The dalasi is the official currency in Gambia since 1971, which replaced the West African Currency after its Independence from the United Kingdom in 1965. The name derives from “dala”, a nickname used for the West African French 5 franc bill, which has an allusion that is derived from “dollar”, on the other hand, “butut” is from “wolof butuut”, which means “small thing”. The Central Bank of Gambia assumed monetary emission and started the first banknotes issued in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100 and 200 dalasis between 1971 and 1987. A new series was announced in 2019.
The 5 Gambian dalasis note front design features a Giant kingfisher on a tree branch, The National Coat of Arms (consist of two lions holding an axe and hoe, a shield with another pair of hoe and axe, crossed. Above the shield are the heraldic helmet and an oil palm. At the bottom is the national motto: “Progress – Peace – Prosperity”), an African Bush Fowl as a seal with the denomination and the watermark of the crocodile’s head. The reverse note side illustrates cattle’s and a rancher on a tropical spot and an African Bush Fowl as a seal with the denomination. This note is part of the 2019 series, and its color is red and multicolor underprint.
Text: Central Bank of The Gambia, Promise to Pay on Demand the Sum of Five Dalasis, Governor, First Deputy Governor, Progress – Peace – Prosperity, 2019, 5.