Biafra 1969 crown
"BIAFRA: AR crown, 1969. bust of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, chief of staff during Biafra's brief independence 1967-1970 / coconut palm tree, NGC graded AU58, RRR. Little is known about this seldom encountered commemorative, probably intended for two years of independence, and inscribed "independence and liberty". No specimen has appeared at auction or for sale in recent years, to the best of our recollection. It is listed as "rare" by Krause, valued €1000 by Schon (Welt Münzkatalog, 20. Jahrhundert, 2008 edition). It has been suggested that it was produced by an Italian operation known as Istituto Numismatico Europeo, but there is no evidence to confirm this assumption. Uncertain letters, perhaps N.C.R., beneath the trunk of the palm tree and letter C at base of palm may reflect mint and designers initials. In any case, the style & arrangement are totally different from any of the other issues struck for Biafra during its ephemeral existence. A similar coin sold in Stephen Album Rare Coins Auction 18, Lot 2185 for $13,000. One [of] the rarest of modern crown coins."
Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.
Specification: 28 g, .750 fine silver, 38 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-5.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 27, featuring the Dr. Paul Stevens Collection of Indian Coins, Part VI, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2016.