Cameroon – 2023 – 5000 Francs – William Shakespeare 400th Ann. Edition


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Issuing Country Cameroon
Year of Issue 2023
Face Value 5000 Francs
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight 5 oz
Diameter 65 mm
Quality Antiqued
Mintage 333 pcs
Scope of Delivery Box
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The First Folio is the first published collection of Shakespeare’s plays,
produced seven years after his death. Originally tiled “Mr. William
Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies,” it grouped the plays
into their respective categories for the first time.
Edited and supervised by Shakespeare’s fellow actors and friends, John
Heminges and Henry Condell, this groundbreaking folio presented 36
plays, including 18 previously unpublished works.

A folio is a large book made by folding printed sheets of paper in half,
with each sheet forming four pages. The First Folio was the first folio
ever published in England devoted exclusively to plays.
Globally recognized for its exclusivity, the original copy of the First
Folio holds the record as the most expensive literature ever auctioned —
selling for £2m in 2022 at Sotheby’s auction house in New York.
Furthermore, a rare edition of the 1623 volume of plays sold at Christie’s
for nearly $10 million in 2020.
In honor of this outstanding literary work, Cameroon has created the
William Shakespeare — First Folio 400th Anniversary coin. This precious
collectible will serve you as a reminder of the incomparable literary legacy
of England’s iconic playwright.