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COINS & CURRENCY OF AFRICA


AFRICAN COINS FEATURE TRADITIONAL AFRICAN MONEY Wholesale prices available to dealers


Africa 1500 Franc coins of 2005 Common reverse of African 1500 Franc 2005 issues
Six member nations of the African Development Bank issued a series of coins, each of which features a form of traditional money used in the member nation.  Each coin bears the denomination of 1500 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 traditional money.  The Cameroon issue features a Mambila. Three pieces of Spear Money is shown on the coin of the Central African Republic.  A Manilla is shown on the Chad issue.  A Katanga Cross is on the coin from the Congo Republic.  A pair of Cowrie shells is on the Equatorial Guinea coin.  The Gabon coin shows a piece of Throwing Knife Money. Each coin has a mintage of only 2005 pieces!  Individually they are interesting coins.  As a set they display the wide range of items used for money in Africa prior to the introduction of coins and currency.
Item CM-PRIM CAMEROON 1500 FRANCS 2005 Mambila Br.X26 Unc. $12.50
Item CF-PRIM CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 1500 Francs 2005 Spear Money Br.X12 Unc. $17.50
Item TD-PRIM CHAD 1500 Francs 2005 Manilla Br.X19 Unc.$19.50
Item CG-PRIM CONGO REPUBLIC 1500 Francs 2005 Katanga Cross Br.X46 Unc. $17.50
Item GQ-PRIM EQUATORIAL GUINEA 1500 Francs 2005 Cowries Br.X124 Unc. $17.50
Item GA-PRIM GABON 1500 Francs 2005 Throwing knife Money Br.X16 Unc. $17.50
Item AFRICA-PRIM SET OF ABOVE 6 AFRICAN COINS PICTURING PRIMITIVE MONEY Unc. $89.50

AFRICAN BI-METALLICS CELEBRATE VISITS BY POPE JOHN PAUL II  

Cameroon bi-metallic 4500 Franc coin 2007 Pope John Paul II visitCentral African Republic bi-metallic 4500 Francs Pope John Paul II visitChad bi-metallic 4500 Francs 2007 Pope John Paul IICongo Republic bi-metallic 4500 Francs Pope John Paul II visitGabon bi-metallic 4500 Francs Pope John Paul II
In 2007 five African nations:  Cameroons, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Republic and Gabon, each issued a bi-metallic 4500 Franc coins to commemorate a visit that Pope John Paul II made to their country.  Well, actually they issued them to make money from collectors.  Each coin pictures the Pope and lists the date of his visit   The Central African Republic and Congo issues also show an airplane, while the Chad issue also shows the Popemobile.  The reverse of the coins all show a map of Africa and an elephant head. Because these nations use the common currency of the Central African Monetary Union they issue few coins of their own.
Item CM-32 CAMEROON 4500 FRANCS 2007 PAPAL VISIT KM32 UNC. $20.00
Item CF-13 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 4500 FRANCS 2007 PAPAL VISIT KM13 UNC. $20.00
Item TD-28 CHAD 4500 FRANCS 2007 PAPAL VISIT KM28 UNC. $25.00
Item CG-49 CONGO REP. 4500 FRANCS 2007 PAPAL VISIT KM49 UNC $20.00
Item GA-17 GABON 4500 FRANCS 2007 PAPAL VISIT KM17 UNC $25.00
Item AFRICA-POPE SET OF ABOVE 5 4500 FRANC COINS, UNC. $99.75

SCARCE BI-METALLIC AFRICAN PRESIDENTS COINSWholesale prices available to dealers


African Presidents on coins of Benin, Cameroon, Niger and TogoIvory Coast bimetallic 6000 Francs 2003 President Gbagbo
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.
Item BJ-PRES BENIN 6000 FRANCS 2003 Br.X41 PRES. KEREKOU UNC. $29.50
Item CM-PRES CAMEROON 6000 FRANCS 2003 Br.X27 PRES. BIYA UNC. $29.50
Item NE-PRES NIGER 6000 FRANCS 2003 Br.X14 PRES. TANDJA UNC. $59.95
Item TG-PRES TOGO 6000 FRANCS 2003 Br.X22 PRES. EYADEMA UNC. out
 Item CI-PRES IVORY COAST 6000 FRANCS 2003 KM7,  Br.X7 PRES. GBAGBO  UNC. $39.50


COIN OF PORTUGUESE ANGOLA

Angola 10 Centavos 1949 KM70The 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. The bronze 1949 10 Centavo was the last of that denomination issued for circulation for Angola  One side has the coat-of-arms of Angola, the legend "COLONIA DE ANGOLA" and the date.  The other has the denomination. The coin is 17.6mm in diameter and is Uncirculated.
Item AO-10C PORTUGUESE ANGOLA 10 CENTAVOS 1949 KM70, UNC. $3.00



ELEPHANT FROM THE BELGIAN CONGO 

Belgian Congo brass 1 Franc picturing an elephant This brass 1 Franc coin of the Belgian Congo (now the Congo Democratic Republic) features a striding elephant.  First issued in 1944, during World War II, it was also struck in 1946 and 1949.   It is 19.2mm in diameter.   The coin is always popular with coin collectors and elephant lovers.  
Item BECON1F BELGIAN CONGO 1 FRANC 1944-49 ELEPHANT KM26 Fine $3.00


NEWSCARCE BELGIAN CONGO RUANDA-URUNDI COINS

Belgian Congo Ruanda-Urundi 5 Francs 1959 KM3Belgian Congo Ruanda-Urundi was an administrative unit that was made up of the three territories that Belgium controlled in Africa.  Those territories now make up the independent nations of the Congo Democratic Republic, Rwanda and Burundi.  The territories covered a vast area of almost 80 times the size of Belgium!  We are pleased to offer this 1959 5 Franc from this vast African territory. The 28mm aluminum coin features a palm tree on one side and the Belgian arms on the other. The  scarce, short-lived series ceased after the Congo gained independence in 1960.
Item BC-RU-5F BELGIAN CONGO RUANDA-URUNDI 5 FRANCS 1959 KM3 BU $12.00


MULTI-CURRENCY COIN FROM BENIN Wholesale prices available to dealers

Benin 1500 Francs multi-currency coinThis 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.
Item BJ-EU BENIN 1500 FRANCS, 2.30 EUROS, 3.45 SWISS FRANCS, 2005 KM44, Br.X44 UNC. $8.50



BOTSWANA WILDLIFE SET  

Botswana 7 coin African wildlife setBotswana, 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.
Item S-BW-SET07 BOTSWANA 7 COIN SET 5 THEBE - 5 PULA, 2001-07 BU $17.00



BURUNDI COIN SET 

Burundi coin set: 1, 5, 10 & 50 Francs KM19-KM22Burundi is a small, landlocked nation in central Africa.  Because it does not have a mint of its own, it rarely issues coins.  The four coin set includes the most recent coins of Burundi, though some are decades old.  Included is the 2011 nickel-plated steel 50 Francs 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 2011 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 Franc both feature the national arms and are struck in aluminum.

Item BI-SET4 BURUNDI 4 COIN SET, 1 - 50 FRANCS 1980-2011 KM19-22 UNC. $8.00


COLONIAL COINS FOR FRENCH CAMEROON

Cameroon 1 Franc 1948 KM8After World War I, the German colony of Cameroon was divided between France and Great Britain.  France issued this 1 Franc for French Cameroon in 1948.  The reverse features a Loder’s Gazelle.  In 1960 Cameroon was granted independence.  The obverse features Marianne, the personification of the French Republic, and steam ships.   The 23mm aluminum coin is Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item CM-1F CAMEROON 1 FRANC 1948 KM8 BU $3.00


SCARCE SOCCER COINS FROM CAMEROON

Cameroon 1500 Francs Germany Soccer commemorative varities
To commemorate the 2006 World Cup Soccer Games in Germany, two versions of the 2006 nickel-plated iron 1500 Francs coins were issued by Cameroon.  The coins are quite similar.  They both depict a player kicking a ball into the Brandenburg Gate and a map of Africa on the obverse, and an elephant head and a map of Africa of the reverse.  The only difference between the two is that one version has a small Brandenburg Gate “privy mark” behind the player and the other does not.  The coins have a mintage of only 5000 pieces each.
Item CM29-NP CAMEROON 1500 FRANCS SOCCER KM29 WITHOUT “privy mark” UNC. $19.95
Item CM30-PRIV CAMEROON 1500 FRANCS SOCCER KM30 WITH “privy mark” UNC. $19.95
Item CM-BTH BOTH OF THE ABOVE BRANDENBURG SOCCER COINS, UNC. $35.00

STRANGE PYGMY COINS FROM CAMEROONS

Cameroons 750 Francs blue cobalt plated iron coin KM25Cameroons bi-metallic 750 Francs pygmy coinCommon reverse of Cameroons 750 Franc 2004 coinsThese two 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 standing pygmy on one side.  The other side features an elephant’s head on a map of Africa.  The coins are 20mm in diameter.  Only 2500 of the blue cobalt plated iron coins were struck and 2005 of the bimetallic coins were struck, making them rather scarce.
Item CM-25 CAMEROONS 750 FR. BLUE COBALT PLATED IRON KM25 UNC. $19.95
Item CM-25A CAMEROONS 750FR. BI-METALLIC PYGMY COIN, KM25a UNC. $29.95



CAMEROON HONORS POPE BENEDICT ON BI-METALLIC COIN 

Cameroon bimetal 4500 Francs Pope Benedict XVI bi-metallic coinCameroons issued this bi-metallic 4500 Franc coin shortly after the ascension of Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.  The coin features a terrible, toothy portrait of  Pope Benedict XVI.  It makes the Pope look like a vampire.   A map of Africa and an elephant's head is on the reverse.
Item CM-POPE05  CAMEROON  4500 FRANCS 2005 BENEDICT XVI KM24  UNC. $19.50




CAPE VERDE CELEBRATES 40th ANNIVERSARY WITH BI-METALLIC

Cape Verde 250 Escudos 2015 40th AnniversaryCape Verde is a group of ten islands located 350 miles (570 km.) off the coast of Western Africa.  It gained independence from Portugal in 1975.  To celebrate the 40th anniversary of independence, and the 40th anniversary of its central bank it issued this circulating 28.5mm bi-metallic 250 Escudos dated 2015.  One side, commemorating 40 years of development and features a school teacher, windmills, a family and other images.  The other side commemorates the 40th anniversary of Banco de Cabo Verde.  It includes the national arms and various monetary and financial symbols (looks like the designer had fun with the wingdings fonts).
Item CV-250E CAPE VERDE 250 ESCUDOS 2015 40th ANNIVERSARY, UNC. $15.00


LEOPARD ON CONGO DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC COIN

Congo 10 Sengi 1967 KM7A 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. 
Item CD-10C CONGO DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC 10 SENGI 1967 KM7 UNC. $3.00




SCARCE DJIBOUTI COIN SET

Djibouti 3 coin set: 10, 20 and 50 Francs 1999 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.
Item DJ-SET99 10, 20 & 50 FRANCS 1999 KM23-25 BU OUT


NEWBRITISH EAST AFRICAN COIN FROM THE SHORT REIGN OF EDWARD VIII

British East Africa 10 Cents 1936 Edward VII KM24Edward VIII reigned for less than a year in 1936, before he renounced the throne in order that he could marry Mrs. Wallace Simpson, an American divorcee.  This bronze 10 Cents from British East Africa is one of the few coins that were issued in the name of Edward VIII during his brief reign. One side of the 30mm coin shows four elephant tusks.  The other shows the imperial crown and the name of the monarch.  The coin has a center hole to make it easy for natives to carry it on a string and to make it easily distinguishable from other coins.  British East Africa is now the independent nations of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Somaliland.
Item E.AF-ED7  EAST AFRICA 10 CENTS 1936 EDWARD VIII KM14 Fine-VF  $3.00



SCARCE FIRST COIN OF EQUATORIAL GUINEA 

Equatorial Guinea 1 Peseta 1969This 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. 
Item GQ-1 EQUATORIAL GUINEA 1 PESETA 1969 KM1 UNC. $4.00


ERITREA WILDLIFE COIN SET   

Eritrea 6 coin set: 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 Cents 1997This 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.
Item S-ER-SET97 ERITREA 6 COIN SET: 1 - 100 CENTS 1997 KM43-48 BU $7.50




SILVER GERSH OF ABYSSINIA 

Abyssinia ( Ethiopia) silver Gersh 1895EE, AD1903Abyssinia, 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.
Item ET-GERSH ABYSSINIA (ETHIOPIA) SILVER GERSH KM12 VG-Fine $6.00



ETHIOPIA COIN SET INCLUDES NEW BIMETALLIC

Ethiopia 6 coin set 1 cent - 1 BirrThis 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).
Item ET-SET6 ETHIOPIA 6 COIN SET 1 CENT – 1 BIRR, UNC. $18.50



NEWINDIAN OCEAN TERRITORIES OF FRANCE

Obverse of Comoroes 5 Francs 1964 KM6   MADAGASCAR 5 FRANCS 1953 KM5COMOROS 5 FRANCS 1964 KM6REUNION 1 FRANC 1948 KM6.1  Obverse of REUNION 1 FRANC 1948 KM6.1
France had three coin issuing territories off the eastern coast of African in the Indian Ocean. All the coins have the same obverse, depicting Marianne, who is the symbol of the French Republic, and a group of cargo ships.  Each territory had its own reverse.  Madagascar is a large island off the east coast of southern Africa.  From Madagascar is this 1953 5 Francs.  The 31.1mm aluminum coin depicts the heads of three long-horned Ankole cattle. Comoros is a small group of islands located between Mozambique and Madagascar.  For many years it was under the administration of French controlled Madagascar and used Madagascar coins.  After Madagascar gained independence in 1960, Comoros needed its own coinage.  This 1964 5 Francs was one of the first and last 20th century coins issued for French controlled Comoros. The 31.1mm aluminum coin features palm trees and coconuts. In 1975 Comoros gained independence from France. Reunion is a small island east of Madagascar. The uninhabited island was claimed by France in 1642 and was subsequently settled by people from France, Madagascar and Africa.  The island is still an overseas department of France, and as such, now uses the Euro as its currency.  This 1948 1 Franc of Reunion depicts sugar cane on the reverse.  At that time sugar was the main industry of the island.  The aluminum coin is 23mm in diameter.  All three coins were struck in Paris.
Item MG-5F MADAGASCAR 5 FRANCS 1953 KM5 BU OUT
Item KM-5F COMOROS 5 FRANCS 1953 BU OUT
Item RE-1F REUNION 1 FRANC 1948 KM6.1 BU $4.00

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NEWATTRACTIVE, POPULAR COIN SET FROM GAMBIA  

Gambia 4 coin set: 1 - 25 Butat, KM54-KM47 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 once vast African empire.  It was granted independence in 1970.  In 1998, its newly elected government  introduced a new series of coins featuring the nations coat-of-arms on one side. The other side featured important cultural items for this small African nation. The bronze 1 Butut features the nations chief export: peanuts. A native sailboat is on the 5 Bututs. The 10 Bututs shows a native partridge. An oil palm is on the 25 Bututs.  It is an attractive, yet inexpensive coin set.
Item S-GM-SET4 GAMBIA 4 COIN SET, 1 - 25 BUTAT, 1998 KM54-57 UNC. $3.75


GERMAN EAST AFRICA EMERGENCY WWI COINS & CURRENCY

German East Africa (D.O.A.) 20 Heller 1916, KM15 & KM15aGerman East Africa 1 Rupia note, 1916
With the outbreak of World War I in July 1914, German East Africa soon found itself isolated due to an effective British naval blockade.  The one German warship in the region, the light cruiser SMS K÷nigsberg led British Royal Navy on a merry chase, sinking both military and merchant ships, before being forced back to German East Africa due to engine problems.  The British were forced to tie twenty ships and ten aircraft before finding and trapping the crippled German ship.  The Germans eventually scuttled the ship, salvaging what they could, rather than letting it fall to the British.  On land, German Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck, with a small force of some 3500 German and 12,000 native soldiers and porters engaged in an effective guerilla war against the British.  He managed to tie up well over 40,000 British soldiers, caused extensive British casualties, and compelled Britain to commit significant resources to this minor colonial theater.  Though he frequently retreated, he was never defeated.  After the war he was honored by both the Germans and British as a brave and resourceful commander.   The Germans needed money to pay their troops and purchase supplies.  Utilizing equipment salvaged from the K÷nigsberg  and other ships, a crude mint was set up in Tabora.    These 20 Heller coins were struck in brass and copper at the Tabora mint utilizing hand cut dies. Metal for the coins came from many sources, including spent cartridges, artillery shell casings, wiring, and metal salvaged from the K÷nigsberg.  One side depicts the imperial German crown, the date “1916”, the initials “D.O.A.” (for Deutsch-Ostafrika, or German East Africa) and the “T” mintmark for Tabora.  The other side has the denomination surrounded by two laurel branches.  300,000 copper or bronze and 1.5 million brass 20 Heller coins were struck before the Tabora was abandoned to British and Belgian forces. The coins are approximately 29mm in diameter.  The 1 Rupie banknote is dated February 1, 1916. The front features the German Imperial Eagle.  A greasy stamp was usually applied over the Eagle. The back has legends in both German and Swahili and a purple arabesque diagonal band bearing the words “Ein Rupie” overprinted on the note.  The note is approximately 102mm x 62mm.  German East Africa encompassed what is today the nations of Rwanda, Burundi, most of Tanzania as well as small portions of Mozambique, Kenya and Uganda.  The banknote and coins are important World War I emergency issues made in an embattled colony cut off from its mother country.
Item GEA-20HBRASS GERMAN EAST AFRICA 20 HELLER 1916 BRASS KM15a F-VF $22.00
Item GEA-20HBNZ GERMAN EAST AFRICA 20 HELLER 1916 BRONZE KM15 F-VF $30.00
Item PM-GEA-1R GERMAN EAST AFRICA 1 RUPIE NOTE 1916 F-VF $16.00


BI-METALLIC COIN KENYA COIN SET

Kenya set of 4 bi-metallic coins: 5 - 40 Shillings KM35.2-37.2 & KM33This set includes four bi-metallic coins of Kenya, the 5, 10, 20 and 40 Shillings.  The lower three denominations are dated 2010 and picture the nation’s first President, Jomo Kenyetta, on the front.  The coins have a redesigned reverse, which features the denomination in larger characters and a smaller coat-of-arms than previous issues.  The odd 40 Shilling denomination was issued in 2003 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Kenyan independence. It depicts Mwai Kibaki who was the President at the time.  The Kenyan coat of arms is on the reverse.  These may be the last coins of Kenya to portray a person.  A change in the Kenyan constitution prohibits the further use of portraits on coins and currency in an effort to reduce tribal rivalries.
Item KE-SET4 KENYA 4 COIN SET 5 - 40 SHILLINGS 2003-2010, KM35.2-37.2 & KM33, UNC. $7.50


OLD, UNCIRCULATED ELEPHANT HALF CENT FROM LIBERIA

Liberia 1/2 Cent 1941 KM10aA 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.  Liberia was settled by freed American slaves starting in 1822.  In 1847 they formed the Republic of Liberia, Africa's first republic.  Its government and flag was modeled after that of the United States.  It is an attractive old, high-grade animal coin at a reasonable price.
Item LR-10 LIBERIA 1/2 CENT 1941 KM10a BU $3.00


BI-METALLIC LESOTHO UNITED NATIONS COMMEMORATIVE

Lesotho 5 Maloti 1995 50th Anniverisary of United NationsLesotho issued this 24mm bi-metallic 5 Maloti coin in 1995 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.  One side depicts the United Nations Emblem while the other has the arms of Lesotho.  Lesotho, formerly known as Basutoland, is a constitutional monarchy completely surrounded by South Africa. The coin catalogs $20.00. Our price is MUCH less.
Item LS-UN LESOTHO 5 MALOTI 1995 UNITED NATIONS, KM67 BU $9.75


SCARCE LIBYAN COIN SET

Libya 8 coin set 1997-2004  
Because of severe export restriction and civil wars, modern Libyan coins have been very difficult for collectors to get.  This 8 coin set from Libya includes 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 & 100 Dirhams, dated  1979AD  and 1399AH, the bi-metallic 1/2 Dinar dated 1372PD (2004 AD), and the 10-sided 1/4 Dinar dated 1369PD (2001AD).  The PD is a recently introduced dating system that thus far has been adopted only by Libya, and only since about 2000AD.  It is a solar calendar that is based upon the death of the Prophet Mohammed in 632AD.  All eight coins feature a Libyan knight on horseback.  They are the last coins issued under Libyan dictator Libya Muammar Gaddafi.
 Item LY-SET8 LIBYA 8 COIN SET 1 DIRHAMS - 1/2 DINAR 1975-2004, UNC. $25.00




ATTRACTIVE MADAGASCAR COINS HIGHLIGHT AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE

Madagascar coin set: 1 - 50 Ariary
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.
Item MG-SET6 MADAGASCAR 6 COIN SET 1 - 50 ARIARY 1996 - 2005 BU $19.50

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MALAWI COIN SET INCLUDES WILDLIFE  

Malawi coin set
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.
Item MW-SET7 MALAWI 7 COIN SET 1995-96 (KM28-34)  $9.00


NEWANIMALS ON THE FIRST COINS OF MALI

Mali 1961 set: 5, 10 & 25 Franc,s KM2 - KM4Mali gained independence from France in 1960.  In 1961 it issued its first coins for circulation: these 5, 10 and 25 Francs.  The 5 Francs depicts the head of a hippopotamus, a head of a horse is on the 10 Francs, and a Lion’s head is on the 25 Francs.   The reverses of the coins have the denomination and leaves.  All three coins are Brilliant Uncirculated and are now difficult to obtain.
Item ML-SET3 MALI 3 COIN SET 5, 10 & 25 FRANCS, 1961 KM2-4 BU $15.00


SCARCE MAURITANIA COIN SET Wholesale prices available to dealers

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.  All five coins are Uncirculated.  It is an interesting set of coins that is difficult for collectors to find.
Item S-MR-SET5 MAURITANIA 5 COIN SET 1/5 - 20 OUGUIYA, UNC. $17.50


MAURITANIA COIN SET INCLUDES NEW BI-METALLICS

 
Mauritania 4 coin set
Mauritania’s issued a bi-metallic 2010 50 Ouguiya and a bi-metallic 2009 20 Ouguiya.  Both coins 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 date.
Item MR-SET09 MAURITANIA 4 COIN SET 5 – 50 OUGUIYA, 2009-2010 UNC. $17.00

2012 MOROCCO 3 COIN SET

Morocc0 10 Santimat, 1 Dirham and bi-metallic 10 Dirhams 2012This 3 coin set from Morocco includes a 2012 brass-plated steel 10 Santimat, a 2012 nickel plated Steel 1 Dirham and a 2002 bi-metallic 10 Dirhams. The 1 and 10 Dirham have King Mohammed VI on the front.  The 10 Santimat features a bee and a flower.  The arms of Morocco are on the back of all three coins.
Item MA-SET3 MOROCCO 3 COIN SET: 10 SANTIMAT - 10 DIRHAMS, 2012 UNC. $9.00


RARE BANKNOTES OF THE MOZAMBIQUE COMPANY AND THE BANCO DE BEIRA

Mozambique - Banco da Beira 1 Pound 1919 PR6Mozambique Company, 20 Centavos 1933 PR29Mozambique Company, 5 Pounds Sterling 1934 PR32
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The 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 Mošambique) 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 issue its notes in the British Pound Sterling.  Lower denomination notes were issued in Centavos, with 100 Centavos equal to 1 Pound Sterling.  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 concession was not renewed when it expired in 1942.  The Portuguese Government assumed direct control of the region.  The currency 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 the Company lost its concession.   All the notes were printed in London by Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co.   They are fascinating notes from a private company that ran a country.
Item PM-MZ-R1P BANCO DA BEIRA 1 POUND STERLING BANKNOTE 1919 PR6 VG-cancelled $14.00
Item PM-MZ-R20C MOZAMBIQUE COMPANY 20 CENTAVOS BANKNOTE 1933 PR29 AU-UNC.-cancelled $12.00
Item PM-MZ-R5P MOZAMBIQUE COMPANY 5 POUND STERLING BANKNOTE 1934 PR33 VF-XF-cancelled $15.00

LAST COINS OF PORTUGUESE MOZAMBIQUE

Portuguese Mozambique 6 coin set, 10 Centavos - 10 Escudos 1961-1974Portugal 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 1960 or 1961, which were the last years they were issued. 
Item MZ-PSET6 PORTUGUESE MOZAMBIQUE 6 COIN SET, 10 CENTAVOS - 10 ESCUDOS, 1961-74 BU $20.00
Item MZ-20c PORTUGUESE MOZAMBIQUE 20 CENTAVOS 1974 KM88, from above set BU $5.00



SCARCE 1975 MOZAMBIQUE COIN SET

Mozambique 1, 2 5 & 10 Centimos 1975 KM90-93In 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.
Item MZ-SET4 MOZAMBIQUE 1, 2, 5 & 10 CENTIMOS 1975 KM90-93 UNC. $195.00


2006 COIN SET FROM NIGERIA INCLUDES BI-METALLICS Wholesale prices available to dealers

Nigeria 2006 3 coin setIn 2006 Nigeria issued three new coins:  a 50 Kobo, a bimetallic 1 Naira and a bimetallic 2 Naira dated 2006.  Taira pictures the national assembly building.  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 minor spots.
Item NG-SET06 NIGERIA 3 COIN SET 50 KOBO - 2 NAIRA 2006, UNC. $7.50
 
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NEWDANCING ELEPHANTS & KISSING GIRAFFES FROM RHODESIA & NYASALAND

Rhodesia and Nyasaland 1/2 and 1 Penny KM1 & KM2Great Britain issued a joint coinage for their African colonies of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.  The attractive coins feature native wildlife.  The 1958 1/2 Penny shows two giraffes that appear to be kissing, while the 1962 1 Penny features a pair of dancing elephants! The reverses have the name of the colonies, denomination and date.  Both coins are bronze and have a center hole so they could be strung together by natives who often did not have pockets. Rhodesia & Nyasaland is now the independent countries of Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabawe.  Both coins are Uncirculated.
Item R+N-SET2 RHODESIA & NYASALAND 1/2 & 1 PENNY 1958,1962 UNC. $9.50


NEWLION ON SCARCE, SHORT-LIVED COIN OF RWANDA-BURUNDI

Rwanda Burundi 1 Franc 1961 KM1After Belgian Congo gained its independence in 1960, Belgium issued a coin for what was left of its African territories: Rwanda and Burundi.   Only a single coin type was issued for the joint territory of Rwanda-Burundi: a brass 1 Franc.  This brass 1961 brass 1 Franc coin features a walking lion on one side.  The other has the names of the territories and the denomination.    In 1962 Rwanda and Burundi were both granted independence
Item RWBU-1F RWANDA-BURUNDI 1 FRANC 1961 KM1 UNC. $6.00


MODERN RWANDA COIN SET    

RWANDA 6 COIN SET 1 - 100 FRANCS 2003-07
In April 1994 a plane crash killed the Presidents of both Rwanda and Burundi. Extremist Hutus took control of Rwanda and began a slaughter of Tutsis and moderate Hutus.  In a period of about 100 days an estimated 800,000 to 1 Million Rwandans were slaughtered.  Most were hacked to death by machetes.  Teachers massacred their students. Priests allowed the massacre of parishioners hiding in their church.  Neighbors murdered neighbors. Those that did not participate in the killing were frequently killed themselves. In July Tutsi rebels overthrew the extremist Hutu government and begin a long process of reconciliation.  This  a six coin set that includes the 2007 bi-metallic 100 Francs and the 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 Francs (also called Amafaranga) dating from 2003 to 2009  The the coins picture important crops, including sorghum, coffee, bananas, and corn on one side, and the national arms on the other.  Both sets are Uncirulated.
Item S-RW-SET6 RWANDA 6 COIN SET 1 - 100 FRANCS, 2003-09 UNC. $9.75
Item S-RW-100F RWANDA BI-METALLIC 100 FRANCS 2007 KM32 from the above set UNC. $6.00



NEWPRETTY RWANDAN BANKNOTES

Rwanda 1000 Francs note, 2015
Rwanda 5000 Francs note, 1998
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Rwanda recently released a new 1000 Franc note dated  01.05.2015.  The front depicts the Rwanda Ethnographic Museum which was built in 1987 along with a sparkling green image of a dove. The back depicts a Golden Monkey.  We also have available the scarce and 1998 5000 Francs note from Rwanda. It was one of first notes issued after the Rwandan Genocide in 1994 and was the highest denomination the country had ever issued. The front depicts the highly regarded traditional Intore dance. The back depicts the National Bank Building. The pretty pink note catalogs for $50.00, however our price is much less.   Both notes are Uncirculated and incorporate watermarks in their designs.
Item PM-RW-1000F RWANDA 1000 FRANCS 2015 UNC. $9.00
Item PM-RW-5000F RWANDA 5000 FRANCS 1998 P28 UNC. $29.50




SCARCE BI-METALLIC COINS OF SAHARAWI

Saharawi bi-metallic 500 Pesetas Fennec FoxesSaharawi bi-metallic 500 Pesetas Independence commemorativeSaharawi bi-metallic 500 Pesetas 2004 common obverseThe Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, also known as Saharaui, is what used to be the Spanish Sahara or Western Sahara.  In 2004 Saharawi issued two bi-metallic 500 Peseta coins.  One coin features a cute pair of Fennecs, a long eared desert fox that is native to Saharawi. The other commemorates the 28th anniversary of nation’s independence (though in reality it is largely controlled by Morocco) and features a map of the country.  The obverse of both coins features the arms of Saharawi, which includes a pair of rifles.  The coins are 26mm in diameter and have a mintage of only 5000 pieces each.
Item EH-FEN SAHARAWI 500 PESETAS 2004 FENNEC FOXES KM51 UNC. $29.95
Item EH-IND SAHARAWI 500 PESETAS 2004 INDEPENDENCE KM52 UNC. $29.95


ABOLITION OF SLAVERY SILVER COIN SET 

Benin silver 2500 Francs 2007Burkina Faso silver 2500 FrancsIvory Coast silver 2500 Francs 2007Mali 2500 Francs 2007 Frederick DouglasNiger silver 2500 Franc 2007 John BrownSenegal 2500 Franc 2007 Toussaint LouvetureTogo 2500 Francs 2007 abolition of Slavery series
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 is 27mm in diameter, contains .25 troy oz of .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.  William 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 Franšois-Dominique Toussaint Louverture.  Togo honored French abolitionist Victor Schoelcher.  Because the members of the West African States utilize a common currency, they have issued few coins under their own name.  
Item BJ-SILVER BENIN SILVER 2500 FRANCS 2007 BU $24.50
Item BF-SILVER BURKINA FASO SILVER 2,500 FRANCS 2007 BU out
Item CI-SILVER IVORY COAST SILVER 2500 FRANCS 2007 BU out
Item ML-SILVER MALI SILVER 2500 FRANCS FREDERICK DOUGLAS 2007 Br.E5 BU $24.50
Item NE-SILVER NIGER SILVER 2500 FRANCS JOHN BROWN 2007 Br.E12 BU $39.50
Item SN-SILVER SENEGAL SILVER 2500 FRANCS 2007 BU out
Item TG-SILVER TOGO SILVER 2500 FRANCS VICTOR SCHOELCHER 2007 Br.E2 BU $18.00


NEWELEPHANT COIN FROM ITALIAN TRUST TERRITORY OF SOMALIA

Somalia - Italian Trust Territory, 5 Centesimi 1950 KM2From 1950 to 1960 Italy administered the United Nations Trust Territory of Somalia. It consisted of the former Italian Somaliland, which is now the southern and eastern portions of the Federal Republic of Somalia.  This 25mm copper 5 Centesimi was minted in 1950 for use in the territory.  The obverse features an elephant head.  The reverse has the date, denomination and mint name “ROMA” in unusually large letters for a mint mark.
Item SO-2 SOMALIA 5 CENTESIMI 1950 KM2 BU $10.00


ATTRACTIVE SOMALIA COIN SET


Somalia coin set
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 a mandrill and the brass 2002 100 Shilling pictures the Queen of Sheba,  who according to legend, ruled the region in ancient times.   The arms of Somalia supported by two leopards is on the obverse.
Item SO-SET4 SOMALIA 4 COIN SET 10 - 100 SHILLINGS, 2000-2002, UNC. $4.00

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SOMALILAND COIN SET   

Somaliland coin set 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 functioning governments in Africa.   This set contains five  coins of Somaliland.  Sir Richard R. Burton, the 19th century explorer and writer who explored the area, is portrayed on the 2002 5 Shilling coin. Another 2002-dated 5 Shilling coin pictures a chicken.  A mother and baby Elephant is ont he 2005-dated 5 Shilling.   A monkey is on the2002-dated 10 Shilling coin, while a greyhound dog is on the 2002-dated 20 Shilling coin.   It is an interesting and attractive set.
Item SOML-SET5 SOMILILAND 5 COIN SET, 2002-05, 5-20 SHILLINGS, KM3-6 BU $4.50

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FIRST COINS AND BANKNOTE OF SOUTH SUDAN

South Sudan 3 coin setSouth Sudan coat of arms on obverse of coins.South Sudan 1 Pound note
After a long civil war, South Sudan finally gained its independence from Sudan in July 2011.   South Sudan released their first coins; the 10, 20 and 50 Piastres in 2015.  The bi-metallic 1 and 2 Pound coins, dated 2015, were not released until 2016.  The 25mm 1 Pound coin depicts mother Nubian Giraffe and her calf.  The 27mm 2 Pounds coin features an African shield and spears.  The copper-plated steel 10 Piasters features an oil derrick. A Shoebill Stork from the Northern Bahr-el Ghazal State flag is on the brass-plated steel 20-Piasters.  The nickel-plated steel 50 Piastres features a Northern White Rhino. All five coins are dated 2015. The obverses of all the coins show the national emblem of South Sudan and the date.  We offer both the two new bi-metallic coins as well as the full five coin set. We also have the South Sudan 1 Pound note in Crisp Uncirculated condition.  It pictures and has a watermark of John Garing, a leader in the countries independence movement who died in a helicopter crash in 2005.   The back of the note depicts a heard of giraffe.
NEW!Item SS-SET2 SOUTH SUDAN 1 & 2 POUNDS 2015, BI-METALLIC UNC. $12.00
Item SS-SET5 SOUTH SUDAN 5 COIN SET: 10, 20, 50 PIASTRES, 1 & 2 POUNDS UNC. $24.00
Item PM-SS-1P SOUTH SUDAN 1 POUND NOTE, P1 UNC. $4.00


SWAZILAND SET INCLUDES NEW ISSUES

Swaziland 7 coin set, 2007-2011 5 Cents - 5 EmalageniThis 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.
Item S-SZ-SET7B SWAZILAND 7 COIN SET 5 Cents - 5 EMALAGENI 2007-2011 BU $8.00



WILDLIFE COINS OF TANZANIA   Restocked

Tanzania coin set: 5 Senti - 1 Shilling Animals are featured on this high-catalog value set from Tanzania.  Tanzania, located on the coast of Africa, was founded when Tanganyika, formerly German East Africa, merged with Zanzibar in 1964. The set includes the multi-sided1976  5 Senti which shows a sailfish, the scalloped 1979 10 Senti which shows a Zebra, the 1979 20 Senti which shows an Ostrich, the  1989 50 Senti which shows a rabbit and the 1992 1 Shillingi features an outstretched arm holding a torch.  the coins are Brilliant Uncirculated and together catalog for over $14.00.  Our price is MUCH less..
Item S-TZ-SET1 TANZANIA 5 COIN WILDLIFE SET 5 Senti - 1 Shilling, 1975-1992 BU $5.00



TOPLESS WOMAN ON TOGO BIMETALLIC COIN

Togo bi-metallic 6000 Francs coin pictureing a topless woman From 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.
Item TG-GUIN TOGO 6000 FRANCS 2003 GUIN WOMAN BIMETAL Br.X 21 UNC $29.50



COINS OF THE WEST AFRICAN STATES 

West African States 4 coin set: 1 - 25 Francs. 1991, KM8, KM2, KM10, KM9
The West African States is a monetary union that issues notes and coins for the nations of Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bisseau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger and Togo.  All the member countries use the same notes and coins for circulation, thought they have issued non-circulating coins for collectors.  This four coin set includes the steel 1 Franc and the aluminum-bronze 5, 10, and 25 Francs.  The obverese of each coin depicts a Taku Ashanti gold weight.  The Ashanti tribe made brass weights for weighing gold, though the weights themselves would often pass for  The Taku Ashanti gold weight design is the emblem of the Central Bank of  West African States (Banque Centrale des ╔tats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest  or BCEAO). The 1 Franc has a large numeral "1" on the reverse.  The reverse of the 5 Francs has the head of a Gazelle.  The 10 Francs depicts people getting water from a well.  A woman performing chemistry is on the 25 Francs.   The coins are dated from 1991 and are Uncirculated.
 Item S-WAS-SET4 WEST AFRICAN STATES 4 COIN SET, 1-25 FRANCS 1991 UNC.  $5.00


SCARCE WEST AFRICAN COINS Wholesale prices available to dealers

Coins of Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal
3 BI-METALLIC COINS OF TOGO
The West African States is a monetary union made up of former French colonies in Western Africa.  They all use a common currency and the same coins in all the countries.  Until now, the member nations have issued few, if any coins under their own name.  In 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 features 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 that features a lion. Senegal issued its first ever non-precious metal coin.  It is an aluminum-bronze 3000 Franc coin that features a Galago, a small primate that is commonly called a Bush Baby. Togo issued three bi-metallic 6000 Franc coins. The first features a pair of embracing elephants. Another features a bare-breasted Guin woman.  The third features Gnassingbe Eyadema, who has served as President of that nation continuously since 1967, making him the longest ruling leader in Africa.  The coin lists the dates of his Presidency as 1967 - 2003, as he had previously had announced he would retire in 2003.  Like so many African rulars, he decided not to retire after all. (suprise, suprise!).
The coins  have a mintage of only 1200 pieces each.  As might be expected, most of the coins were grabbed by government and bank officials upon their release.  Because these nations have issued 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.
 Item BJ-1500 BENIN 1500 FRANCS 2003 BUFFALO & BIRD KM40, Br.X40 UNC. $12.50
Item BF-6000 BURKINA FASO 6000 FRANCS 2003 BIRDS & RHINO BI-METAL KM1, Br.X1 UNC. $49.50
Item CI-1500 IVORY COAST 1500 FRANCS 2003 ELEPHANTS KM6 Br.X6 UNC. $19.50
 Item ML-1500 MALI 1500 FRANCS 2003 GAZELLE, KM17 Br.X17 UNC. $12.50
Item NE-3000 NIGER 3000 FRANCS 2003 LION  KM12 Br.X12 AU-UNC. $15.00
Item TG-ELEP TOGO 6000 FRANCS 2003 ELEPHANT BI-METAL KM20 Br.X20  UNC. $39.50
 Item TG-GUIN TOGO 6000 FRANCS 2003 GUIN WOMAN BIMETAL KM21 Br.X21 UNC $29.50
Item TG-PRES TOGO 6000 FRANCS 2003 PRESIDENT EYADEMA BI-METAL KM22 Br.X22 UNC. out

ZAMBIA CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE

Zambia 5 Shillings 1965, First Anniversary of Independence, KM4Zambia, a landlocked nation in south-central Africa gained its independence from Great Britain on October 24, 1964. In 1965 Zambia issued a copper-nickel 5 Shillings coin was struck to commemorate the first anniversary of independence.  The 5 Shilling shows the bust of the nations first President, Kenneth Kaunda, a former school teacher and civil servant who helped lead the nations drive for independence.  The reverse features the Zambian coat-of-arms.  The coin has a lettered edge reading “ONE ZAMBIA ONE NATION * 14.10.1964*”.  The 38.8mm coin was struck by the British Royal Mint and is Proof.  Only 20,000 Proof coins were struck.
Item ZM-5SH ZAMBIA 5 SHILLINGS 1965 INDEPENDENCE COIN, KM4, PROOF $10.00



NEWZIMBABWE TRILLION DOLLAR BILLS!

Zimbabwe $100,000,000,000,000, $50,000,000,000,000, $20,000,000,000,000 and $10,000,000,000,000 bills
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On January 16. 2009 Zimbabwe released the highest denomination notes ever issued by a national government: the $10 Trillion, $20 Trillion, $50 Trillion and $100 Trillion bills.  Despite the government "outlawing inflation" (which is about as effective as outlawing the tides from rising), inflation soared to an estimated 231 million percent per year in 2008, the highest ever in history.  Rather than attempting to solve the problem the government just kept printing money in order to pay the army and government employees.   There was a severe shortage of everything, except freshly printed bills. On February 2, 2009 Zimbabwe did a Trillion to 1 currency revaluation and the short-lived notes were replaced.  About the same time, Zimbabwe’s citizens were allowed to use of foreign currencies and the discredited Zimbabwe dollar ceased to be used.  We are pleased to offer all four of these Trillion Dollar denominated notes, including the scarce $20 Trillion and the ever popular $100 Trillion. The front of the notes picture the Chiremba Balancing Rocks. The back of each note features two vignettes of Zimbabwe.  They are a fascinating lesson on what happens when the government creates too much money. All four notes are crisp Uncirculated.
Item PM-ZW-$10TRL ZIMBABWE $10 TRILLION NOTE 2008, P88 UNC. $7.00
Item PM-ZW-$20TRL ZIMBABWE $20 TRILLION NOTE 2008, P89 UNC. $15.00
Item PM-ZW-$50TRL ZIMBABWE $50 TRILLION NOTE 2008, P90 UNC. $29.75
Item PM-ZW-$100TRIL ZIMBABWE $100 TRILLION NOTE 2008, P91 UNC. $59.75
Item PM-ZW-$TRLSET SET OF ABOVE 4 ZIMBABWE NOTES: $10 TRILLION TO $100 TRILLION, UNC. $99.75

ZIMBABWE PETROL RATION COUPONS USED FOR MONEY Wholesale prices available to dealers

Zimbabwe 5 & 20 Litres petrol and diesel ration coupons
As Zimbabwe's economy spiraled into complete collapse due to its incompetent government policies, corruption, and massive inflation, shortages developed for most essential items.  Petrol (Gasoline) and Diesel were rationed.  The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe issued the ration coupons which were required in order to purchase fuel.  Because of the rapidly depreciating currency, fuel ration coupons soon became a parallel currency.   Even though fuel was often not available, many merchants 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 5 Litres (Liters); the other is good for 20 Litres (about 5 gallons).  The 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.
Item PM-ZW-PETROL SET OF 2 ZIMBABWE PETROL RATION COUPONS, 5 & 20 LITERS UNC. $4.00 


ZIMBABWE 2003 COIN SET 

Zimbabwe 10 and 25 Dollar coins, 2003 KM14 & KM15
In 2003 Zimbabwe minted two new high denomination coins, a 10 Dollar coin picturing a water buffalo and a 25 Dollar coin showing a group of soldiers.  By the time the coins were designed and minted, ongoing inflation made them almost worthless, so they were not released to circulation at that time.  In August 2008 Zimbabwe revalued their currency for the second time by removing 10 zeros from the currency.  As part of the 2008 revaluation, the 2003 dated $10 coin (worth $100,000,000,000.00  of the old currency) and $25 (replaces $250,000,000,000.00 of the old currency) were finally released.  The coins however circulated only very briefly as inflation continued to increase and within a few weeks the coins were again worthless.  
Item ZW-SET2 2 COIN SET 10 DOLLARS  & 25 DOLLARS 2003, KM14-15 UNC. $7.50


ZIMBABWE’S NEW "BOND COINS"

Zimbabwe 2014 bond coin setIn 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.
Item ZW-BOND ZIMBABWE SET OF 4 BOND COINS 1 - 25 CENTS, 2014 UNC. out

NEW ZIMBABWE 50 CENT BOND COIN

Zimbabwe 50 cent 2014 bond coinIn March 2015 Zimbabwe released the 2014 dated 50 Cent Bond Coin.  The 25mm nickel-plated steel coin has a design similar to the other Bond coins, featuring the denomination on one side and the date on the other.
Item ZW-50C ZIMBABWE 50 CENT BOND COIN 2014 UNC. $6.00



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