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During the period of colonisation, it was important for the colonisers to establish their presence and authority among their subjects. One way to reinforce this was to introduce a colonial currency. The design of banknotes and coins was a powerful way of sending out a message to a lot of people quickly. The last three are examples from transitional and post-independence periods for comparison.

British East Africa coin

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Front and back of a British East Africa coin dated 1898.

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Hong Kong coin

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Front and back of a Hong Kong coin dated 1879.

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British West Africa banknote

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Front of a banknote from British West Africa from 1918.

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India coin

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Front and back of a coin from India from 1918.

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Jamaica penny

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Front and back of a penny from Jamaica from 1871 .

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New Zealand banknote

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Front and back of a New Zealand banknote from 1929, when New Zealand had the status of dominion rather than colony.

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India banknote

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Bank note from India depicting Gandhi and his salt march (1987 – 1990s).

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Congo banknote

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Post-independence banknote from the Congo.

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Palace doors from Nigeria