@reetah_kay, a Twitter user, who was among church workers who counted money in her church after service was shocked to see a Nigerian old £1 amongst the offerings given in the church.
Taking to Twitter, she wrote;
“After sunday service,those counting d money did dere work and guess what they found? “Nigeria’s own One Pound” I mean “one pound” used btw d year 1907 and 1973…Now my question is,how did dis person manage to keep dis currency till date?”
The West African Currency Board was responsible for issuing currency notes in Nigeria from 1912 to 1959. Prior to the establishment of the West African Currency Board, Nigeria had used various forms of money including cowries and manilas.
On 1st July, 1959 the Central Bank of Nigeria issued the Nigerian currency notes and coins and the West African Currency Board notes and coins were withdrawn. It was not until 1st July, 1962 that legal tender status was changed to reflect the country’s new status. The notes were again changed in 1968 as a war strategy following the misuse of the country’s currency notes.