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10 Dalasis 2009, Gambia

in Krause book Number: 26
Years of issue: 16.04.2009 - 03.12.2010
Edition: 896 547
Signatures: Governor: Mr. Momodou B. Saho, First Deputy Governor: Mr. Basirus A.O. Njai
Serie: 2006 Issue
Specimen of: 2006
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 138 х 72
Printer: Central Bank Of The Gambia (with coop. TDLR), Banjul

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10 Dalasis 2009

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Threskiornis aethiopicusThe African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) is a species of ibis.

Venerated and often mummified by Ancient Egyptians as a symbol of the god Thoth, the Ibis was according to Herodotus and Pliny the Elder also invoked against incursions of winged serpents. Herodotus account follows as thus:

"There is a region moreover in Arabia, situated nearly over against the city of Buto, to which place I came to inquire about the winged serpents: and when I came thither I saw bones of serpents and spines in quantity so great that it is impossible to make report of the number, and there were heaps of spines, some heaps large and others less large and others smaller still than these, and these heaps were many in number.

The region in which the spines are scattered upon the ground is of the nature of an entrance from a narrow mountain pass to a great plain, which plain adjoins the plain of Egypt; and the story goes that at the beginning of spring winged serpents from Arabia fly towards Egypt, and the birds called ibises meet them at the entrance of this country and do not suffer the serpents to go by but kill them. On account of this deed it is (say the Arabians) that the ibis has come to be greatly honored by the Egyptians, and the Egyptians also agree that it is for this reason that they honor these birds."

In more mythical stories, it was also said that the flies that brought pestilence died immediately upon propitiatory sacrifices of this bird.

Khaya senegalensis Khaya senegalensisOn the background is Khaya senegalensis. It is a species of tree in the Meliaceae family that is native to Africa. It grows in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo, and Uganda. It is found in riparian forests and higher-rainfall Savannah woodlands; in moist regions it is found on higher ground.

The wood is used for a variety of purposes. It is often used conventionally for carpentry, interior trim, and construction. Traditionally the wood was used for dugout canoes, household implements, djembe. The bitter tasting bark is used for a variety of medical purposes, it is taken against fever caused by malaria, stomach complaints, and headaches. It is applied externally to cure skin rashes, wounds, or any abnormality. It has been exported from West Africa (Gambia) to Europe since the first half of the XIX century and has been exploited heavily for its timber. During the colonial West African times, the trees were planted along the alleys to provide a shade.

Small boy is on right side.

Denominations are in three corners.

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Bank Gambia

The building of the Central Bank of Gambia in the capital Banjul.

Denominations are in three corners.

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