Thursday, August 11, 2011

Theme : Zodiac signs 06

Zodiac signs does 't have to be the western zodiac signs alone. At least not for this topic.
In order to please the coin-collectors once more, I 'm posting a very fine set of Somali coins, on the theme of chinese zodiac signs.

Somalia has been in the news lately for unpleasant reasons. The location of the country in the east of Africa, almost on the equator, and the extreme weather conditions and lack of rain, has turned this part of the ebony continent into deep misery.

Somalia is located on the east coast of Africa and north of the Equator and, with Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Kenya, is often referred to as the Horn of Africa. It comprises Italy's former Trust Territory of Somalia and the former British Protectorate of Somaliland (now seeking recognition as an independent state). The coastline extends 2,720 kilometer.

The set of 12 coins were issued in 2000 (year of the Dragon).
Each coin shows one of the animals of the chinese horoscope, and the years (between 1900 and 2011) when they were applicable.
The back side of the coin is similar on all coins and shows us the coat of arms of Somalia.

Face value on each coin is 10 Shilling (or Scellini - refering to the Italian influence on the country).

Catalogue numbers are KM#90 to KM#101
Uncirculated coins (as they are all uncirculated) are valued at 1,25 UD each.
Although i've seen them for 8 USD each (!) on a populare auction website.

All coins are made in Nickel Clad Steel,
Ø 24.9 mm
The right order is : Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.

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