirmed), 500, 1000 and 5000 novos kwanzas (5000 novos kwanzas overprinted on 100 kwanzas). In 1991, the word novo was dropped from the issue of regular banknotes for 100, 500, 1000, 5000, 10,000, 50,000, 100,000 and 500,000 kwanzas.

Kwanza reajustado, AOR, 1995-1999

In 1995, the kwanza reajustado replaced the previous kwanza at a rate of 1,000 to 1. It had the ISO 4217 code AOR. The inflation continued and no coins were issued.

Banknotes

Despite the exchange rate, such was the low value of the old kwanza that the smallest denomination of banknote issued was 1000 kwanza reajustado. Other notes were 5,000, 10,000, 50,000, 100,000, 500,000, 1,000,000 and 5,000,000 kwanzas.

Second kwanza, AOA, 1999-

In 1999, a second currency was introduced simply called the kwanza. Unlike the first kwanza, this currency is subdivided into 100 cêntimos. The introduction of this currency saw the reintroduction of coins. Although it suffered early on from high inflation, its value has now stabilized.

Coins

Coins
Value Technical parameters Description Date of first minting
Diameter Mass Composition Edge Obverse Reverse
10 cêntimos 15 mm 1.5 g Copper plated steel Reeded State title, Coat of arms, year Value 1999
50 cêntimos 18 mm 3 g
1 kwanza 21 mm 4.5 g Cupronickel Reeded State title, Coat of arms, year Value 1999
2 kwanzas 22 mm 5 g
5 kwanzas 26 mm 7 g
For table standards, see the coin specification table.

Coins in 10 and 50 cêntimo denominations aren't used any more, as the values are minuscule.

Banknotes

Banknotes
Image Value Main Colour Description Date of
Obverse Reverse Obverse Reverse Watermark printing issue
[1] [2] 1 kwanza Pink Agostinho Neto, José Eduardo dos Santos Women picking cotton  ? October 1999 1 December 1999
[3] [4] 5 kwanzas Light green Mountain pass
[5] [6] 10 kwanzas Red 2 antelopes
[7] [8] 50 kwanzas Lime Off-shore oil rig
[9] [10] 100 kwanzas Yellow-brown Banco Nacional de Angola
[11] [12] 200 kwanzas Lilac Aerial view of Luanda November 2003 19 July 2004
[13] [14] 500 kwanzas Orange Cotton
[15] [16] 1000 kwanza Rose Coffee plantation
[17] [18] 2000 kwanza Lime Sea shore 2006
For table standards, see the banknote specification table.

The banknotes are quite similar in design, with only different colours separating them.

Historical exchange rates

This table shows the historical value of one U.S. dollar in Angola kwanzas:

Date Currency code and Name Rate
1994 AON novo kwanza 34,200 to 850,000
Jan to Jun 1995 AON novo kwanza 1,000,000 to 2,100,000
1 July 1995 1000 AON -> 1 AOR (kwanza reajustado)
Jul to Dec 1995 AOR kwanza reajustado 2,100 to 13,000
1996 AOR kwanza reajustado 13,000 to 210,000 to 194,000
1997 AOR kwanza reajustado 194,000 to 253,300
1998 AOR kwanza reajustado 253,300 to 594,000
1999 AOR kwanza reajustado 594,000 to 5,400,000
1 December 1999 1 million AOR -> 1 AOA (kwanza)
2000 AOA kwanza 5.4 to 16.3
2001 AOA kwanza 16.3 to 31.12
2002 AOA kwanza 31.12 to 57.47
2003 AOA kwanza 57.47 to 86.88 to 78.61
2004 AOA kwanza 78.61 to 85.90
2005 AOA kwanza 85.90 to 88.97 to 80.58
2006 AOA kwanza 80.58 to 89.01 to 80.57
2007 AOA kwanza 80.57 to 74.78 to 75.16
2008 AOA kwanza 75.16 to -

Angola's currencies were the Least valued currency unit several times in the 1990s.

Current AOA exchange rates
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Kwanza
Preceded by:
Angolan escudo
Reason: independence (in 1975)
Ratio: at par
Currency of Angola
1977 – 1990
Succeeded by:
Novo kwanza
Reason: government seized part of the money supply
Ratio: at par (see article for more detail)
Novo kwanza
Preceded by:
Kwanza
Reason: government seized part of the money supply
Ratio: at par (see article for more detail)
Currency of Angola
1990 – 1995
Succeeded by:
Kwanza reajustado
Reason: inflation
Ratio: 1 kwanza reajustado = 1000 novos kwanzas
Kwanza reajustado
Preceded by:
Novo kwanza
Reason: inflation
Ratio: 1 kwanza reajustado = 1000 novos kwanzas
Currency of Angola
1995 – 1999
Succeeded by:
Kwanza
Reason: inflation
Ratio: 1 kwanza = 1,000,000 kwanzas reajustados
Kwanza
Preceded by:
Kwanza reajustado
Reason: inflation
Ratio: 1 kwanza = 1,000,000 kwanzas reajustados
Currency of Angola
1999 –
Succeeded by:
Current

1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

'KWANZA (COANZA or Quanza), a river of West Africa, with a course of about 700 m. entirely within the Portuguese territory of Angola. The source lies in about 13° 40' S., 17° 30' E. on the Bihe plateau, at an altitude of over 5000 ft. It runs first N.E. and soon attains fairly large dimensions. Just north of 12° it is about 60 yds. wide and 13 to 16 ft. deep. From this point to 10 it flows N.W., receiving many tributaries, especially the Luando from the east. In about 10°, and at intervals during its westerly passage through the outer plateau escarpments, its course is broken by rapids, the river flowing in a well-defined valley flanked by higher ground. The lowest fall is that of Kambamba, or Livingstone, with a drop of 70 ft. Thence to the sea, a distance of some 160 m., it is navigable by small steamers, though. very shallow in the dry season. The river enters the sea in 9° 15' S., 13° 20' E., 40 m. S. of Loanda. There is a shifting bar at its mouth, difficult to cross, but the river as a waterway has become of less importance since the fertile district in its middle basin has been served by the railway from Loanda to Ambaca '(see Angola).


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