REGION: Africa
COUNTRY: Republic of Guinea
VALUE: 1000 francs

This banknote, printed exclusively in the year 2010 by the government of Guinea, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Guinea’s Central Bank. This note’s obverse side depicts a woman on the left, the Guinea coat of arms, and a drum. On the reverse, the note portrays a mask of the Dan people, and mechanized bauxite mining. The representation of masks on Guinea’s currency marks a radical change of policy, as the government of Guinea attempted to eradicate cultural artifacts in a massive “demysticiation” campaign soon after the country gained independence in 1958.