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The 5 franc malien coin is a former circulation piece of the Republic of Mali that was minted in 1961 and issued in 1962. It was produced at the Monnaie de Paris and distributed by the Central Bank of Mali. Prior to its eventual demonetization, the piece had a legal tender face value equivalent to 5.00 Malian francs.
The coin is composed of aluminum and has a mass of 1 gram, a diameter of 20 millimeters, and a thickness of approximately 1.45 millimeters. It has coin alignment and a reeded edge, and like most coins, is round in shape. Featured in the center of the obverse is a facing illustration of a hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius). Such an animal is native to portions of Mali, and is also the namesake of the country (the Bambara word mali means hippo). Inscribed clockwise along the upper rim of the piece is the French state title of the Republic of Mali, "REPUBLIQUE DU MALI", which commences at the lower left rim and concludes at the bottom right. The date "1961" is inscribed in a counterclockwise direction below the hippopotamus, along the bottom rim of the piece. It is separated from the state title by two decorative wavy lines. Printed on two lines at the top of the reverse is the face value "5 FRANCS MALIENS" (English: "5 Malian francs"), with the numeral printed in a significantly larger font than the words below, which are arched in a downward direction. Underneath the value are two slender leaves crossing. The rim on both the obverse and reverse is raised.
- Numismatic Guaranty Corporation – 1961 Mali 5 Francs KM #2
- Numista – 5 Francs Maliens (English) (French)
- cgb.fr – Mali 10 francs
- Malian franc on the English Wikipedia
- Mali on Wiktionary