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Sierra Leone Company, Lion Money 1 cent 1796


Sierra Leone Company bronze 1796 cent:
Sierra Leone Company one cent dated 1796.The clasped hands celebrated the fact that it was a refuge for freed slaves from the British Empire, runaway slaves from the United States, and Africans discharged from the British armed forces. The first settlers were virtually wiped out by tribal attacks and disease. The colony was re-established under the control of the Sierra Leone Company, which issued this coin, and then transferred to British Crown in 1807.
Obv: SIERRA LEONE COMPANY around crouching lion, AFRICA below.
Rev: ONE CENT PIECE 1796 around clasped hands.
Edge: Plain. Diameter: 29mm.
KM-1, struck at the Soho mint, Birmingham for the Sierra Leone Company.

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