This week we are looking at a banknote from Djibouti. Djibouti is a small country located on the Horn of Africa. It is the third smallest country in Africa. Formerly called French Somaliland and French Territory of the Afars and Issas. The country took Djibouti as its name on June 27, 1977 when it gained its independence from France. Djibouti is home to one of the saltiest lakes is the world, Lake Assal, which is fed by hot springs and its salt is used for human consumption. Djibouti’s population is made up by only two tribes: Afar and Issa.

The note for this blog-ette is Djibouti 40 Francs p46 (BNB205) 2017. This blue note has Arabic and French text. The front of the note shows a whale shark swimming among coral, starfish, seashells and a seahorse. The back of the note has Jubile logo, gantry cranes, container ships, port, and an outline map of Djibouti. The watermark for this note is Djibouti’s coat of arms.

Djibouti is home to the Gulf of Tadjoura. The gulf of Tadjoura is an Indian Ocean basin located by the straits of Bab-el-Mandeb. This area is rich with wonderful coral reefs and a plethora of fish. It has become a very popular area for snorkeling and scuba diving. Additionally, many people will come to swim with whale sharks. The whale shark is a slow-moving, filter-feeding shark. They are the largest shark species, but don’t worry they only eat plankton. Whale sharks are around 40ft in length and weigh around 11 tons. Sadly, whale sharks are on the endangered species list.

Djibouti’s coat of arms was adopted on June 27, 1977 when Djibouti gained its independence from France. The coat of arms shows a shield with a vertical spear behind it. At the base of the spear, two hands arise holding machetes. The hands symbolize the two ethnic groups: Afar and Issa. At the top of the spear is a red five-pointed star which symbolizes unity. Encompassing this are laurel branches.

Djibouti’s 40 Francs note is an ocean lover’s dream. I really like the use of the whale shark and coral reefs. Additionally, the note pays homage to Djibouti’s ports and shipping industry. To see more on this note and other notes like it, head to our website.

Country: Djibouti
Denomination: 40 Francs
Pick #: 46
Banknote Book #: 205
Year: 2017
Grade: UNC
Other Info: Commemorative for 40 Years of Djibouti Independence. 2017 Banknote of the year – Nominee
Coloration: Purple/Blue
Depictions: Whale Shark; Corals; Cranes; Container Ships; Port area; Outline Map of Djibouti
Note Size: 6″ x 2 1/2″
Continent: Africa
Watermark: Coat of Arms