The coelacanth is the oldest species of fish known. It was thought to have been extinct since the end of the Cretaceous period, about 65 million years ago, but one turned up in 1938. They are now known to exist in a few areas around Africa, including Comoros. The coelacanth is an endangered species.
This is the first Comoros coin issued after independence. It was issued in 1984 and 1992 only, and celebrates the World Fisheries Conference.
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