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June 2, 2017
Mauritania 100 Ouguiya Banknote
This 100 Ouguiya banknote was printed and distributed in 2001 by the Central Bank of MAURITANIA (French: Banque Centrale de Mauritanie). All 100 Ouguiya banknotes display the November 28th series date (28. 11. 2001). 1 Ouguiya equals 5 Khoums. In terms of legal tender, coins with the Khoums denomination — there were never any Khoums banknotes — are generally considered obsolete and rarely used for monetary transactions. Basic geographic facts about Mauritania can be found in the short-and-sweet GeoFact of the Day post (↗).
What's on the Money?
This banknote's obverse side is devoid of object illustrations but chock full of colorful, ornamental arabesque designs. Hassānīya Arabic text spells out Central Bank of Mauritania at the top, while Eastern Arabic numerals display the 100 denomination. The banknote's reverse depicts two West-African musical instruments, a grazing cow, and the Chinguetti Mosque in the background. The bottom-left instrument is known as the ardin, while the crossbow-looking instrument is called the kora ("African harp"). A component of a UNESCO World Heritage Site (↗), Chinguetti Mosque is located in the namesake town of Chinguetti (population: ~5,000) in north-central Mauritania. Above the mosque is a textbox with the following admonishment: Les auteurs ou complices de falsification ou de contrefaçon de billets de banque seront punis conformement aux lois et actes en vigueur. This is the English meaning of the counterfeit-thwarting statement: The perpetrators or accomplices of falsification or counterfeiting of banknotes will be punished in accordance with the laws and acts in force.
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