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AUSTRALIA REMEMBERS WORLD WAR I

Australia 2 Dollars 2015 & 2016 World War I commemorativesAustralia issued two $2 Dollar circulating colored commemorative coins in 2015 to honor the 100th anniversary of World War I.  Both coins were inspired by John McCrae’s famous poem In Flanders Fields and incorporate a colored circle in the design.  The first coin features a circle of crosses around a red circle, representing the red poppy.  The design was inspired by the first two lines of the poem “In Flanders fields the poppies blow. Between the crosses, row on row”  In the center are the words “Lest We Forget”.  The second depicts flying larks, surrounding orange colored rings, which represent the sunset glow, which are from the first and second stanzas of the poem. The aluminum-bronze coins are 20.5mm and have Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse
Item AU-2DCROSS  AUSTRALIA TWO DOLLAR COIN, 2015 WORLD WAR I - CROSSES KM2188 UNC. $7.50
Item AU-2DLARK  AUSTRALIA TWO DOLLAR COIN, 2015 WORLD WAR I  - LARKS KM2189 UNC. $7.50




2016 HIGH RELIEF SILVER CANNABIS COIN FROM BENIN

Benin 1000 Francs 2016 Cannabis Sativa, concave high relief 31.1 grams .999 fine silverA bright, green Cannabis Sativa leaf is featured on this 2016 1 troy ounce, .999 fine silver  1000 Francs coin from Benin.   The high relief concave Proof coin is partially colored.  With a mintage of only 999 pieces it is expected to sell out quickly.  Cannabis Sativa is commonly known as marijuana, Mary Jane, pot, grass, weed and many other names as well.   Cannabis has long been used for making fiber, rope, oil, paper and medicines. It is now most widely used as a recreational drug.  The attractive coin is 38.61mm in diameter and comes in a capsule with a certificate and box.  The obverse features the arms of Benin.   It is a highly recommended high relief coin. 
Item BJ-MJ16 BENIN 1000 FRANCS 2016 CONCAVE HIGH RELIEF SILVER CANNABIS COIN, PROOF $139.00


CANNABIS LEAF SHAPED COIN FROM BENIN

Benin 100 Francs 2011 Marijuana leaf coinIn 2011 the West African nation of Benin issued this attractive colored legal tender coin shaped like marijuana leaf!  Cannabis Sativa, commonly known as marijuana, pot, grass, weed and many other names as well has long used for making fiber, rope, oil, paper and medicines.  It is now most famous for its use as a recreational drug.   The 44mm silver-plated copper-nickel coin looks like a green cannabis leaf on one side and has the arms of Benin and the denomination on the other.  It will will supposedly smell like cannabis when rubbed.  I have not tested that claim and do not recommend it if you wish to keep your coin pristine. The coins are denominated as 100 Francs CFA and is Proof.   It has a limited mintage of just 2,500 pieces and comes in a capsule with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.  I expect this unusual coin will be popular with collectors and potheads throughout the world, that is of course, if they remember to order it.  
Item BJ-MJ11 BENIN 100 FRANCS 2011 CANNABIS SHAPED COIN, PROOF $75.00



NEWCANADA 2018 COLORED AND UNCOLORED WWI ARMISTICE COINS

Canada 2018 World War I Armistice uncolored and colored 2 dollar coinsCanada honored the 100th Anniversary of the World War I Armistice with two versions of circulating bi-metallic 2 Dollar coins: uncolored and colored.  Both versions have similar designs.  In the center brass plated core is a soldier's helmet, beneath it is the word "ARMISTICE" a remembrance poppy.  The colored version of the coin features the poppy in red.  Maple leaves and poppies are features in the nickel-plated outer rim, along with the words "REMEMBER" in English and French ("SOUVENIR") and the date 2018.  The Susanna Blunt portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of the 28mm coin.
Item CA-2D18-REGARM CANADA 2 DOLLARS 2018 REGULAR (UNCOLORED) ARMISTICE UNC. $5.50
Item CA-2D18-COLARM CANADA 2 DOLLARS 2018 COLORED ARMISTICE UNC. $7.50



UNUSUAL MULTI-COLOR COINS FROM CORAL SEA REEFS Price Reduced

Bougainville Reef 10 Dollars 2017 Laced Moray EelCoringa Islets 10 Dollars 2017 Longnose butterflyfishFlora Reef 10 Dollars 2017 Blue-girdled angelfishShark Reef 10 Dollars 2017 NautilusCommon obverse for Coral Sea Reef coins
Bougainville Reef and Flora Reef are Australian territories in the Coral Sea.  They are popular with divers and recreational fishermen.  Bougainville Reef is the home of an unmanned lighthouse and weather station.  Flora Reef is a 4.6 sq. mile (12 sq.km.) submerged atoll.  Unofficial 10 Dollar coins were issued for these uninhabited locations dated 2017.  Both are multi-color quarter circle wedge shaped coins.  A laced moray eel (Gymnothorax favagineus) in depicted on the Bougainville coin.  The Flora Reef coin features a blue-girdled angelfish (Pomacanthus navarchus).  The obverses of the coins depicts Queen Elizabeth  The odd-shaped silver-plated Proof coins are 46mm x 34mm and has a mintage of only 200 pieces each.
Item BOUGAINVILLE BOUGAINVILLE REEF 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $22.00
Item CORINGA CORINGA ISLETS 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $22.00
Item FLORA FLORA REEF 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $22.00
Item SHARK SHARK REEF 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $22.00
Item CORALSEA4 ALL 4 of the above 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF COINS $85.00


2017 CANADA GLOW-IN-THE-DARK & COLOR COINS  

Canada Toonie 2017 glow in the dark coinCanada 25 Cents 2017 150th Anniversry Hope for a Green Future color coinCanada issued some unusual coins in 2017 as part of their 150th anniversary celebration.  The 2017 bi-metallic two dollar coin, or toonie is titled "Wonder - Dance of the Spirits".  It features two paddlers on a lake witnessing an aurora borealis, which is sometimes called "The Dance of the Spirits".  The color version of the coin features the green aurora against the dark night sky, which glows in the dark after being exposed to bright light.  The color 25 Cent coin titled "Future-Hope for a Green Future" was designed by eight-year old Joelle Wong.  It depicts two hands nurturing a plant.  Holding onto the plant is a multi-colored bird, turtle and beaver. The Susanna Blunt portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is on the obverse of the coins.  Both coins are to be released into circulation, though I expect they would be kept by anyone lucky enough to find one.
Item CA-2D17-COLOR CANADA 2 DOLLARS 2017 150th ANNV. COLOR, GLOW IN THE DARK, UNC. $9.50
Item CA-25C17-COLOR CANADA 25 CENTS 2017 150th ANNIVERSARY, COLOR, UNC. out


DOGS & MULTI COLOR CANARY ON CANARY ISLANDS COIN

Canary Islands 200 Pesetas 2017 multi-color proof coinThe Canary Islands is a Spanish possession in the Atlantic Ocean about 60 miles (100km.) west of Morocco.  The name of the islands is derived from its Latin name "Canariae Insulae", meaning "Islands of the Dogs".  The song bird is named after he islands.  One side of this 2017 dated 200 Pesetas coin features a multi-color Atlantic Canary (Serinus canaria), which is native to the islands.  The other side features the islands' coat-of-arms supported by two dogs and the names of the major islands in the chain.  This silver-plated Proof coin is 40mm in diameter and has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item CANARY CANARY ISLANDS 200 PESETAS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $25.00



MULTI-COLOR SILVER DINOSAUR COIN FROM JAPAN

Japan 1000 Yen 2011 Y164 Fukui Prefecture - T-Rex dinosaur coinA fierce multi-colored Tyrannosaurus rex is featured on this silver Proof 2011 Japanese 1000 Yen coin honoring Fukui Prefecture.  The coin was struck as part of a series commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Japan's Local Autonomy Law that honor each of the 47 prefectures of Japan.  Many dinosaur fossils have been found in Fukui and it is the home of the only dedicated dinosaur museum in Japan.  It is one of the largest museums in Japan and is one of the "World's Three Great Dinosaur Museums".  The reverse features cherry blossoms, snowflakes and a crescent moon. The 1 troy ounce 40mm coin is struck in .999 fine silver and has a mintage of 100,000 pieces.  The coin comes in a custom hard plastic case.
Item JP-FUKUI JAPAN 1000 YEN 2011 FUKUI, T-REX Y164 SILVER PROOF $89.75


BEER BOTTLECAP SHAPED COIN CELEBRATES GERMAN BEER PURITY LAW

German Beer Purity Law coin from PalauThis unusual multi-colored silver bottlecap shaped coin was issued by Palau to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Bavarian Beer Purity Law or Reinheitsgebot.  The original law limited the ingredients of beer to just barley, hops and water and set the prices that could be charged for beer.  The law has changed over the years, but still dictates the ingredients used in German beers today.   The 1 Dollar coin features a colored image of a pair of beer steins against the Bavarian flag on one side.  The other side has the arms of Palau.  The coin comes in a custom metal box with a Certificate of Authenticity printed on a beer coaster.  The 2016 dated coin is struck in .999 fine silver, weighs approximately 2.5 grams and is approximately 32mm in diameter.  It has a mintage of only 2500 pieces.  This unusually shaped coin  is sure to be popular with coin collectors and beer drinkers throughout the world.
Item PW-BEER PALAU 1 DOLLAR 2016 BEER PURITY LAW, PROOFLIKE $75.00



KING CHARLES III ON COINS FOR ENGLAND, 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


PALAU "SECRETS OF THE SEA" PEARL COIN Price Reduced

Palau 2013 silver proof 5 dollar coin with embedded pearlA real freshwater pearl is mounted in this sterling silver Proof coin. The Palau 2013 "Secrets of the Sea" 5 Dollar coin displays the pearl attractively mounted on a multi-color image of an oyster shell.  The obverse features the arms of Palau. The 38.6 mm coin weighs 25 grams and has a mintage of just 2500 pieces.
Item PW-PEARL13 PALAU 5 DOLLARS 2013 WITH PEARL, PROOF $95.00




FIJI CELEBRATES THE GREAT CITIES OF THE WORLD

Fiji $1 2015 Great Cities of the World coin set
Fiji recently released a series of six gold-plated, rectangular, multi-colored coins featuring “Great Cities of the World”.  Each coin features an iconic picture of the city on the obverse and the Fiji coat-of-arms on the reverse.  The 2015 dated coins are denominated 1 Dollar.  Included are Berlin, London, Moscow, New York, Sydney and Tokyo (somehow Grover Beach was not included). The obverses depict the coat-of-arms of Fiji and the date. The coins are 45mm x 26mm and are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item FJ-CITY FIJI SET OF SIX 1 DOLLAR GREAT CITIES COINS, BU $75.00



NEWNEW ZEALAND COLOR COIN CELEBRATES END OF WORLD WAR I

New Zealand 50 Cents 2018 Armistice color coinNew Zealand issued this 2018 50 Cent coin to commemorate the signing of the Armistice ending World War I.  The reverse of the coin features a red poppy within a green wreath with silver ferns.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of the 24.75 copper-nickel coin.  
Item NZ-WWI NEW ZEALAND 50 CENTS 2018 COLOR ARMISTICE DAY BU $5.00



NEW ZEALAND’S FIRST CIRCULATING COLOR COIN HONORS ANZAC FORCES

New Zealand 50 Cents 2015 ANZAC colored coinNew Zealand issued their first ever colored circulating coin in 2015 to commemorate the centennial of the landing of the ANZAC forces on April 25, 1915 at Gallipoli.  ANZAC was the Australia New Zealand Army Corps.  It was formed in 1915 comprising of troops from Australia and New Zealand.  It suffered terrible losses in the Battle of Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire.   April 25 is widely honored in Australia and New Zealand to remember their citizens who served and died in war.  The 24.75mm copper-nickel 50 Cent coin features New Zealand and Australian soldiers standing back to back with their heads bowed in remembrance. The mangopare (hammerhead shark pattern) symbolizes strength and determination, and the silver fern reflects New Zealand’s national identity.  The mangopare is white on a black background, representing New Zealand’s national colors. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. The coins were struck at the Royal Canadian Mint and have a mintage of 1 Million pieces.
Item NZ-ANZAC NEW ZEALAND 50 CENTS 2015 ANZAC COLOR COIN, BU $5.00





PRETTY MULTI-COLOR SILVER COIN DEPICTS AN UGLY ANIMAL

Mongolia 500 Tugrik 2011 KM315This sterling silver Proof Mongolian 500 Tugrik depicts a multi-color image of a Mongolian Saiga Antelope (Saiga Tatarica Mongolica).  The horned animal features an overly-large distinctive nose.  During summer the huge nose helps filter out dust and cools the animal's blood. In winter it heats up the frigid air before it is taken to the lungs.  The animal has had vast swings in its population.  During the last ice-age it ranged from the British Isles, through Central Asia and into Alaska and the Yukon.  By the 1920’s it was almost exterminated, however it was able to recover by the 1950’s.  The population collapsed again after the fall of the Soviet Union due to uncontrolled hunting and the demand for its horns in Chinese medicine.  Disease has taken a further toll and today it is Critically Endangered.   The 2011 dated coin features the arms of Mongolia and the denomination on the obverse.  The 38.61mm coin weights 25 grams and has a mintage of just 2500 pieces.  It comes in a capsule with a certificate of Authenticity.   It is an attractive coin depicting an ugly animal.
Item MN-SAIGA MONGOLIA 500 TUGRIK 2011 MONGOLIAN SAIGA KM315 PROOF $49.75



KURDISTAN COIN CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM THAT DID NOT HAPPEN

Kurdistan multi-color 5000 Dinars 2014 IndependenceThe Kurds in Iraq planned to hold a referendum in the fall of 2014 to vote on Kurdish independence. To commemorate the event, and the almost certain outcome of a vote for Kurdish independence, a group in the United States arranged to have this multi-color 5000 Dinar coin struck.  One side of the 39mm copper nickel coin features the Kurdish flag superimposed on a map of Iraqi Kurdistan with the legend "Kurdistan Independence" in Arabic and English. The other side depicts a stylized eagle from the Kurdish arms and the legend  "Republic of Kurdistan" and the date in Arabic and English    The sudden rise of the Islamic State known as ISAS in the summer of 2014 threatened both Kurdish and Iraqi territory and citizens.  Under pressure from the United States the referendum was indefinitely delayed so that Kurdish and Iraqi soldiers could be used to fight the common threat of ISAS rather than each other.  It is an attractive coin commemorating an event that never took place.
Item KURD-5000D KURDISTAN 5000 DINARS 2014 INDEPENDENCE, BU $16.00


HISTORY OF EGYPT ON MULTI-COLOR COINS

Cook Islands 1 Dollar 2012 Abu SymbelCook Islands 1 Dollar 2013 NefertitiCook Islands 1 Dollar 2012 Spinx
The Cook Islands has issued attractive multi-color 1 Dollar coins annually since 2012 depicting historic Egyptian monuments and artifacts.  The great temple at Abu Simbel is on the 2012 issue.  It was erected on the banks of the Nile River by Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century B.C. In 1968 the entire massive temple complex was cut apart, moved to higher ground and reassembled, to avoid their being submerged by the creation of Lake Nasser after the building of the Aswan High Dam.   The 2013 issue features the bust of Queen Nefertiti that is located in the Egyptian Museum in Berlin. Nefertiti lived from about 1370BC to 1330BC and was the wife of Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten.  They made an unsuccessful attempt to replace Egypt’s polytheistic religion with a monotheistic religion worshiping Aten, the sun disk.  Behind the bust is the image of an ancient stone altar depicting Nefertiti and Akhenaten playing with their daughters.  The 2014 issue depicts the great Sphinx at Giza.  It is the largest monolith statue in the world, standing 73.5 metres (241 ft) long, 19.3 metres (63 ft) wide, and 20.22 m (66.34 ft) high.  It was built approximately 2500 BC by pharaoh Khafra. All three coins depict the bust of Queen Elizabeth on the obverse. The 38.6mm silver plated coins are Proof and have a mintage of 5000 pieces each.
Item CK-ABU COOK IS. 1 DOLLAR 2012 ABU SIMBEL TEMPLE, PROOF $19.50
Item CK-NEFERTITI COOK IS. 1 DOLLAR 2013 NEFERTITI, PROOF out
Item CK-SPHINX COOK IS. 1 DOLLAR 2014 SPHINX AT GIZA, PROOF out




TOKELAU SILVER COLOR COIN FEATURES KILLER WHALES 

Tokelau 5 Dollars 2012 multi-color coin depicts Orcas.The small Pacific island nation of Tokelau features the Orcas or Killer Whales, on this multi-colored sterling silver 2012 5 Dollar coin. Two Orcas, one in full color, are shown leaping from the ocean. The obverse depicts Queen Elizabeth, and a Tuluma bearing a cross.  The Tuluma, the national symbol of Tokalu, is a traditional wooden tackle box used by fisherman.  Tokelau, once known as the Union Islands, consists of 3 small atolls with a population of only about 1,400.  Though governed by New Zealand, it occasionally issues coins for collectors.  The attractive 38.6mm coin weighs 20 grams and has a mintage of only 2500 pieces.
Item TK-ORKA TOKELAU 5 DOLLARS 2012 ORCA SILVER PROOF $89.95



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