ZAMBIA

Two things...
 An edge variety rarely mentioned - Zambia's 5 Shillings coin
Zambia's 2012 Dated Coins

Zambia 1 Penny 1966
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.

Representation of the edge varieties on Zambia 5 Shillings 1965

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.

Photogrpah to show the edge varieties on Zambia 5 Shillings 1965

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.
 



Zambia's 2012 Dated Coins

The following four coins are the set of new circulation coins introduced in Zambia on 1st January 2013, at which point the Kwacha was re-valued.


Zambia 5 Ngwee 2012
Zambia 5 Ngwee 2012 - the reverse features a Zambezi indigobird (scaled to 280dpi)

Zambia 10 Ngwee 2012
Zambia 10 Ngwee 2012 - the reverse features an Eland (scaled to 280dpi)


Zambia 50 Ngwee 2012
Zambia 50 Ngwee 2012 - the reverse features an Elephant (scaled to 280dpi)


Zambia 1 Kwacha 2012
Zambia 1 Kwacha 2012 - the reverse features a Zambian barbet (scaled to 280dpi)

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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).
Added "Zambia's 2012 Dated Coins" added at December 2013.