NIGER 10 francs 1968


NIGER, 10 francs, 1968, high rim, silver, 0.5787 ozT, Tenth Anniversary of Independence, KM8.1, Proof

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The white spots you see in the fields are transparent and I think you can get them off safely if you’re careful.

Niger was a constituent of the Mali, Songhai, Air, and Kanem-Bornu Emprires, then was part of French West Africa. Independence began in 1958. There have been several military coups. It is now a member of the French Community in Africa, and uses the money of the West African States for its day to day commerce.

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.