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Comoros
« on: March 16, 2013, 03:53:40 PM »




The Comoro Islands, or Comoros, are situated in the Indian Ocean, to the North West of Madagascar. They used to be a French colony. Here are some images of its 1964 coinage set.
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Re: Comoros
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2013, 03:57:10 PM »
Here is a closer look at the 10 francs. Marianne is portrayed on the obverse, along with some ships, indicating that this is a French overseas possession. The reverse design contains several elements, including a coelacanth fish, a jet plane, dhows, palm trees, coconuts, and triton shells.

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Re: Comoros
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2013, 04:01:10 PM »
Comoros became independent from France in 1975. In that year it issued a 50 franc coin, depicting the mosque of the Sultan of Anjouan in Mutsamudu on the obverse, and a Maltese cross on the reverse, along with the stars and crescent from the flag. It is interesting to see how the stars are arranged along the crescent, which is not how they appear on the flag.

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Re: Comoros
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2013, 04:03:59 PM »
In 1977 Comoros issued a 100 franc coin, depicting a fish and a fishing boat. The stars on the reverse are arranged in a different way here from those on the previous coin.

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Re: Comoros
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2013, 04:06:47 PM »
On a later version of the 100 francs, issued in 2003, the stars are arranged differently again. This time the inscription reads "BANQUE CENTRALE DES COMORES", as opposed to "INSTITUT D'EMISSION DES COMORES" on the earlier coin.

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Re: Comoros
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2013, 04:08:52 PM »


The 25 francs coin is a FAO series issue, showing chicks hatching - possibly a unique theme for a coin design.

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Re: Comoros
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2013, 04:12:35 PM »
The reverse design of the 1992 5 francs issue, dedicated to FAO and the World Fisheries Conference, reprises the design of the colonial 5 francs of the 1960s. The obverse shows the coelacanth. A smaller depiction of this fish also appeared as part of the design on some of the colonial coins of the 1960s.

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Re: Comoros
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2013, 04:15:58 PM »
The obverse of this 10 francs coin of 1992 gives the design over to the crescent and stars themselves, as they appear on the national flag.

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Re: Comoros
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2013, 04:18:07 PM »
The 50 francs of 1994 sports a rather different reverse from the 1975 version.

50 francs of 1975.





Below you see the 1994 version.

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Re: Comoros
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2013, 04:20:58 PM »
In conclusion, the designs of the few coins types of Comoros show both variety and a degree of interrelatedness. I am still not sure of the relevance of the Maltese cross to Comoros (on the reverse of the 50 francs of 1975).

Looking at the differences in the arrangement of the stars on the coins, they probably relate to the different flags that Comoros has had since independence.
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Re: Comoros
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2013, 01:48:45 PM »
For the sake of completeness, there was an earlier series for the islands, dated 1308 and struck in Paris. Here is the 5 centimes.

Peter
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Re: Comoros
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2013, 04:07:05 AM »
Hello
and after the 10 centimes


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and also after the year 2003 the 100 francs is not magnetic
Best regards  Gerard

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Re: Comoros
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2014, 12:13:44 PM »
Adding the emergency coinage of 1915:

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Re: Comoros
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2014, 01:13:24 PM »
The Société Anonyme de la Grande Comore was the largest company and largest landowner on the island of Ngazidja. It was a French-owned company, founded by Léon Humblot in 1886, with plantations growing various tropical crops: vanilla, sisal, coconuts, ylang ylang, and cacao. They also had a sawmill and wholesale and retail outlets in the island's capital, Moroni.

During and shortly after the First World War there was a shortage of money on the island and the company issued its own tokens, which it used to pay its employees and which were accepted at its shops.


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To which could be added some casino tokens.

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Re: Comoros
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2014, 02:39:15 PM »
Yes, the piece of 50 Francs Comoriens is missing in my gallery, but I can show 100 and 250 also here.

And I can add the "mules" of the Casino Anjouan and the Casino Le Moroni.