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Mozambique 10, 20, and 50 Centavos  1936 to 1974
Mozambique 10, 20, and 50 Centavos 1936 to 1974

Portugal ruled the African country of Mozambique until 1975, so coins dated before 1975 bear a Portuguese look and feel. The general shapes include a shield with waves near the bottom, a globe with a crown on top, or a combination of shields and globes. Our secondary picture gives you an idea of some of the variations.

Coins from Portuguese Mozambique use centavo and escudo denominations, with 100 centavos in one escudo. After becoming a full republic, independent of Portugal, the money system in Mozambique changed to centimos and metica. This page applies only to centavos with the Portuguese influence. They are made of copper and copper-nickel.

Values, in general, are low for these modern coins made of non-precious metal. Collectors, as always, will pay premium prices for coins in premium condition, like the coins in our pictures. Here is a run-down of approximate catalog values.

10 CENTAVOS (copper)
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $3
well preserved: $10
fully uncirculated: $25
coins before 1941 are worth about twice these values
coins after 1943 are worth about half these values

20 CENTAVOS (copper)
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $2
well preserved: $8
fully uncirculated: $15
coins before 1949 are worth about five times these values
coins after 1951 are worth about one-quarter these values
coins dated 1961 are common and are worth about $1 in well preserved condition

50 CENTAVOS 1936 (copper-nickel)
worn: $5 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $40
well preserved: $100
fully uncirculated: $250

50 CENTAVOS AFTER 1936 (copper)
worn: $2 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $4
well preserved: $12
fully uncirculated: $25
coins dated 1945 are worth about twice these values
coins dated after 1951 are worth about one-quarter these values

Use our Important Terminology page to properly interpret these inflated catalog values.

Coin: 12617 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: mario, Sat, 29-Sep-2012 14:39:13 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 29-Sep-2012 15:57:01 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Mon, 15-Sep-2014 15:00:24 GMT
Requester description: 1941 One side, simble of portugal, colonia de mocambique, 1941.. Other side, 20 centavos, republica portuguesa..
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