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Re: Coinage of Madagascar
« Reply #45 on: March 09, 2019, 10:38:24 PM »
In 1998 the seal and emblem of Madagascar were changed yet again. The new motto, "Tanindrazana, Fahafahana, Fandrosoana", translates as "Fatherland, Freedom, Progress".

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Re: Coinage of Madagascar
« Reply #46 on: March 09, 2019, 10:50:32 PM »
In 1999 the first two coins were issued that carried an amended legend, which reflected the new motto.

Below you see the 10 ariary coin.

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Re: Coinage of Madagascar
« Reply #47 on: March 09, 2019, 10:51:15 PM »
Below you see the 20 ariary coin with the amended legend.

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Re: Coinage of Madagascar
« Reply #48 on: March 10, 2019, 12:18:41 AM »
The 50 ariary coin with the amended legend was not issued until 2005.

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Re: Coinage of Madagascar
« Reply #49 on: March 10, 2019, 12:53:25 AM »


Here is a reminder of the obverse of the 1, 2 and 5 franc coins, when they were first issued in 1965.

The 2 and 5 franc coins continued to be issued right up to and including 1989, and always with that outdated country title. After 1989, those two coins were no longer issued with the outdated title.

However, the outdated country title survived on the 1 franc coin until 2002. After that year, it was no longer minted.

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Re: Coinage of Madagascar
« Reply #50 on: March 10, 2019, 01:12:50 AM »
In 2003 a 2 ariary coin was minted for the first time. It was made of copper-plated steel and replaced the 10 francs coin, which had the same value.

Interestingly, it was the first low denomination coin to show the word "ariary" in lower case letters. Strangely, the denomination appears twice on the reverse, being repeated entirely in words but in upper case letters as "ARIARY ROA". Does any other world coin do this?

From 2003, no more coins were issued that included the word "FRANC" or "FRANCS" in the denomination. Only the word "ARIARY" was used from now on.

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Re: Coinage of Madagascar
« Reply #51 on: March 10, 2019, 01:15:19 AM »
In 2004 the first coin was issued with a stated denomination of "1 ARIARY". Previously a 5 francs coin was issued that showed the words "5 FRANCS" and "ARIARY", since an ariary was indeed equivalent to 5 francs.

In the obverse, mint marks now appeared either side of the year for the first time.

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Re: Coinage of Madagascar
« Reply #52 on: March 10, 2019, 01:19:44 AM »
Strangely, yet another version of the 1 ariary coin was also issued in 2004. This time the legend showed "ARIARY 1" instead of "1 ARIARY". However, the word order now conforms with that on the 2 ariary coin. Still, the word "ARIARY" remains in upper case letters on the 1 ariary coin, while it is in lower case letters on the 2 ariary coin.

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Re: Coinage of Madagascar
« Reply #53 on: March 10, 2019, 01:31:10 AM »
The coinage since independence shows many variations. The country motto and title have appeared in three different forms, while the fonts used have also varied over time, along with the placing of the mint marks (when present) and the sprigs on the reverse designs. The use of the word "FRANC" or "FRANCS" has sometimes been combined with "ARIARY" and sometimes not. Sometimes the word "ARIARY" is shown in lower case, sometimes not.

To my knowledge, there have been no noteworthy developments in the coinage since 2004. Or am I wrong?

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Re: Coinage of Madagascar
« Reply #54 on: March 10, 2019, 04:07:58 PM »
hello t
you are right he last coins minted are
2 ariary 2003
1 ariary 2004 and
50 ariary 2005
after no coins but new notes and new value ,the biggest 20 000 ariary
Best regards Gerard

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Re: Coinage of Madagascar
« Reply #55 on: March 10, 2019, 04:09:42 PM »
Thanks. Have you ever visited your big neighbour?

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Re: Coinage of Madagascar
« Reply #56 on: March 10, 2019, 04:44:03 PM »
Hello <k>
Yes since 2004 i go all the years 10 days on one very very small island "Sainte Marie " is little but is one paradise . On this island is no more cars ,just the hotels but many many "tuk tuk",is just one road ?? on the left side of the island on the right side in brown and red is tracks. Is also  difficult to find olds coins ,the new don't circulating because the biggest notes 20 000 ariary is  7 euros . The salaire of one people is around 50 euros by month . And this salaire is very good ,no more workers have this . On you tube you have many films and also on "ile aux nattes" smalest than Sainte Marie and no cars just to walk .
Now i go to drink one beer at your health because write that in English is very hard for me .


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Re: Coinage of Madagascar
« Reply #57 on: March 10, 2019, 05:15:29 PM »
It sounds like fun.  :)  But I thought that the French drink only fine wine - not beer.  ;)

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Re: Coinage of Madagascar
« Reply #58 on: March 10, 2019, 09:44:57 PM »
Incidentally, our forum member africancoins has some excellent information on Madagascar's privy marks and denomination names. You can see it here.

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Re: Coinage of Madagascar
« Reply #59 on: March 10, 2019, 11:00:27 PM »
Regarding...

>>In 1991 the Royal Canadian Mint had taken over the minting of Madagascar's coins.<<

What about the information in the third section of this page...

Africa - Coins of Madagascar  ?

Thanks Mr Paul Baker