Madagascar - P72 - 1000 Francs - Au
SCWPM: 72 - TBB. B306b
Date: ND (1998-93)
Grade: Au - tiny black spot on right corner below.
Colour: Purple, brown, blue, orange, and green.
Front: Malagasy man wearing hat and playing flute; crystals.
Back: Coat of arms with rifle, shovel, and pen; native plants and flowers, including vanilla.
Solid security thread with printed ROAN JATO.
Watermark: Zebu cattle head.
Size: 142 x 76 mm.
The ariary is the currency of Madagascar.
It is subdivided into 5 iraimbilanja and is one of only two non-decimal currencies currently circulating (the other is the Mauritanian ouguiya).
The names ariary and iraimbilanja derive from the pre-colonial currency, with ariary being the name for a silver dollar. Iraimbilanja means literally "one iron weight" and was the name of an old coin worth 1⁄5 of an ariary.
GRADE: XF - SUP - Vzgl.