Biafra 1969 shilling KM-3

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from the Stack's Bowers 2019 ANA sale, lot 20160
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This specimen was lot 20160 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Chicago, August 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "BIAFRA. Shilling, 1969. PCGS MS-63 Gold Shield. "ONE" Shilling variety. A rather RARE one year type with the value spelled out as opposed to being rendered with a numeral. Struck in aluminum, this choice piece exhibits a bold strike and pleasing steel gray surfaces, along with a brilliant luster. Biafra herself lasted as a nation for just under three years, as independence was declared from Nigeria in 1967, only to have the uprising quelled in early 1970." The suppression of the Biafran revolt was carried out with the maximum destruction of property and life. The other Biafran shilling (KM 2) has the denomination spelled out as "1 SHILLING" and is considerably more available.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: aluminum, 23.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-3.


  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • 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 August 2019 Chicago ANA Auction: World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.

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