• 5 Kwanzas 2012, KM# 109, Angola
  • 5 Kwanzas 2012, KM# 109, Angola
Description

During 2012-14, new coins were introduced in denominations of 50 cêntimos, 1, 5, 10 and 20 kwanzas. The currency derives its name from the Kwanza River (Cuanza, Coanza, Quanza).

Obverse

Depicts the coat of arms of Angola with the country name above and the date below.

The emblem of Angola reflects the recent past of the new nation.

In the center is a machete and hoe, representing the revolution through which the nation gained independence and the importance of agricultural workers. Above both emblems is a star, a common symbol in socialist emblems. The star is taken to represent progress. The rising sun is the traditional symbol of a new beginning. These emblems are all enclosed within a circle whose right half is formed by cog-wheel, representing the industrial workers, and whose left half is a half-wreath of maize, coffea and cotton leaves, representing agriculture. At the bottom is an open book that represents education.

The banner at the bottom reads República de Angola, Portuguese for "Republic of Angola". This was changed from República Popular de Angola ("People's Republic of Angola") in 1990; at the same time the cog-wheel was also changed from gold to silver.

REPÚBLICA DE ANGOLA
República
de
ANGOLA
2012

Reverse

The value in large font in the core with geometric design to the right.

5
kwanzas

Edge

5 Kwanzas

KM# 109
Characteristics
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Nickel Brass
Center Copper Nickel
Weight 7 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 1.9 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Moscow Mint

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