Shilingi: coin from United Republic of Tanzania


1 shilingi, 1966: United Republic of Tanzania

1 shilingi, 1966: United Republic of Tanzania

The legend on the coin is written in Swahili.

1 - SHILINGI MOJA: 1 - one shilingi.

Right hand holding burning torch.

TANZANIA - 1966.

RAIS WA KWANZA: the first president.

Julius Kambarage Nyerere — Tanzanian anti-colonial activist, politician, the first president of Tanzania (1964-1985).

Coin design: Christopher Ironside (English painter and coin designer, particularly known for the reverse sides of the new British coins issued on decimalisation in 1971).

Mint: Royal Mint (London, United Kingdom).

Mintage: 48.000.000.

  • Copper-nickel: 27.7 mm - 8 g
  • Reference price: 0.9$

COIN SHILINGI — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA (1966-...): shilingi = 100 senti

SHILINGI as coin name used exclusively only to refer to the main currency of Tanzania since 1966. In fact, it is a type of shilling (in fact, many numismatic sources call the Tanzanian currency the Tanzanian shilling).
If we talk about the origin of the name, then everything is simple: shilingi = "shilling" from Swahili (official language in Tanzania).
Why was the money of an African state formed in 1964 given that name? — The reason is that in the first half of the 20th century, the East African shilling was in circulation in these lands. That is, the name shilingi is a British colonial legacy...