Al Kowsky Posted July 17, 2022 · Member Share Posted July 17, 2022 The west African country of Liberia was founded in 1813 by free & emancipated people of color with the purpose of resettling them back to Africa, & was funded by the American Colonization Society (ACS). The mortality rate of the emigrants arriving in Liberia was high, with more than half of them perishing between the years 1820-1843. In 1846 the first black governor, Joseph Jenkins Roberts, declared independence for the colony, but did maintain contacts with the ACS. The ACS along with several northern state governments continued funding the colony until 1870, but the U.S. government refused to make Liberia an American colony as requested by the ACS. President Taft made financial support to Liberia part of his foreign policy. Exploitation of natural resources was driving the countries' economy, especially the rubber industry. The Firestone Company was a big player in the Liberian rubber industry. The 19th century coinage of Liberia looks strangely American in appearance 😏. I sold the coin pictured below in CNG 483, it's a pattern 2 cent piece in neo-classical style with Liberty wearing a Phrygian hat on the obverse, & a striped shield on the reverse with the motto "IN GOD WE TRUST". Members of NVMIS FORVMS are welcome to post any coinage or paper money of Liberia ☺️. 10 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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