2003 Congo Historic Automobiles $10 Coins

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1922 Renault on Reverse of Congolese 10 Francs

2003 Historic Automobiles $10 Coins

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In 2003, the Republic of Congo issued a of crown sized coins historic cars.

Which — A Tale of Confusion

We would not expect everybody to be that there are two Congos, but it is a that there are in fact two but adjacent countries, which popularly be called Congo.

numismatists and philatelists would be aware of this simple especially if they were in world coins or stamps, than those of their own of origin or residence.

When creating this we came across a fact absolutely astounded us, and we will say about it below, but first, to any confusion, we will discuss of the national entities in question.

of Congo

According to the CIA: independence in 1960, the former region of Middle Congo the Republic of the Congo. A quarter of experimentation with Marxism was in 1990 and a democratically elected took office in 1992. A civil war in 1997 restored Marxist President Denis and ushered in a period of ethnic and unrest. Southern-based rebel agreed to a final peace in March 2003, but the calm is and refugees continue to present a crisis. The Republic of Congo was one of Africa’s largest petroleum but with declining production it need to hope for new offshore oil to sustain its oil earnings over the term.

Democratic Republic of Congo

to the CIA: Established as a Belgian in 1908, the Republic of the Congo its independence in 1960, but its early were marred by political and instability. Col. Joseph seized power and declared president in a November 1965 He subsequently changed his name to MOBUTU Sese Seko as well as that of the country to Zaire. MOBUTU retained his for 32 years through several elections, as well as through the use of force. Ethnic strife and war, touched off by a massive of refugees in 1994 from in Rwanda and Burundi, led in May 1997 to the of the MOBUTU regime by a rebellion by Rwanda and Uganda and fronted by KABILA. He renamed the country the Republic of the Congo (DRC), but in 1998 his regime was itself by a second insurrection again by Rwanda and Uganda. Troops Angola, Chad, Namibia, and Zimbabwe intervened to support regime. A cease-fire was signed in 1999 by the DRC, Congolese rebel groups, Angola, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zimbabwe but fighting continued. Laurent was assassinated in January 2001 and his Joseph KABILA, was named of state. In October 2002, the new was successful in negotiating the withdrawal of forces occupying eastern two months later, the Pretoria was signed by all remaining warring to end the fighting and establish a government of unity. A

transitional government was set up in July Joseph KABILA as president and vice presidents represented the government, former rebel and the political opposition. The transitional held a successful constitutional in December 2005 and elections for the National Assembly, and provincial in 2006. KABILA was inaugurated in December 2006. The National was installed in September 2006. Its Vital KAMERHE, was chosen in Provincial assemblies were in early 2007, and elected and national senators in January

Westminster Coin Experts

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it may be rather unfair of us to call the at Westminster Collections experts, as do not style themselves as such.

most of their customers expect them to know about the coins (and they sell, and the countries issued them. They be wrong!

Among the huge selection of world coins in our stock, we a number of 2003 coins by the Republique Democratique du Congo, or into English, the Democratic of Congo. So far, so good.

The of Authenticity issued with coin by Westminster, states Country — Congo

We could not believe our eyes, and unkindly fell about when we spotted this error.

We have criticised before, but this one beats We also sometimes criticise the Royal Mint, but at least know the difference between two We try to ensure that any criticism we especially if it is negative criticism, fair. In this example, we can conclude that the marketing at Westminster must be gifted an incredible level of ignorance. We excuse a simple mistake, we are all and we all make errors, but this is on a document which any buyer of coins would expect to a certain legal status, and to been prepared with a amount of care.

We wonder if anybody at Westminster has yet or cares about this mistake.

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