In 2017 Mauritania underwent monetary reform, with one new ouguiya replacing 10 old ouguiya, which is nice for the Coin Zoo, since three of the five new coins feature animals.
Mauritania is mostly desert, so it makes sense that camels are a big part of daily life in the country. In 1970, a camel-based dairy was founded that today buys raw camel milk from some 1000 semi-nomadic families in the country.
This is the first-ever tri-metallic coin I have seen. Zoo visitor Sean informed me that France had a circulating tri-metallic 20 franc coin from 1992-2001 (KM#1008) and Monaco had a version as well from 1992-1997 (KM#165). France also issued two other tri-metallic circulating commorative coins in 1993 (KM#1016) and 1994 (KM#1036).
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