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The Gambian Dalasi
The dalasi is the currency of the Gambia. It is subdivided into 100 bututs. The dalasi was adopted in 1971. It replaced the Gambian pound at a rate of 1 pound = 5 dalasis, i.e., 1 dalasi = 0.2 pound = 4 shillings.
In 1971, coins were introduced in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 bututs and 1 dalasi. The reverse designs of the three higher denominations were taken from the corresponding denominations of the previous currency (1, 2 and 4 shillings), with the reverse designs for the lower three coins coming from the 6, 1 and 3 pence coins, respectively.
New 1 dalasi coins were introduced in 1987, modelled on the British 50 pence coin .
Currently only the 25 and 50 bututs and 1 dalasi coins are in circulation. The current coins are of the 1998 issue which also included 1, 5 and 10 bututs coins which have since been removed from circulation.
Banknotes currently in circulation are 5, 10, 25, 50, and 100 dalasis. In 2006 the banknote designs were upgraded and modernized. All older series of banknotes remain legal tender.
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