NIGER, 3000 cfa francs, 2003


NIGER, 3000 cfa francs, 2003, Obverse: elephant, Reverse: lion, brass, 27mm, KM12, Unc

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This coin was not intended for circulation, and might not have been struck by the government.

Niger uses the CFA franc along with the other nations that used to be part of French West Africa and French Central Africa.

Niger was part of the Mali and Songhai Empires in medieval times. As the land dried out over centuries and the slave trade disrupted West Africa native power waned. The French moved in in 1896 but didn’t manage to suppress the native resistance until 1922. Since independence in 1960 it has usually been under military rule.

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.