The West African CFA Franc (XOF) is the official currency of Benin. It is technically divided into 100 smaller units called centimes, but no centime denominations have been issued. Benin is largely a cash economy and credit cards are not widely accepted, but major banks in Cotonou will give cash advances against Visa credit cards and most major foreign currencies can be exchanged in the city. The best banks for changing money are Financial Bank, Bank of Africa, BTCI and Ecobank, which also often have ATMs.
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