Coins of the Somaliland shilling

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The coins of Somaliland refers to the legal tender coinage accepted by the government of Somaliland, a self-declared republic that is internationally recognized as an autonomous region of Somalia.[1] With a very short numismatic history, six coins have been issued since 1991.

There are nominally 100 cents in one Somaliland shilling. The 1/- coin was struck at the Pobjoy Mint in England. The 1/- and 5/- coins are composed of aluminium. The 10/- coin is composed of brass, the 20/- coin is composed of stainless steel, and the 1,000/- coin is composed of .999 fine silver.

1 Shilling (1994)[edit]

This was the first coin issued by the Somaliland government. The coin depicts a Somali Pigeon (Columba oliviae). The obverse of the coin is inscribed 'REPUBLIC OF SOMALILAND 1994'. The PM (Pobjoy Mint) mint mark is located near the bird's tail feathers. The reverse of the coin is inscribed 'BAANKA SOMALILAND' and '.ONE SOMALILAND SHILLING.'. The symbol '1/-' is in the centre.

5 Shillings (2002)[edit]

There were two coins of this denomination, both issued in 2002. The first coin has a portrait of Sir Richard Francis Burton, and the second coin depicts a rooster.

The specifications of the first coin are as follows:

The obverse of the coin is inscribed "RICHARD F. BURTON EXPLORATION OF SOMALILAND". The dates "1841 1904" are to the left of the portrait, and "2002" is to the right of the portrait. The reverse of the coin is inscribed "BAANKA SOMALILAND" and ".FIVE SOMALILAND SHILLINGS.". The symbol "5/-" is in the centre.

The specifications of the second coin are as follows:

The obverse of this coin is inscribed "REPUBLIC OF SOMALILAND 2002". The main obverse design depicts a rooster. The reverse of the second coin is the same as the first coin.

10 Shillings (2002)[edit]

Is the third lowest denomination of the shilling. It has a monkey on the front.

20 Shillings (2002)[edit]

The obverse of this coin depicts a Greyhound. It is inscribed 'REPUBLIC OF SOMALILAND 2002'. The reverse of this coin is inscribed 'BAANKA SOMALILAND' and '.TWENTY SOMALILAND SHILLINGS.' The symbol '20/-' is in the centre.

1,000 Shillings (2002)[edit]

The obverse of this coin depicts a portrait of Sir Richard Burton as on the 5/- coin. However, the reverse depicts the coat of arms of Somalia, instead of the coat of arms of Somaliland.

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