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  • 10 Francs 2003, KM# 34, Djibouti
  • 10 Francs 2003, KM# 34, Djibouti

Djibouti, formally known as the Republic of Djibouti, is situated in the Horn of Africa. It shares borders with Somalia to the south, Ethiopia to the southwest, Eritrea to the north, and is surrounded by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden to the east. The country covers an area of 23,200 km2 (8,958 sq mi).


Depicts the national arms within the wreath, country name in French above and date below.

Djibouti adopted its national emblem upon gaining independence from France on June 27, 1977. The emblem features laurel branches on the sides and encloses a vertical spear with a shield in front. Below the shield, two hands holding large machetes represent the nation's main ethnic groups, the Afar and the Issa. At the top of the spear is a red star, symbolizing unity between the Issa and Afar peoples.



Depicts a chimpanzee raising its hands, denomination right.

The chimpanzee, scientifically known as Pan troglodytes, is a great ape species native to tropical Africa, inhabiting forests and savannahs. It has four confirmed subspecies and shares its genus, Pan, with the bonobo. Considered humans' closest living relative, chimpanzees exhibit distinctive physical characteristics such as coarse black hair, bare facial features, and a robust build, with males weighing 40–70 kg (88–154 lb) and females 27–50 kg (60–110 lb), standing about 150 cm (4 ft 11 in) tall.

Living in groups ranging from 15 to 150 members, chimpanzees exhibit a strict male-dominated hierarchy, resolving disputes without resorting to violence. They are adept tool users, utilizing various objects for hunting, gathering food, and extracting resources like honey and termites. Chimpanzees have an eight-month gestation period, weaning infants at around three years old, though they maintain close bonds with their mothers for years thereafter. Classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List, the species faces threats from habitat loss, poaching, and disease. Despite their portrayal in Western popular culture, chimpanzees are not suitable as pets due to their strength, aggression, and unpredictability. While some have been used in laboratory research, attempts to teach them human languages have had limited success.



10 Francs

KM# 34
Material Cupronickel
Weight 3.4 g
Diameter 20.9 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Coin

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