Gabon 2000 Francs Banknote, Year 2000 – Face and Back
Our beautiful banknote can only be identified as belonging to the African country of Gabon, by the letter “L”, above the numeral 2000 in the bottom left corner. If that letter had been “C” or “E” or “F” or “N” or “P”, it would be identified with one of the other 5 countries using the same currency. Together, those 5 plus our Gabon comprise the CFA or Central African Financial cooperative.
The nations and their currency code, for the 2000 franc banknote, are as follows: C (Republic of the Congo; 1993-2002 issue); E (Cameroon; 1993-2002 issue); F (Central African Republic; 1994-2002 issue); L (Gabon; 1993-2002 issue); N (Equatorial Guinea; 1993-2000 issue); P (Chad; 1993-2000 issue)
The Map on the left is on the front of the banknote. Notice that it is segmented into 6 parts, each with a dot. This is a map of the 6 Central Africa Nations that compose the CFA, or known in English as the Financial Cooperation in Central Africa. The countries mapped are, starting from the top and proceeding in a clockwise rotation, Chad, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
The image on the right, selected from this website, highlights the 6 member countries in dark red, and their positions in the continent.
Debate continues over the present use of the French backed common currency in the 21st century as outlined in this January 2018 article in the Economist.