The Raffia Weavers Of Madagascar: 2,500 Francs (Madagascar, 1998)-Reference

This large colorful Madagascan banknote represent the 3rd denomination, of the Malagasy Franc (Series 1994). The observe features an elder Malagasy woman, backed by a traditional hill village. The reverse depicts a pair of weavers, with their various traditional wares. Toward the left, is an illustration of a pandan tree, used in Malagasy cooking and weaving. Notably the Series 1994 was demonetized on 12-31-2009. (Note Size: 146 x 76 mm or 5.75 x 2.99 in)




This Zebu head watermark is seen throughout the Series 1994 Franc.
The Zebu head watermark is seen throughout the series 1994.

Malagasy Franc Gallery

(This gallery features all banknotes of the Malagasy Franc Series 1994-2004)


Additional Notes

  • The Malagasy Franc was subdivided into 100 centimes, which is the French term for “cents”.

  • Malagasy Francs display the notes value in both Francs and Ariary, equal to 5 Francs.

  • The Ariary is one of the last two non-decimal currencies the world. The other being the Mauritanian ouguiya.

  • The Ariary is sub-divided into 5 Iraimbilanja, equal to a single Franc.

  • Iraimbilanja is Malagasy term for "wrought iron", which was an old term used for the now retired 1 Franc coin.

  • The Malagasy 1 Franc was a stainless steel coin issued from 1965 to 1993.

  • All Ariary notes printed after 2007, no longer refer to the note's value in Francs.

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