Mauritius coins – Mauritius has been using different currencies since the arrival of the European settlers. The banknotes and coins are issued by the Bank of Mauritius.
The coins of Mauritius are as follows: Rs10, Rs5, Rs1, 50 cents, 20 cents and 5 cents.
On all coins is the portrait of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam. In the past it was the portrait of the Queen Elizabeth as Mauritius was a British colony. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam has been the Prime Minister of Mauritius from 1961 till 1982. In Mauritius Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam was known and is still known as the Father of the Nation. He is the one who brought Mauritius Island to independence in 1968. From 1983 till 1985 Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam was the Governor General of Mauritius. He died in December 1985. It was a great loss for Mauritius.
The ten rupees coin has a heptagon form as you can observe on the picture with as portrait Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam. The Rs10 coin has been introduced in 1997. On the obverse side a labourer cutting sugar cane in a field.
This is a five rupees coin from 1992. On the reverse side is the portrait of the Honourable Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam and the sea and palm tress on the obverse side.
The portrait of the Father of the Nation, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam is also seen on the reverse side of the Rs1 coin. It is a one rupee coin from 1997 with part of the coat of arm on the observe side.
This is a half rupees coin or 50 cents from 2005. As portrait is Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam and on the obverse side a deer.
The twenty cents coin is from 1996 with 20 in numbers written on the obverse side and on the reverse side Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam.
The last coin is the five cents coin, this one is from 2005. On one side is seen Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam and on the other 5 in numbers.