PROGRESS PEACE PROSPERITY
Lettering: REPUBLIC OF THE GAMBIA
The dalasi is the currency of the Gambia. It is subdivided into 100 bututs. The dalasi was adopted in 1971. It replaced the Gambian pound at a rate of 1 pound = 5 dalasi, i.e., 1 dalasi = 0.2 pound = 4 shillings.
In 1971, coins in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 bututs and 1 dalasi were introduced. The 1 and 5 bututs were struck in bronze while the 10 bututs was brass and the 25, 50 bututs and 1 dalasi were cupro-nickel. The reverse designs of the three higher denominations were taken from the corresponding denominations of the previous currency (1, 2 and 4 shillings), with the reverse designs for the lower three coins coming from the 6, 1 and 3 pence coins, respectively. All coins of this series depict former president, Dawda Jawara.
New 1 dalasi coins were introduced in 1987, modelled on the 50 pence coin of the United Kingdom. These replaced the larger, round dalasi coins which never saw as widespread use as the lower denominations.
In 1998, a new coin series was introduced, in which the effigy of Dawda Jawara was dropped and replaced with the national crest. However, older Jawara era coins still commonly circulate as legal tender. The 1 dalasi coin was also downsized in size and weight, but none of the other coins were changed. Only 25 and 50 bututs and 1 dalasi coins are currently in circulation, they are of the 1998 issue which also included 1, 5 and 10 bututs coins but have since disappeared due to low valuation. *R4
The monetary system of the Gambia is decimal based, with the primary unit of Gambian money being called the Dalasi. Please note that this listing only includes the coins in circulation. There will be paper money circulating as well. *R1
One Butut - 1/100 of a Dalasi
Five Bututs - 5/100 of a Dalasi
Ten Bututs - 10/100 of a Dalasi
Twenty-five Bututs - 25/100 of a Dalasi
Fifty Bututs - 50/100 of a Dalasi
One Dalasi - 100/100, 1 full Dalasi
More information on the Development of Currency in The Gambia.