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List of Official African Currencies & their ISOs

Prior to the use of typical currencies, African currencies were formed from common materials, items and barter trades as mediums of buying and selling. It is was until European colonial masters introduced their own monetary means in the countries they dominated in the 17th century that African currencies started changing from the use of local items, such as shells, ingots, Gold (gold dust and gold coins (the Asante), arrowheads, iron, salt, cattle, goats, blankets, axes, beads, cowries, perforated coppers, brass, etc., to metal coins and notes.

Some African countries, after the departure of European colonial powers as a result of independence, found reasons to change their currencies and their names as given by their colonialists while some post-colonial governments found no reasons to have their currencies changes.

In Nigeria, for example, the British West African pound was replaced by the Nigerian pound which was divided into shillings, before being replaced by the Naira. The Naira is still being used in Nigeria till date.

The essence of this post is to list all present African currencies as well as their ISOs:

Present African Currencies and their ISOs

Present Currencies of African Countries
Currency ISOCountryCurrency
DZD AlgeriaAlgerian dinar
AOA AngolaKwanza
XOF BeninCFA franc
BWP BotswanaPula
XOF Burkina FasoCFA franc
BIF BurundiBurundi franc
XAF CameroonCFA franc
CVE Cape VerdeCape Verdean escudo
XAF Central African RepublicCFA franc
XAF ChadCFA franc
KMF ComorosComorian franc
XAF Republic of the CongoCFA franc
CDF Democratic Republic of the CongoCongolese franc
DJF DjiboutiDjiboutian franc
EGP EgyptEgyptian pound
XAF Equatorial GuineaCFA franc
ERN EritreaNakfa
ETB EthiopiaEthiopian birr
XAF GabonCFA franc
GMD GambiaDalasi
GHS GhanaGhanaian cedi
GNF GuineaGuinean franc
XOF Guinea-BissauCFA franc
XOF Ivory CoastCFA franc
KES KenyaKenyan shilling
LSL LesothoLoti
LRD LiberiaLiberian dollar
LYD LibyaLibyan dinar
MGA MadagascarMalagasy ariary
MWK MalawiMalawian kwacha
XOF MaliCFA franc
MRO MauritaniaOuguiya
MUR MauritiusMauritian rupee
MAD MoroccoMoroccan dirham
MZN MozambiqueMozambican metical
NAD NamibiaNamibian dollar
XOF NigerCFA franc
NGN NigeriaNaira
RWF RwandaRwandan franc
STD Sao Tome and PrincipeDobra
XOF SenegalCFA franc
SCR SeychellesSeychellois rupee
SLL Sierra LeoneSierra Leonean leone
SOS Somaliashilling
ZAR South AfricaSouth African rand
SSP South SudanSouth Sudanese pound
SDG SudanSudanese pound
SZL SwazilandLilangeni
TZS TanzaniaTanzanian shilling
XOF TogoCFA franc
TND TunisiaTunisian dinar
UGX UgandaUgandan shilling
ZMW ZambiaZambian kwacha
ZBN ZimbabweRTGS Dollar

 

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