Zambia: How Bright the Dawn

The dollar was named after the thaler, the German currency at the time of the American Revolution. The British pound was named for its weight in silver, and nationalistic France naturally named its money the franc. Last week Zambia announced that it would soon trade in its pounds, shillings and pence for something more poetic. In 1968 it will change to decimal currency and one kwacha (dawn) will be worth 100 ngwee (brightnesses).

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