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Currency in Circulation:

Notes: N1000 | N500 | N200| N100 C | N100 | N50 | N20 | N10 | N5
Coins: N2 | N 1 | 50 Kobo

Currency Withdrawn:

 Earlier | 1959 | 1965 | 1968 | 1973 | 1977 | 1979 | 1984 | 1991 | 2007

Before 1959

Prior to the establishment of the West African Currency Board, Nigeria had used various forms of money including cowries and manilas. Commodities were also used as a form of exchange known as barter.

The West African Currency Board was responsible for issuing currency notes in Nigeria from 1912 to 1959.

Name
Manila
Dimension: Varies in Size
Material: Pig Iron & Slag
Period Used: up until 1700
Manila
Dimension: Varies in Size
Material: Pig Iron & Slag
Period Used: up until 1700
Manila
Dimension: Varies in Size
Material: Pig Iron & Slag
Period Used: up until 1600
Cowries
Dimension: @ 0.5 In across
Period Used: before 1700
The Cowry has, for centuries, served our people as an important form of currency. In 1860 the following system was in use: 40 Cowries formed a "String"; 50 Strings made a "head" and 10 heads comprised a "bag". In Lagos in 1865 one bag of 20,000 shells was exchanged for one or two English Pounds.
Salt & Barter
Period Used: before 1600
 

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Facts : 3/1/1993
Nigerian Inter-Bank Settlement System:In March 1993, the Nigerian Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) was incorportaed to enhance the speed and effeciency of the national clearing system.
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