Pesewa: coin of Ghana (1965-...); 1/100 cedi


5 pesewa, 1975: Republic of Ghana

5 pesewas, 1975: Republic of Ghana


Shield from coat of arms of Ghana (without two golden tawny eagles and Black Star of Africa).

GHANA FREEDOM AND JUSTICE (motto from coat of arms of Ghana).

Cacao pods.

Mintage: 20.000.000.

  • Copper-nickel: 19 mm - 2.85 g
  • Reference price: 0.8$

COIN PESEWA — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. REPUBLIC OF GHANA (1965-...): pesewa = 1/100 cedi

The name of the pesewa coin, as it may seem, have nothing to do with the Spanish peseta. In one of the local languages — akan — pesewa ("psewabo") literally means "dark blue seeds of the plant", which was used for accurate weighing; in ancient times the term meant the smallest unit of measurement of the weight of gold.