Coin and Currency Club – Malawi

Some changes to the Coin and Currency Club this month with the country of Malawi being featured. When you open the shipment there is a information card which gives you a chance to guess the country featured for the month.

Alex was able to guess the country since he had studied Malawi the previous year in school. We even watched the movie “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” together for a school project. The movie and his project concerned the ongoing drought and water crisis in Malawi. Also new in subscription is a recipe card with two Malawi dashes, an additional banknote and information card on the currency.

The Republic of Malawi, is a landlocked country in Southeastern Africa that was formerly known as Nyasaland. It is bordered by Zambia to the west, Tanzania to the north and northeast, and Mozambique to the east, south and southwest. The part of Africa now known as Malawi was settled around the 10th century by migrating Bantu groups. Centuries later, in 1891, the area was colonized by the British and became a protectorate of the United Kingdom known as Nyasaland. In 1953, it became a protectorate within the semi-independent Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. The Federation was dissolved in 1963. In 1964, the protectorate was ended: Nyasaland became an independent country under Queen Elizabeth II, and was renamed Malawi. Two years later it became a republic. It gained full independence from the United Kingdom, and by 1970 had become a totalitarian one-party state under the presidency of Hastings Banda, who remained in this role until 1994. Today, Malawi has a democraticmulti-party republic headed by an elected president. 

Flag of Malawi – The black band represents the native people, the red band the blood of those who died, the green for nature and the rising sun for hope