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Re: The coinage of modern Sierra Leone
« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2018, 07:21:46 PM »

1 leone coin of 1974.



In 1974 a 1 leone coin was issued to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Bank of Sierra Leone.

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« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2018, 07:24:23 PM »






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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Re: The coinage of modern Sierra Leone
« Reply #17 on: April 28, 2018, 07:27:22 PM »

1 leone, 1980.



In 1980 1 leone and 10 leones coins were issued to commemorate the Organization of African Unity Summit in Freetown. Both carried the same reverse design.

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Re: The coinage of modern Sierra Leone
« Reply #18 on: April 28, 2018, 07:41:37 PM »

1 leone, 1987.



In 1987 an octagonal, nickel-bronze 1 leone coin was introduced with a bust portrait of General Joseph Saidu Momoh. This coin replaced the one leone note.

Major General Joseph Saidu Momoh (1937 – 2003) was the President of Sierra Leone from November 1985 to April 1992. He was overthrown in a military coup staged by Valentine Strasser, a 25-year-old army captain, in April 1992. Strasser's cabinet members were young lieutenants and captains in their twenties. Momoh spent the last years of his life as a guest of the military government in neighboring Guinea, where he died in exile in 2003.

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Re: The coinage of modern Sierra Leone
« Reply #19 on: April 28, 2018, 07:43:56 PM »

Obverse of 10 leones, 1987.



Here you see the portrait of Joseph Saidu Momoh on the obverse of a WWF-themed collector 10 leones coin of 1987. The reverse featured a hippopotamus.

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Re: The coinage of modern Sierra Leone
« Reply #20 on: April 28, 2018, 07:56:02 PM »
The Sierra Leone Civil War (1991–2002) began on 23 March 1991 when the Revolutionary United Front, with support from the special forces of Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia, intervened in Sierra Leone in an attempt to overthrow the Joseph Momoh government. The resulting civil war lasted 11 years, enveloped the country, and left over 50,000 dead.

Inflation became rampant, devaluing older coins. A new coin series was introduced in 1996 for 10, 50 and 100 leones. The 50 leones was octagonal while the other two were round. The coins were struck in nickel-plated steel and featured important figures in Sierra Leone's political history. The designs were the work of English artist, medallist and sculptor Avril Vaughan.

 
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Re: The coinage of modern Sierra Leone
« Reply #21 on: April 28, 2018, 08:15:02 PM »



The 10 leones coin featured Mammy Yoko on the reverse and two bonga fish on the obverse.

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« Reply #22 on: April 28, 2018, 08:17:10 PM »



The 50 leones coin featured Sir Henry Josiah Lightfoot Boston on the reverse and the Central Bank building on the obverse.

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« Reply #23 on: April 28, 2018, 08:19:18 PM »



The 50 leones coin featured John Naimbanna on the reverse and the cocoa pods on the obverse.

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Re: The coinage of modern Sierra Leone
« Reply #24 on: April 28, 2018, 08:35:29 PM »

500 leones, 2004.



A ten-sided bimetallic 500 leones coin was issued in 2004. The reverse featured a portrait of Kai Londo, a Kissi warrior from Sierra Leone who conquered a large territory.

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Re: The coinage of modern Sierra Leone
« Reply #25 on: April 28, 2018, 08:37:07 PM »

500 leones, 2004.



The obverse of the coin depicts the parliament building in Freetown.

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Re: The coinage of modern Sierra Leone
« Reply #26 on: April 28, 2018, 08:42:59 PM »
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, which was additionally just one heraldic lion too many for the set. Perhaps it is not surprising that the designs were replaced in the 1970s with the plain coat of arms. The designer of this 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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« Reply #27 on: May 01, 2018, 04:40:43 PM »
Are 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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Re: The coinage of modern Sierra Leone
« Reply #28 on: May 02, 2018, 02:07:19 PM »

A half cent coin was issued as before, but there was now no new standard circulating 1 leone coin.

1 leone from 1964 was not circulating either, it was a proof only issue in sets.

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Re: The coinage of modern Sierra Leone
« Reply #29 on: May 02, 2018, 02:28:47 PM »
Thanks, I've corrected my text.  ;)