The fun symbol on this coin is the six-pointed star (actually two entangled triangles) that is of Moroccan origin. It is still the central symbol of the Moroccan flag*. North African traders crossed the Sahara not just to rescue heroes of European novels threatened with thirsty death, but also to get wealthy and to get slaves, in direct competition with British, French, Dutch and American slavers and traders in the coastal towns. Moroccan coins circulated in the area, once known as Guinea
By the time these coins were issued, the star had apparently become part of what the locals thought a copper coin ought to look like.
* That one is 5-pointed. Actually, it could have from five to nine points.