Thursday, July 14, 2011

Theme : Zodiac signs 03

In order not to please only stamp collectors, I 'm happy to post a special set of coins, related to the Zodiac theme.
It's a set issued by Somaliland in 2006.
Somaliland is not the same as Solamia. Those two are neighbouring countries, altought...

Somaliland is an unrecognised self-declared sovereign state that is internationally recognised as an autonomous region of Somalia. The government of Somaliland regards the territory as the successor state to the British Somaliland protectorate, which was independent for a few days in 1960 as the State of Somaliland, before uniting with the Trust Territory of Somalia (the former Italian Somaliland) later the same week to form the Somali Republic.
Somaliland is bordered by Ethiopia in the south and west, Djibouti in the northwest, the Gulf of Aden in the north, and the autonomous Puntland region of Somalia to the east.

In 2006 a set of 12 (obviously) coins were emitted, KM#7 to KM#18, depicting the 12 zodiac signs.
The design is nice, and the coins are minted in stainless steel.
Each coin has a face value of 10 somaliland Shillings.

Weight : 4,80 gram; Ø 24,9 mm
Catalogue value (2011) 1 USD / coin for unused condition.
Mintage, unknown.

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