Old Equatorial Guinean 1000 pesetas banknote, 1969
Three denominations of banknotes were issued dated 12 DE OCTUBRE DE 1969. These were 100, 500 and 1000 pesetas. In 1975, notes denominated in ekuele replaced the peseta guineana at par. In 1979, the portrait of Francisco Macías Nguema was removed from the currency of Equatorial Guinea after his overthrow on 3 August 1979, and subsequent execution on 29 September following a guilty verdict for crimes including genocide, mass murder, embezzlement of public funds, violations of human rights, and treason. The traditional coat of arms was also restored. Concurrent with the release of these new notes, the name of the currency was also changed from ekuele (plural ekuele) to ekwele (plural bipkwele). Equatorial Guinea entered the Franc Zone on 2 January 1985. The ekwele was replaced by the Central African franc (written Franco on these notes) at a rate of 1 franc = 4 bipkwele. In the late 1980s, Equatorial Guinea joined the Central African States, which issued its notes thereafter.