The only "1 Penny" from Zambia - their only holed coin.
An edge variety rarely mentioned - Zambia's 5 Shillings coin.
It must have been in error that in December 1995 I bought a circulation finish Zambia 5 Shillings 1965. This was a mistake since I did have one of these already, that I had acquired in June of that year. So I compared these two coins to see which was the better grade piece. This comparison led me to notice that the word spacing in the edge inscription varied from one piece to another.
Below is a good representation of what I saw, a good representation since the lettering on the edge of the coin is a non-proportional (fixed width) font as is that I have used for the image.
It was most likely in 1996 that I took a nice photograph of the the section of the edge most relevant to this variety. At long last I now have a scanner, so below I have been able to add a scan of that photograph to clearly show the actual coin edges.
Proof examples of this type are not too hard to come by. I managed to
get hold of one recently, it is of the variety with the words "ONE" and
"ZAMBIA" spaced further apart. It waits to be seen if two varieties will
exist for the proofs of this type.
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Last updated March 2003
An article of mine closely based on my words as above about the 5 Shillings coin was published in the January 2004 edition of the Numismatics International Bulletin (pages 24 , pages numbered through the year).