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Haiti, 50 centimes, year 25 (AD 1828)

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Haiti, 50 centimes, year 25.

Haiti declared its independence from France on 1st January 1804.

Until 1833, some of its coins were dated from that time.

This coin was issued in 1828 but date "AN 25" - year 25.

Some of the coins of the French revolution used the regime's dating system.

From Wikipedia:

The term "Year One" in political history usually refers to the institution of radical, revolutionary change. This usage dates from the time of the French Revolution. After the official abolition of the French monarchy on 21 September 1792, the National Convention instituted the new French Revolutionary Calendar.

The Italian Fascists also issued some coins with their own dating system.

For the Fascists, Year 1 of the Fascist era was 1922.

See:  The Coinage of Fascist Italy.
Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.


The colonial French regime was overturned by a slave revolt led by a fellow named Toussaint l'Ouverture (All saints The anus). Why All Saints? Because in the French calendar most days are devoted to saints and this is an important source for baby names. However, often religious celebrations, like Christmas, will take the place of a saint. Thus, on 1st November, you may frequently see Toussaint, rather than Harold. People unfamiliar with French culture may take the celebrations for a baby name.

In the early days of Haïtian independence, president, later king, Henri Christophe set a precedent with a portrait of himself on the 1807 centime, dressed as Napoléon. When Haïti was unified again under Boyer, the state symbol became the French republican fasces and the dating was inspired by the French revolution.

That period ended with the grandiosely named Faustin Soloque Robespierre Napoleon, starting as president, ending as ... emperor! Not bareheaded on the coins like Napoleon, but properly crowned. From there on it just got worse.

In Asia, coins are frequently identified by period. In Japan and China, a new era starts with each new emperor. On older Chinese cash, an emperor could even have several eras. On islamic coins, a year of reign may complement the date.

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