Sudan rolls out new currency after separation

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Sudan's new currency sits behind a window at the central bank in Khartoum, Sudan, Sunday July 24, 2011. The Sudanese government began circulating the new Sudanese pound bank-notes on Sunday as a precautionary measure following the loss of oil revenues resulting from South Sudan's independence, according to Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir.  South Sudan became officially independent from the north on July 9, breaking away after more than 50-years of on-and-off war. (AP Photo/Abd Raouf)

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KHATROUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan is introducing a new currency, stripping its banknotes and coins of symbols linked to South Sudan, which declared independence this month after more than 50 years of on-and-off war.

South Sudan began using its own currency nearly a week ago.

While the new Sudanese notes are similar to the old ones, the 10 pound banknote no longer depicts a large-horned cow, a symbol of South Sudan's western Bahar Gazal region.

In other changes beginning Sunday, Sudan went back to using a 1-pound coin instead of a banknote, like it had used before the 2005 peace agreement between the north and south that ended decades of civil war.

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