10.00 cedis (non-legal tender)
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The 10 cedi coin is an unofficial fantasy coin of the Republic of Ghana. According to the Weltmünzkatalog, it was minted in 2003 by an unknown Chinese manufacturer without approval from the Bank of Ghana. As an unofficial issue, the piece has never been legal tender in Ghana and only holds value to collectors.
The piece is composed of a cupronickel alloy and measures 4.41 grams in mass and 22.9 millimeters in diameter. It has medallic alignment and a plain edge, and is round in shape. Both of its rims are raised and undecorated.
A family of three primates, described as gorillas by the Standard Catalog of World Coins and Schimpansen (chimpanzees) by the Weltmünzkatalog, is displayed in the middle of the obverse. Engraved clockwise along the periphery above is the state title "GHANA", and inscribed in the opposite direction a the rim below is the national motto of Ghana, "FREEDOM AND JUSTICE".
The escutcheon from the coat of arms of Ghana – which features images of a crossing sword and ceremonial staff, the Osu Castle, a cocoa tree, and a gold mine separated by Saint George's Cross and a lion passant guardant – is illustrated in the center of the reverse. Engraved horizontally in the middle of the piece is the Gregorian date of minting, "2003", the first two digits separated from the last two by the arms. The "face value" of "10 CEDIS" is also inscribed on the reverse, the numeral "10" appearing above the escutcheon and the word "CEDIS" written counterclockwise below the arms. Four decorative objects separate the year from the value.
The mintage of the fantasy coin is currently unknown.
- Numismatic Guaranty Corporation – Ghana - 10 Cedis, KM# 36 (2003)
- Colnect – 10 Cedis (2003)
- Numista – 10 Cedis (2003) (English) (French)
- Schön, Günter/Kramer, Sebastian, Weltmünzkatalog 21. Jahrhundert 2001–2015, 2. Auflage, 2016, Battenberg Gietl Verlag, ISBN 9783866461208