SENEGAL, RUFISQUE, aluminum, 5 centimes, 1920


SENEGAL, RUFISQUE, 5 centimes, 1920, Obverse: CHAMBRE DE COMMERCE RUFISQUE 5c, Reverse: ships, SENEGAL 1920, octagonal, aluminum, 19mm, KM-Tn12, Unc

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Rufisque was a port city to the east of Dakar, but has been engulfed by the capital city and is now a suburb.

Senegal is the westernmost of the West African nations. There were humans living there in Paleolithic times. Political history starts in the 9th century AD. There were kingdoms and the Joloff Empire of the 14th century. Islamic influence from the north has been present since the 11th century. Slavery was a big part of the economy. The Portuguese, then the Dutch, then the French messed around there, enjoying the profits of the slave trade. The French then became abolitionists and used that doctrine to take over small kingdoms in the interior until they had the colony that became the country of today.

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.