Newp: those heffalumps just spoke to me.

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  1. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Buy us!”, they trumpeted.

    So I did.

    Bonus: two cheetahs also came along for the ride.

    “What is this, Noah’s Ark?” I asked them.

    “OK, get in.”

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  3. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Hm. I sense the beginnings of a small trend, possibly.

  4. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Love a Somali elephant coin. I started working closely with Somalia in 2011 and so, started buying the Somali elephant coins each year. I wanted to get the older issues but they are quite expensive.
    Fun fact: The word for elephant in Somali is "maroodi" (pronounced Ma-Roady). That's all from your friendly neighborhood linguist for today :)

    An aside note, the thought of QEII and leopard print is putting...:vomit:
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  5. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Nifty! As a former childhood resident of Tanzania, I can tell you that “giraffe” in Swahili is twiga. That’s one of the few Swahili words that I retained in my vocabulary. You could probably count the rest without running out of fingers.

    Her Maj would likely agree herself, but hey... it’s different. I find it interesting, myself, in a weird kinda way.
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  6. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Swahili is not my forte, as I haven't formally studied it...but It comes up quite often in my daily stuff so I can read a bit. Mostly just greetings.

    Tanzania is beautiful. Well at least the coastline is haha. I spent a couple of days off the cost of Dar es Salaam playing with the Tanzanian coast guard. :)
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  7. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    I dimly remember Dar. We lived in Arusha.
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  8. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    The Ghanaian leopard coin is also MS69 (PCGS). I submitted that one myself.

    It is population 1/0 - in other words, the only one certified by PCGS out of a 50K mintage. I’m kind of surprised to have been the only person to submit one so far. Haven’t checked the NGC pops.

    MS69 seems to be a thing with this prooflike NCLT modern bullion.
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  9. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    The leopard is beautiful.
    If you are interested in those, there were also a few Somali leopards that were minted. I think they started in 2019.
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  10. Hiddendragon

    Hiddendragon World coin collector

    You didn't ask, but here's mine, and a few extra for fun. 2013 ghana 5 cedis elephants.jpg 2015 somalia 100 shillings.jpg 2016 benin 1000 francs.jpg 2016 somalia 100 shillings.jpg 2017 ghana 5 cedis leopard.jpg 2017 somalia 100 shillings.jpg
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    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

  12. Parthicus

    Parthicus Well-Known Member

    Very nice coins! I visited Tanzania on safari in 2015 and hit most of the popular spots in the northern region (Arusha, Serengeti, Ngorongoro). Very beautiful country with amazing wildlife (including birds). I picked up a few words of Swahili, all I can remember are jambo (hello), tembo (elephant), and simba (lion). There were not many coins being used (inflation had driven most out of circulation) but I acquired these specimens:

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  13. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Don't forget "Hakuna Matata" (It mean's no worries)
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  14. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    I remember jambo (hello), twiga (giraffe), tembo (elephant), samaki (fish), and ... um...

    Yeah. Not much else. I was only six when we moved to Tanzania. Interestingly, just about all of the people we were surrounded by were Greeks.
  15. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Excluding Egypt, here is the only other African coin in my collection besides the two posted above.

    I was delighted to find it in a bulk lot.

    It was struck the year we lived there. I used to get one of these for my weekly allowance, if I had been a good boy. I seem to recall buying a plastic model airplane kit with one.

    Though it's like a $3-ish coin per the catalog value, I submitted it to PCGS anyway, so as to include it in my collection for sentimental reasons. So it's essentially a $3-ish coin in a $50-ish slab, but I don't care.

    Unsurprisingly, it is the top-pop coin at PCGS- and the only one certified- since again, I'm evidently the only person who ever submitted one.

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