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50 Dalasis 2010, Gambia

in Krause book Number: 28
Years of issue: 02.08.2010 - 03.12.2010
Edition: 10 394 944
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): 154 х 78
Printer: Central Bank Of The Gambia (with coop. TDLR), Banjul

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50 Dalasis 2010

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Head of crocodile.

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50 Dalasis 2010

Upupa epopsThe Hoopoe (Upupa epops) is a colourful bird that is found across Afro-Eurasia, notable for its distinctive "crown" of feathers. It is the only extant species in the family Upupidae. One insular species, the Saint Helena Hoopoe, is extinct, and the Madagascar subspecies of the Hoopoe is sometimes elevated to a full species. Like the Latin name upupa, the English name is an onomatopoeic form which imitates the cry of the bird.

The woman is on right side.

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The Senegambian stone circlesThe Senegambian stone circles lie in Gambia north of Janjanbureh and in central Senegal.

Approximate area: 30,000 km². They are sometimes divided into the Wassu (Gambian) and Sine-Saloum (Senegalese) circles, but this is purely a national division.

The stone circles and other megaliths found in Senegal and Gambia are sometimes divided into four large sites: Sine Ngayene and Wanar in Senegal, and Wassu and Kerbatch in the Central River Region in Gambia. Researchers are not certain when these monuments were built, but the generally accepted range is between the third century B.C. and the sixteenth century A.D. Archaeologists have also found pottery sherds, human burials, and some grave goods and metals. Among these four main areas, there are approximately 29,000 stones, 17,000 monuments, and 2,000 individual sites. The monuments consist of what were originally upright blocks or pillars (some have collapsed), made of mostly laterite with smooth surfaces. The monoliths are found in circles, double circles, isolated, or standing apart from circles (usually to the East) in rows or individually. These stones that are found standing apart outside the circles are called frontal stones. When there are frontal stones in two parallel, connected rows, they are called lyre-stones. The construction of the stone monuments shows evidence of a prosperous and organized society based on the amount of labor required to build such structures. The stones were extracted from laterite quarries using iron tools, although few of these quarries have been identified as directly linked to particular sites. After extracting the stone, identical pillars were made, either cylindrical or polygonal, with averages at two meters high and seven tons.[2] The builders of these megaliths are unknown, but some believe that the Serer people are the builders. This hypothesis comes from the fact that the Serer still use funerary houses like those found at Wanar.

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