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Detailed information about coin type: Shilling from Biafra:

Coin type: Shilling

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.

CountryBiafra CurrencyBiafran Pound
Sub-type of Sub-types
Face value1 (x Shilling)
Year produced1969 CurrentNo (demonetised 1970)
MaterialAluminium Designer
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)23.5000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)

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

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

References to additional information:

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

List of 2 coins of type: Shilling from Biafra
1 Shilling 1969 unknown PEACE · UNITY · FREEDOM
One Shilling 1969 unknown PEACE · UNITY · FREEDOM
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