Pound, Coin Type from Biafra - detailed information

Pound, Coin Type from Biafra (issued 1969 - 1969)
Coin TypePound

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.

Obverse

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 InscriptionREPUBLIC OF BIAFRA 1969 (SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE)
Reverse

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 InscriptionONE 1 POUND
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
Notes

References to additional information:

[Book] Remick, Jerome. 1971. The Guide Book and Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins, pp 65-66.

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Pound: Details
CountryBiafra
CurrencyBiafran Pound
Sub-types Pound (Gold)
Pound (Silver)
From1969
To1969
Face Value1 (x Pound)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1970)
Material
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)
Mass (g)