A Look at Burundi's Coins
The 2011 Dated Coins of Burundi
A Look at Burundi's Coins
Burundi had much German
in the early part of the twentieth century, then Belgian influence
the two world wars. Burundi was under foreign control no longer when
second world war came to an end, this was when then region became a
Trust Territory. Upon gaining full independence on the 1st of July
Burundi became a kingdom.
There is just one circulation coins of this period for Burundi, it is the 1 Franc of 1965. The other obtainable coins of the Kingdom of Burundi are Gold commemoratives, some commemorating independence and other commemorating the 50th anniversary of the reign of King Mwambutsa IV. (A reminder that a territory can have a leader they call king even if he does not have sovereign powers.)
Burundi 5 Francs 1968 (Black and White as Aluminium "colours" never seem to work).
A military coup in 1966 led to the establishment of the Republic of Burundi. The first coins for this period were gold commemortives. The first circulation coins of the Republic of Burundi were the 5 and 10 Francs of 1968. The 1 Franc denomination was introduced in 1970. New 1 and 5 Franc types were intoduced in 1976. A collection by date of these circulation coins of the Republic of Burundi would only amount to 12 coins.
Burundi 1 Franc 1993.
The newest coin I know of for Burundi is the 1993 date of the 1 Franc. Since that time the country has been at war to some degree or other.
Five of the 12 circulation coins (by date) of Burundi have designs that include mint marks of some sort or other.
Close up of the privy marks of the Brussels Mint (bird and angel's head) on the Burundi 5 Francs 1968.
The first 5 Franc type includes the privy marks of the Belgian Mint (Brussels). These appear on all three dates (1968, 1969 and 1971).
The two most recent of
four dates of the second 1 Franc type (i.e. dates 1990 and 1993)
the "PM" mint mark of the Pobjoy Mint. The SCWC currently omits to
that the 1993 pieces has this mint mark - but my image is proof of that
being an error on their part. (The image is a close up of the same coin
as appear in the image earlier on this page of the two sides of this
The position of the "PM" mint mark in relation to the coat of arms on
Burundi type, is very similar to the position in which the "PM" mint
appears on the recent coins of the Seychelles in relation to the coat
arms on those coins.
In 2009 I got a new date of the Burundi 1 Franc – “2003PM”. This was the first Burundi circulation coin since the 1 Franc “1993PM”. Next came two new “2011” dated coins; they first appeared on the collector market around October 2011. They are new types; the first is 10 Francs and the second is 50 Francs.
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2011 Dated Coins of Burundi" at Dec-2013.