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See 10 Changes Made On Nigeria’s Currency Since 1960

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has redesigned some new naira notes. This move has continued to generate mixed reactions.

From economists to the man on the street, the policy has generated a huge debate.

The new notes include N200, N500 and N1000.

While this is not the first time Nigeria will be redesigning its currency, it has made several modifications in times past.

The first major currency issue in Nigeria was undertaken following the colonial ordinance of 1880 which introduced the Shillings and Pence as the legal tender currency in British West Africa.

Here’s a timeline of changes made on Nigeria’s currency since 1960:

  1. In 1962, the inscription “Federation of Nigeria was changed to ” Federal Republic of Nigeria” on the notes to reflect Nigeria’s status as a “republic” after gaining Independence in 1960.

  2. In 1973, Nigeria switched to naira from pound as the legal tender. At that time, one naira was worth ten shillings. The kobo was regarded as the minor unit. A hundred kobo was equivalent to a naira.

  3. In 1977, a new ₦20 banknote was introduced. It had the image of a prominent citizen, late Head of state, General Murtala Mohammed.

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It was also the highest denomination at the time and was produced due to the growth of the country’s economy.

  1. In 1979, ₦1, ₦5, ₦10 were introduced in different colors in the same dimension as the N20 note.

The notes had portraits of prominent Nigerians.

  1. In 1984, there were color changes on all the Bank notes except 50 kobo.

  2. ₦100, ₦200, ₦500 and ₦1000 notes were created in December 1999, November 2000, April 2001 and October 2005 respectively.

  3. In 2007, a polymer N20 banknote was introduced for the first time.

Also, the ₦1 and 50K coins were redesigned and the ₦2 coin was created.

  1. In 2009, N50, N10 and N5 notes were changed to polymer seeing the benefits with N20 note.

  2. To celebrate Nigeria’s 59th anniversary, a new N50 naira note was created in 2010.

  3. To mark 100th anniversary of Nigeria’s amalgamation in 1914, the N100 note was redesigned in December 19, 2014.

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The latest design is expected to be circulated by December 15, 2022 while the old notes would still be used continue till January 31, 2023.

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