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Four Years in, the World’s Newest Country, South Sudan, Introduces Its First Coins

Anne Quito | Quartz   in  ·
July 10, 2015

To commemorate its fourth year anniversary as a nation, the Republic of South Sudan is set to release its first ever set of coins on Thursday, July 9. The design of the five coins in 10, 20, and 50 piasters as well 1- and 2-pound denominations all feature South Sudan’s coat of arms on one side and motifs representing the geographic regions of South Sudan on the other.

“They are created for those who will buy needles, those who will buy shirt buttons, those who will buy tobacco and so many other small things,” explained Central Bank Governor Kornelio Koriom Mayiik. The three piaster coins will be introduced this week and the 1- and 2-pound coins at a later date.

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