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July 18, 2011 - Juba, Republic of South Sudan - First South Sudanese citizens to change their money at the Central Bank. Newly independent South Sudan distributes it's new currency at the Central Bank of South Sudan. The new South Sudanese Pounds are exchanged for for Sudanese Pounds (SDG) at a rate of 1:1. The new currency carries images of South Sudan's civil war hero John Garang on one side and South Sudanese scenes on the other side. The South Sudanese pound is printed in denominations of one, five, ten, twenty-five, fifty and one hundred. South Sudan became the world's newest country when it seceded from the north on Saturday 9 july 2011, following decades of civil war that left millions dead. The new nation was also formally accepted as a Member State of the United Nations. Photo credit: Benedicte Desrus