Algeria 1973 50 centimes
France ruled Algeria since conquering it in the 1840's and many Frenchmen had emigrated there and set up farms, businesses, etc. However, the German occupation of France during World War Two fatally weakened French control and the native Muslim majority began to resist discrimination and oppression. Finally, after an eight year war, president Charles de Gaulle braved the wrath of the French right wing and granted Algeria independence in 1962. The coin shown is an fifty centimes, displaying various scientific symbols on the obverse.
Recorded mintage: 10,000,000.
Specification: 5g, aluminum-bronze.
Catalog reference: KM 102.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.