Portugese Angola 1969 2.5 Escudo

IMO, this coin is in VF 20 – VF 30 condition.

The obverse of the coin shows the Lesser Coat of Arms of Angola atop a horizontally stiped circle with a diagonal. The COA is a shield in 3 segments. On the left is a cross formed by estruchions, the bottom third shows waves, and the right shows an elephant over a donkey. On top is a castle with 5 turrets. The legend reads “Angola * 2$50”.

The reverse shows a sigil on a circle ontop of a cross. The legend reads “Republica Portuguesa” with the date at the bottom.

Angola 1969 2.5 Escudo Obverse

Angola 1969 2.5 Escudo Obverse

Angola 1969 2.5 Escudo Reverse

Angola 1969 2.5 Escudo Reverse

Identification code: Angola KM-77

Date: 1969

Mint Mark: n/a (Kings Norton)

Mintage: 5,000,000

Country of origin: England (Produced for Portugese Angola)

Composition: Copper Nickel

Size: 19 mm

Weight: unknown

Other details: This coin has one of the most counter-intuitive denominations of any coin I’ve cataloged. I mean, seriously? 2$50 is 2 1/2?

Shortly after this was minted, Portugal gave Angola its independence. That didn’t go particularly well. A 27 year civil war broke out between the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA).

Estimated Value: $0.75-$1 in VF

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