Guinea-Bissau peso

The peso was the currency of Guinea-Bissau from 1975 to 1997 and was divided into 100 centavos. It replaced the escudo at par. In 1997, in an effort to stop high inflation, Guinea-Bissau adopted the CFA franc, using a conversion rate of 65 pesos to the franc.

Guinea-Bissau peso
peso da Guiné-Bissau (in Portuguese)
ISO 4217
Banknotes50, 100, 500, 1000, 5000, 10,000 pesos
Coins50 centavos, 1, 2½, 5, 20 pesos
Central bankBanco Central da Guiné-Bissau
This infobox shows the latest status before this currency was rendered obsolete.


Coins were issued in denominations of 50 centavos, 1, 2½, 5 and 20 pesos.


Banknotes in denominations of 50, 100, and 500 pesos dated 24-9-1975 (24 September 1975) were issued on 2 March 1976.[1] 1000 peso notes were introduced in 1978, followed by 5000 pesos notes in 1984 and 10,000 pesos notes in 1990.

Current Series
ImageValueMain ColourDescription
50 pesos Reddish-purple Pansa Na Isna Villagers
100 pesos Khaki Domingos Ramos Central Bank building in Bissau
500 pesos Blue Francisco Mendes Slavery
1000 pesos Brown Amílcar Cabral "Apoteose ao Triunfo"
5000 pesos Purple and brown Amílcar Cabral Fieldwork
10,000 pesos Green Amílcar Cabral Fishermen

See also


  1. Linzmayer, Owen (2012). "Guinea-Bissau". The Banknote Book. San Francisco, CA:
Guinea-Bissau peso
Preceded by:
Portuguese Guinean escudo
Reason: independence
Ratio: at par
Currency of Guinea-Bissau
1975 1997
Succeeded by:
West African CFA franc
Reason: joining currency union and inflation
Ratio: 1 franc = 65 pesos

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