PORTUGUESE GUINEA 2 1/2 escudos 1952


GUINEA-BISSAU, PORTUGUESE GUINEA, 2 1/2 escudos, 1952, copper-nickel, KM9, Unc

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Research is apparently at an early stage in the field of prehistory of Guinea-Bissau. Wikipedia doesn’t have anything to say until the 16th century, when it was part of the Mali gold dust Empire. Then the Portguese, who could not prevail against the natives for three centuries while partly depopulating the region with the slave trade. There were rebellions, the last one, begun in the 1950s, ejected the Portuguese in 1973. Since then there have been dictators of various kinds, some elected, others installed in coups.

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.