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BU WORLD WAR II BRITISH FARTHING

Great Britain Farthing 1939 KM843This Brilliant Uncirculated British Farthing is dated 1939, the year Great Britain declared war on Germany. The 20mm bronze coin depicts King George VI on the obverse.  The reverse features a wren, the smallest bird in Britain, which was appropriate as the farthing was the lowest denomination of Britain, worth just a quarter of a penny.
Item GB-FARTH GREAT BRITAIN FARTHING 1939 KM843 BU $12.00




QUEEN ELIZABETH CORONATION CROWN Restocked

Great Britain Queen Elizabeth Coronation crown, 1953 KM894Great Britain issued this 1 Crown coin (5 Shillings) in 1953 to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.  The Queen is depicted on horseback on the obverse.  The reverse features the shields of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, along with the flowers of England (rose), Scotland (thistle), Ireland (shamrock) and Wales (leek).  In the center is the royal crown. The coin has a lettered edge "FAITH AND TRUTH I WILL BEAR UNTO YOU" The copper-nickel coin is 38.6mm in diameter
Item GB-CORON GREAT BRITAIN 1 CROWN 1953 QUEEN ELIZABETH CORONATION KM894 AU $8.00



THE FAMOUS CHURCHILL CROWN  

Great Britain 1 Crown 1965 Churchill KM910The 1965 British 5 Shilling coin (also known as a Crown) honored the death of Sir Winston Churchill. It was the first British coin to portray a commoner since the Cromwells in the 1650’s and it was the last 5 Shilling coin ever struck by Great Britain. Churchill is remembered for his leadership and courage during World War II. as well as being a talented author, historian, painter and horseman. He received the Nobel Prize in literature and was the first person to be made an honorary citizen of the United States. One side of the coin depicts Mary Gillick’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth. The other portrays a rough portrait of Churchill.
Item GB-CHURCH GREAT BRITAIN 1 CROWN 1965 WINSTON CHURCHILL KM910 XF-AU $3.00



WINSTON CHURCHHILL 5 POUND POLYMER NOTE

Great Britain 5 Pounds Winston Churchill 2015 banknote P394
Note: "SPECIMEN" appears on this image for legal reasons, not on the note itself
Winston Churchill is featured on the back this recent 5 Pounds note of Great Britain.  Churchill, who led Britain through much of World War II, is considered one of the greatest statesmen of all time and is the only British Prime Minister to win a Nobel Prize in literature.  Next to Churchill on the note is an image of Westminster, Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower) and an image of his Nobel Prize. Beneath him is his famous quote that he gave at the House of Commons upon assuming leadership of the government in 1940 "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."  The front depicts Queen Elizabeth and the Bank of England building.  The note has a window depicting the Queen and Big Ben as well as a holographic image that changes from "Five" to "Pounds" as the note is shifted.  It is an impressive note for an impressive statesman. 
Item PM-GB-5P GREAT BRITAIN 5 POUNDS CHURCHILL BANKNOTE, 2015 P394 UNC. $12.50



NEWQUEEN ELIZABETH & PRINCE PHILLIP SILVER WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Great Britain 25 Pence coin 1972 Silver (25th) Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, KM917In 1972 Great Britain commemorated the silver (25th) wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip with this 25 Pence coin.  The reverse features he crowned letters "EP" within a floral garland with the tiny naked figure of Eros at the center.The copper-nickel coin is 38.6mm in diameter and depicts Queen Elizabeth on the obverse.
Item GB-ANNV GREAT BRITAIN 25 PENCE 1972 25th WEDDING ANNIVESARY KM917 UNC. $3.00




QUEEN ELIZABETH CELEBRATES SILVER JUBILEE OF REIGN   

Great Britain 25 Pence 1977 KM920Great Britain struck this copper-nickel 25 Pence in 1977 to celebrate the Silver Jubilee (25th Anniversary) of Queen Elizabeth’s reign.  The obverse depicts the Queen on horseback, a design derived from the Queen's 1953 Coronation Crown. The reverse features the eagle-shaped ampulla and the anointing spoon which have been used in British coronations for hundreds of years.   Above them is the Royal Crown.  The 25 Pence is the decimal equivalent to the old 1 Crown.  The 38.6mm coin is struck in copper-nickel.
Item GB-JUB GREAT BRITAIN 25 PENCE 1977 SILVER JUBILEE KM920 AU-UNC. $3.00



CHARLES & DI ROYAL WEDDING CROWN FROM GREAT BRITAIN  Restocked

Great Britain Charles & Diana Royal Wedding coin, KM925The marriage of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer was called a fairytale wedding. Great Britain issued this 38.5mm copper-nickel 25 Pence coin in 1981 to commemorate royal wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana. Pictured on one side are the busts of Charles & Diana. The other side pictures Queen Elizabeth. The marriage, which started with such promise, ended in divorce and Diana’s subsequent death in a tragic automobile accident. The coin has always been popular with admirers of Lady Di as well as coin collectors.
Item GB-WED GREAT BRITAIN 25 PENCE 1981 CHARLES & DI WEDDING, KM925 AU-UNC. $3.00



MAJOR BRITISH WRONG PLANCHET ERRORS

Great Britain 2 Pence struck on 1 Pence blankThese British 2 Pence coins were struck on 1 Pence blanks! The coins are copper-plated steel and weigh 3.56 grams, which corresponds to the 1 Pence. The coins are slightly out of round and the edges are a bit irregular as is expected on a wrong planchet error. Most likely the 1 Pence blanks got stuck in some minting equipment or bins and did not shake loose until after production had been changed to 2 Pence.  The coins appear to have been struck between 1992 and about 2001.  As might be expected, each piece is different depending exactly how the dies hit the undersized planchet.   Most pieces have the date struck off the planchet.
Item GB-ERROR-ND GREAT BRITAIN 2 PENCE ON 1 PENCE, NO DATE AU $50.00
Item GB-ERROR-DATE GREAT BRITAIN 2 PENCE ON 1 PENCE, WITH DATE AU $75.00


BEATRIX POTTER – PETER RABBIT COINS FROM GREAT BRITAIN  

SEt of 5 Beatrix Potter 50 Pence coins from Great Britain
Great Britain issued five 50 pence coins in 2016 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter and her beloved story book characters.  The coins depict Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, Jemima Puddle-duck and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.  A fifth coin has the legend Beatrix Potter 1866 1943, a small image of Peter Rabbit and Potter’s head within a wreath.  Potter was a one of the world’s experts on fungi, however her works were not accepted by men who controlled academia.  She was only found a publisher for her stories after she published the first Peter Rabbit book herself.  She was one of the first to realize the value in licensing her characters.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of each coin.  The coins are Uncirculated.
Item GB-BEATRIX GREAT BRITAIN SET OF 5 BEATRIX POTTER 50 PENCE, 2016 UNC. $30.00



NEWNORTHERN IRELAND NOTE OF THE PROVINCIAL BANK OF IRELAND

Northern Ireland 1 Pound banknote, Provincial Bank of Ireland P247b
The Provincial Bank of Ireland was founded in 1825.  In 1966 it was merged with two other banks to form Allied Irish Banks, Ltd.. A single branch in Belfast kept the original name in order to continue the issuance of banknotes until 1982, when Allied Irish Banks began to issue notes under its own name.   Since then the bank has changed names a few more times. The front of this Provincial Bank of Ireland 1979 dated 1 Pound note pictures an Irish lad and the coats of arms of the six counties of Northern Ireland.  The back features The Girona, an oared fighting ship of the Spanish Armada, a gold Bible cover, candle sticks and a canon recovered from the ship.  The ship went down in a gale on the night of October 26, 1588 off Lacada Point in Northern Ireland with a loss of some 1300 lives and a huge amount of treasure.  The wreck was rediscovered in 1966, resulting in the largest Spanish Armada treasure ever salvaged.  Much of the treasure is now displayed in the Ulster Museum in Belfast.  The note has the watermark of the Allied Irish Banks emblem.
Item PM-NO.IRE-P247 NORTHERN IRELAND 1 POUND NOTE P247b 1979 UNC. $35.00




NEWROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND 1 POUND NOTE

Royal Bank of Scotalnd 1 Pound note 1981 P336a
The Royal Bank of Scotland is the second oldest bank in Scotland and one of the three note issuing banks in Scotland. It was founded in 1727.  In 1728 it was the first bank to offer overdrafts.  In the early 21st century it overextended itself in an attempt to expand internationally and in 2008 had to be bailed out by the British government, who still owns a majority of the bank. This 1 Pound note of the Royal Bank of Scotland is dated January 10, 1981.  To the right is a watermark of Adam Smith.  On the left is the bank's coat of arms.  The back pictures Edinburgh Castle. 
Item PM-SCOT-P336 SCOTLAND 1 POUND NOTE P336a 1981 UNC. $32.50




NEWVIKING SHIP ON ISLE OF MAN BANKNOTE

Isle of Man 50 Pence note (1979) P33a
A Viking ship is featured on the back of this undated 50 Pence note of the Isle of Man. The Vikings started raiding the island in 798AD and began to settle a few years later.  The Vikings ruled the island until 1275.  Queen Elizabeth and the triskeles emblem of Man is on the front. The note was issued 1979 and was printed by Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co.  It was the last 50 Pence not issued by the Isle of Man. 
Item PM-IOM-50P ISLE OF MAN 50 PENCE NOTE (1979)  P33a UNC. $29.75


YNYSYBWL CO-OP TOKENS FROM WALES

Set of 10 Tokens from Ynysybwl Co-op Society in Wales.
Ynysybwl (don’t ask me to pronounce that) is a village in South Wales in the United Kingdom.  Its main industry was coal mining – until the mine closed in 1988.   The village had an active co-operative society, which still exists today.  Initially known as Ynysybwl Industrial Co-op Society, Ltd.  the name was later shortened to Ynysybwl Co-op Society, Ltd.  The society provided a wide range of goods and services to members, including groceries, household goods, hardware, travel agency cafeteria, building, painting and decorating services, ladies hairdressing, toys, TV and radio repairs, footwear, optical services, funeral services, sports and educational classes, though today the range of those services has been greatly reduced.  This set of ten different Ynysybwl Co-op tokens, including eight copper or brass tokens denominated between Pence and 2 Shillings, and two plastic bread tokens.  These tokens have been offered on eBay for $10 to $20 each!
Item YNYSYBWL 10 DIFFERENT YNYSYBWL CO-OP TOKENS, VF $32.50


NEWCOIN OF THE REALM

Coins of the Realm - Princess MaryCoin of the Realm - reverseThis attractove 39mm 1 troy ounce .999 fine copper coins was minted to be used at renaissance fairs.  They are valued at 2 Crowns (2 Dollars) each and were to be used in place of United States currency to purchase food, beverages and merchandise at the fair. The program did not gain any acceptance and the company that issued the coins went bankrupt.   Depicted on the obverse is Princess Mary, daughter of Henry VIII, who later ruled England as Queen Mary I. She is also known called Bloody Mary because of her many executions of Protestants in her attempt to restore Roman Catholicism in England. The reverse features the Royal Coat of Arms of England, the legend "Coin of the Realm" and the date 2011.  
Item REALM  COIN OF THE REALM - PRINCESS MARY, BU $2.00


KING CHARLES III ON COINS FOR  SCOTLAND, NORTHERN IRELAND & WALES 

Scotland 2 Pounds pattern coin Northern Ireland 2 Pounds coinWales 2 Pounds pattern coin
Though Prince Charles is not yet King, undated, multi-colored unofficial pattern 2 Pound coins were issued for  Scotland,  Northern Ireland and Wales.  One side of the coins depicts the outline of the bust of Charles wearing the royal crown, his royal cipher and the arms of the country in color.  The other side depicts the national flower and a bird in color, along with the denomination. The Scotland coin depicts a Scottish thistle and a Golden Eagle. The Northern Ireland coin features a shamrock and a Eurasian wren. The Wales issue features a Red kite and a leek The 40mm coins are struck on silver plated brass with Proof finish.  Only 250 of each of the coins were minted.
Item SCOT2 SCOTLAND 2 POUNDS COIN (2016) PROOF $24.00
Item NO-IRE2 NORTHERN IRELAND 2 POUNDS COIN (2016) PROOF $24.00
Item WALES2 WALES 2 POUNDS COIN (2016) PROOF $24.00



BRITISH NAAFI POG SETS

NAAFI - EFI 2010 POGS, 5, 10 & 25 CENTS
NAAFI 2010 POGS: 5, 10 & 25 Cents

NAAFI - EFI 2011 POGS, 5, 10 & 25 CENTS
NAAFI 2011 POGS: 5, 10 & 25 Cents (same design on 2012 & 2013 issues)
NAAFI (The Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes) was organized by the British government to run shops, clubs, bars, supermarkets, restaurants, recreational facilities and other facilities for servicemen and their families on British military bases and aboard Royal Navy ships.  It serves basically the same function of as the AAFES Exchanges do for United States forces. In war zones NAAFI facilities are usually operated as Expeditionary Force Institutes (EFI), thus the POGS reference both acronyms.  These POG coins were created for use in on British bases in Afghanistan and are denominated in United States Dollars. Three denominations were issued:  a green 5 Cents, orange 10 cents and blue 25 cents, all printed on thin, coated cardboard.  The front has the denomination, date and the legends "NAAFI Gift Certificate” and "Valid and redeemable in any EFI facility trading in US Dollars".   The 2010 issue commemorates the 90th anniversary of NAAFI.  The back of 5 Cents shows a NAAFI wagon in Afghanistan, the 10 Cents shows a World War II NAAFI wagon and the 25 Cents has the NAAFI 90th anniversary emblem.  The 2011, 2012 and 2013 issues all have the same design on all three denominations featuring the NAAFI emblem on the back.  This series came to an end in 2013 with the withdrawal of the remaining British forces from Afghanistan. Most remaining NAFFI POGs were destroyed, making the difficult to find today. We offer the sets of NAAFI/EFI POGS by date.
Item NAAFI-10 SET OF 3 BRITISH NAAFI 2010 POGS: 5, 10 & 25 CENTS, XF-UNC $6.00
Item NAAFI-11 SET OF 3 BRITISH NAAFI 2011 POGS: 5, 10 & 25 CENTS, XF-UNC $4.00
Item NAAFI-12 SET OF 3 BRITISH NAAFI 2012 POGS: 5, 10 & 25 CENTS, XF-UNC $4.00
Item NAAFI-13 SET OF 3 BRITISH NAAFI 2013 POGS: 5, 10 & 25 CENTS, XF-UNC $7.00




NEWJERSEY CELEBRATES CHARLES II 

Jersey 1/12 Shilling (1960) Charles II KM23In 1960 the Bailiwick of Jersey issued a 1/12 Shilling circulating commemorative coin for the 300th anniversary of the ascension of Charles II to the throne of England and the restoration of the British monarchy. Charles fled to Jersey in 1649 following the beheading of his father, Charles I, by Oliver Cromwell, before he escaped to France.  Cromwell and the Puritans that controlled Parliament promoted an austere life style.  Theater and gambling were banned.  Most holidays, including Christmas and Easter were suppressed. After Oliver Cromwell's death in 1659, his son Richard briefly ruled before being overthrown. In 1660 Charles II claimed the throne, restoring the monarchy to England, Scotland and Ireland.  In recognition of the help given to him during his exile, Charles II gave George Carteret, the Bailiff and governor of Jersey, a large grant of land in the American colonies, which he named New Jersey.  The 30.8mm bronze coin depicts Queen Elizabeth on the obverse.  The reverse features the legend "CIIR 1660-1960 EIIR", representing Charles II and Elizabeth II, beneath the arms of Jersey.
Item JE-CII JERSEY 1/12 SHILLING CHARLES II (1960) KM23 UNC. $3.00




BRITISH HEROES COINS INCLUDE MULTI-COLORED BRITISH FLAG Wholesale prices available to dealers

British Heroes coin set from Tristan da CunhaCommon obverse to British Heroes coins feature Queen Elizabeth
Heroes of Great Britain are featured this five coin set from the tiny British possession of Tristan da Cunha.  Each of the five gold-plated 38.6mm 1 Crown coins includes an embedded red, white and blue Union Jack of the United Kingdom. The 5 coin set contains an individually serial numbered coin featuring “The Lone Soldier”, a memorial to the fallen.  Battle of Britain pilots Douglas Badar and Keith Parks, along with their airplanes, are each featured on their own coin.  British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, along with World War II aircraft is on the fourth coin.  Horatio Nelson, hero of the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, and his ship, is on the fifth coin.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of each of the 2010 dated coins. The coins are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item TDC-HEROES TRISTAN DA CUNHA 5 COIN BRITISH HEROES SET, BU $39.50


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