Mozambique 1954 2-1/2 escudos
This issue, minted in Lisbon for the Portuguese colony of Mozambique, is from a type issued 1952-73 in fairly large numbers. This date is fairly common tho the 1952 and 1953 are scarce. In the 1960's, nationalists in Mozambique began their agitation for independence, triggering a multifactional war that continued after the Portuguese withdrew in 1975.
Recorded mintage: 4,000,000.
Specification: 3.5 g, copper-nickel, 20 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 78, Gomes-20.03.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Alberto Gomes and Francisco Antonio Magro, Moedas Portuguesas e do Território Que Hoje é Portugal: Catálogo das Moedas Cunhadas para o Continentes e Ilhas Adjacentes, para os Territórios do Ultramar e Grão-Mestres Portugueses da Ordem de Malta, 6ª Edição, Lisbon: Associação Numismática de Portugal, 2013.