History and a few coins

There are older circulation coins for Togo from the 1920’s, the 1940’s and the 1950’s - in all there are 6 types (10 type/date combinations in total) - some are hard to find.

Togo 5 Francs 1956
The 5 Francs of 1956 - the last circulation coins for just Togo.

The region that these coins were used is the the region that is now that of the Republic of Togo. During this period there was also a British administered part of Togo. These two parts were collectively under German control and known as German Togoland for some years up until the First World War. Germany’s control of the region came to an end through the Anglo-French occupationof the area during this war. The British administered part of Togo merged with Ghana in 1957

The 1957 10 and 25 Franc coins of French West Africa read “AFRIQUE OCCIDENTALE FRANCAISE   TOGO”. This addition of the word “TOGO” to the legends as compared to the 1956 issues was merely to point out that the French West Africa coins were now also for use in Togo. The last circulation coins of Togo had been an issue of 1956 dated 5 Franc coins. Since then the only coins issued specifically for Togo were some non-circulating commemorative coins in gold and silver, these were dated 1977. The coins of French West Africa were superceded, in 1959, by the coins of the West African States, the currency unit of this common currency area is the “CFA Franc (West)”.

The “CFA Franc (West)” is the common currency of Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. These eight countries form the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), whose common central bank is the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO). The coins circulating in these countries are issued by the BCEAO are are inscribed in French “BANQUE CENTRALE DES ETATS DE L’AFRIQUE DE L’OUEST”. The catologues list these coins under “West African States” for which there is a separate section here too.


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