MAURITIUS

Two things...
The Recent Coins of Mauritius
The Bi-metallic 20 Rupee Coin


The Recent Coins of Mauritius

Mauritius 10 Rupees 1997
The Mauritius 10 Rupees 1997 - their newest circulation denomination.

The above 10 Rupee coin is the newest and highest circulation denomination for Mauritius. This coins was introduced in 1997. This was the same year as the new and smaller 50 Pence coins was introduced in Great Britain, these coins are both seven-sided (to use the correct term - equilateral-curved-heptagon) and of Copper-Nickel and the50 Pence coins are just slightly larger in diameter than the 10 Rupee coins (28.3mm vs. 28.0mm). This similarity (and a few historical reasons) makes it quite possible that the British Royal Mint made these coins for Mauritius. The other circulation coins portraying Ramgoolam are of denominations 1 Cent, 5 Cents, 20 Cents, 1/2 Rupee, 1 Rupee and 5 Rupees.

Mauritius 5 Cents 1999
The Mauritius 5 Cents 1999 - I currently know of no newer 5 Cents coins of Mauritius.

The SCWC 2003 (30th Edition) misses a few of the current circulation coins of Mauritius (by date). New dates I know of are 5 Cents KM-52 of 1995 and 1999; 20 Cents KM-53 of 1996 and 2001; 1/2 Rupee KM-54 of 1997 and 2002; 1 Rupee KM-55 of 2002 and 10 Rupees KM-61 of 2000.

Dates on Mauritius 1 Rupee coins of 1997 and 2002.
The dates on 1 Rupee coins of 1997 and 2002.

There is one notable thing about these most recent coins of Mauritius - the date digits on the 1 Rupee of 2002 are smaller and of a different font to the date digits on earlier dates of this type. No other differences are apparent for the 1 Rupee 2002 coins.


The Bi-metallic 20 Rupee Coin

A Bank of Mauritius communiqué dated 6th December 2007 announced the country’s new 20 Rupees bi-metallic circulation coin…

https://www.bom.mu/pdf/Notes_and_coins/coin/denomination_coin.pdf

A speech by the bank’s governor on that day launched this new circulation coin and a silver-proof commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Bank of Mauritius, the country’s central bank…

http://www.bis.org/review/r071228e.pdf?frames=0

Further details on the silver-proof 200 Rupees coin, struck by Monnaie de Paris and first available for sale on 10th December 2007 can be found here…

https://www.bom.mu/Ecommerce/Default.asp?id=Display&Ref=CC1

Mauritius 20 Rupees 2007
Mauritius 20 Rupees 2007 (scales to about 210dpi)


Pictured above is the new circulation coin. Not only is it the first 20 Rupees coin of Mauritius but it is also the country’s first bi-metallic coin. It has a Copper-Nickel core and a Nickel-Brass ring, a mass of 10 grams, a diameter of 28mm and a milled edge. These coins were struck by the British Royal Mint.

The obverse of the new coin type is as per the other current issue coins of Mauritius:- the portrait of the late Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam KT with the surrounding inscription “DR THE RIGHT HONOURABLE SIR SEEWOOSAGUR RAMGOOLAM KT”. This man was the first Prime Minister of Mauritius and before that he had been the country's only ever Chief Minister. In all, he held one then the other of these positions from 1961 to 1982.

The reverse design features the front façade of Bank of Mauritius Tower, over which there are two lines of text super-imposed “20” and “RUPEES”, this on the core. On the ring part of the coin are the legends “MAURITIUS 2007" above-around and "TWENTY RUPEES" below-around. Opened in 2006, this twenty-two storey building is the head quarters of the Bank of Mauritius. It is the country’s largest building and is to be found on Royal Street in Port Luis, the capital of Mauritius.

Quite a number of years ago, I re-call reading mintage related details in reports on the website of the Bank of Mauritius. These were actually lists of figures regarding the cumulative face value of the coins issued by the bank. The financial year for the Bank of Mauritius comes to an end at the end of June each year. The annual report of the Bank of Mauritius for 2011/2012 (i.e. the year ending 30th June 2012) implies that about 7.4 million of the 20 Rupees 2007 had been issued by mid-2012 and that this was about eight-hundred thousand more than had been issued up until the same time the year before.

The relevant figures can be found on page 100 of the 2011/2012 annual report, see page 102 of the pdf file here… https://www.bom.mu/pdf/Research_and_Publications/Annual_Report/AnnualRep2012/AnnualReport2012.pdf

Still only the date “2007” is known for this type. This will be controlled by the Bank of Mauritius. I wonder what will need to happen for them to authorise a date change.


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Fully revised "The Recent Coins of Mauritius" with "new dates" info and added date styles image all at June 2003.
Added "The Bi-metallic 20 Rupee Coin" at May 2013.