Coinage of French Somaliland / French Afars and Issas / Djibouti

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Djibouti 500 francs coin.




In 1989 a new denomination was issued.

The 500 francs coin was made of aluminium-bronze.

It weighed 12.9 g and had a diameter of 28 mm.

It was last issued in 2010.
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Obverse of the 250 francs coin.




A new circulating denomination was released in 2012.

Djibouti's first bimetallic circulation coin had a copper-nickel center within a brass ring.

It weighed 10 g and had a diameter of 29 mm.

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Reverse of the 250 francs coin.




The splendid reverse design featured a Djibouti francolin (Pternistis ochropectus).

The coin was produced by the Paris Mint, as usual.
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'K' that was great. I was in Djibouti a few months ago. There are hardly any old coins available there. I think most of them are outside the country. 
Peter thanx for the info on coinage between the great wars.

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Thank you, pk72. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Djibouti seems to be a tiny place, but I like to examine the coinage of out-of-the-way places.
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It is interesting to compare some of the reverse designs of these coins, in order to see how the text of the legend changed over time and how the designs were changed, if at all, to accommodate this. These coins are of the same size. Only the size of the images is different.






French Somaliland.






French Afars and Issas.






Djibouti.
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French Somaliland.






French Afars and Issas.






Djibouti.  On the right, one of the two houses has disappeared!
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If we look at how well all the designs go together as a set, the answer is: not very well.

The antelope design would look much better without those leaves in the background. They take up far too much space.

The ship design is perfect. It is among the best of modern coin designs, in my opinion.

As for the camel designs, stylistically they do not fit. They lack background details - difficult, I know, with a bare background of sand. Also, the camels are poorly drawn. Look at the bent knees of the camel that is sitting down. They look like stumps.  >:(

The simplistic design of the 500 francs just does not fit. Another realistic, figurative design was needed.

In itself, the 250 francs is beautiful. However, it lacks background details compared to the others. It does not fit well into the set.




See: Circulation sets with poorly unified design.
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Look also at how the word 'franc' / 'francs'  is represented.

'F'; 'FR.S'; 'FRANCS'.

Totally inconsistent. This is BAD!
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Quote from: <k> on June 15, 2020, 11:53:42 PM
The ship design is perfect. It is among the best of modern coin designs, in my opinion.

The two dhows are timeless. Not so the passenger steamer. It looks like a throwback to the 1950s. I'd expect rust below every opening and bolt. Moreover, it seems to be anchored, rather than moored in an industrial port area, so anyone wanting to go to or leave the ship would have to use a boat, from or to an area your average traveller would want to exit as fast as possible. Not really an ad to attract tourists.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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The design above reminds me of this.  :D
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Peter, maybe dhows are in vicinity to ferry passengers ashore  ;D