Just a few coins

Chad 500 Francs 1985
Chad 500 Francs 1985 (scaled to about 210dpi)

On 11th August 1960, Chad attained full independence from France.

The first coins of the C.A.R. were a series of Silver and Gold commemorative coins in 1970, the Gold pieces being in many ways similar to the 1970 Gold commemoratives of Cameroon and Congo.

The first circulation coins specifically for the Chad were 100 Franc coins dated 1971. There are nine other dates of this denomination with the last one being 1990. It would seem that the 1990 100 Francs must be the last circulation coins specifically for Chad. The country’s only other circulation coins were 1985 dated 500 Franc coins which are quite scarce.

Chad along with Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon is a member of the Central African States. These six nations form the Central Africa Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC), whose common central bank is the Bank of Central African States (BEAC).

The circulation coins of Chad are somewhat thin in number (most are just 100 Francs and all are from the period 1970 to 1990 inclusive). The Bank of the Central African States issues (or has issued) coins of denominations 500 Francs down to 1 Franc and these are for use in any of the countries in CEMAC. Furthermore, the 1976-1991 dated 50 Francs and the 500 Francs 1976 to 1984 all had a letter A, B, C, D or E on them to show their intended country of first issue. The pieces with the letter “A” were the ones first issued in Chad The Central African States evolved from the Equatorial African States and the coins of the Equatorial African States were widely used in Chad and are dated 1958 to 1973.


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