YEAR PRINTED: 1981
VALUE: 500 West African CFA francs
This banknote, printed from 1981 until 1990 for the government of Senegal, celebrates the traditional masks of west Africa. It is issued in the denomination of 500 West African CFA francs, which is a combined currency used by eight countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. The note’s obverse side depicts a man in a hat and a “firespitter” funerary mask of the Senufo people of Côte d’Ivoire and parts of Mali and Burkina Faso. The reverse depicts a palm plant and palm farm, and a kpelie mask, also of the Senufo people.