The front of our banknote features the agriculture of coffee in central Africa. The coffee flower in the lower left and the coffee fruit in the upper right, then the coffee picking in the upper center and the coffee winnowing in the lower center, all elements of the agriculture so important to Central Africa. Our banknote is from Chad. This is indicated by the letter “P” in the top right corner and lower left corner of the front of our banknote.
6 countries participated in the common currency known as the Central African CFA franc at this time. The images are the same, but each banknote is marked with a country code. For the banknotes issued from 1993 until 2001, the country codes for the 6 participating nations were as follows:
C – Congo, E – Cameroon, F – Central African Republic, L – Gabon, N – Equitorial Guinea, P – Chad
For the banknotes issued in 2002, the country codes for the 6 participating nations were as follows:
T – Congo, U – Cameroon, M – Central African Republic, A – Gabon, F – Equitorial Guinea, C – Chad
The first two digits of the serial number identify the year of issuance. So, for example, the serial number on our banknote from Chad, above, is 0058189410. The first two digits are 00. This indicates that the year of issuance is the year 2000. Had the year of issuance been 1997, the first two digits would be 97.
The logging industry is featured on the reverse of this banknote from Chad. Appropriate trees are selected and felled in the forest. Then they are topped and delimbed and cut into transportable logs. The image on our banknote shows five men, equipped with tools of the trade, guiding their prepared logs on the waterways of Central Africa to the preplanned spot where a transport truck is waiting.
The beautiful hardwoods from the equatorial rainforests of Central Africa are prized around the world.
The six participant countries are indicated in this map on our banknote.
Chad is at the top of this map.