BÉNIN: Republic, AE 2500 francs, 2007, PCGS MS66 RD

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BÉNIN: Republic, AE 2500 francs, 2007, PCGS MS66 RD
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BÉNIN: Republic, AE 2500 francs, 2007, KM-XE1a, Abolition of the Slave Trade Series - Oloudah Equiano 1745-1797, fantasy pattern essai in pure copper, mintage 30 pieces, PCGS graded MS66 RD. Olaudah Equiano, known for most of his life as Gustavus Vassa, was a writer and abolitionist from, according to his memoir, the Eboe (Igbo) region of the Kingdom of Benin (today southern Nigeria). Enslaved as a child in Africa, he was taken to the Caribbean and sold as a slave to a Royal Navy officer. He was sold twice more but purchased his freedom in 1766. As a freedman in London, Equiano supported the British abolitionist movement. He was part of the Sons of Africa, an abolitionist group composed of Africans living in Britain, and he was active among leaders of the anti-slave trade movement in the 1780s. He published his autobiography, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano (1789), which depicted the horrors of slavery. It went through nine editions in his lifetime and helped gain passage of the British Slave Trade Act 1807, which abolished the slave trade. Equiano married an English woman, Susannah Cullen, in 1792 and they had two daughters. He died in 1797 in Westminster. Private pattern struck at the Patrick Mint. The mint began operating in 1972 and was known for striking mainly tokens until the mint was destroyed in the 2017 Tubbs Fire in the "Northern California Firestorm" along with 5,642 other structures in Santa Rosa, California.