MOZAMBIQUE 50 centavos 1950


MOZAMBIQUE, PORTUGUESE COLONY, 50 centavos, 1950, bronze, KM76, die breaks obverse, Unc

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Mozambique used to be Portuguese East Africa. The Portuguese started out there as a stopover on the way to India, where the spices were. They stayed for the slaves and the bits of gold. Then they finally figured out that they couldn’t afford colonies.

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.