Want List and Inventory: West African States Banknotes
(+ Independent Mali and Mauritania)

The following inventory of West African States notes indicates the grade of items in my personal collection. It contains all known issued varieties (except perhaps a few of the most recent issues).  All varieties with a "??" have been reported but not yet confirmed.  Numerous other varieties probably were printed.  See my BUY LIST for items I will purchase in ANY CONDITION.  I am also interested in upgrading - at least two grades above my current note. The list below does not contain Pick catalog numbers.  While I do almost all the pricing and revisions for this section of the catalog, I have always found the current numbering system redundant and confusing.  However, see the section on PICK Catalog, West African States Updates for my latest price and date submission. Let me know if you need help identifying a particular variety. If you do not have access to a list of signatures Click Here.
 

1959-77 Issues

Issues w/o Code Letters

   Denom.    Sign.    Date    Condition 
     50 fr     1      ND(58)     AU+
    100 fr     1      23-4-59    UNC
    100 fr     5      ND         UNC    
    500 fr     1      15-4-59    AU-Unc
   1000 fr     1      17-9-59    XF+
   5000 fr     1      15-4-59    AU-UNC

 
 
 

100 francs (1959-67)

  Sign. Date                Code Letter 
                A     B     C     D    E    H    K    T        
 
  1    20-3-61  UNC   UNC   UNC   VF   VF   XF   VF   UNC
  2(e) 20-3-61  AU    UNC   UNC             F+   UNC  AU
  2(l) 20-3-61  UNC   UNC   UNC             XF   UNC  XF
  3    2-12-64  UNC   UNC             UNC   F    XF   VF
  4    2-03-65  UNC   UNC   AU        VF-XF UNC  XF   UNC
  4      ND     UNC   UNC   UNC       VF    UNC  UNC  UNC
  5      ND     UNC                              XF   VF
 
(e) Engraved; block numbers of 130-175.
(l) Lithographed; block numbers of 176-198.

 
 
 

500 francs (1959-78)

 Sign.  Date                    Code Letter
                 A     B    C    D    E    H    K    T
 
 
  1    15-4-59   VF    F    F    F    F    G-VG F    XF
  1    20-3-61   UNC   F    F         VF        UNC  XF
  2    20-3-61   VF    F-VF VF+       XF   F    XF   XF
  3    2-12-64   F                         UNC  UNC
  4    2-03-65         G    F         VF   UNC  XF
  5      ND      UNC   F    XF        XF+  VF+  XF   XF-AU
  6(e)   ND      UNC   XF   UNC       XF   UNC  UNC  XF+
  6(l)   ND      F-VF       XF        VF   XF   UNC  VG
  7      ND      XF    UNC  XF        XF+  XF   XF   AU
  8      ND      F-VF  XF   UNC            UNC  UNC  VF
  9      ND      UNC   UNC  XF             UNC  UNC  UNC
  10     ND      UNC   UNC                 UNC  UNC  XF
  11     ND      UNC   UNC  UNC            UNC  UNC  UNC
  12     ND      UNC        UNC                 UNC
 
(e) Engraved; block numbers of P.25-E.33.
(l) Lithographed; block numbers of H.33-H.35.

 
 
 

1000 francs (1959-79)

  Sign. Date                  Code Letter
                  A    B    C    D    E    H    K    T
 
  1    17-9-59    F    F    XF   XF   G    ??   XF   G
  1    20-3-61    UNC  FAIR XF   XF   AU   XF   F    AU
  2    20-3-61    AU   XF   F-VF           POOR VF   F-VF
  4    2-03-65    VF   VF+  XF        VF   UNC  VF+  XF
  5      ND       AU        F              UNC  VF   UNC
  6(e)   ND       UNC  VF+  XF+       AU   VF+  UNC  XF
  6(l)   ND       UNC  AU   XF        XF   UNC  UNC  F-VF
  7      ND       UNC  UNC  UNC            UNC  UNC  UNC
  8      ND       UNC  UNC  VF+            XF   F    VF
  9      ND       UNC  AU   UNC            UNC  XF   AU+
  10     ND       UNC  AU   AU+            UNC  UNC  UNC
  11     ND       UNC  UNC  UNC            UNC  UNC  UNC
  12     ND       UNC  UNC  UNC            UNC  UNC  UNC
  13     ND       UNC       UNC            XF   UNC  UNC
 
(e) Engraved; block numbers of M.74 or lower.
(l) Lithographed; block numbers of A.75 or higher.

 
 
 

5000 francs (1959-76)

  Sign.  Date                  Code Letter
                  A    B    C    D    E    H    K    T
 
  1    20-3-61    VF+  F    VF   XF   F-VF G    F    UNC
  2    20-3-61    XF   F-VF VG        F+   F    F
  3    2-12-64    VF                            XF
  4    2-03-65    VF        VF        VF   VF   VF
  6      ND       AU   AU+  AU        AU   XF   XF   AU
  7      ND       XF   UNC  UNC       F    F-VF UNC  VF
  8      ND       VF                            VG   F
  9      ND       UNC  VF   UNC            UNC  UNC  UNC
  10     ND       UNC  UNC                 UNC  UNC
  11     ND       UNC       UNC            UNC  UNC  UNC


1977-91 Issues

500 francs (1979-80)

    Sign.  Date              Code Letter
                   A    B    C    D    H    K    T
 
    12     1979    UNC  VF+  UNC       UNC  UNC  UNC
    13     1980    UNC  UNC  UNC       UNC  UNC

 
 
 

500 francs (1981-90)

    Sign.  Date              Code Letter
                   A    B    C    D    H    K    T
 
    15(f)  1981    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  XF   UNC
    15     1981    UNC  UNC  UNC       XF   UNC  UNC
    15*    1981    UNC  UNC  F         UNC  UNC  UNC
    17     1981    F    VF   XF   UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    15(f)  1982    XF   UNC  UNC       UNC  UNC  UNC
    17(f)  1983    UNC  G    XF             UNC
    18     1984    UNC  UNC  UNC       VF   UNC  UNC
    19     1984    UNC  UNC  UNC       F         UNC
    19     1985    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  XF   UNC  UNC
    20     1986    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    20     1987    UNC  XF   UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    14     1988    UNC  XF   UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  XF
    21     1989    UNC  AU   UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    22     1990    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC

 
 
 

1000 francs (1981-90)

    Sign.  Date              Code Letter
                   A    B    C    D    H    K    T
 
    15     1981    UNC  UNC  UNC       XF   UNC  UNC
    15*    1981    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    16                                      UNC**
    17     1981    UNC       XF   UNC  VG   UNC  XF
    18     1984    UNC  UNC  UNC       XF   UNC  UNC
    19     1984    UNC  F-VF XF        F    VF   VF
    19     1985    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  XF   UNC
    20     1986    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  VF
    20     1987    XF   UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    14     1988    UNC  UNC  AU   UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    21     1989    UNC  UNC  VF   UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    22     1990    UNC  UNC  UNC  XF   UNC  UNC  UNC
 
(f)  These notes have small serial numbers with 10 digits
     and were printed by the Bank of France; the others
     have 9 digits and were printed by Oberthur.
 
* These are error notes which have zeros as the first three digits
  of the serial numbers because of stuck rotors on Oberthur
  presses.
 
**  SPECIMEN

 
 
 

5000 francs (1977-92)

    Sign.  Date              Code Letter
                   A    B    C    D    H    K    T
 
    11     1977    AU
    14     1977    F-VF UNC  XF        XF   XF   UNC
    12     1978    UNC       UNC       AU   UNC  UNC
    12     1979    UNC  XF   AU        XF   UNC  UNC
    13     1980    UNC                 UNC  UNC
    15     1981    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  VF   F    UNC
    15     1982    AU+  UNC  UNC       AU   UNC  UNC
    16     1983    F                        UNC
    17     1983    F    F    UNC       UNC  UNC  F
    17     1984                   UNC
    18     1984    UNC  VG   UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    19     1984    UNC
    19     1985    UNC  VG   UNC  UNC  UNC  F
    20     1986    VF   VG-F VF+  UNC  UNC  VF
    20     1987    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  AU
    14     1988    UNC  F    UNC  UNC
    14     1989    AU   UNC  UNC  F    UNC  UNC  UNC
    21     1990    AU+  UNC  UNC  AU   UNC  XF   UNC
    22     1991    XF   XF   UNC  UNC       UNC  F+
    22     1992         UNC  UNC            UNC  UNC
    23     1992         UNC  UNC  UNC       UNC  UNC
    24     1992         F    UNC  F         UNC  XF

 
 
 

10000 francs (1977-92)

    Sign.  Date            Code Letter
                 A    B    C    D    H    K    T
 
    11     ND    XF   UNC  UNC       UNC  UNC  UNC
    12     ND    VF   F    UNC       G    UNC  F
    13     ND    UNC       UNC       VF   UNC  F
    14(77)* ND    AU   UNC  VG        UNC  VG   XF
    14(88)  ND    UNC  VF        UNC  UNC  UNC
    15     ND    UNC  UNC  F    UNC  UNC  AU   UNC
    16     ND         XF                  UNC  UNC
    18     ND    XF   F         UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    19     ND    AU   UNC       VG   F    F-VF
    20 3dgt ND    VF   UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    20 2dgt ND    AU             F    F    F 
    21     ND    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  XF
    22     ND    UNC  UNC  AU   UNC  UNC  UNC  XF
    23     ND    VF   XF   UNC            VF+  UNC
 
* Alphabet numbers are in the 6-7 range for the early (1977)
  varieties of signature 14 and in the mid-30's for the
  later (1988-89) varieties.
Signature 20 10000 franc notes exist with alphabet/numbers of both
3 digits and 2 digits.
 

1991-2002 Issues

500 francs (1991-2002)

    Sign.  Date*             Code Letter
                   A    B    C    D    H    K    T    S
 
    22     1991    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    22     1992         XF
    23     1992    UNC  F    VF   VF   F    UNC  XF
    25     1993    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    26     1994    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    27     1995    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    28     1996    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC   
    28(10)  1997    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    28(11)  1997    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    28     1998    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    28     1999    UNC
    29     1999    XF   UNC  UNC  UNC  AU   UNC  UNC  UNC
    30     2000         UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  VG-F
    30     2001    UNC  UNC  UNC  AU   VG   UNC  UNC
    31     2002    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    31     2003                   UNC
 
  In mid-1997, printing volume required an increase from
  10 to 11 digits for 500 francs serial numbers.
 

1000 francs (1991-2003)

    Sign.  Date*             Code Letter
                   A    B    C    D    H    K    T    S
 
    22     1991    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    22     1992         F    VG
    23     1992    UNC  AU   F    XF   UNC  UNC  XF
    25     1993    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    26     1994    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  VF   UNC  UNC
    27     1995    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    28     1996    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC 
    28     1997    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    28     1998    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  XF   UNC  UNC  UNC
    29     1999    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    30     2000         XF   UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    30     2001    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC       UNC  UNC  VF
    31     2002    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    31     2003    UNC  F    UNC  UNC  UNC- UNC  UNC
Serial numbers for the 1000 francs increased from 10 to 11
digits at the beginning of 1998.

 
 
 

2500 francs (1992-1994)

    Sign.  Date*             Code Letter
                   A    B    C    D    H    K    T
 
    23     1992    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    25     1993    UNC  AU   UNC  F-VF UNC  UNC  UNC
    27     1994    UNC  AU   UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
 

5000 francs (1992-2003)

    Sign.  Date*             Code Letter
                   A    B    C    D    H    K    T    S
 
    23     1992    UNC  F    AU   UNC  AU   UNC  UNC
    25     1993    UNC  AU   UNC            UNC  AU
    27     1994    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC
    27     1995    UNC  UNC  UNC  XF   UNC  UNC  UNC
    28     1996    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  VG
    28     1997    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  XF   F     UNC
    28     1998    UNC  AU   UNC  UNC  F    UNC  F     UNC  
    29     1998    UNC  UNC  UNC  XF   UNC  UNC  F     F+
    29     1999    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  AU+  UNC   UNC
    30     2000    F    XF   F    F    F    UNC  AU    XF
    30     2001    UNC  UNC  UNC  XF   F    UNC  UNC   VG
    31     2002    UNC  UNC  UNC  AU   UNC  UNC  UNC   UNC
    31     2003    UNC  VF   AU   UNC  UNC  UNC  XF    F
 

10000 francs (1992-2001)

    Sign.  Date*             Code Letter
                   A    B    C    D    H    K    T    S
 
    25     1992    UNC  UNC  F-VF XF   UNC UNC  UNC
    27     1994    UNC  UNC  UNC  F-VF UNC UNC  UNC
    27     1995    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC UNC  UNC 
    28     1996    VF   VF   UNC  UNC  UNC UNC  UNC
    28     1997    UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC  UNC UNC  AU+   UNC
    28     1998    F-VF VF   UNC  UNC  VF  AU+  F     F
    29     1998    UNC  AU   UNC  UNC  F   UNC  UNC   UNC
    29     1999    AU   VF+  UNC  UNC  UNC AU+  UNC   F 
    30     2000    UNC  UNC  UNC  F-VF F   F    AU    F-VF
    30     2001    XF   F    UNC  AU+  UNC UNC  AU
 
 Date of issue is indicated by first two digits of serial
   number.
 
                                 MAURITANIA
 
                  100ou     200ou      500ou      1000ou      2000ou
 
20.6.73           UNC       UNC                   UNC
28.11.74 (S.1)    UNC       UNC                   XF
28.11.74 (S.2)    UNC       UNC                   UNC
28.11.79                               UNC
28.11.83          --                   UNC
28.11.85          UNC       UNC        UNC        UNC
28.11.89          UNC       UNC        --         --
28.11.91                               UNC        UNC
28.11.92          UNC       UNC        UNC        VF
28.11.93          UNC       UNC        UNC        UNC
28.11.95          UNC       UNC        UNC        UNC
28.11.96          UNC       UNC        UNC        UNC
28.11.99          UNC       UNC        UNC        UNC
28.11.01          UNC       UNC        UNC        UNC
28.11.02          UNC       UNC        UNC        UNC   
28.11.04          UNC       UNC        UNC        UNC        UNC
28.11.06          UNC
 
 
                             MALI (non-BCEAO Issues)
PICK #           Denom.           Sign.           Grade
HAUTE SENEGAL-NIGER
1                0.50 francs                      UNC
SOUDAN FRANCAIS
A1               0.50 francs                      XF
Republique du Mali
1                50 francs        1               UNC
2               100 francs        1               XF
3               500 francs        1               Au-Unc
4              1000 francs        1               XF
5              5000 francs        1               F+
6                50 francs        2               XF
7               100 francs        2               XF
8               500 francs        2               VF
9              1000 francs        2               VF
10             5000 francs        2               F+
11              100 francs        4               UNC
12a             500 francs        4               UNC
  b             500 francs        5               UNC
  c             500 francs        6               UNC
  d             500 francs        7               UNC
  e             500 francs        8               UNC
  f             500 francs        9               UNC
13a            1000 francs        4               UNC
  b            1000 francs        5               UNC
  c            1000 francs        6               UNC
  d            1000 francs        7               UNC
  e            1000 francs        8               UNC
14a            5000 francs        4               UNC
  b            5000 francs        5               UNC
  c            5000 francs        6               XF
  d            5000 francs        7               UNC
  d            5000 francs        7               UNC (error, printing shift)     
  e            5000 francs        8               UNC
15a           10000 francs        3               Au-Unc
  b           10000 francs        4               UNC
  c           10000 francs        5               UNC
  d           10000 francs        6               UNC
  e           10000 francs        7               UNC
  f           10000 francs        8               UNC
  g           10000 francs        9               UNC
 

GUINEA, REPUBLIQUE

 

Pick #      Denom.         Date          Grade

 

6           50             2.10.1958     F-VF

7           100            2.10.1958     F-VF

8           500            2.10.1958     VG-F

9           1000           2.10.1958     F-VF

10          5000           2.10.1958     F

11          10000          2.10.1958     F

12          50             1.3.1960      UNC

13          100            1.3.1960      UNC

14          500            1.3.1960      UNC

15          1000           1.3.1960      UNC

15ASpecimen 5000           1.3.1960      UNC

16          10             1971          UNC

17          25             1971          UNC

18          50             1971          UNC

19          100            1971          UNC

20          1              1981          UNC    

21          2              1981          UNC

22          5              1980          UNC

23          10             1980          UNC

24          25             1980          UNC

25          50             1980          UNC

26          100            1980          UNC

27          500            1980          UNC

28          25             1985          UNC

29          50             1985          UNC

30          100            1985          UNC

31          500            1985          UNC

32          1000           1985          UNC

33          5000           1985          UNC

35a         100            1998          UNC

  b         100            1998          UNC

36a         500            1998          UNC

  b         500            1998          UNC

37          1000           1998          UNC

38          5000           1998          UNC

--          500            2006          UNC

--          1000           2006          UNC

--          5000           2006          UNC

--          10000          2007          UNC