Apart from regular circulating coins, in 1969 a pair of commemorative silver coins were also issued: a crown (equal to five shillings) and a pound.
A gold set of five coins was issued too, with the one pound design repeated in gold.
Above an open wreath tied with ribbon, the Coat of Arms of Biafra: eagle perched on a cow horn above a shield; the top half of the shield has the rising sun in it, with eleven rays of the sun - one for each province; the lower half has three interlaced circles; the shield is supported by two leopards. In a ribbon under the shield, the national motto PEACE · UNITY · FREEDOM. Around above, REPUBLIC OF BIAFRA. Below the Coat of Arms, the date 1969.
The gold coin has a smaller Coat of Arms, and around below the inscription SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE.
|Obverse Inscription||REPUBLIC OF BIAFRA 1969 (SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE)|
Eagle with spread wings perched on an open scroll; in a ribbon around above: SPES THE FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL. Around below, the denomination ONE 1 POUND.
|Reverse Inscription||ONE 1 POUND|
References to additional information:
[Book] Remick, Jerome. 1971. The Guide Book and Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins, pp 65-66.
|Pound 1969 (Silver)||unknown||REPUBLIC OF BIAFRA 1969|
|Pound 1969 (Gold)||3,000||REPUBLIC OF BIAFRA 1969 SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE|