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Somalian Gold Coins

Brief Somalian History

Somalia was known to the Egyptians at least 1,500 years BC. The region became strategically important after the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. In 1888, Great Britain declared the area of British Somaliland a protectorate. Italian Somaliland was created in 1895 by purchase from the Sultan of Zanzibar. The two areas briefly combined from 1960, but there was a military revolution in 1969. Recent years have been marked by political instability. Somaliland in the northwest is an independent state but is unrecognised by Somalia and most other states. A transitional national government formed in 2000 has a mandate to create a new constitution and hold elections within three years.
The capital of Somalia is Mogadishu.

Somalian Gold Coins

The first Somalian gold coins were issued in 1965 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of independence. Other commemorative gold coins have been issued since. Somali coins are denominated in shillings, scellini in Italian (singular scellino), but also known as somalo, presumably the plural of somalo is somali.

1965 Proof Set

The proof gold set to commemorate the 5th anniversary of independence in 1965 was issued in 1965 and 1966. Its actual date of issue is shown very small on the right hand side of the reverse, whereas the dates 1960 - 1965 are shown very prominently on the obverse under the portrait of President Aden Abdullah Osman Daar.


Descriptions of the 1965 / 1966 gold proofs are as follows:-


Bust of President Aden Abdullah Osman Daar facing, with the inscription:-
1960 - 1965


Coat of arms of Somalia with the inscription:-
SCELLINI 500 (or other value) SHILLINGS
All the inscriptions are also shown in Arabic

Technical Specifications

DenominationDiameterWeightFinenessGold Content
20 Shillings17.752.8000.900.0810
50 Shillings23.57.0000.900.2025
100 Shillings27.514.0000.900.4051
200 Shillings3828.8000.900.8102
500 Shillings4970.0000.9002.0257
1965 Set 121.800.9003.5245
1000 Shillings 6.3750.07234
1000 Shillings - 1oz Elephant 39.00 31.13 .999 1.00

Prices & Availability

Please contact us prior to ordering for current prices and availability.
Date   DenominationGradeMintageAvailabilityPrice £Price $
196520 ShillingsProof, about Unc6,325Yes£105$Ask
196550 ShillingsProof, about Unc6,325Yes£265$Ask
1965100 ShillingsProof, about Unc6,325Yes£535$Ask
196620 ShillingsProof, about Unc6,325Yes£105$Ask
196650 ShillingsProof, about Unc6,325Yes£265$Ask
1966100 ShillingsProof, about Unc6,325Sold£535$Ask
1966200 ShillingsProof, about Unc6,325Sold£1,065$Ask
1966500 ShillingsProof, about Unc6,325Yes£2,659$Ask
1966Set (5 Coins)Proof, about Unc6,325Ask£4,625$Ask
20021,000 ShillingsProof, about Unc1,500Ask£95$Ask
2014 1,000 ShillingsProof, about Unc1,500 Yes See Page $Ask

20 Shillings - World's Smallest Coins Collection

Postage & Packing

UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order
EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail $10 per order
USA Insured Shipping $20 per order

Other Somalian Coins

For Somalian coins in silver or base metal, or Somalian coin sets other than gold, please look at the Somalian Coins page of our original website.

Coins Wanted
We make an active market in almost all world coins, gold or otherwise, including Somalian gold coins. If you have any of these coins to sell, please contact us, or post them to us for appraisal and offer.

Obverse of 1965 Somalian 20 Shillings

Obverse of 1965 Somalian 20 Shillings

Countries Index

Reverse of 1965 Somalian 20 Shillings

Reverse of 1965 Somalian 20 Shillings

Obverse of 1965 Somalian 100 Shillings

Obverse of 1965 Somalian 100 Shillings

Reverse of 1965 Somalian 100 Shillings

Reverse of 1965 Somalian 100 Shillings

Obverse of 2002 Somalian 1000 Shillings

Obverse of 2002 Somalian 1,000 Shillings

Reverse of 2002 Somalian 1000 Shillings

Reverse of 2002 Somalian 1,000 Shillings


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