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Mozambique since independence

Started by <k>, June 13, 2017, 01:02:46 PM

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The new coinage was issued in 1980. Later years of issue were 1981, 1982 and 1986. The common obverse showed the Mozambican coat of arms. The coins were minted in Berlin: East Berlin, which was in those days the capital of the German Democratic Republic. As a communist state, it was an ally of Mozambique.
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Mozambique 50 centavos 1980.jpg

The 50 centavos was made of aluminium and featured a traditional wooden xylophone, known as a timbila. It was not issued after 1982.
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#17
Mozambique 1metical 1982.jpg

The 1 metical coin was made of brass and featured a woman studying.

The set had a distinctly communist feel.

The emancipation of women is a theme often portrayed by communists.
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Mozambique 1 metical 1986.jpg

The brass version of the design was issued from 1980 to 1982. A lighter aluminium version was issued in 1986, though the diameter of 26 mm remained unchanged.
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#20
Mozambique 2,5 M 1980.jpg

The 2.5 meticais coin was made of aluminium and depicted a crane loading a ship.

Communist countries liked to use designs depicting industry.
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The 5 meticais coin was also made of aluminium and featured a man driving a tractor.
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The 10 meticais featured a factory. This copper-nickel coin was issued in 1980 only.
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#23
Mozambique10M1986.jpg

An aluminium version of the coin was issued in 1986 only.
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#24
Mozambique20M1986.jpg

Mozambique, 20 meticais, 1980.  Armoured carrier.

The 20 meticais was issued in copper-nickel in 1980 only.

Here you see the aluminium version that was issued in 1986 only.
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The armoured personnel carrier depicted on the 20 meticais coin is a "BTR-60 PB" model, according to Gerhard Schön's World Coin Catalogue.
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#26
Mozambique20Meticais1980.jpg

Here is a closer look at the design.

It is the only circulation coin to have depicted an armoured personnel carrier.

Communist countries are/were very militaristic and like to portray their military might.

See also: Communist themes on coins.
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#27
Mozambique50M1986.jpg

Finally we have an aluminium 50 meticais coin, dated 1986.

Again it has a distinctly communist theme, showing a woman fraternising with a member of the People's Army.

According to Gerhard Schön's World Coin Catalogue, this coin was not issued until late 1989.
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The coat of arms on the 50 meticais is different from the one on the other coins.

Compare it with the earlier version, above.

See also: Mozambique 1980s Socialist Set.
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#29
Mozambique flag 1983.jpg

Incidentally, this is how Mozambique's flag looked, briefly, in 1983.
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