SPICE ROAD Historic Trade Routes 5 Oz Silver Coin 5000 Francs Cameroon 2019

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This wonderful 5 Oz Silver coin is the fourth and last release in the “Historic Trade Routes” series, dedicated to some of the world’s most famous trading routes. In this edition – the Spice Road. The coin features real Spices insert, has a beautiful design and comes in a case in the shape of a book, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage of 500 pieces worldwide!

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Country Cameroon
Year 2019
Face Value 5000 Francs
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 155.5 (5 oz)
Diameter (mm) 80
Quality Antique Finish
Mintage (pcs) 500
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
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Spice Trade
The spice trade refers to the trade between historical civilizations in Asia, Northeast Africa and Europe. Spices such as cinnamon, cassia, cardamom, ginger, pepper, and turmeric were known and used in antiquity for commerce in the Eastern World. These spices found their way into the Middle East before the beginning of the Christian era, where the true sources of these spices were withheld by the traders and associated with fantastic tales. Early writings and stone age carvings of neolithic age obtained indicates that India's southwest coastal port Muziris, in Kerala, had established itself as a major spice trade centre from as early as 3000 BC, which marked the beginning of the spice trade. Kerala, referred to as the land of spices or as the “Spice Garden of India”, was the place traders and explorers wanted to reach, including Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, and others. The Greco-Roman world followed by trading along the Incense route and the Roman-India routes. During the first millennium, the sea routes to Sri Lanka (the Roman – Taprobane) and India were controlled by the Ethiopians who became the maritime trading power of the Red Sea and the Indians. The Kingdom of Axum (c. 5th-century BC–AD 11th century) had pioneered the Red Sea route before the 1st century AD. By mid-7th century AD after the rise of Islam, Arab traders started dominating the maritime routes.


The reverse of the coin features the wonderful image of the map of the Earth, with a beautiful Spice line to symbolize the Spice road. On top of the reverse, the inscriptions: “HISTORIC TRADE ROUTES” – the name of the series and “2019” – the year of issue. On the bottom, the inscription: “SPICE ROUTE” – the name of the coin. The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II” - the name of the Queen, “5000 FRANCS CFA” – the face value, “REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON” – the issuing country.