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Information about currency: CFP Franc

Currency nameCFP Franc
CountryPacific Franc Exchange
Dates1945 -
System

Description

The CFP franc (called the franc in everyday use) is the currency used in the French overseas collectivities (collectivités d’outre-mer, or COM) of French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna. The initials CFP originally stood for Colonies Françaises du Pacifique ("French colonies of the Pacific"). This was later changed to Communauté Financière du Pacifique ("Pacific Financial Community") and then to the present term, Change Franc Pacifique ("Pacific Franc Exchange"). It is issued by the Institut d’émission d’Outre-Mer (IEOM).

In 1949, New Caledonia and what was then called French Oceania (now French Polynesia) began to issue coins. The coins have been separated in two types: the obverses are identical, whilst the reverses are distinct. Both types of coins can be used in all three French territories. The situation of the CFP coins is thus quite similar to that of the euro coins, which have a national side but can be used in all countries of the euro zone.

The New Hebrides franc had a different history of coin issuance before being replaced by the Vanuatu vatu in 1982.

Currency CFP Franc was used:
Country From To
Wallis and Futuna CFP Franc 1959
French Polynesia CFP Franc 1945
New Caledonia CFP Franc 1945