Cowry (or Cowrie) are a number of different species of marine snail found in tropical waters. Their shells were used as money in areas of Africa. Images of them are found in cave paintings, and millions have been found in the tombs of the Egyptian pharaohs.
The denomination "cauris" is obviously a form of "cowry" in recognition of the original form of currency. There are 100 cauris to one syli.
This coin was issued one year only, and is the only circulating animal coin issued by Guinea.
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