Central African States: identifying the plants on coins

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The designs on the coins of the Central African States include various plants.

Not all of them are identified in the standard coin references, however.
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Central African States 50 francs 2006.jpg

Central African States, 50 francs, 2006.


Most of the plants here are obvious. Some are not.

At top right is a coffee plant.

In the middle, below the "50 FRANCS", are cotton plants, I believe.

After this post, I will ask about the other individual items.
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What is this plant from the top left of the design?

Answer: World coin catalogue author Dr. Gerhard Schön tells me that this is millet.
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What are these plant from the bottom right of the design?

I assume that the long tuber plant in the middle is a yam. Do you agree?

Answer: World coin catalogue author Dr. Gerhard Schön tells me that this is a cassava plant and its leaves.
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And what are these leaves at the left, to the left of the cocoa pods?

Answer: Dr. Gerhard Schön agrees that these are indeed cocoa pods.
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Central African States 5 francs 1973.jpg

Central African States, 5 francs, 1973.


Left and right we have cocoa pods.

Left and right at the bottom we have coffee plants.


But what are those flowers shown centrally at the bottom?

Do they belong to the coffee plants?
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And what do we have at the very top here, left and right?

Is it wheat? Or just the leaves of the cocoa pods?
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Answers: two shrubs of cacao and cassava.

From Rita Purdy, wife of former member Martin Purdy:

The long tuber plant in the middle with palmate leaves is the cassava. The cocoa has the pods and oblong leaves.

Note: Palmate. The whole leaf structure is "palm-like" and shaped like the palm and fingers of your hand.
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Central African States, 5 francs, 1973.


From Rita Purdy, wife of former member Martin Purdy:

The flowers shown centrally at the bottom are cotton balls with cotton leaves.

numista.com/catalogue/pieces4062.html notes the reverse as:

"Denomination within wreath of major Cameroonian crops, including cotton, coffee, cocoa and grains."

These must be grains at the top left and top right, if the Numista catalogue is correct.
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Central African States, 50 francs, 1976.


Another interesting design, with a stylised wreath of bananas.

At the 3, 6 and 9 o'clock positions we find a cacao pod.

Coffee is at the 5 and 11 o'clock positions.

A cotton boll is at the 1 and 7 o'clock positions.
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