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Ghana: gold 2 pounds 1975 - coin, token or fantasy?
« on: December 27, 2017, 07:56:47 PM »
Numismaster lists this piece as X# 8 under "Unusual sources":

Subject: Operation Feed Yourself
Obv: Native planting crops
Rev: Arms and date


Does anybody have an illustration of it?

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Re: Ghana: gold 2 pounds 1975 - coin, token or fantasy?
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2017, 07:59:25 PM »
Here is the gold 1977 "2 pounds": 20th Anniversary of Independence.

Krause used to list it as a "medallic issue". Apparently it's a Royal Mint product. I wonder if the agricultural scene on this piece is the same one used on the 1975 piece that I mentioned above?

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Re: Ghana: gold 2 pounds 1975 - coin, token or fantasy?
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2017, 10:09:47 PM »
I found that....

William M. Rosenblum, LLC / Rare Coins
Auction Sale #37D (Closing Date and Time: November 15, 2007 9:00 PM Mountain Time)

includes four Ghana lots....

* 445 GHANA, Republic. 1960 Gold 2 Pounds. Struck for “Republic Day”. Bruce-X1. Proof. Somewhat cloudy, seldom offered. $350
* 446 ---,---1975 Gold 2 Pounds. KM-M8. “Operation Feed Yourself”. Proof.  $350
* 447 ---,---1977 Gold 2 Pounds. KM-M9. 20th Anniversary of Independence”. Choice Proof.  $450+
* 448 ---,---ND (1984) Gold 500 Cedis. KM-23, Fr-3, Y23. Proof. The Year of the Scout.   $375+

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Also "Unusual World Coins" includes the following with the details for X8.

Subject: Operation Feed Yourself Obv: Native planting crops Rev: Arms and date Note: Prev. KM#M8.

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So the crop scenes on the two types X8 and X9 will evidently be different. Finding an image of X8 seems quite tough - but it helps to see that both types X8 and X9 were once both offered in the same sale.

Thanks Mr Paul Baker
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Re: Ghana: gold 2 pounds 1975 - coin, token or fantasy?
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2017, 11:58:01 PM »
africancoins emailed me that he found images of these "medals", as they are described.

Silver

Gold

Images courtesy of www.gg-w.eu

Now I know what they look like!

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Re: Ghana: gold 2 pounds 1975 - coin, token or fantasy?
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2017, 12:16:54 AM »
Why did this design look somehow familiar to me? Well, a little bird has just told me:



Fiji, 1974, no denomination.  Man planting taro.  FAO theme.

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Re: Ghana: gold 2 pounds 1975 - coin, token or fantasy?
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2017, 12:56:59 AM »
It would seem that "Operation Feed Yourself" was just a policy/scheme in Ghana, instigated by one of Ghana's leadership. Not to do with the UN (or the bit of the UN that is the FAO) and not to do with Fiji.

Noble Numismatics Pty Ltd - Sale 49 - Nov-1995 had a Fiji (slightly different) detailed as follows...
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FIJI, Elizabeth II, Pattern FAO issue, cupro-nickel one cent 1974, milled edge, rev. legend around OPERATION FEED YOURSELF, SELF RELIANCE, man harvesting and planting, (KM.-). Uncirculated and extremely rare.
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Re: Ghana: gold 2 pounds 1975 - coin, token or fantasy?
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2017, 02:02:31 AM »
Noble Numismatics Pty Ltd - Sale 49 - Nov-1995 had a Fiji (slightly different) detailed as follows...
.....man harvesting and planting

Only different if that's a correct description of the scene. Again, we'd need an image.

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Re: Ghana: gold 2 pounds 1975 - coin, token or fantasy?
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2017, 11:42:22 AM »
I had intended pointing out that the Noble sale used different wording to describe what I think would be the same scene as on the Ghana pieces and the Fiji piece that has been shown earlier in this thread.

Is there any other info about the Fiji pieces ?

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Re: Ghana: gold 2 pounds 1975 - coin, token or fantasy?
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2017, 12:56:27 PM »
Is there any other info about the Fiji pieces ?

There probably is, but I didn't note the site, the description or the specifications. In future I should do that. I was probably just excited that I found it and wanted to show it.