GAMBIA 8 shillings 1970 hippotamus


GAMBIA, 8 shillings, 1970, Obverse: bust of Queen Elizabeth II R, Reverse: hippopotamus, copper-nickel, KM7, from set, Unc

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Gambia (at one time “The Gambia,”) is the smallest country in mainland Africa. It is a former British colony spanning both sides of the lower Gambia River, surrounded on three sides by formerly French Senegal.

It has been habitual, on the collecting side of numismatics, for “Africa” to exclude the Mediterranean coastal states, which are typically lumped in with the other Arab states in the category “Middle East.” Generally speaking, there was a colonial period and an independent period.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.