• 50 Senti 1966-1984, KM# 3, Tanzania
  • 50 Senti 1966-1984, KM# 3, Tanzania

Engraver: Christopher Ironside


Depiction of Julius Nyerere facing left flanked by flowers, name of country and year of issue above, title 'First President' underneath.

Julius Kambarage Nyerere (1922–1999) was a Tanzanian statesman who served as the leader of Tanzania, and previously Tanganyika, from 1960 until his retirement in 1985. Nyerere was referred to as Baba wa Taifa (Father of the Nation). In 1967, influenced by the ideas of African socialism, Nyerere issued the Arusha Declaration, which outlined his vision of ujamaa (variously translated as "familyhood" or "socialism"). However, his policies led to economic decline, systematic corruption, and unavailability of goods. In the early 1970s, Nyerere ordered his security forces to forcibly transfer much of the population to collective farms and, because of opposition from villagers, often burned villages down. This campaign pushed the nation to the brink of starvation and made it dependent on foreign food aid. In 1985, after more than two decades in power, he relinquished power to his hand-picked successor, Ali Hassan Mwinyi. Nyerere left Tanzania as one of the poorest and most foreign aid-dependent countries in the world, although much progress in services such as health and education had nevertheless been achieved. As such, Julius Nyerere is still a controversial figure in Tanzania.



Bunyoro rabbit facing left, surrounded by value.

The Bunyoro rabbit or Central African rabbit (Poelagus marjorita) is a species of mammal in the family Leporidae. It is found in central Africa and its typical habitat is damp savannah, often with rocky outcrops.



50 Senti

KM# 3 Schön# 4
Material Cupronickel
Weight 4 g
Diameter 21 mm
Thickness 1.6 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Royal Mint

Related coins

Nickel Clad Steel, 4 g, ⌀ 20.9 mm