IVORY COAST, silver 10 francs 1966


IVORY COAST, 10 francs, 1966, silver, 33mm, 3.2mm thick, 25.04g, thick variety, KM1, proof

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I was the one who discovered the two thicknesses varieties of this coin.There were a series of silver and gold coins issued by many African countries at or shortly after their independence. Some of them were fairly easy to get for a while. Not so much anymore (4/9/2020).

Ivory Coast became independent when France decided they couldn’t afford West Africa anymore. The name of the country celebrates its former famous product. Problem today is it doesn’t have any kind of product.

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.