Shilling, Coin Type from Biafra - detailed information

Shilling, Coin Type from Biafra (issued 1969 - 1969)
Coin TypeShilling

The Biafran pound was the currency of the breakaway Republic of Biafra between 1968 and 1970. Coinage was only issued in 1969. The republic surrendered to Nigeria in January 1970 and the currency ceased to exist.

Obverse

Horseshoe design surrounds a palm tree against the backdrop of a sea and a rising sun (the rising sun was part of the Coat of Arms of the republic). The motto PEACE · UNITY · FREEDOM is around below.

Obverse InscriptionPEACE · UNITY · FREEDOM
Reverse

At centre, an eagle with spread wings perched on a cow horn (an element of the Coat of Arms); below, the value - numeral 1 on one type of coins, or word ONE on another; around below, the denomination SHILLING; above the value, the date 1969. Around above, · REPUBLIC OF BIAFRA ·.

Reverse Inscription1 (ONE) SHILLING · REPUBLIC OF BIAFRA ·
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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Shilling: Details
CountryBiafra
CurrencyBiafran Pound
From1969
To1969
Face Value1 (x Shilling)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1970)
MaterialAluminium
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)23.5000
Mass (g)