currencies of the Gambia

The Gambia has released new currency notes with national birds replacing portraits of former President Yahya Jammeh.

Central bank chief Bakary Jammeh presented copies of the new notes to President Adama Barrow ahead of their release through commercial banks from Tuesday.

The Gambia uses the dalasi, which has been in circulation since independence in 1965. The current notes are a total overhaul of the denominations that include 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200.

The currencies with Mr Jammeh’s image were printed in 2015 and the central bank announced in 2018 that it was phasing out those notes.

Mr Jammeh’s rule ended when President Adama Barrow took office after winning elections in December 2016.

The currency change is happening at a time when the Gambian Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), set up by the new government, is investigating human rights violations alleged to have been committed during Mr Jammeh’s 22-year rule, including reports of extrajudicial killings, torture and arbitrary detention.