Biafra: Coins Issued and Used

Showing only circulating coin types (regular coinage plus circulating commemoratives).

Biafra (1967 - 1970)
Information about what currencies were issued by Biafra, with lists of coinage, as well as periods when foreign-issued currencies were used.
Currency: Nigerian Pound. Used in Biafra: (1967 - 1970)
CurrencyNigerian Pound
PeriodNigerian Pound
Used1967 - 1970
Description

Although it also issued its own currency, the breakaway Republic of Biafra had Nigerian pounds circulating as legal tender too.

Government Decree No. 3 of 1967 (also known as the "Bank of Biafra Decree, 1967") stated that: "Currency notes and coins of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall remain legal tender in the Republic of Biafra until such further day as the Military Governor may specify."

Currency: Biafran Pound. Used in Biafra: (1968 - 1970)
CurrencyBiafran Pound
PeriodBiafran Pound
Used1968 - 1970
Description

The Biafran pound was the currency of the breakaway Republic of Biafra between 1968 and 1970.

The first notes denominated in 5 shillings and £1 were introduced on January 29, 1968. A series of coins was issued in 1969; 3 pence, 6 pence, 1 shilling and 2½ shilling coins were minted, all made of aluminium. In February 1969, a second family of notes was issued consisting of 5 shilling, 10 shilling, £1, £5 and £10 denominations. Despite not being recognised as currency by the rest of the world when they were issued, the banknotes were afterwards sold as curios (typically at 2/6 (=.0125 GBP) for 1 pound notes in London philately/notaphily shops) and are now traded among banknote collectors at well above their original nominal value.

Two and a Half Shillings (demonetised 1970)
1 coin (1969)
Coin NameMintage
Two and a Half Shillings 1969 unknown
Shilling (demonetised 1970)
2 coins (1969)
Coin NameMintage
1 Shilling 1969 unknown
One Shilling 1969 unknown
Sixpence (demonetised 1970)
1 coin (1969)
Coin NameMintage
Sixpence 1969 unknown
Threepence (demonetised 1970)
1 coin (1969)
Coin NameMintage
Threepence 1969 unknown
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