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From: Donald Z. Osborn <email@example.com> There was recently a posting on H-Hausa about a proposal in the Nigerian government to eliminate the Hausa for denominations on the currency (Naira), which is printed in Arabic characters (Ajami). Hausa is the only language other than English that appears on Naira notes. This brings to mind a couple of questions. First, are there other currencies in Africa south of the Sahara that include denominations or other text in languages other than European (former colonial) languages? The Ethiopian birr notes are one example. Second, is there a quick list of which currencies use an African name? (e.g., cedi in Ghana means cowry shell (?) in Akan; sylli in Guinea until 1986 means elephant in Susu). Yes I could look this up, but wondered if anyone has already done it. (A third question would be about local appelations for monetary units, but this might get too extensive. The main issue would be how these relate to whatever is put on currency notes.) Don Osborn