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Obverse of 1979 Somalian 10 Shillings
Obverse of 1979 Somalian 10 Shillings

Reverse of 1979 Somalian 10 Shillings
Reverse of 1979 Somalian 10 Shillings

Coins of Somalia

A Brief History
Somalia was known to the Egyptians at least 1,500 years BC. The region became strategically important after the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. In 1888, Great Britain declared the area of British Somaliland a protectorate. Italian Somaliland was created in 1895 by purchase from the Sultan of Zanzibar.
The two areas briefly combined from 1960, but there was a military revolution in 1969. Recent years have been marked by political instability. Somaliland in the northwest is an independent state but is unrecognised by Somalia and most other states.

Coins of Italian Somaliland from 1909 to 1925 are relatively scarce, and British Somaliland used coins of the East African Currency Board from 1945 to 1961. At independence in 1950, five different denomination of Somalian coins were issued, but Somalia has a small population at about 7 million, and is one of the world's poorest countries. The Somali Republic issued some impressive coins in 1965 to celebrate its fifth anniversary of independence, and the Democratic Republic has issued coins since 1970, including many commemorative issues.

Tri-Metallic Coins
Somalia has recently issued a number of three-part tri-metallic coins, including the Queen Mother Crown, and the Year of the Snake Crown.

African Monkey One Ounce Silver Bullion Coins
We sometimes have stocks of the one ounce silver monkeys.

Somalian Coins For Sale
197910 ShillingsTenth Anniversary of Republic5,000Silver Proof
1998250 ShillingsThe World's Most Popular Cats750Silver Proof
1999 Tenth Anniversary End of Berlin Wall  
2000250 ShillingsMillennium Icons  
2000 Queen Mother Centenary
2001 Year of the Snake Crown
200125 ShillingsVictoria Centenary Gothic Crown
2013100 ShillingsElephant 100 Shillings
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Coins Wanted
We make an active market in almost all world coins, including Somalian coins and silver proofs. If you have any of these coins to sell, please contact us, or post them to us for appraisal and offer.

Somalian Gold Coins
For Somalian coins in gold, please look at the Somalian Coins page of our Tax Free Gold website. the Official Issue Prices

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