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100 Francs 1972, Mali

in Krause book Number: 11
Years of issue: 1972 - 1973
Signatures: Le président du conseil d'administration: Abdoulaye Sangare, Le directeur général: Georges Dussine
Serie: 1970 - 1973 Issue
Specimen of: 1970
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 120 x 80
Printer: Banque de France, Chamalieres

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100 Francs 1972



Moussa Traoré watermark

The president of Mali Moussa Traoré.

Moussa Traoré (born 25 September 1936) is a Malian soldier and politician who was President of Mali from 1968 to 1991. As a Lieutenant, he led the military ousting of President Modibo Keïta in 1968. Thereafter he served as head of state until March 1991, when he was overthrown by popular protests and a military coup. He was twice condemned to death in the 1990s, but eventually pardoned on both occasions and freed in 2002. He has since retired from political life.


100 Francs 1972

Hotel de l'Amitié Hotel de l'Amitié

On the banknote is the Malian girl and the bridge across the Niger River.

To the left is the hotel de l'Amitié, at Avenue de la Marne B.P 1720, in Bamako (the capital of the country).

Offering a casino, nightclub and a luxurious spa, L'Amitie Hotel is the center of the best entertainment of Bamako. Among the variety of amenities provided in this chic hotel - the elevator and business center.

The exquisitely decorated rooms offer a 5-star service.

Pont des Martyrs Pont des Martyrs

"The Bridge of Martyrs" ("Pont des Martyrs") across the Niger River, in Bamako, Mali.

The Bamako axis is the Niger River, which divides the city in half. The Niger here is quiet and wide, something similar to the Yenisei in Krasnoyarsk. Only with palm trees on the banks. Two bridges are thrown across the river. The Bridge of the Martyrs leads to the oldest part of the city on the north bank, where the Modibo Keita Avenue begins. It is not the bridge itself that is interesting, but the species from it. It is especially pleasant to stand here in the morning, watching the city gradually emerging from the fog. And on the long bridge hurry colorful merchants with goods on their heads.

On the north bank near the bridge are the main hotels of the city, all as one belonging to Libyan capital. Next to them stands the only Bamako skyscraper and the tallest building in West Africa - the 20-storey BCEAO Tower, the headquarters of the Central Bank of West African States (similar buildings exist in the capitals of neighboring countries of the region, in which the West African franc is also the national currency). A good contrast to the high-rise buildings are wooden fishing pies. For a few Euros you can negotiate with the fishermen and go for a drive on the Niger. But if the tour is first offered to you - it will come out more.

In Africa, they rarely build something themselves. Usually - on someone's money and under someone's sensitive leadership, whether it's the USSR, USA or China. In Bamako there are two sponsors: Saudi Arabia (on their account the main mosque of the country and the bridge of King Fahd, across the river Niger) and Libya. With the money of the Libyan Jamahiriya, the main hotels of the city have been restored (they surround the northern extremity of the Martyr Bridge) and an administrative block has been built in the Arabic-Sahelian style on the city embankment (near the Fahd bridge). On the maps of the city and on road signs this is called: "Quarter of Qaddafi." ( rus.)

The Niger River (French: (le) fleuve Niger) is the principal river of West Africa, extending about 4,180 km. (2,600 mi.). Its drainage basin is 2,117,700 km2 (817,600 sq mi.) in area. Its source is in the Guinea Highlands in southeastern Guinea. It runs in a crescent through Mali, Niger, on the border with Benin and then through Nigeria, discharging through a massive delta, known as the Niger Delta or the Oil Rivers, into the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. The Niger is the third-longest river in Africa, exceeded only by the Nile and the Congo River (also known as the Zaïre River). Its main tributary is the Benue River.

Denominations in numerals are in top corners, in words - at the bottom, centered.


100 Francs 1972


And again - the Malian girl, on background is the river Niger and traditional Malian boats - pirogues.

The builders of traditional boats ("pirogues"), mostly, belong to the Bozo ethnic group and live in the village of Kirango, on the shore of the Niger river, near the (in)famous Markala dam.

The boats are of the type "sewn boat" ("pirogues cousues") and are from 7-20 meters long.

The wood used is caïlcédrat (acajou of Senegal), "nguala" in bamanan language.

Instruments used are: various types of hoe, piercer, hammer, file, saw, pincers, and hand drill.

Traditionally, measures are calculated with the body of the builder: underarm + hand for the length and foot for the width of the bottom. The shape of the bottom is then marked off with string, after which a piece of charcoal is used to draw the definite shape so that the remaining wood can be cut off.

The planks are shaped by means of burning wood shavings on top or underneath them, putting weights on the top of them to weigh them down, and putting supports under them to push them up.

The bottom is made from two big planks that are joined laterally by cutting overlapping profiles into the edges. One profile is then blackened with water mixed with ashes, which leaves an impression of uneven spots on the other profile so that the excess wood can be shaved off.

After that the joint is caulked by applying a paste made of baobab powder mixed with water, and covering it with rags. Two rows of holes are drilled with a hand drill, after which nails are driven into them.

The sides are built up by means of four side planks, two for each side, which are joined together. First, holes are drilled near the edge of the planks by means of hot iron staves, after which they are "sewn" together with nylon chord. Wet jute is used to "waterproof" the holes and the gap between the planks.

The stem and the stern are made out of separate pieces of wood and attached to the bottom planks. (

Denominations in numerals are in top corners.


Designer: Pierrette Lambert.