Guinean syli

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Guinean syli
syli guinéen  (French)
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2 sylis coin of 1971
Central bank Central Bank of the Republic of Guinea
 Website www.bcrg-guinee.org
User(s) Guinea
Subunit
 1/100 cauri
Coins 50 cauris, 1, 2, 5 sylis
Banknotes 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 500 sylis
This infobox shows the latest status before this currency was rendered obsolete.

The syli was the currency of Guinea between 1971 and 1985. It was subdivided into 100 cauris. The word syli means "elephant", while cauri refers to the shells formerly used as currency. The syli replaced the Guinean franc at a rate of 1 syli = 10 francs.

Coins of 50 cauris, 1, 2 and 5 sylis were made of aluminium. Banknotes of the 1971 series were issued in denominations of 10, 25, 50 and 100 sylis. A second series of banknotes was issued in 1980, this time in different colours and with four additional denominations – 1, 2, 5 and 500 sylis notes.

The syli was replaced by the Guinean franc in 1985 at par.

Banknotes[edit]

1971 notes
Image Value Main Colour Obverse Reverse Date of issue
[1] 10 sylis Brown Patrice Lumumba People with bananas 1971
[2] 25 sylis Dark brown King Behazin of Dahomey Man and cows
[3] 50 sylis Green Alpha Yaya Diallo (King of Labé) Kinkon hydroelectirc plant
[4] 100 sylis Violet Ahmed Sékou Touré Steam shovel and two dump trucks
1980 notes
[5] 1 syli Olive green Matori Bangoura text "un syli" 1980
[6] 2 sylis Orange King Mohammed V of Morocco text "deux sylis"
[7] 5 sylis Blue Kwame Nkrumah People with bananas
[8] 10 sylis Red Patrice Lumumba People with bananas
[9] 25 sylis Dark gren King Behazin of Dahomey Man and cows
[10] 50 sylis Dark brown Alpha Yaya Diallo (King of Labé) Kinkon hydroelectric plant
[11] 100 sylis Blue Ahmed Sékou Touré Steam shovel and two dump trucks
[12] 500 sylis Dark brown Josip Broz Tito People's Palace, Conakry

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