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Parent topic:  The coinage of modern Sierra Leone


The parent topic (above) gives an overview of the coinage of Sierra Leone.

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In 1976 a FAO-themed heptagonal circulating 2 leone coin was issued.

The reverse featured an agricultural scene by Royal Mint artist Robert Elderton.
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1 leone, 1980.


In 1980 special 1 leone and 10 leones coins were issued.

They commemorated the Organization of African Unity Summit in Freetown.

Both carried the same reverse design.
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Sierra Leone--1964 set.jpg


It's interesting to look back at the first set of 1964. It did not work well as a unified set of designs. The realistic fish and tree did not go well with symbolic ring of rice grains or the stylised palm leaves. The 20 cents would have looked better with a thematic subject, rather than the heraldic lion.

Perhaps it is not surprising that the designs were replaced in the 1970s with the plain coat of arms. The designer of the 1964 set was Michael Rizzello, who later designed some superb sets, such as Gambia (1966) and Bermuda (1970s), so perhaps he learnt from the Sierra Leone experience.
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Here are some images of the set issued in the 1970s and 1980s.


See also: Circulation sets with a common obverse and a common reverse.
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Big_M

Surprisingly, in spite of extremely low nominal value, Bank of Sierra Leone released the 2004-series 500 leones dated 2016 and 1996-series 100 leones dated 2017.

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eurocoin

The Kapok tree that appears to be depicted on the 5 cents coin of 1964, a landmark in the city center of Freetown, collapsed earlier this week. The tree, which was also depicted on stamps and a banknote, was several hundred years old.

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Wow! What a monster. Reported to be 70 meters high. TFP.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

Big_M

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The Kapok tree was also the central motif on the 1987 1 leone gold and silver commemoratives.

coinote

Are the new coins in circulation? Because they are so low valued, the biggest one is worth only 2 cents, it likes Nigeria when it issued its new coin series in 2006, the biggest denomination was worth nearly nothing....

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Worth nearly nothing in the West, but surely not in Sierra Leone, or else they wouldn't have been minted.
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Pabitra

Quote from: coinote on October 03, 2023, 01:04:14 PMAre the new coins in circulation? Because they are so low valued, the biggest one is worth only 2 cents, it likes Nigeria when it issued its new coin series in 2006, the biggest denomination was worth nearly nothing....

The value of money is not to be judged by quoted exchange rates but by earning capacity of local population as well as prices and availability of goods and services in that location. It is a concept called Purchasing Power Parity.
One must not forget that mint also minted bimetallic coins at that price levels.