Money of Africa
As the British Empire expanded its contacts with Africa, the need for currency grew. The solution was to use a mix of local currencies, Spanish-American or British coinage, and currency made specifically for use in the colonies.
With the independence of most countries of the region during the 1960s and 70s, a plethora of new currencies developed. They reflect the melding of the European monetary tradition with native designs and traditional regional concepts of money. Many currencies of former British colonies reflect local traditions melded with the pound sterling. African currency is notable for its wildlife images, reflecting the natural abundance and diversity of sub-Saharan savannas, forests and jungles.
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