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List of islands around Africa: tokens
« on: April 24, 2020, 06:46:26 PM »
I decided to collect and compile my list of islands around Africa, on tokens, and consider them in this topic. Those that turned out to be found, I sorted by belonging to the African countries. There were not too many of them, but who knows what else exists. If you have your own information on this subject, please add it to this topic.

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Re: List of islands around Africa: tokens
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2020, 07:55:47 AM »
Country: Kenya

The only island that had tokens there is the island of Mombassa.

Question for discussion: can these coins be considered to belong to the island of Mombassa? As far as I know, the actions of the colonialists, they always choose their islands near the mainland, and are first attached to them; modern cities have a similar name.

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Re: List of islands around Africa: tokens
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2020, 09:02:58 AM »
Country: Kenya

Very interesting is the question of the existence of coins for two more islands in Kenya. We are talking about the coins of the island of Lamu, and about the coins of the island of Pate.

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Islamic coins of East Africa The Islamic countries of the Middle East were interested in East Ican goods, which attracted Greco-Roman merchants to ivory, tortoise-shell and slaves; Trade routes through the Red Ocean connected East Africa with Egypt, Arabia, and Persia. Merchants moved to East Africa and settled on the islands of the peninsulas, merging with the local population. Swahili Africa is a descendant of this coastal culture. (Their la Kiswehili shows many Arabic "borrowed words.")

The earliest Islamic coins on the east coast were the shanga on Pate Island in Kenya. Lamu Archipelago. Archeolo 'dense indicates that they date from 750 to 950. A.E. The city, Ethiopia, can compete with the Shanga for the earliest East Ican coins. These issues marked the beginning of the tradition of hand coins, which from time to time continued in the 19th century.

The most common source of medieval East Icanian coins were Kilwa, the island of the coast of the modern people of Koynadzh, which could begin there in the 11th century and existed until the 14th or 15th century. The coins of Kitwa were made by the local sultan from silver and gold. Copper coins - month. Gold is represented by only six copies of the Sultan. Copper coins were also minted in Zanzibar, an island near Tanzania.

There are also rare coins from cast tin from the 19th Mombasa (a port in modern Kenya) and from the island of Lamu un di Calival, 8 Islamic coins that were received over 14 years.


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I managed to discover something on this subject:  https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/baldwins/catalogue-id-srbal10029/lot-033b65b9-c259-45ea-b17e-a5c300eaf281

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Re: List of islands around Africa: tokens
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2020, 10:52:16 AM »
Country: Kenya

Pate Island & Siyu is also often mentioned in connection with trade and coins, and the history of this island is significant.

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Siyu is a settlement on the north coast of Pate Island, within the Lamu Archipelago in Kenya's Coast Province.
Siyu's main claim to historical fame is that it through several battles withstood the Sultans of Zanzibar. In 1843 the Sheikh of Siyu, Bwana Mataka, and the new Sheikh of Pate, repudiated the sovereignty of Seyyid Said, Sultan of Oman and Zanzibar. In response, Seyyid Said assembled an army consisting of 2000 people from Muscat, Baluchistan and Lamu. Leading them was his relative General Seyyid Hamad bin Ahmed Al-Busaidy, known as Amir Hamad. He had previously been Governor of Bandar Abbas (in 1824). He landed at Faza in early January 1844. On January the 6th they moved towards Siyu, but were ambushed and forced back to Faza. After three weeks without victory Amir Hamad sailed off.

In 1845 Siyu gave Seyyid Said one of his greatest military defeats. When Siyu finally succumbed to Zanzibar's dominance, under Sultan Majid in 1863, it was one of the last towns on the whole of East Africa's coast to do so.
Siyu Fort is in interesting artefact in that it is a fort built by locals, not by foreigners. It is constructed of coral. Locals are known for their leather-craft.

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I have not yet been able to find coins related to this island, but I continue to search ...
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Re: List of islands around Africa: tokens
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2020, 12:34:03 PM »
Country: Nigeria

Lagos Island

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Lagos initially emerged as a port city that originated on a collection of islands, which are contained in the present day Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Lagos Island, Eti-Osa, Amuwo-Odofin and Apapa. The islands are separated by creeks, fringing the southwest mouth of Lagos Lagoon, while being protected from the Atlantic Ocean by barrier islands and long sand spits such as Bar Beach, which stretch up to 100 km (62 mi) east and west of the mouth.
This led to the classification of Lagos into two main areas: the Island, which was the initial city of Lagos, before it expanded into the area known as the Mainland.

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Re: List of islands around Africa: tokens
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2020, 12:44:51 PM »
Country: Nigeria

Victoria Island

Perhaps there are ancient tokens for the island of Victoria, but so far I do not know about them. For collectors there are game tokens

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Re: List of islands around Africa: tokens
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2020, 01:59:45 PM »
Country: Guinée & Sierra Leone

Matakong is an island just off the coast of Guinea between the capital Conakry and the Sierra Leone border.

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This is a rare story not from Wikipedia, about the island of Matakong in Guinea, and the corresponding coin:

Numismatik-Cafe • Thema anzeigen - Nathaniel Isaacs

Nathaniel Isaacs was born into a Jewish family in Canterbury. His father was a merchant in Chatham. His mother was Helena Solomon, daughter of Nathaniel Solomon of Margate, whose brother Saul Solomon traded on St. Helena. Token collectors, this brother is well known for tokens for the island of St. Helena.
After the death of his father in 1822, Isaac went to his uncle on St. Helena. From there he went in 1825 as a co-captain under the command of Lieutenant King to the Mary Brig in South Africa. After the cargo was unloaded in Cape Town, they traveled to Port Natal in search of two adventurers who had been missing for 18 months: East Indian dictator Francis Fairwell and physician Henry Francis Finn. However, at the entrance to the harbor, the ship ran aground. Having reached the coast, they found a camp for the missing. Upon their return, they turned to Dingen, the brother of the infamous king Tsulu Shaki. Isaac remained at the court of the king, whose empire had just reached the height of power. He gained the trust of the king and made a career. Together with Fairwell and Finn, he founded the city of Port Natal, which was later renamed Durban.

In 1831, the successor to Shaka Dingane planned to kill all the whites, which is why they left Natal.
He claimed the estate only in 1844, when he settled on the island of Matacong (on the German map of 1879: “Matakon”), which is located about 60 miles north of Freetown in Sierra Leone. He bought the island for livestock trading for the Freetown market. Matacong Island quickly turned into a duty-free “free port” with a shipyard and shops. First of all, palm oil and peanuts were transported. With his partner Thomas Reader, a former Methodist missionary, he founded Isaacs, Reader & Co. He was also a French consular agent and generously donated to build a Methodist chapel.
The British governor of Sierra Leone, Sir Arthur Kennedy, suspected Isaac of the slave trade. In 1854, an arrest warrant was issued for Isaac. Isaac, however, was warned, and he fled. On a hasty departure, he left numerous slaves in prisons, utensils such as whips, etc. The governor was probably right.
When British troops wanted to capture the island of Matacong, they unexpectedly met with fierce resistance. The local boss settled there in the ensuing vacuum of power, demanding slaves for himself. Isaac fled to England, where he opened stores in Liverpool, and his partner Thomas Rider represented the interests of business in Sierra Leone. Sir Arthur Kennedy, who was recalled from Sierra Leone and transported to New South Wales, was transporting documents with evidence against Isaac to England before continuing on his journey to Australia. His ship, however, was destroyed in Madeira in October 1854, and all papers were lost. Without this evidence, no court was willing to continue prosecuting Isaac.
In 1859, Isaac again visited Sierra Leone. In 1860, their company broke up. On June 26, 1872, Isaac died at Egremont in Liverpool. He was buried in a Jewish cemetery in Canterbury.

Matakong Island is so far the only known island belonging to Guinea, which left a mark on numismatics in this way:
Known token 3 pence 1855.

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Re: List of islands around Africa: tokens
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2020, 02:56:43 PM »
Country: Morocco

Perejil Island

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Perejil Island (Spanish: Isla de Perejil, Berber: Tura or Toṛa, Arabic: تورة‎, romanized: Toora), also known as Parsley Island, is a small, uninhabited rocky islet located off the coast of Morocco, just 200 metres from the mainland coast. Its sovereignty is disputed between Spain and Morocco. It was the subject of an armed incident between the two countries in 2002.
On the morning of 18 July, 2002 Spain launched Operation Romeo-Sierra, a military attempt to take over the island. The operation was successful and within hours the Spanish had taken control of the island and custody of the Moroccan naval cadets... (c)

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Re: List of islands around Africa: tokens
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2020, 03:19:34 PM »
Country: Tunisie

Djerba island

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Re: List of islands around Africa: tokens
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2020, 03:51:03 PM »
Country: Egypt

Gezira island

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Re: List of islands around Africa: tokens
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2020, 03:57:27 PM »
Thanks for showing the coins of Lamu! But the coins you show at the end (Picture No 2, 3, 5 and 6) are from Mombasa, which is also written at No 5. The other three pictures show the reverse. According to the auction's text only the small coins are from Lamu.

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Re: List of islands around Africa: tokens
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2020, 04:06:40 PM »
Regarding the Kit Kat Lido tokens and the location of that lido....

I researched these some time ago... you can see the info somewhere on this page Africa - Tokens of Egypt

There I state...

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The “Kit Kat Lido”, as far as I can tell, must just have been a part of the “Kit Kat Club” establishment.
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and later...

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The Kit Kat Club was located a little north from where Sudan Street reaches the main road along the west bank of the river Nile. That large junction is called Kit Kat Square and is situated at the southern-most corner of Kit Kat suburb, within Cairo’s Imbaba district. Both suburb and square take their name from the old club. Kit Kat’s mosque, “Khalid ibn al-Walid Mosque”, stands exactly on the old site of the club.
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So do you believe/know of the club and the lido having been in different locations ?

Thanks Mr Paul Baker

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Re: List of islands around Africa: tokens
« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2020, 04:34:21 PM »
Regarding the Kit Kat Lido tokens and the location of that lido....

So do you believe/know of the club and the lido having been in different locations ?

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Thank you for the comments! If they really do not belong to the island, then I will delete them.. Therefore, I started this topic in order to get comments from the specialist who is present.

I found another token for this topic, and it seems this is the same geographical island. What can you say? It refers to the island or not:
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« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2020, 05:14:51 PM »
Thanks for showing the coins of Lamu! But the coins you show at the end (Picture No 2, 3, 5 and 6) are from Mombasa, which is also written at No 5. The other three pictures show the reverse. According to the auction's text only the small coins are from Lamu.

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Re: List of islands around Africa: tokens
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2020, 05:25:49 PM »
I am not a specialist in reading Arabic, but in my poor opinion this should be correct. ;-)