Just Can’t Get Enough of This: 1982 West African States Gold

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by 7Jags, Jul 4, 2022.

  1. 7Jags

    7Jags Well-Known Member

    I ran across this coin about 18-20 years ago and like it all the more with the passage of time. It is an essai strike in gold of the silver crown. There is also a 5000 CFA that was also struck in gold but in a smaller format (1.4 ounces for this, 0.4193 for the smaller one).
    Confusingly, they are the same denomination and even moreso that the smaller coin ALSO comes in essai form.
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  3. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    That freaky sawfish(?) critter always made me shake my head. It's almost like looking at an ancient Celtic coin. ("Hmm... What exactly am I looking at? Dunno, exactly- I've got a hint, but who knows for sure. Dunno what it is, but it looks cool!")

    Extra credit for the five swirleybirds, too.
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  4. 7Jags

    7Jags Well-Known Member

    LOL, not sure just how the birds came to stand for the Nation states...
  5. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    It has a quintessentially African look. And that is not a bad thing.
  6. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Also- freaky sawfish critters and swirley-birds look good in gold.
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  7. 7Jags

    7Jags Well-Known Member

    At first a strange look, and then came to like it more and more. The silver versions are quite nice also, and quite a bit less expensive.
  8. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not Activity Supporter

    …Surely you’ve heard the phrase “birds of a feather”…it’s on the coin: solidarity, union and monitaire…they “flock” together in their monetary system…Spark

    edited to add: The precise translation is:
    strengthening solidarity and cohesion of the monetary union
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