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Currency in Circulation:

Notes: N1000 | N500 | N200| N100 C | N100 | N50 | N20 | N10 | N5
Coins: N2 | N 1 | 50 Kobo

Currency Withdrawn:

 Earlier | 1959 | 1965 | 1968 | 1973 | 1977 | 1979 | 1984 | 1991 | 2007

N50 Note

Dimensions
130mm x 78mm

Date Released
28th February, 2007

Design
The N50 note was introduced in 1991 and redesigned in 2007. Ornamental patterns, geometric motifs adapted from Nigerian traditional art form were intricately combined and colors were chosen to ensure beauty, distinctiveness and clear identification.

The back side image depicts a big catch by local fishermen.

Past Issues of this note

With drawn in 2007
 

The main feature on the front are the hand engraved portraits of four Nigerians, three men and a woman, superimposed on the Nigerian map.

The main feature on the back is a hand engraved vignette that depicts farming in its two aspects of cultivating and harvesting. The right top corner value is on two cowries shells. Cowrie shells were once a medium of exchange in the country.

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Facts : 1/16/2006
The Cowry:The Cowry has, for centuries, served our people as an important form of currency. In 1860 the following system was in use: 40 Cowries formed a "String"; 50 Strings made a "head" and 10 heads comprised a "bag". In Lagos in 1865 one bag of 20,000 shells was exchanged for one or two English Pounds.
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