• 50 Centimes 1975, KM# 109, Algeria, 30th Anniversary of Setif and Guelma Massacre
  • 50 Centimes 1975, KM# 109, Algeria, 30th Anniversary of Setif and Guelma Massacre
Description

The Sétif and Guelma massacre was a series of widespread disturbances and killings in 1945 around the French Algerian market town of Sétif, west of Constantine, Algeria. French police fired on demonstrators at a protest on 8 May 1945. Riots in the town were followed by attacks on French colons (settlers) in the surrounding countryside, resulting in 102 deaths. Subsequent attacks by the French authorities and European settler vigilantes caused deaths among the Muslim population of the region; estimates ranged between 1,020 (contemporaneous French claim) and 45,000 (subsequent Radio Cairo claim) people killed. Both the outbreak and the indiscriminate nature of its repression are thought to have marked a turning point in Franco-Algerian relations, leading to the Algerian War of 1954–1962.

Obverse

Depicts Arabic legend "30th Anniversary of 8 May 1945".

الذكرى
الثلاثون
8
ماى 1945

Reverse

Value in circle surrounded by the Arabic legend "People's Democratic Republic of Algeria".

الجمهورية الجزائرية الديمقراطية الشعبية
50
خمسون سنتيمأ

Edge

50 Centimes

30th Anniversary of Setif and Guelma Massacre

KM# 109 Schön# 19
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Aluminium Bronze
Weight 5 g
Diameter 24 mm
Thickness 1.57 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mint
Kremnica Mint (MK)

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