Zambia 1987 10 ngwee

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from the Stack's Bowers 2020 Collector's Choice sale, lot 73628
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This specimen was lot 73628 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, June 2020), where it sold for $65. The catalog description[1] noted, "ZAMBIA. 10 Ngwee, 1987. Kings Norton Mint. PCGS SPECIMEN-65 Gold Shield. Tied with just three other examples for the finest in the PCGS census, this stunning Gem presents tremendous brilliance and radiance, along with a light frosting to the crowned hornbill on the reverse. Ex: Kings Norton Mint Collection." Zambia seceded from the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland in October 1964. A set of sterling coinage was issued in 1966. Zambia converted to decimal coinage in 1969 and this type was issued 1968, 1972, 1978, 1982-83 and 1987, whereupon the denomination was suspended. Zambia has not issued any coinage for circulation since a five kwacha of 1992 (KM 31). The reverse features a crowned hornbill.

Recorded mintage: 6,000,000.

Specification: 5.65 g, copper-nickel, 23.6 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 12.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The June 2020 Collector's Choice sale: World and Ancient Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2020.

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