MAURITIUS 5 rupees 1987


MAURITIUS, COLONY, 5 rupees, 1987, KM56, Proof

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Mauritius is a republic of one major and several islands in the Indian Ocean. There were apparently no human inhabitants before the Dutch started trying to make permanent settlements in the 16th century. The French took it in 1710, and the British in 1810, who kept it as a colony until 1968, These days it caters to rich people and uses the income to provide services for its citizens. It is considered the most development African country.

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.