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Live auction - fwo_340815 - SIERRA LEONE 20 Cents Sierra Leone Company 1791

SIERRA LEONE 20 Cents Sierra Leone Company 1791  AU
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Estimate : 850 €
Price : 570 €
Maximum bid : 750 €
End of the sale : 03 December 2014 17:13:02
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : 20 Cents Sierra Leone Company
Date: 1791
Quantity minted : 5200
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 902 ‰
Diameter : 24,50 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 5,40 g.
Edge : lisse
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire très agréable pour un type le plus souvent frustre et de toute façon très rare. Patine grise. Coup sur la tranche à 11 heures au revers
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : SIERRA LEONE COMPANY // AFRICA.
Obverse description : Lion à gauche sur un tertre prêt à bondir.
Obverse translation : (Sierra Leone. Compagnie d’Afrique).

Reverse


Reverse legend : TWENTY CENT PIECE / 20 // 20 / 1791.
Reverse description : Deux mains jointes serrées.
Reverse translation : (Pièce de 20 centimes).

Historical background


SIERRA LEONE

From the sixteenth century, the coastal populations of Sierra Leone involved in the slave trade in the triangular trade introduced by European traders. In 1787, the British buy the peninsula will become the capital Freetown. 400 black from London dwell there. Then, the Sierra Leone Company helps loyalists black refugee from North America Nova Scotia to settle. In 1794, Sierra Leone became the first British colony in West Africa. The country became independent in 1961.

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