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Brief Madagascan History
According to the CIA:
Formerly an independent kingdom, Madagascar became a French colony in 1896, but regained its independence in 1960. During 1992-93, free presidential and National Assembly elections were held, ending 17 years of single-party rule. In 1997, in the second presidential race, Didier RATSIRAKA, the leader during the 1970s and 1980s, was returned to the presidency. The 2001 presidential election was contested between the followers of Didier RATSIRAKA and Marc RAVALOMANANA, nearly causing secession of half of the country. In April 2002, the High Constitutional Court announced RAVALOMANANA the winner.According to Wikipedia:
Madagascar, or Republic of Madagascar (older name Malagasy Republic), is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, off the southeastern coast of Africa. The main island, also called Madagascar, is the fourth largest island in the world, and is home to five percent of the world's plant and animal species, more than 80 percent of which are indigenous to Madagascar. Most notable are the lemur infraorder of primates, the carnivorous fossa, three endemic bird families and six endemic baobab species.Madagascar Coins
The adjective for Madagascar is Malagasy (not Madagascan), and the national language is the Malagasy language.
1978 Two Coin Silver Proof Set
In 1978, The British Royal Mint issued a two-coin silver proof set, which we showcase here. It contains a 20 Ariary, and 10 Ariary coin, new denominations chosen to reflect local greater influence and reduced French influence in the affairs of the country, and marks a shift out of the French Franc zone.
Both obverses are similar, having a large five-pointed star within a laurel wreath, with the denominational value (ariary 20(or 10)) in lower case below, and the legend:
REPOBLIKA DEMOKRATIKA MALAGASY
The 20 ariary design shows a tractor ploughing fields, with the sun appearing above hills in the background, emphasizing the agricultural nature of the countries economy. The legends read:
TOLOM - PIAVOTANA
The 10 ariary design shows a farmer cutting peat, with the fields and hills in the background. The legends read:
TOLOM - PIAVOTANA
The obverse / reverse alignment is coin alignment rather then medal alignment.
|20 Ariary||Silver Proof||30.50||12.0||.925||0.3569|
|10 Ariary||Silver Proof||26.50||9.0||.925||0.2677|
Denomination = Face Value of Coin
Diameter = Diameter in millimetres
Fineness = Proportion of silver
Weight = Total weight in grams
ASW = Silver Content = Actual fine silver content in troy ounces.
Prices and Availability
|Date||Description||Issue Limit||Mintage||Grade||Availability||Price £||Price $||Price €|
|1978||Two Coin Silver Proof Set||5,000||3,800||FDC||Yes||£30||$60||€45|
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