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Sierra Leone

 

1 Leone, 1984

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Front: Siaka Stevens (1905-1988), President of Sierra Leone 1971-1985

Stevens joined the Sierra Leone Police Force after completing his secondary school education.

He co-founded the Sierra Leone People's Party in 1951, and was elected to the legislative council 1951-57. He was appointed prime minister in 1967. Briefly exiled, he returned as prime minister 1968-71. He became president in 1971. Stevens established a one-party state in 1978. He retired in 1985.

Back: Central bank building

 

100 Leones, 1990

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Front: Joseph Saidu Momoh (1937-2003), President of Sierra Leone 1985-1992

Momoh was a professional soldier. He rose from the enlisted ranks to become Major General in the Sierra Leone Military Forces. He was elected President in 1985 in a one-party election. He was overthrown in a military coup in 1992.

Back: Central bank building

 

500 Leones, 1991

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Front: Joseph Saidu Momoh (1937-2003), President of Sierra Leone 1985-1992

Back: Two fishing boats

 

500 Leones, 2003

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Front: Kai Londo (1845-1896), great Kissi warrior-king

Londo was trained from boyhood in the art of warfare. Upon successfully defending against invaders, Londo became the supreme ruler of Luawa.

The Luawa State prospered under his rule. Londo built new roads, fortified towns and established a new capital called Kailahun (Kai's Town). He conquered surrounding states in what are now Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia, bringing them under his direct control. His rule was so wise that some foreign chiefs willingly joined the Luawa state as vassals of Kai Londo.

Back: Two fishing boats

 

1,000 Leones, 2003

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Front: Bai Bureh (1840-1908), Sierra Leone's greatest hero

As a young man, Bai Bureh attended a training school for warriors. He became a famous war leader in the 1860s and 1870s. In 1886, He was crowned ruler of Kasseh, a small kingdom near Port Loko. He organized large-scale guerilla revolt against the British. The British captured him in 1898 and sent him into exile. He was reinstated as a Chief of Kasseh in 1905.

Back: Telecommunications satellite dish

 

2,000 Leones, 2002

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Front: I T A Wallace-Johnson (1894-1965), a famous Sierra Leonean

I T A Wallace-Johnson led the first Mass Movement of Sierra Leoneans from all works of life. He worked untiringly for Unity and the rights of the common man.

Back: Bank of Sierra Leone building

 

5,000 Leones, 2002

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Front: Sengbe Pieh (1813-1879), a famous Sierra Leonean

Sengbe Pieh was a farmer whose extraordinary courage in resisting slavery earned him a lasting place in the histories of Sierra Leone and the United States. He led a revolt on board a slave ship called the Amistad off the Coast of America.

Back: Bumbuna Dam

 

1,000 Leones, 2010

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Front: Bai Bureh (1840-1908), Sierra Leone's greatest hero

As a young man, Bai Bureh attended a training school for warriors. He became a famous war leader in the 1860s and 1870s. In 1886, He was crowned ruler of Kasseh, a small kingdom near Port Loko. He organized large-scale guerilla revolt against the British. The British captured him in 1898 and sent him into exile. He was reinstated as a Chief of Kasseh in 1905.

Back: Telecommunications satellite dish

 

2,000 Leones, 2010

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Front: I T A Wallace-Johnson (1894-1965), a famous Sierra Leonean

I T A Wallace-Johnson led the first Mass Movement of Sierra Leoneans from all works of life. He worked untiringly for Unity and the rights of the common man.

Back: Bank of Sierra Leone building

 

Bank of Sierra Leone

Bank of Sierra Leone

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5,000 Leones, 2010

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Front: Sengbe Pieh (1813-1879), a famous Sierra Leonean

Sengbe Pieh was a farmer whose extraordinary courage in resisting slavery earned him a lasting place in the histories of Sierra Leone and the United States. He led a revolt on board a slave ship called the Amistad off the Coast of America.

Back: Bumbuna Dam

 

10,000 Leones, 2010

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Front: Dove flying over the map of Sierra Leone; national flag

Back: Coat of arms; Cotton tree

The Cotton Tree is a Ceiba pentandra, a historic symbol of Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone. According to legend, the "Cotton Tree" gained importance in 1792 when a group of former African American slaves, who had gained their freedom by fighting for the British during the American War of Independence, settled the site of modern Freetown. These Black Loyalist settlers, called "Nova Scotians" or "Navitians" in Sierra Leone, founded Freetown on March 11th 1792.

 

Cotton Tree

Cotton Tree

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Sierra Leone, located in western Africa, was a British colony. Became independent in 1961. It is a member of the British Commonwealth. For a more detailed country profile, see CIA World Factbook on Sierra Leone.

 

 

 

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