The Somali Democratic Republic (Somali: Jamhuuriyadda Dimuqraadiya Soomaaliyeed) was the name that the socialist military government gave to Somalia under President Major General Mohamed Siad Barre, after seizing power in a coup d'état on 21 October 1969. The coup came a few days after a bodyguard assassinated Abdirashid Shermarke, the nation's second President. Barre's administration ruled Somalia for the next 21 years until Somalia collapsed into civil war in 1991.


Depicts the coat of arms of Somalia, surrounded by country name in Somali above and in Arabic below.

The coat of arms of Somalia, adopted on October 10, 1956, features a shield embellished with the Somali flag, accompanied by two Leopards standing atop crossed spears. Positioned at the center of the flag is the Star of Unity, and a crown adorns the top of the shield. Completing the emblem are crossed spears underneath, entwined with a ribbon.

جمهورية الصومال الديمقراطية


Depicts a sea turtle in shallow waters surrounded by an inscription above and domination in English below.

Sea turtles, also known as marine turtles, belong to the reptilian order Testudines and the suborder Cryptodira. The seven existing species include the flatback, green, hawksbill, leatherback, loggerhead, Kemp's ridley, and olive ridley. In U.S. waters, six out of the seven sea turtle species (all except the flatback) are categorized as endangered and/or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Globally, all species, excluding the flatback turtle, face the threat of extinction and are listed as threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The flatback turtle is exclusive to the waters of Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia.

FAO World Fisheries Conference 1983-84


25 Shillings

KM# 40 Schön# 40
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Cupronickel
Weight 28.28 g
Diameter 38.61 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal

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