Nigerian Naira & Kobo – Want to know some hidden facts about the Nigerian Naira and Kobo? If yes, then this article is for you.
In this article, you will the available Currency in Nigeria which is Nigeria Kobo and Naira, a picture of the two currencies, and when they came into existence.
It is believed that the “trade by barter” was the first medium of exchange before the British colonial reign in Nigeria, followed by the use of cowries in some if not all parts of the country.
In 1973, the Nigerian currency was introduced: The Naira and the kobo. The British pounds had been used before this date, it was respected and serve as the legal tender. The Naira is represented with the ‘₦ ‘ sign, the kobo has the ‘K’ letter as its sign.
The Nigerian Kobo
1973 brought about changes to currencies and the kobo was introduced with five denominations which are the 1/2k, 1k, 5k, 10k, and 25k.
The introduction of coins was in that same 1973, in denominations of 1⁄2, 1, 5, 10, and 25 kobo, with the 1⁄2 and 1 kobo in bronze and the higher denominations in cupro-nickel.
In 1991, smaller 1, 10, and 25 kobo coins were issued in copper-plated-steel, along with nickel-plated-steel 50 kobo and 1 naira.
On 28 February 2007, new coins were issued in denominations of 50 kobo, 1 and 2 naira, with the 1 and 2 naira bimetallic. Some Nigerians expressed concerns over the usability of the ₦2 coin.
The deadline for exchanging the old currency was set at 31 May 2007. The central bank stated that the 1⁄2 to 25 kobo coins were withdrawn from circulation with effect from 28 February 2007.
In 1989 50K and N1 notes were changed to coins. In recent times the kobo coin is no longer in use as the value can no longer purchase items.
The Nigerian Naira Note
The Nigerian note was introduced in 1973, with the denominations — ₦1, ₦5, and ₦10. The features of currencies have been mired by a series of redesigning and re-introduction of new notes.
1 Naira note: Herbert Macaulay. Introduced – 1973
In the table is the historical value of one U.S. dollar in Nigerian naira. PM = parallel market.
|Date||Naira per US$||Date||Naira per US$||Date||Naira per US$|
|1972||0.658||1993||17.30 (21.90 PM)||2014||170–199|
|1973||0.658||1994||22.33 (56.80 PM)||2015||199–300|
|1974||0.63||1995||21.89 (71.70 PM)||2016||390–489|
|1975||0.616||1996||21.89 (84.58 PM)||2017||?|
|1976||0.62||1997||21.89 (84.58 PM)||2018||360|
|1977||0.647||1998||21.89 (84.70 PM)||2019||305|
|1978||0.606||1999||21.89 (88–90 PM)||2020||361|
|1979||0.596||2000||85.98 (105.00 PM)|
|1980||0.550 (0.900 PM)||2001||99–106 (104–122 PM)|
|1981||0.61||2002||109–113 (122–140 PM)|
|1982||0.673||2003||114–127 (135–137 PM)|
|1983||0.724||2004||127–130 (137–144 PM)|
|1985||0.894 (1.70 PM)||2006||128.50–131.80|
|1986||2.02 (3.90 PM)||2007||120–125|
|1987||4.02 (5.90 PM)||2008||115.50–120|
|1988||4.54 (6.70 PM)||2009||145–171|
|1989||7.39 (10.70 PM)||2010||148.21–154.8|
|1990||7.39 (10.70 PM)||2011||151.05–165.1|
|1991||8.04 (9.30 PM)||2012||155.09–161.5|
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