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25 Oct 2015


Coins - World | World_Coin_Nut

Anyone who collects world coins has seen FAO as part of the design on coins from many nations. But, do you know the significance. F.A.O. stands for Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. It was founded in 1945 in Quebec, Canada with the goal to "modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all”.

In 1968, the F.A.O. started a “Money and Medals” program to help spread its message of the urgent need to increase food and agricultural production. Since this time, hundreds of different coins throughout the world have been issued to spread the message and has also created a unique world coin type set for collectors.

To date there have been more than 600 coins. F.A.O. coins come in all shapes, sizes, denominations, and compositions including gold.

I have found at least 8 countries that minted coins for F.A.O.’s Year of the Woman. There is a wide variety with some countries producing coins for circulation and others like this one that are more of a commemorative type coin.



Level 5

Thats an awesome coin, with a very high grade.


Level 7

You have answered a couple of questions I had. You can't beat reading old blogs especially of this quality. Thanks again. Mike


Level 5

Never heard of FAO but sound good and great coin!


Level 6

Cool coin and great program. I never heard of it. Not a big U.N. fan.,Too much corruption in my view but I could be wrong.. Although this looks like a worthy plan.

Ian Fenn

Level 5

FAO is part of the United Nations Common System. I have some friends who worked there. I am not sure if FAO still has the coin program, I was never that fussed with it.....but I have never been a fan of Modern NCLT. Excepting the Austrian €25.00 bi-metallic series and I only collect those coins simply because I started in 2003 and have an example from every year. I now continue out of habit rather than enthusiasm for the coins


Level 5

Now that would be a great collection for a good cause! I had not heard of this effort. Thank you!


Level 5

How much did this coin set you back? It looks awesome.

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