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Coins of modern Eritrea
« on: April 28, 2018, 10:45:22 AM »
Eritrea is a country in the Horn of Africa. Its capital is Asmara. Eritrea is based on the Greek name for the Red Sea (Erythra Thalassa), which was first adopted for Italian Eritrea in 1890. The country has a population of just under 5 million. It gained independence from Ethiopia on 24 May 1993.
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Re: Coins of modern Eritrea
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2018, 10:46:37 AM »
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The national flag of Eritrea, as adopted on December 5, 1995, bears a resemblance to the official flag of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front. The wreath with the upright olive-branch symbol derived from the 1952 flag, which had a light blue background to honour the United Nations. The green color in the flag stands for the agriculture and livestock of the country, the blue represents for the sea, and the red for the blood lost in the fight for freedom.
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Re: Coins of modern Eritrea
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2018, 10:50:23 AM »

Eritrea, $1, 1993.



The first modern coins of Eritrea were collector coins only, produced by the Pobjoy Mint. Above you see the very first collector coin, issued to celebrate the country's independence.
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2018, 10:51:42 AM »

Eritrea, $1, 1993.



The common obverse of these collector coins featured an attractive scene with a camel and a dhow.
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2018, 10:53:27 AM »
Eritrea's circulation coinage was issued in 1997, with wildlife designs created by the black American artist, Clarence Holbert. One peculiarity of the coins is that the highest denomination is named as 100 cents, yet officially 100 cents equals 1 nakfa. All the coins were made of nickel-clad steel.

1 cent, 1997. Thomson's gazelle.
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2018, 10:56:38 AM »
5 cents.  Leopard.
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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2018, 10:57:06 AM »
10 cents.  Ostrich.
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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2018, 10:57:43 AM »
25 cents.  Zebra.
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« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2018, 10:58:17 AM »
50 cents.  Addax antelope.
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« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2018, 10:59:04 AM »
100 cents.  Elephant with calf.
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« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2018, 11:01:48 AM »
The common obverse shows soldiers of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front raising the flag after the Battle of Nafka.
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Re: Coins of modern Eritrea
« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2018, 01:25:13 PM »
Isn't it rather strange that there has been no coins for last 20 years. What could possibly be the reasons?

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« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2018, 02:16:24 PM »
It is strange indeed. I have no idea why. The country is apparently a one-party state. This photo is from the days of Mussolini. Strange to see Africans giving fascist salutes.
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Re: Coins of modern Eritrea
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2018, 11:05:29 PM »


Does anyone know where this nickel-clad steel series of 1, 5, 10 25, 50 and 100 cents was minted and if it had been in circulation at all?

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Re: Coins of modern Eritrea
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2018, 11:22:02 PM »
Does anyone know where this nickel-clad steel series of 1, 5, 10 25, 50 and 100 cents was minted and if it had been in circulation at all?

Numista indicate a circulation coinage (common coin) but I guess that they were only collector issues as I never seen any of those coins with signs of wear...