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One and Five Pound notes issued by the Government of the Colony of Sierra Leone around 1808. Note the Zeroes on each note at the lower left. These were marks to indicate to illiterates how much each note was worth, one Zero equating to one pound. One Pound note.
Currency used during the Presidency of Joseph Saidu Momoh. Reverse side of Momoh currency.
The currency that was used in Sierra Leone at the time of Independence (front view). The currency that was used in Sierra Leone at the time of Independence (reverse view).
This currency was used during the 12-year rule of President Siaka Probyn Stevens (front side). Siaka Stevens currency (reverse side).
After President Momoh was toppled in a coup in 1991, the NPRC military junta issued new currency honoring heroes in Sierra Leone's history. The face of Bai Bureh on the Le. 1,000 note is a representation of the life-size figure in the Sierra Leone National Museum (front side). NPRC currency (reverse side).
Miscellaneous copper pennies issued by the Sierra Leone Company in 1791. These coins were all in circulation in Sierra Leone. 1997 Sierra Leone Commemorative $1 coin honouring Mother Teresa and Lady Diana.
Coins issued under the NPRC military regime honouring heroes of Sierra Leone: King Naimbana, who ratified the land grant to the Settlers in 1788; Madam Yoko, ruler of the vast Kpa Mende Confederacy, and Sir Henry Lightfoot-Boston, the first African Governor-General of Sierra Leone. Front Sides. Reverse sides.
Coins issued under the NPRC military regime honoring heroes of Sierra Leone (front sides). NPRC coins, reverse sides.
Purported Sierra Leone silver coin portraying King Edward VIII, who abdicated the British throne in favour of his brother George VI. The reverse of the coin, dated 1936, is identical to the coins issued by the Sierra Leone company in 1791. This coin was apparently minted using the original 1791 plates. The origin of the coin is a mystery since it was never issued by the Government of Sierra Leone.
One Leone silver coin issued in 1987 to celebrate the Bicentenary of Sierra Leone, portraying the image of then President Joseph Saidu Momoh (front side) Momoh one Leone coin, reverse side.
1987 proof 10 Leone silver coin with image of President Joseph Saidu Momoh on front (Front view.) Reverse view, with hippopotamus.
Silver coins issued by the Sierra Leone Company beginning in 1791. The 50 cent and one dollar pieces are dated 1791. The 10 cents coin was issued in 1805 (front sides). Silver coins issued by the Sierra Leone Company beginning in 1791. The 50 cent and one dollar pieces are dated 1791. The 10 cent coin was issued in 1805  (reverse sides).

Bronze Sierra Leone coin with image of King George III, dated 1808. This is a "fantasy" coin which was apparently minted using a plate made from one of the original Sierra Leone company coins  first minted in 1796. Its purpose is unknown. These were certainly never used in Sierra Leone.

Front Side.

Reverse Side.
During WWI it was common for British seamen to give "love tokens" to their girlfriends to commemorate places they had traveled to. This coin bearing the image of Queen Victoria has been filed down on the reverse side where the sailor engraved "GAIKA", either the name of his ship or perhaps his girlfriend, and 'SIERRA LEONE, 1918." The coin has a hole at the top so it can be worn on a chain around the neck (front view). Reverse side.
These very rare gilt proof coins minted by the Sierra Leone Company in 1791 were never circulated in Sierra Leone. Note that the largest denomination was 100 cents or 1 dollar, using the American denomination rather than the British one (front side). Reverse side.
Republic of Sierra Leone one dollar coin issued in 2004 to commemorate the "20th Anniversay of Ronald Reagan's Second Term" as President of the U.S.