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West Africa (Federation) 50 Francs  1972 to Date
West Africa (Federation) 50 Francs 1972 to Date

The catalog tells me the unusual fish/lamprey pattern is a Taku, a symbol of prosperity, and this symbol appears on all coins from the newly federated States of West Africa. The 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, and 100 franc coins are made of nickel and brass, so these coins are worth face value. There are other coins, notably 500 francs and 5000 francs, which are made of silver and gold, so their value fluctuates with the precious metal market.

Since the 50 francs are modern coins made of non-precious metal, they are worth face value. Collectors, however, will pay small premiums (a few US dollars) to get a nice-looking example for their collections.

Coin: 12860 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Kellye, Wed, 17-Oct-2012 18:11:17 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 18-Oct-2012 13:24:30 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Wed, 14-Jun-2017 14:05:23 GMT
Requester description: 1984 Banque Centrale des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest. Fish or Lamprey. Union Monetaire Quest-Africaine. Fruit and leaves.
Tags: west africa federation 50 francs franc ouest western wests oest africano african afrikaanshe afrikaans africaine afrika africaanshe afrik afrikaansche afrique franks frank fancs banque bank centrale central des etats etat fish lamprey union monetaire monetary fruit leaves leaf banko banco bangko dunion lunion fruits greenery leafs boughs liafy bush leave leaved bough leafe leafed leafy leavs foliage taku

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