Gold Ounce 2022 Pioneer Plaque, Coin from Chad - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2022 Pioneer Plaque, Coin from Chad
CoinGold Ounce 2022 Pioneer Plaque

The Republic of Chad uses the Central African CFA Franc as its currency; it is the common currency of six independent states in central Africa: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. The CFA Franc has both common and national issues. All common circulating coins are issued under the authority of CEMAC ("Communauté Économique et Monétaire de l'Afrique Centrale" - Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa) and have no issuing country. Separately, each member country can strike coins bearing its national symbols; these coins are legal tender in the other members of the bloc too.

Chad has authorised some foreign mints to strike coins under its issuing authority for collector's purposes, or as bullion. These are usually dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to the country itself. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes, such as the internationally popular one troy ounce of gold format, such as this coin.

Space probe Pioneer 10 - the first man-made object that left our solar system - began its journey on 3 March 1972. It carries a gold-anodised aluminium plaque in case the spacecraft is ever found by intelligent life-forms from another planetary system, with a message to them. The Pioneer plaque features figures of a human male and female along with symbols designed to provide information about the origin of the spacecraft.

This bullion coin celebrates the 50th anniversary of this "Message from Earth".

MintPressburg Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage999
Chad / Gold Ounce 2022 Pioneer Plaque - obverse photo

Within a hexagon, the obverse of the coin features part of the design of the Pioneer plaque.

In a small circle on the right is the Coat of Arms of the Republic of Chad. Around above in that circle, the inscription in English: REPUBLIC OF CHAD; around below, the date of issue 2022. Below the circle, on three lines the inscription MESSAGE FROM EARTH.

Diagonally above right, the precious metal content: 1 OZ FINE GOLD 9999 (one troy ounce of 99.99% gold). Diagonally below left, the anniversary dates 1972 - 2022.

Obverse Inscription REPUBLIC OF CHAD 2022 1 OZ FINE GOLD 9999 1972 - 2022
Chad / Gold Ounce 2022 Pioneer Plaque - reverse photo

Within a hexagon, the reverse design depicts part of the Pioneer plaque, showing the nude figures of a man and woman in front of the spacecraft, the man with his right hand raised in greeting.

Above the figures, the inscription 50 YEARS.

Diagonally above right, PIONEER PLAQUE.

Diagonally below left, the face value CFA 10000 (ten thousand Central African CFA Francs).

Reverse Inscription PIONEER PLAQUE 50 YEARS CFA 10000
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Finish: proof-like.
Issue price: 1,985.00 EUR

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The design was also issued in 1/10 ounce of gold and one ounce of silver.

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Gold Ounce 2022 Pioneer Plaque: Details
CurrencyCentral African CFA Franc, Chad
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
SymbolCoat of Arms of Chad
Face Value10000 (x Franc)
Total Mintage999
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size37.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
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Pioneer Plaque 2022 Proof-Like - 1oz 9999 Gold
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