OUT OF AFRICA
COINS & CURRENCY OF AFRICA
OF PORTUGUESE ANGOLA
The Portuguese established their first
colony on the coast of Angola in
1575. For many years its chief export was slaves.
Portugal gradually increased their territory to include all of what is
now Angola. In 1975, after 400 years, Angola gained its
independence from Portugal. We offer two coins from
Portuguese Angola: the 1949 10 Centavos and the 1962 20
Centavos. Both were the last of their denomination issued
into circulation in Angola. Both coins are bronze and have
similar designs. One side has the coat-of-arms of Angola and
the date. The other has the denomination. Both
coins are Uncirculated.
AO-10C PORTUGUESE ANGOLA 10 CENTAVOS
1949 KM70, UNC. $3.00
AO-20C PORTUGUESE ANGOLA 20 CENTAVOS
1962 KM78, UNC. $3.00
COIN FROM BENIN
unusual coin of Benin is denominated in
three different currencies! The coin is denominated in the
local currency: 1500 CFA Francs, a common currency used by a number of
African nations that were once French colonies. More unusual
is that the coin is also denominated as 2.30 Euros and 3.45 Swiss
Francs. The 2005 coin was issued to honor (and sell at) the
2005 coin fairs in Basel, Switzerland and Piacenza, Italy. The coin
features a map of Europe highlighting the 25 members of the European
Union plus Switzerland one one side, and a map of Africa on the
other. The coin has a mintage of only 2005 pieces.
BJ-EU BENIN 1500 FRANCS, 2.30 EUROS, 3.45
SWISS FRANCS, 2005 KM44, Br.X44 UNC. $8.50
Botswana, a large country
located in southern Africa, chose to honor its native wildlife on its
latest series of coins. The seven-sided 5 Thebe shows the
Toko bird. A galloping Oryx is on the 10 Thebe. The
25 Thebe shows a Zebu. A flying eagle holding a fish is on
the 50 Thebe, a running Zebra is on the seven-sided 1 Pula, a
rhinoceros is on the seven-sided 2 Pula and a caterpillar is on
the bi-metallic 5 Pula. The coins date from 2001 to
2007. All seven coins are Uncirculated.. It is an
attractive and popular set.
S-BW-SET07 BOTSWANA 7 COIN SET 5 THEBE - 5
PULA, 2001-07 BU $17.00
is a small, landlocked nation in central Africa. Because it
not have a mint of its own, it rarely issues coins. The four
set includes the most recent coins of Burundi, though some are decades
old. Included is the 2011 nickel-plated steel 50
depicting a drummer holding a
drum on his head. Drumming is an important part of Burundi’s
culture and their drummers have achieved worldwide fame. The
nickel-plated steel 10 Francs depicts bunches of bananas.
Both coins have the name of the country and legends in three
languages on the obverse. The 1980 5 Francs and the 2003 1
both feature the national arms and are struck in aluminum.
BURUNDI 4 COIN SET, 1 - 50 FRANCS 1980-2011
KM19-22 UNC. $8.00
2004 dated 750 Franc coins from the Cameroons are a bit unusual. Both
coins have the same design; however one is bi-metallic while the other
struck in blue cobalt plated iron., giving it a slight blueish
tinge. They honor the Pygmies and feature a small
pygmy on one side. The other side features an elephant’s head
a map of Africa. The coins are 20mm in diameter.
of the blue cobalt plated iron coins were struck and 2005 of the
bimetallic coins were struck, making them rather scarce.
CM-25 CAMEROONS 750 FR. BLUE COBALT PLATED
IRON KM25 UNC. $19.95
CM-25A CAMEROONS 750FR. BI-METALLIC PYGMY
COIN, KM25a UNC. $29.95
CAPE VERDE COIN SETS
Cape Verde issued this five coin set dated 1994 featuring native
flowers. Included is the 5, 10, 20, 50 and
100 Escudos. The 100 Escudos is a brass-ringed bi-metallic
coin. Both sets are popular with
CAPE VERDE 5 COIN FLOWERS SET 5 - 100 ESCUDOS
AFRICAN STATES SET
Central African States is a monetary union made up of the Chad,
Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Cameroon and Equatorial
Guinea. The monetary union issues common coins and currency
for all the member countries, who issue few coins of their
own. In 2006 the Central African States introduced a new
series of coins, replacing the old designs, some of which had been in
use since countries were still French colonies! The new
designs all feature native plants on one side and the denomination on
the other. The set includes the 1, 2, 5, 10, 25 and 50
Francs, all dated 2006.
CAS-SET6 CENTRAL AFRICAN STATES 6 COIN SET,
2006 KM16-21 UNC. $9.00
LEOPARD ON CONGO DEMOCRATIC
leopard, crouching on a tree limb and about to pounce, is featured on
this 1976 10 Sengi coin from the Democratic Republic of the
Congo. The 17mm aluminum coin has the date and denomination
on the obverse.
CD-10C CONGO DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC 10 SENGI
COIN FROM THE CONGO
Congo Democratic Republic issued
this 2002 aluminum 50 Centimes coin to honor the World Cup Soccer
Championship. The coin shows a player
heading the ball on one side. The other side features a
lion. Both coins are Brilliant Uncirculated.
CONGO 50 CENTIMES 2002 SOCCER COIN, KM75 BU $1.50
Djibouti, is a small desert nation at the mouth of the Red
Sea. This 3 coin set from Djibouti consists of the 1999 dated
10, 20 and 50 Francs. According to the Standard Catalog of
World Coins the coins have a mintage of only 1800 each and the set has
a catalog value of $27.00. Our price is MUCH less. The
aluminum-bronze 10 and 20 Francs coins show a large steamship alongside
a traditional dhow. The copper-nickel 50 Francs pictures a
pair of camels. The reverse of the coins features the national emblem
of Djibouti which features a spear, shield and two machetes.
10, 20 & 50 FRANCS 1999 KM23-25 BU out
SCARCE FIRST COIN
OF EQUATORIAL GUINEA
1969 aluminum-bronze 1 Peseta coin was one of the first issued by
Equatorial Guinea, formerly known as Spanish Guinea, after gaining its
independence from Spain in 1968. It was formerly known as
Spanish Guinea, which included Rio Muni and Fernando Po Island. The
coin depicts a pair of elephant tusks, a traditional form of wealth on
one side and the national arms on the other. The coin was
used only briefly as a new currency was introduced in 1975.
GQ-1 EQUATORIAL GUINEA 1 PESETA 1969 KM1
WILDLIFE COIN SET
1997 six-coin set are the only coins issued for circulation by
Eritrea since it gained its independence from Ethiopia in 1991.
Featured on the front of the coins is native African wildlife.
The 100 Cents depicts a Elephant mother and her
calf. A Greater Kudo is on the 50 Cents. The 25
cents has a Grevy's Zebra. An Osterich is on the 10 cents.
The 5 Cents pictures a leopard sitting on a tree branch. The
1 Cent features a Red-Fronted Gazelle. The reverses of the
coins depicts soldiers carrying the Eritrean flag. The coins
are struck in nickel-plated steel and are Brilliant Uncirculated.
ER-SET97 ERITREA 6 COIN SET: 1 - 100 CENTS
1997 KM43-48 BU $12.50
SILVER GERSH OF
now known as Ethiopia, was an ancient kingdom. Its
kings traced their ancestry to King Solomon and the Queen of
Sheba. It was the oldest Christian nation, having converted
in the fourth century. The obverse of this silver 1 Gersh
features Emperor Menelik II, who during his rule from 1889 to 1913
modernized, unified and greatly expanded his kingdom. The
reverse shows the Lion of Ethiopia carrying a Coptic cross.
The coin was struck at the Paris mint and is dated 1891 in the
Ethiopian calendar, though it was minted from 1903 until 1928AD.
ABYSSINIA (ETHIOPIA) SILVER
ABYSSINIAN COPPER COIN STRUCK
WITH RECYCLED DIES
1897 Abyssinia (now Ethiopia), had dies were prepared in Europe for
the silver 1/8 Birr. The obverse depicted king Menelik
II. The reverse featured the Lion of Ethiopia with the
denomination in Ethiopian below the lion. The Ethiopian mint
decided instead to use the dies to strike the copper 1/32
Birr. The denomination below the lion was scratched out or
obliterated. It is an interesting and unusual "re-denominated" coin.
ABYSSINIA (ETHIOPIA) COPPER 1/32
BIRR EE1889 (AD1897) KM10 Fine-VF
COIN SET INCLUDES NEW BIMETALLIC
recent six coin set from Ethiopia includes the 1 Cent to the new
bi-metallic 1 Birr, dating from 1977 to 2010. All six coins
feature a lion’s head on the obverse. The 1 Cent
shows a farmer and two oxen. The 5 Cents features a soldier.
The 10 Cents shows a Mountain Nyala. The 25 and 50 Cents
features Ethiopians with upraised arms carrying tools and
weapons. The bi-metallic 1 Bir shows a balance scale and is
dated EE2002 (AD2010).
ETHIOPIA 6 COIN SET 1 CENT – 1 BIRR,
POPULAR COINS FROM
Gambia occupies a long (295 miles, 475km.), narrow (7 to 35 miles,
11 to 48km.) strip of land along the banks of the Gambia River in
Western Africa. The British purchased it in 1588 making it the first
possession in what was to become Britain's vast African empire! It was
granted independence in 1970. In 1998, its newly elected
government introduced a new series of coins featuring the nation’s
coat-of-arms on one side. The other side featured native plants and
animals. The bronze 1 Butut features the nation’s chief export:
peanuts. A sailboat is on the 5 Bututs. The 10 Bututs shows a native
partridge. An oil palm is on the 25 Bututs. The seven-sided 1 Dalasi
features a native crocodile. These attractive designs have made this
set a favorite with collectors.
GAMBIA 5 COIN SET 1 BUTAT - 1 DALASI 1998
KENYA COIN SET
six coin set from Kenya includes the bi-metallic 20, 10, and 5
Shillings dated 2010, as well as the 2009 1 Shilling, 2005 50 Cents and
the 1995 10 Cents. Due to its minimal buying power, the 10
Cents generally does not circulate and is difficult to find. The 10
Cents depict President Moi, the other coins picture Mzee Jomo Kenyatta,
the first President of Kenya. The obverse depicts the arms of
Kenya, date and denomination. All six coins are
KENYA 6 COIN SET:, 10 CENTS - 20 SHILLINGS,
UNCIRCULATED ELEPHANT HALF CENT FROM LIBERIA
striding elephant is featured on the obverse of this Uncirculated 1941
1/2 Cent coin from Liberia. The reverse features the arms of
Liberia which includes an African oil palm, sailing ship and the rising
sun. The 18mm coin was struck in the United States at the
Philadelphia mint and has a mintage of 250,000 pieces.
was settled by freed American slaves starting in 1822. In
they formed the Republic of Liberia, Africa's first republic.
government and flag was modeled after that of the United
an attractive old, high-grade animal coin at a reasonable price.
LIBERIA 1/2 CENT 1941 KM10a BU $3.00
Because of the recent civil wars and severe export
restriction, modern Libyan coins have been
very difficult for collectors to get. The
includes the 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 & 100 Dirhams, dated
1399AH, the bi-metallic 1/2 Dinar dated 1372MD (2004 AD), and the
10-sided 1/4 Dinar dated 1369MD (2001AD). The MD (also called
PD) is a
introduced dating system that thus far has been adopted only by Libya,
and only since about 2000AD. It is a solar calendar that is
upon the death of the Prophet Mohammed in 632AD. All eight
Libyan warrior on horseback. The set catalogs $54.00, however our price is much less.
LY-SET8 LIBYA 8 COIN SET 1 DIRHAMS - 1/2
DINAR 1975-2004, BU
MADAGASCAR COINS HIGHLIGHT AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE
This six coin set from the Republic of Madagascar reflects the nation's
agricultural heritage. The 1 Ariary features a Pointsettia on
one side and the head of a Zebu on the other. The 2 Ariary
pictures a Vanilla plant and the Zebu head. A rice plant is
featured on the 5 Ariary. A man cutting peat is on the
seven-sided 10 Ariary. A farmer plowing a field is on the 20
Ariary. The Avenue of the Baobabs is depicted on the eleven
sided 50 Ariary. The towering trees line a dirt road.
They are all that is left of what was once a dense forest.
The coins date from 1996 to 2005 and are Brilliant
Uncirculated. The set catalogs for $37.50, however our price
is much less.
MADAGASCAR 6 COIN SET 1 - 50 ARIARY 1996 -
SET INCLUDES WILDLIFE
This 7 coin set from Malawi includes some wonderful wildlife
coins. An Eagle in flight is featured on the brass 1
Kwacha. The 50 Tambala is a seven sided brass-plated-steel
coin showing the nations coat-of-arms. A mother elephant
stroking her calf with her trunk is featured on the 20
Tambala. Corn, an important staple in the countries diet, is
on the 10 Tambala. The Purple Heron is on the steel 5
Tambala. The bronze 2 Tambala features a spectacular Paradise
Wydah bird. The bronze 1 Tambala shows two fish.
The obverse of the coins feature the nations arms on the lower three
denominations and President Bakili Muluzi on the higher denominations.
The coins are dated 1995 or 1996. The coins are Uncirculated
though the bronze coins may have some spots.
MW-SET7 MALAWI 7 COIN SET 1995-96
The head of a horse is featured on this
1961 10 Francs. The reverse shows the denomination within a
leaf wreath. The 23.5mm aluminum coin was one of the first
coins issued by Mali after gaining independence from France in
1960. Mali is a poor land-locked nation in West
Africa. It is named after the Mali Empire, a huge and wealthy
empire which lasted from the 13th to 17th Centuries that included
MALI 10 FRANCS 1961 KM2 BU $6.00
MAURITANIA COIN SET
The Islamic Republic of
Mauritania is a former French colony located in
north-west Africa. It has two official languages, Arabic and
French, so one side of their coins is in Arabic with an AH date and the
other side is in French with an AD date. We offer a
set of the five current coins of Mauritania: the 1/5 Ouguiya,
which was struck only a single year in 1973, the 2003 1 Ouguiya, the
2004 5 Ouguiya, the 2004 10 Ouguiya, and the 2004 20 Ouguiya.
five coins are Uncirculated. It is an interesting set of
that is difficult for collectors to find.
S-MR-SET5 MAURITANIA 5 COIN SET 1/5 - 20
OUGUIYA, UNC. $17.50
MAURITANIA COIN SET INCLUDES
Mauritania’s recently issued bi-metallic 2010 50 Ouguiya and
bi-metallic 2009 20 Ouguiya coin are included in this 4 coin set. Also
included are the 2009 copper-plated steel 5 Ouguiya and the 2009
nickel-plated steel 10 Ouguiya. The Islamic Republic of Mauritania is a
former French colony located in north-West Africa. It has two
official languages, Arabic and French, so one side of their coins is in
Arabic with an AH date and the other side is in French with an AD
Item MR-SET09 MAURITANIA 4 COIN SET 5 – 50
Item MR-SET2 MAURTIANIA BIMETAL 20 &
50 OUGUIYA from
above set UNC.
MOZAMBIQUE COMPANY AND THE BANCO DE BEIRA
1885 Congress of Berlin carved up Africa, granting various European
nations control over of the continent. The boundaries that
were set in the conference still make up most of the national
boundaries in Africa today. Portugal was granted control over
Mozambique; however it did not have the economic or military resources
to control the vast territory. In 1891 it granted The
Mozambique Company (Companhia de Moçambique) a 50 year concession over
the central region of Mozambique. The Company was given
almost complete control over the region, including the right
to exploit resources, collect taxes and require the natives to engage
in forced labor. It ran the Post Offices and issued its own
currency. It developed the port of Beira and built a railroad
to the landlocked British colonies of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. However
it did not have the financial resources needed to develop the rest of
its territory and often failed to meet its obligations to the
Portuguese government. Most of its income came from its
ability to tax and its power to use conscripted labor on its
plantations. In 1919 the Mozambique Company and the Banco Nacional
Ultramarino (the Portuguese National Overseas Bank) created a joint
venture called the Banco da Beira to issue currency in territory
controlled by the Mozambique Company. Because most of the
company's trade was with the British colonies it chose to
notes in the British Pound Sterling. Lower denomination notes
were issued in Centavos, with 100 Centavos equal to 1 Pound
The bank issued far more currency than it had reserves,
resulting in the severe depreciation in the value of its currency.
The bank was liquidated in 1929 and the Mozambique Company
took over the issuance of currency within its territory.
Because of the company's poor performance and
changes in the Portuguese government, the company's
was not renewed when it expired in 1942. The Portuguese
Government assumed direct control of the region. The
issued by the Bank and the Company was recalled and punch cancelled.
From the Banco da Berira we have the 1 Pound note dated
September 15, 1919. It was one of the first notes issued by the Bank.
The note is punch cancelled. From the
Mozambique Company we have the 20 Centavos note dated November 25, 1933
and the 5 Pound note dated January 15, 1934 in AU-Uncirculated
condition. Both notes are punch cancelled "PAGO
5.11.1942" (PAID November 5, 1942), which was shortly after
Company lost its concession. All the notes were printed in
London by Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co. They
notes from a private company that ran a country.
PM-MZ-R1P BANCO DA BEIRA 1 POUND STERLING
BANKNOTE 1919 PR6 VG-cancelled
PM-MZ-R20C MOZAMBIQUE COMPANY 20
CENTAVOS BANKNOTE 1933 PR29 AU-UNC.-cancelled
PM-MZ-R5P MOZAMBIQUE COMPANY 5 POUND STERLING
BANKNOTE 1934 PR33 VF-XF-cancelled
COINS OF PORTUGUESE
granted Mozambique its independence in 1975. This
six coin set includes some of the last coins issued by Portuguese
Mozambique. The coins all have a similar design, with the
denomination on one side and the coat-of-arms of Portuguese Mozambique
and the date on the other. The set includes the copper-nickel
10 and 5 Escudos and the bronze 1 Escudo, 50 Centavos and 20 Centavos,
all dated 1973 or 1974, as well as the bronze 10 Centavos dated 1961,
which was the last year it was issued.
MZ-SET6 PORTUGUESE MOZAMBIQUE 6 COIN SET, 10
CENTAVOS - 10 ESCUDOS, 1961-74 BU
PORTUGUESE MOZAMBIQUE 20 CENTAVOS 1974 KM88, from above
MOZAMBIQUE COIN SET
1975 Mozambique gained independence from Portugal, who had ruled the
area for hundreds of years. Coins were ordered for the newly
independent country, including the aluminum 1 Centimo, and the bronze
2, 5 and 10 Centimos. Mozambique President Samora
Machel had himself pictured on the obverse of the coins. The
reverses featured native plants. The coins never entered
general circulation. In a fit of vengeance, the new
government of Mozambique ordered all those of Portuguese ancestry to
leave the country within 24 hours. They were allowed to take
only 20kg. (44 pounds) of their possessions. Many had lived
in Mozambique for generations. Though they were not able to take their
possessions, they did take their knowledge. The country
immediately fell into total economic collapse. By the time
the coins arrived in Mozambique they were worthless. Only a
few escaped the melting pot.
MZ-SET4 MOZAMBIQUE 1, 2, 5 & 10
CENTIMOS 1975 KM90-93 UNC.
COIN SET FROM
In 2006 Nigeria issued
coins: a 50 Kobo, a bimetallic 1 Naira and a bimetallic 2
dated 2006. Taira pictures the national assembly
The 1 Naira portrays Herbert Maculay, one of the leaders of the
Nigerian independence movement. Ears of corn are on the 50
Kobo. The coins are Uncirculated, however there may be a few
NG-SET06 NIGERIA 3 COIN SET 50 KOBO - 2 NAIRA
2006, UNC. $7.50
NG-SET06x10 10 of the above Nigeria 2006 coin
sets, Unc. $55.00
OF SLAVERY SILVER COIN SET
This set includes all seven
silver 2007 dated 2500 Franc coins
commemorating the 100th anniversary of Great Britain's abolition of
slavery issued for the members of the West African States.
Britain's abolition of slavery put pressure on other nations, including
the United States and France, to abolish slavery as well. The
coins are privately issued silver Essai (pattern) coin. Each
27mm in diameter, contains .25 troy
.999 fine silver and has a mintage of just 850 pieces each. The coins
depicts the heroes of the Abolition of Slavery movement on one side and
the issuing nations arms on the other. Included is Olaudah
Equiano (also known as Gustavus Vassa) on the Benin coin.
Wilburforce is on the Burkina Faso coin. The seal of the Society for
Effecting the Abolition of the
Slave Trade is on the Ivory Coast coin. Frederick Douglas is pictured
on the Mali coin. Senegal pictures François-Dominique Toussaint
Louverture. Togo honored French abolitionist
Victor Schoelcher. Because the members of the West African
utilize a common currency, they have issued few coins under their own
name. We offer the coins both individually and as a complete
set. Buy the entire set and save!
BJ-SILVER BENIN SILVER 2500 FRANCS 2007
BF-SILVER BURKINA FASO SILVER 2,500 FRANCS
2007 BU out
CI-SILVER IVORY COAST SILVER 2500 FRANCS 2007
ML-SILVER MALI SILVER 2500 FRANCS FREDERICK
DOUGLAS 2007 BU $24.50
NE-SILVER NIGER SILVER 2500 FRANCS JOHN BROWN
2007 BU $39.50
SN-SILVER SENEGAL SILVER 2500 FRANCS 2007
TG-SILVER TOGO SILVER 2500 FRANCS VICTOR
SCHOELCHER 2007 BU $18.00
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SENEGAL BIMETALLIC COIN
bi-metallic 6000 Francs coin for Senegal in 2005. It
pictures a bare-breasted woman named “Joy S.”, who according to the
legend she is “The Pride of Africa”. The
mintage of only 2006 pieces.The reverse depicts the head of an elephant
superimposed over a map of western Africa. It catalogs for
$80.00 in the Unusual World Coins book. Our price is MUCH
SN-12 SENEGAL 6000 FRANCS 2006 PRIDE OF
AFRICA WOMAN Br.X12 UNC. $35.00
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This attractive set includes fourcoins from the war-torn African
nation of Somalia. Included are the the 2000 dated 10
Shilling that features a
camel, the 2001 brass 25 Shillings depicting a soccer player,
the copper-nickel 2002 50 Shilling pictures
mandrill and the brass
Shilling pictures the Queen of Sheba, who according to
the region in ancient times.
The arms of Somalia supported by two leopards is on the
SO-SET4 SOMALIA 4 COIN SET 10 - 100
2000-2002, UNC. $4.00
12 COIN CHINESE ZODIAC SET FEATURES ANIMALS
MOTORCYCLE COINS FROM
THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF
GUITAR COINS FROM
2013 SOMALIA SET FEATURE
AFRICAN WILDLIFE, INCLUDES BI-METALLIC
2013 MAPS & FLAGS
SET FROM SOMALIA
After the collapse of the
government of Somalia in the 1990's, the northern portion of the
country, once known as British Somaliland, declared independence.
Despite the lack of international recognition, it has one of the better
governments in Africa. This set contains
of Somaliland. Sir Richard R. Burton, the 19th century
writer who explored the area, is portrayed on the 2002 5 Shilling coin.
2002-dated 5 Shilling coin pictures a chicken. A mother and
Elephant is ont he 2005-dated 5 Shilling. A monkey is on
Shilling coin, while a greyhound dog is on the 2002-dated 20 Shilling
coin. It is an interesting and attractive set.
SOML-SET5 SOMILILAND 5 COIN SET, 2002-05,
5-20 SHILLINGS, KM3-6 BU $4.50
THE WESTERN ZODIAC ON COINS OF SOMALILAND
SOUTH AFRICAN COINS FEATURE PLANTS & WILDLIFE
South African coin set reflects the nations rich natural and ethnic
heritage. The reverse designs, featuring native plants and
wildlife. The seven coins show ten different
the name of the country! A Blue Crane is pictured on 5 cent.
Lily is on the 10 cent. A Protea flower is on the 20 cent.
Cent shows a Strelitzia plant. The 1 Rand pictures a
Kudu is on the 2 Rand and a Wildebeest is on the bi-metallic 5 Rand.
The obverse features the national arms and the name of the country in
two different languages. Different denominations use
languanges. In an effort to recognize the nations various
language and ethnic groups, the name of the country is given in
different languages on the obverse of each of the coins. The
coins show the name of the country in ten different languages.
is an interesting and attractive set.
S-ZA-SET7 SOUTH AFRICA 7 COIN SET 2005-2009
SWAZILAND COIN SET INCLUDES ODD SHAPES
Swaziland is a
small, peaceful kingdom tucked between
South Africa and Mozambique. King Msawati III, wearing a traditional
Swazi crown, is on the front of the coins. The reverses of
coins reflect Swazi heritage. The 5 Cents shows an Arum Lily,
10 Cents shows sugar cane, an important crop for the nation.
Elephant head is shown on the 20 Cents. The Swazi arms
by a lion and an elephant are on the 50 cent. The thick 1
Lilangeni shows the king's mother, who wields significant power in this
tradition based nation. The 2 Emalageni shows a
2008 5 Emalageni commemorates the King’s 40th Birthday. The three
lowest denominations have scalloped edges and the 50 cent is
multi-sided. It is an attractive set that catalogs over
$23.00. Our price is MUCH less.
S-SZ-SET7A SWAZILAND 7 COIN SET 2003-2010 5
INCLUDES NEW ISSUES
attractive seven coin set from Swaziland includes some new
issues. The new 2011 copper-plated steel 5 Cents shows an
Arum Lily. The new 2011 copper-plated steel 10 Cents features sugar
cane. An Elephant head is shown on the new 2011 copper-nickel
20 Cents. The Swazi arms supported by a lion and an elephant
are on the 12-sided 2007 50 cent. The 2011 brass 1 Lilangeni
shows the king's mother, who wields significant power in this tradition
based nation. The 2010 2 Emalageni shows a lily.
The 2008 5 Emalageni commemorates the King’s 40th Birthday. King
Msawati III, is on the front of all the coins. The set catalogs for
$24.25, however our price is MUCH less.
SWAZILAND 7 COIN SET 5 Cents - 5
11 COIN SET FEATURE WILDLIFE & ODD SHAPES
This 11 coin set from Tanzania includes coins in a variety of shapes
featuring African wildlife. The 2008 200 Shilingi depicts a
pair of lions. Four running impalas are on the 2012 100
Shilingi. The seven-sided 2012 50 Shilingi features a
rhinoceros and her calf. An elephant and her calf
is on the seven sided 1992 20 Shillingi. The national arms is
on the 1993 10 Shilingi. A cow, bananas, millet and corn is
depicted on the ten-sided 1993 5 Shilingi. The 1992 1
Shilingi features an outstretched arm holding a torch. The
1990 50 Senti pictures a rabbit. A running ostrich is on the
1984 20 Senti. The 1984 10 Senti portrays a zebra and has a
scalloped edge. The 12 sided 1976 5 Senti features a
sailfish. The obverses of the coins depict Tanzanian
politicians. This attractive set catalogs for over $39, however our
price is much less. The coins are Brilliant Uncirculated.
TZ-SET11 TANZANIA 11 COIN
SET 5 SENTI
- 200 SHILLINGI 1975-2012 BU $22.50
RARE FRENCH TOGO COIN
located on the western coast of Africa, was for many years a major
slave trading center, earning the name “The Slave Coast”.
Germany took control over the region in 1885, then lost it to French
and British forces in World War I. Britain and France divided
the area, with the British portion eventually becoming part of
Ghana. The French portion gained independence in 1960. Coins
of French Togo are difficult to find. We offer the aluminum 2
Franc from the French Territory of Togo. The coin was issued
only a single year: 1948. It features the standard design
that France used for its African colonies after World War II.
The figure of Marianne and some ships on the obverse and a Loder’s
Gazelle and the name of the colony on the reverse. The coin
grades Fine or better, though may have some corrosion from storage in
the moist tropics.
TG-2F TOGO 2 FRANCS 1948 KM5 F-VF-corrosion $5.00
TOPLESS WOMAN ON
Togo comes this bi-metallic 6000 Francs dated 2003 picturing a
topless Guin Woman. The Guin are one of the tribes that make live in
Togo. The coin has a mintage of only 1200
pieces. The reverse pictures athe head of an elephant and
superimposed over a map of west Africa.
6000 FRANCS 2003 GUIN WOMAN
BIMETAL Br.X 21 UNC $29.50
WOMEN ON SENEGAL BIMETALLIC COIN
SCARCE WEST AFRICAN
The West African States is a monetary union made up of former
colonies in Western Africa. They all use a common currency
the same coins in all the countries. Until now, the member
nations have issued few, if any coins under their own name.
2003 coins were issued for all seven members of the West African States
through the West African Development Bank.
Benin issued a nickel-plated steel 1500 Franc coin that
a buffalo and a bird. Burkina Faso, formerly known as Upper Volta,
released its first coin ever. It is a bi-metallic
(aluminum-bronze/copper-nickel) 6000 Franc coin that features birds and
a Rhinoceros. From Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire) comes its first coin
since 1966. It is a nickel-plated steel 1500 Franc coin that
features a pair of elephants embracing each other with their trunks.
The nickel-plated steel 1500 Franc coin of Mali features a
Gazelle under a tree. Niger issued its first coin since 1968, and its
first ever non-precious metal coin. It is a brass-colored 3000 Francs
a lion. Senegal issued its first ever non-precious metal
an aluminum-bronze 3000 Franc coin that features a Galago, a small
primate that is commonly called a Bush Baby. Togo issued three
Franc coins. The first features a pair of embracing elephants. Another
a bare-breasted Guin woman. The third features Gnassingbe
who has served as President of that nation continuously since 1967,
him the longest ruling leader in Africa. The coin lists the
his Presidency as 1967 - 2003, as he had previously had announced he
retire in 2003. Like so many African rulars, he decided not
after all. (suprise, suprise!).
The coins have a mintage of only 1200 pieces each.
be expected, most of the coins were grabbed by government and bank
officials upon their release. Because these nations have
so few coins, they are avidly sought after by one-coin-from-a-country
collectors, as well as animal collectors. We sold out of most
issues the first time we
offered these, however were lucky enough to find a new supply.
BJ-1500 BENIN 1500 FRANCS 2003 BUFFALO
& BIRD KM40, Br.X40 UNC. $12.50
BF-6000 BURKINA FASO 6000 FRANCS 2003 BIRDS
& RHINO BI-METAL KM1, Br.X1 UNC. $49.50
CI-1500 IVORY COAST 1500 FRANCS 2003
ELEPHANTS KM6 Br.X6 UNC.
ML-1500 MALI 1500 FRANCS 2003 GAZELLE, KM17
NE-3000 NIGER 3000 FRANCS 2003 LION
KM12 Br.X12 AU-UNC. $15.00
6000 FRANCS 2003 ELEPHANT BI-METAL KM20 Br.X20 UNC. $39.50
6000 FRANCS 2003 GUIN WOMAN
BIMETAL KM21 Br.X21 UNC $29.50
6000 FRANCS 2003 PRESIDENT EYADEMA BI-METAL KM22 Br.X22
African dictator Mobuto Sese Seko renamed his
country, formerly known as Congo Democratic Republic, to Zaire. He also
called the monetary unit of his country Zaire. Zaire is a local name
for the Congo River. This three coin set includes
the 1, 5 and 10 Zaires, dated 1987 and 1988. As might be
expected, Mobuto is pictured on his coins. After years of
mismanagement he was finally overthrown in 1997, and the country was
again renamed the Congo Democratic
. Each of the coins was struck only a single year,
the 1 and 5 Zaires are dated 1987 while the 10 Zaires is dated 1988.
All three coins are Uncirculated.
ZAIRE3 ZAIRE 1,5, & 10 ZAIRES 1987-88
(KM13,14,19) UNC. $8.00
2012 ZAMBIA COIN SET
January 1, 2013, Zambia released four new coins featuring African
wildlife. The 2012 dated coins were issued as part of a 1000
to 1 revaluation of Zambia's currency. The nickel-plated steel 1 Kwacha
depicts the Zambian (Chaplin's) Barbet bird and is 24mm in diameter.
An African Elephant is on the 21mm brass-plated steel 50
Ngwee. An Eland is pictured on the 20mm brass-plated steel 10
Ngwee. The 5 Ngwee features the Zambezi Indigobird, also
known as the Twinspot. The nickel-plated steel coin is 19mm
in diameter. All four feature the Zambian arms and the date
on the obverse.
ZM-SET12 ZAMBIA 4 COIN SET 5 NGWEE - 1
KWACHA, 2012 UNC. $5.50
impressive set includes all 66 notes issued by the Reserve Bank of
Zimbabwe during their hyperinflation from 2006 to 2009, from 1 Cent to
$100 Trillion Dollars. During this period Zimbabwe experienced some of
the worst inflation the world has ever known, with inflation reaching
7.96 billion percent! The Reserve Zimbabwe introduced Bearer
Cheques notes in August 2006 when they did a 1000 to 1 revaluation of
their currency. They circulated as currency, however they had an
expiration date that was usually a year or less from the date they were
first issued. 28 different denominations of Bearer Cheques
were issued from 2006 to 2008, from 1 Cent to $500,000,000. In May 2008
Zimbabwe introduced Special Agro Cheques. Originally intended
for just farmers, they soon found their way into general circulation
because of the need for ever higher denomination notes. Four Special
Agro Cheques were issued with denominations $5 Billion to $500 Billion
in 2008. In August 2008 Zimbabwe again revalued their
currency, by removing 10 zeros. The new currency initially
utilized 7 notes denominated from $1 to $1000 that had printed in 2006,
but never released. Inflation continued and every few weeks
ever higher denominations were needed. 20 additional
denominations were issued in this series, from $10,000 to $100
Trillion. Most of the notes had a life of only a few weeks
and some are now very difficult to find. The $100 Trillion is
the highest denomination ever to appear on a banknote. Though dated
2008, it was released on January 9. At the time it
was worth approximately $36 USD, though within about a month its value
had fallen to virtually nothing. On February 2, 2009 Zimbabwe
had a 10 Trillion to 1 currency revaluation, dropping 12 zeros from
their currency unit. A new set of banknotes were introduced, with 7
denominations from $1 to $500. The currency was used only
briefly as shortly thereafter the government allowed its citizens to
use foreign currency. The U.S. dollar quickly became the
currency of choice, and the Zimbabwe Dollar was formally abandoned on
April 12, 2009. The set includes all 66 major varieties of
notes, from 1 cent to $100 Trillion dollars in Uncirculated condition.
The back of most of the notes feature vignettes of Zimbabwe.
It is a fascinating lesson on what happens when the government creates
too much money.
PM-ZW-SET66 ZIMBABWE 66 NOTE SET 2006-2009
P33-P98 AU-UNC. $240.00
PETROL RATION COUPONS USED
economy spiraled into complete collapse due to its incompetent
government policies, corruption, and massive inflation, shortages
developed for most essential items. Petrol (Gasoline) and
rationed. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe issued the ration
were required in order to purchase fuel. Because of the
depreciating currency, fuel ration coupons soon became a parallel
currency. Even though fuel was often not available,
accepted the ration coupons rather than the Zimbabwe Dollar in payment
for goods and services, as their value was more stable. We
offer a set
of two unissued Zimbabwe fuel ration coupons. One is good for
(Liters); the other is good for 20 Litres (about 5 gallons).
coupons were released around 2005 and could be used to purchase either
Petrol or Diesel. They are an interesting item that
was used for
money during a time of economic crises.
PM-ZW-PETROL SET OF 2 ZIMBABWE PETROL RATION
COUPONS, 5 & 20 LITERS UNC.
Zimbabwe's attractive coins feature its culture and
wildlife. However with Zimbabwe's severe inflation, the coins
quickly became far more in scrap metal than their buying power and
coins quickly disappeared from circulation. This set includes
10 coins the country has issued since becoming Zimbabwe in
The coins were minted at the Zimbabwe mint in Harare
ancient stone Zimbabwe bird on the obverse of each coin. The
includes the bimetallic 5 Dollars showing a Rhino, the 2 Dollars
showing a Scaly Anteater, the 1 Dollar depicting the Great Zimbabwe
Stone Fort, the 50 Cents with a sunrise, the 20 Cents
the Birchenough Bridge, the 10 Cents showing a baobab tree, the 5 Cents
depicting a rabbit, and the 1 Cent featuring the
coins are dated between 1997 and 2002. In 2003 Zimbabwe
higher denomination coins, a 10 Dollar coin picturing a water buffalo
and a 25 Dollar coin showing a group of soldiers.
coins were designed and minted, inflation made them almost worthless,
so they were not released to circulation at that time. In
2008 Zimbabwe revalued their currency for the second time by removing
10 zeros from the currency. As part of the revaluation, the
dated $10 coin (worth $100,000,000,000.00 of the old
and $25 (replaces $250,000,000,000.00 of the old currency) were finally
released. In addition the old 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, $2 and $5
became legal tender in the new currency, thus effectively increasingly
their value 10 trillion-fold! Zimbabweans were diving into
fountains in an attempt to recover the previously worthless
coins. Some even demanded that beggars return coins they had
previously thrown at them. The coins however circulated only
briefly as inflation continued to increase and within a few weeks the
coins were again worthless. All coins are Uncirculated.
ZW-SET10 ZIMBABWE FULL 10 COIN SET: 1 CENT -
25 DOLLARS, 1997-2003 UNC.
ZW-SET2 2 COIN SET $10 &
$25 from the above set, 2003, KM14-15 UNC.
ZIMBABWE’S NEW "BOND
2009, after a decade of hyper-inflation, Zimbabwe allowed foreign
currency to circulate. The U.S. dollar and South African Rand
displaced quickly the discredited Zimbabwe dollar and Zimbabwe ceased
issuing its own coins or currency. Because of a
shortage of small change, Zimbabweans were forced to take small items
such as candy, cigarettes or pens as change. In December 2014
Zimbabwe attempted to remedy the situation by introducing a new series
of coins denominated in U.S. cents. The new coins are called “Bond
Coins” because they are backed by a $50 Million bond held by the
Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. The coins have not been widely
accepted due to continued distrust of the government. The
four coins released were the 1, 5, 10 and 25 Cents. All four
coins have similar designs. One side has the denomination and the words
“BOND COIN”. The other side features date “2014” over the
repeated initials RBZ (for Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe). Interestingly,
the name of the country appears nowhere on the coin. The plated-steel
coins were struck at the South African mint in Pretoria.
ZW-BOND ZIMBABWE SET OF 4 BOND COINS 1 - 25
CENTS, 2014 UNC.
FEATURE TRADITIONAL AFRICAN MONEY
Six member nations of the African Development Bank issued a
series of coins, each of which features a form of traditional money
in the member nation. Each coin bears the denomination of
CFA Francs. The coins are 27mm nickel-plated steel and are dated
2005. One side features an
Elephant’s head and a map of Africa while the other features a form of
money. The Cameroon issue features a Mambila. Three pieces of
Money is shown on the coin of the Central African Republic. A
is shown on the Chad issue. A Katanga Cross is on the coin
Congo Republic. A pair of Cowrie shells is on the Equatorial
coin. The Gabon coin shows a piece of Throwing Knife
Money. Each coin has a mintage of only 2005 pieces!
they are interesting coins. As a
set they display the
wide range of items used for money in Africa prior to the introduction
coins and currency.
CM-PRIM CAMEROON 1500 FRANCS 2005 Mambila
Br.X26 Unc. $12.50
CF-PRIM CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 1500 Francs
2005 Spear Money Br.X12
TD-PRIM CHAD 1500 Francs 2005
CG-PRIM CONGO REPUBLIC 1500 Francs 2005
Katanga Cross Br.X46 Unc.
GQ-PRIM EQUATORIAL GUINEA 1500 Francs 2005
Cowries Br.X124 Unc.
GA-PRIM GABON 1500 Francs 2005 Throwing knife
AFRICA-PRIM SET OF ABOVE 6 AFRICAN COINS
PICTURING PRIMITIVE MONEY Unc.
AFRICAN PRESIDENTS COINS
In an effort to improve relations with top African leaders, (and
perhaps secure contracts to issue more coins), the Africa Mint issued a
series of coins in 2003 honoring the Presidents of various African
nations. Each of the four bi-metallic coins are 28mm in diameter and
bear the denomination of 6000 Francs. Included are Mathieu
Kerekou of Benin, Paul Biya of Cameroon, Mamadou Tandja of
Niger and Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo. Each coin pictures the
respective president, the national flag superimposed upon a map of the
nation, along with the dates President’s term in office. Only
one President (Kerekou of Benin) actually retired when his term was
up. The reverse of the coins picture an elephants head on a
map of Africa, along with an inscription honoring the
President. Only 500 of each coin was issued.
BENIN 6000 FRANCS 2003 Br.X41 PRES. KEREKOU
CAMEROON 6000 FRANCS 2003 Br.X27 PRES. BIYA
NIGER 6000 FRANCS 2003 Br.X14 PRES. TANDJA
TOGO 6000 FRANCS 2003 Br.X22 PRES. EYADEMA
IVORY COAST 6000 FRANCS 2003 KM7,
GBAGBO UNC. $39.50
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