Kiribati 1979 50 cents

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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Kiribati, formerly the British colony of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, is a group of coral islands in the Pacific. Kiribati received her independence from Great Britain in 1979. It was the scene of some of the fiercest battles of World War Two. This is the only issue of this denomination struck for circulation.

Recorded mintage: 20,000 plus 10,000 proofs.

Specification: 15.40 g, copper-nickel, 31.65 mm diameter (same module as an Australia 50 cents).

Catalog reference: KM 6.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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