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COINS & CURRENCY OF
EAST EUROPE

A selection of historic coins and banknotes from pre-communist, communist and post-communist Eastern Europe.

ATTRACTIVE & HISTORIC ALBANIA COIN SET

Albania 6 coin set 1 - 100 Lek 2000-2009This attractive six coin set includes the current coins of Albania.  The bi-metallic 100 Leke depicts Illyrian Warrior Queen Teuta carrying a spear and shield.  She ruled the Illyrian Ardiaean Kingdom from about 231 BC to 227BC. She attacked Roman land trade routes, allowed Illyrian pirates to attack Roman ships (she considered piracy a proper trade), and killed and imprisoned the Roman ambassadors. Rome retaliated.  They forced her to make a humiliating surrender and acknowledge Roman authority.    The 50 Leke portrays Illyrian King Gentius on horseback.  He was the last Illyrian king of Ardiaean, reigning from 181 to 168BC.  He arrested Roman Ambassadors and attacked cities allied with Rome.  The Romans again retaliated. They quickly defeated the Illyrians and incorporated Illyria into the Roman Republic.  The 20 Leke depicts an ancient Liburnian sailing ship and a dolphin.  Berat Castle is on the 10 Leke.  The castle dates from the 13th century, though is built on the site of earlier fortifications.  The eagle from the Albanian flag is on the 5 Leke.  The 1 Lek depicts a Dalmatian Pelican.  The reverses of all the coins have the denomination within a wreath or branches.  The coins date from 2000 to 2009 and are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item S-AL-SET6 ALBANIA 6 COIN SET 1 - 100 LEK 2000-2009 KM75-80 BU $12.50


BEARS FROM BOSNIA

Bosnia-Herzegovinia 500 Dinars 1994 BearsA mother black bear and her cub are featured on this 38.6mm copper-nickel 500 Dinars coin dated 1994 from Bosnia-Herzegovina. The attractive non-circulating legal tender coin was one of the first coins issued after Bosnia-Herzegovina achieved independence in 1992.  The obverse features the Bosnian coat-of-arms and the famous Stari Most (Old Bridge) in Mostar.  The bridge across the Neretva River was built in the 16th century by the Ottomans. It was destroyed in 1993 by Croat forces and rebuilt and reopened in 2004.
Item BA-BEAR BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA 500 DINARS BEARS 1994, KM24 PROOF-LIKE $10.00


COINS OF BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

Bosnia-Herzegovina 7 coin set
This sevem cpom set features the 5, 10, 20, 50 Fenig, 1 and 2 Konvertible Marka. The Konvertible Marka was originally tied directly to the German Mark, and could be converted into German Marks.. The German Mark is no longer used, however Bosnia-Herzegovina continues to issue Konvertible Marka coins and notes, which are now tied to the Euro. The lower three denominations features a map of Bosnia. The 1 Marka shows the Bosnia-Herzegovina arms. the bimetallic 2 and 5 Marka coins feature doves holding an olive branch, plea for peace in what was for many years a war-torn country. All coins are Uncirculated
Item S-BA-SET7 BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA 7 COIN SET 5 Fenig - 5 K.Marka UNC.$22.50

ATTRACTIVE BULGARIAN PROOFS CELEBRATE RHYMTHIC GYMNASTICS & MONASTERY

Bulgaria 2 Leva 1987 Eurythmics
Bulgaria celebrated the 13th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships held in Varna, Bulgaria with this 1987 Proof 2 Leva coin.  Rhythmic Gymnastics (eurythmics) is a beautiful, choreographed gymnastic routine using a ball, hoop, clubs, ribbon or rope.  It can be done either individually or in a team of five.  One side features a gymnast with a ribbon.  The other depicts the arena where the event was held.  The copper-nickel coin is 30mm in diameter and has a mintage of 300,000 pieces.
Item BG-GYM BULGARIA 2 LEVA 1987 RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS KM158 PROOF $4.00



Bulgaria 1 Lev 2002BULGARIA HONORS PATRON SAINT ON BIMETALLIC COIN Restocked

Bulgaria honored their patron Saint, Ivan (John) of Rila (Rilski) on this 2002 bimetallic 1 Lev coin.  Ivan was a hermit who founded the first Christian monastery The 24mm coin pictures the Saint on one side and the date and denomination on the other. The bimetal coin has a brass ring around a copper-nickel center.
Item BG-IVAN BULGARIA 1 LEV 2002 ST. IVAN OF RILA BIMETAL KM254 BU $3.75


SERBIAN KRAJINA & CROATIA AT WAR 

Serbian Kranjina 5 Million Dinara 1993Croatia 100000 Dinara 1993
With the collapse of Yugoslavia, the Serbian portions of Croatia declared independence from Croatia, even before Croatia declared itself independent from Yugoslavia.  The Serbs formed the Republic of Serbian Krajina and had their capital at Knin.  A brutal war broke out, and both Croatia (Republika Hrvatska) and Serbian Krajina suffered from severe inflation as they tried to finance themselves by printing money.  Krajina was defeated in 1995 and reincorporated into Croatia.  The Orange 1993 Serbian Krajina 5,000,000 Dinara note feature the Knin fortress on a hill on one side, and the Serbian arms on the other.  The Croatia 50,000 Dinara and 100,000 Dinara are dated 1993.  Both feature Croatian astronomer, physicist, mathematician, and philosopher Roger Joseph Boscovich.  Boscovich is famous for his atomic theory.  In 1753 he discovered the absence of atmosphere on the Moon.  The reverse of the notes have the Statue of "Glagolica Mother Croatia".
Item PM-HR-R24 SERBIAN KRAJINA 5 MILLION DINARA 1993 AU $3.50
Item PM-HR-SET2 CROATIA 50,000 & 100,000 DINARA 1993 P26 & 27 UNC. $3.00

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CROATIA BIMETALLIC COMMEMORATES TREATY TO JOIN THE EUROPEAN UNION

Croatia 25 Kuna 2011, Acceptance to join European Union commemorativeCroatia issued this 2011 dated 12-sided bimetallic 25 Kuna coin to commemorate the signing of the treaty allowing Croatia to join the European Union.  Croatia is expected to join in 2013.  The reverse features a beehive of 27 cells, representing the 27 member nations, and a square, representing Croatia, about to join the hive.  The other side is the standard obverse featuring a partially incuse design that includes the Croatian arms and a Pine Marten. The denomination Kuna is derived from an old Croatian term for a marten pelt.  The 32mm coin is Uncirculated, though the obverse is poorly struck.
Item HR-25K11 CROATIA 25 KUNA 2011 EUROPEAN UNION TREATY, UNC. $12.00




NEWMULTI-SIDED BI-METALLIC 2017 CROATIA UNITED NATIONS COMMEMORATIVE

Croatia 25 Kuna 2017 United Nations Croatia recently released this 12-sided bi-metallic 2017 dated 25 Kuna coin to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Croatia joining the United nations. The main motif on the obverse and the reverse of the coin is a jigsaw puzzle. The design on the obverse symbolizes the cooperation and unity of the member states of the United Nations. The jigsaw piece crossed with thin diagonal lines represents "H", the first letter of the Croatian name for Croatia – "Hrvatska".  The jigsaw puzzle motif on the reverse signifies the fields of the state coat of arms. Also on the depicted is a Pine Marten and the Croatian arms.. The denomination Kuna is derived from an old Croatian term for a marten pelt.  The 32mm coin was minted by the Croatian mint and has a mintage of only 20,000 pieces.
Item HR-25K17 CROATIA 25 KUNA 2017 UNITED NATIONS, BU $10.00



 CZECHOSLOVAKIA COIN SET

Czechoslovakia 4 coin set: 5 - 50 HaleruCzechoslovakia was formed after World War I by joining together the formerly Austrian Hapsburg lands of Bohemia, Slovakia and other territories.  In World War II, Nazi Germany took some of its territory, and divided the rest into two seperate nations:  Slovakia and the Protectorate of Bohemia & Moravia. Following World War II was reunited and  fell under the control of the Soviet Union. It December 1989 it threw off the Soviet sponsored government. Tensions between the Czech and Slovaks increased and on December 31, 1992 the country was again divided into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic.  We offer a four coin set of some of the last coins issued by Czechoslovakia: the 5, 10, 20 and 50 Haleru dating from 1977 to 1990.  The coins have the denomination on one side and the arms of communist Czechoslovakia on the other.  
Item CZECH-SET4 CZECHOSLOVAKIA 4 COIN SET 5 - 50 HALERU 1977-90 AU-UNC. $4.00


HUNGARIAN INFLATION CURRENCY

Hungary 500,000 Adopengo 1946 banknote
At the end of World War II, Hungary found its infrastructure and economy totally ruined retreating the Nazi and invading Soviet troops. The government issued vast amounts of unbacked currency, resulting in some of the worst hyperinflation ever recorded.  In order to cut down on the number of zeros on the banknotes and allow for simpler calculations, Hungary kept renaming their currency.  In May 1946 Hungary introduced a new currency called Adopengo, or Tax Pengo.  It was originally intended  as accounting unit that would retain its value.  It was later allowed to be used as legal tender and soon it also suffered from hyperinflation.  By end of July 1946  1 Adopengo was valued at 2×1021 of the original Pengo.   Finally on August 1, 1946 Hungary introduced a totally new currency called the Forint, with one Forint equal to 400,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 or 4×1029 Pengo.  We offer a set of three Adopengo notes: the 10,000, 100,000 and 500,000 Adopengo notes dated May, 1946.  Due to their rapid introduction into circulation and quickly depreciating value, the Adopengo notes have a simple design consiting primarily of words. The notes are a reminder of what happens when government creates too much money.
Item PM-HU-ADO3 SET OF 3 HUNGARIAN ADOPENGO NOTES 1946 F-VF $15.00



HUNGARIAN BI-METALLIC 200 FORINT FEATURES CHAIN BRIDGE  Wholesale prices available to dealers

Hungary 200 Forint 2009 bi-metallic coin picturing the Chain BridgeHungary introduced this new bimetallic 200 Forint coin in 2009 in order to replace the 200 Forint banknote in circulation.  The banknote will cease to be legal tender.  The coin pictures the famed Széchenyi Chain Bridge one one side and has the date and denomination on the other.  The chain suspension bridge, completed in 1849, was the first permanent bridge across the Danube to join Buda with Pest. In 1873 the two cities were united to form the Hungarian capital of Budapest. At the time the bridge was built, its center span of 202 meters (663 feet) was one of the largest in the world and was considered by some to be a "Wonder of the World".
Item HU-200FT-09 HUNGARY 200 FORINT 2009 BIMETALLIC COIN KM826 BU $4.50


ATTRACTIVE MACEDONIAN BANKNOTES AND COINS

Current Macedonian 10, 50 & 100 Denari banknotesMacedonia 6 coin set: 50 Deni - 50 Denari
Macedonia is one of the few countries that uses some of the same design elements on the coins and banknotes of the same denomination.  The three banknote set includes the 10 Denari dated 2011, 50 Denari dated 2007 and the 100 Denari dated 2009.  The colorful notes are beautifully designed, featuring elements of the nation’s culture.  The 10 Denari features an 5th-6th century mosaic peacock from the baptistery of the Basilica in Stobi on the front.  The back pictures the torso of the Egyptian Goddess Isida dating from 3rd Century BC and an ancient gold filigree earring.  A magnificent 12th century fresco of the Archangel Gabriel from the church of St. Ghiorghi in Kurbinovo is on the front of the 50 Denari.  The back features a Follis of Byzantine Justin II beneath a decorative frame from the medieval church of St.Panteleimon in Gorno Nerezi.  The front of the 100 Denari depicts a scene of the capital city of Skopje as seen through a window taken from an engraving done in 1594.   The back portrays an ornate baroque carved wood ceiling.   The notes are quite colorful and include numerous sophisicated anti-counterfeiting devices, including  metallic ink, watermarks, front-back registration, reflective materials and ultra-violet marks.  All three notes are Uncirculated.
   The six coin set includes the 50 Deni to the 50 Denari.  The 50 Denari portrays the head of Archangel Gabriel taken from the 50 Denari note.  The 10 Denari has the peacock from the 10 Denari note.  Both coins are copper-nickel.  The lower four denominations all feature animals and are struck in brass. A lynx is on the 5 Denari. An Ochrid Trout is on the 2 Denari.  A Yugoslav Shepherd Dog (Sarplaninac) is on the 1 Denar.  The 50 Deni features a seagull in flight.  The 50 Deni is dated 1993, the only year the coin was issued.  The others are dated 2008.  The reverses of the coins feature the denomination and a 16-ray sun symbol that was used by Alexander the Great. All six coins are Brilliant Uncirculated
Item PM-MK-SET3 MACEDONIA 3 NOTE SET 10 - 100 DENARI, P14-16 UNC. $10.00
Item S-MK-SET6 MACEDONIA 6 COIN SET 50 DENI-50 DENARI, BU $10.00



MACEDONIA ANIMAL COIN SETS COMMEMORATE FAO

Macedonia 1995 coin set: 1, 2 & 5 Denari FAOIn 1995 Macedonia issued two sets of coins to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Each set consists of three coins the 1, 2 and 5 Denari. The two sets have the same designs; a sheep dog on the 1 Denar, a trout on the 2 Denari, and a lynx on the 5 Denari on the obverse and the FAO logo and denomination on the reverse. The obverse design was based on the regular issue coins of Macedonia, however the legends and size of the images are different. One of the FAO coin sets was struck in yellow brass, as is used in the other circulating coins of Macedonia. The other set was struck in a lighter-colored copper-nickel-zinc alloy. Both sets are Brilliant Uncirculated and are priced less than half of their current catalog value!
Item MK-SET95BRASS MACEDONIA 1995 FAO 3 COIN SET, STRUCK IN BRASS, KM5 - 7 BU out
Item MK-SET95CNZ MACEDONIA 1995 FAO 3 COIN SET, STRUCK IN COPPER-NICKEL-ZINC, KM5a - 7a BU $5.50


POLAND HONORS THE LIFE OF THEIR POPE

Poland 2 Zlote 2005 Pope John Paul II Poland issued this 2 Zlote coin in 2005 shortly after the death of Pope John Paul II.  The Polish born Pope was the first the first non-Italian Pope since 1523.  One side depicts the Pope ith an outline of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome in the background.  The other side features a stylized Polish Eagle.  The 27mm coin is struck in a brass alloy called "Nordic Gold".
Item PL-2Z-POPE05 POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2005 POPE JOHN PAUL II,  KM525 BU $4.00



POLAND COMMEMORATES THE BATTLE OF GRUNWALD 

Poland 2 Zlote 2010 Battle of Grunwald Poland issued this 2 Zlote coin in 2010 to commemorate the 600th anniversary of it victory in the Battle of Grunward.   It was the last great battle involving knights in Europe and signaled the ascendency of Poland as a major European power in the 15th century.  The combined forces of Poland and Lithuania defeated the forces of the Teutonic Knights, who attempted to conquer both countries under the guise of converting them to Christianity, even though their leaders had already became Christians.   The attractive coin features two knights in armor carrying the shields bearing the arms of Poland and Lithuania.  Above them is a shifting image. As the coin is moved from side to side the dates 1410 and 2010 appears.  The obverse features the Polish Eagle.  The 27mm coin is struck in a brass alloy called "Nordic Gold".
Item PL-GRUNWALD POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2010 BATTLE OF GRUNWALD, KM732 BU $3.50


POPULAR POLAND WILDLIFE COINS

Poland 2 Zlote 2014 Konik Horse KM896 Poland 2 Zlote 2013 European Bison KM878Poland 2 Zlote 2011 European BadgerPoland 2 Zlote 2010 Lesser Horseshoe BatPoland 2 Zlote 2009 Green Lizard

Poland regularly issues  a 27mm “Nordic gold” (brass alloy) 2 Zlote honoring native endangered wildlife.  The attractive coins are always popular with collectors.The 2014 issue features the Konik Horse. The Konik Horse is a small, hardy, semi-feral horse that originated in Poland.  The European Bison (Zubr)  is on the 2013 issue. . The European Bison was hunted to extinction in the wild in the early 20th Century.  Since then it has been reintroduced from captivity.  In the past, especially during the Middle Ages, it was commonly killed for its hide, and to produce drinking horns.  No wildlife coins were issued for 2012.  The 2011 issues featurew the European Badger.  The 2010 issues feature the Lesser Horse-shoe Bat.  It is one of the world’s smallest bats, weighing only 5 to 9 grams (less than a third of an ounce) and is less than a 44mm long (under 2 inches). Both the coins picture the bat in flight.   The 2009 issues feature the Green Lizard. The arms of Poland featuring a stylized crowned eagle is on the obverse of each coin.
 Item PL-2Z14-HORSE POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2014 KONIK HORSE, KM896 UNC. $3.00
Item PL-2Z13-BISON POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2013 EUROPEAN BISON, KM878 UNC. out
Item PL-2ZBADG11 POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2011  BADGER Y762 BU $3.00
Item PL-2ZBAT10 POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2010 HORSESHOE BAT Y723 BU $3.00
Item PL-2ZLIZ09 POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2009 GREEN LIZARD Y678 BU $3.00

POLAND HONORS HER NAVY

Poland recently started a series 2 Zlote coins honoring famous shops of the Polish Navy.   The 27mm "Nordic Gold" (aluminum-bronze) coins depict the Polish arms on one side and the ship on the other.

Poland 2 Zlote 2013 ORP Generał Kazimierz PulaskiThe guided-missile frigate ORP Generał Kazimierz Pulaski is the latest Polish Naval vessel to be featured on a 2 Zlote coin of Poland.  The ship was commissioned by the United States Navy as the USS Clark in 1980.  In 2000 she was transferred to Poland, who renamed her after the hero of both Poland’s and the United States’ independence.  General Pulaski was one of the leading military commanders of the Bar Confederation that fought against Russian domination of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.  He was a brilliant and heroic commander, however he often acted independently, disobeying or ignoring orders.  Following the defeat of the Confederation in 1772 he ended up in debtors’ prison in France.  In 1777 he was recruited by the Marquis de Lafayette and Benjamin Franklin for service in the American Revolutionary War.  In the Battle of Brandywine his cavalry actions most likely saved George Washington’s life and saved the Continental Army from annihilation.  He was awarded the rank of Brigadier General and set about to reform the Calvary.  He became known as "father of the American cavalry". He used his own funds in order to assure his forces had proper equipment and to assure their personal safety.  In 1779 he died from wounds received during a Calvary charge during the Siege of Savannah. 
Item PL-PULASKI  POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2013 FRIGATE GENERAL PULASKI BU $3.50


POLAND 2 ZLOTE COMMEMORATIVE SETS

Poland 2012 2 Zlote coin set Poland 2 Zlote 
Each year Poland produces a number of attractive commemorative 2 Zlote coins covering a wide variety of topics, including endangered wildlife, historic cities, famous Poles, sporting events, etc.  The coins are struck in an aluminum-bronze alloy called Nordic Gold.  The issues are reasonably priced and popular with collectors, however collecting them can be difficult due to the large number of issues.   Luckily we found someone that assembled complete sets of these popular and attractive 2 Zlote coins from original mint bags.  The 2004 series consists of 24 coins.  The 2005 series consists of 19 issues.  The 2006 and 2007 sets  each contain 23 coins.  The 2008 set contains 16 coins.  The 2009 set has 18 coins.  The 2010 set has 20 coins.  The 2011 set has 21 coins.  The 2012 set has 15 coins.  These sets are not packaged.
Item BK-PL-SET04 SET OF ALL 24 POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2004 UNC $85.00
Item BK-PL-SET05 SET OF ALL 19 POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2005 UNC. $65.00
Item BK-PL-SET06 SET OF ALL 23 POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2006 UNC. $79.00
Item BK-PL-SET07 SET OF ALL 23 POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2007 UNC. $79.00
Item BK-PL-SET08 SET OF ALL 16 POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2008 UNC. $55.00
Item BK-PL-SET09 SET OF ALL 18 POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2009 UNC. $59.50
Item BK-PL-SET10 SET OF ALL 20 POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2010 UNC. $67.00
Item BK-PL-SET11 SET OF ALL 21 POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2011 UNC. $69.50
Item BK-PL-SET12 SET OF ALL 15 POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2012 UNC. $49.50


RECENT BI-METALLIC COINS FROM POLAND

Poland 5 Zlotych 2014, 25 Years of Freedom, KM904Poland 5 Zlotych 2014 Royal Castle in Warsaw KM913Poland 5 Zlotych 2015 Bydgoszcz CanalPoland 5 Zlotych 2015 Pozan Town HallPoland 5 Zlotych 2016 Priest's Mill, LodzPoland recently introduced a series of circulating bi-metallic 5 Zlotych commemorative coins.  The 24.5mm coins have a copper-nickel ring around an aluminum-bronze center. The first coin in the series, introduced in 2014, commemorates the 25th anniversary of Poland’s overthrow of communism.  It features the peace or victory hand sign over a stylized map of Poland.  During the Solidarity movement in Poland protesters showed the V sign meaning they would defeat Communism.  The legend translates as “25 YEARS OF FREEDOM”.   The second issue for 2014 has a modernistic design featuring the Royal Castle in Warsaw. The castle dates back to the middle ages.  It served as the Royal residence until the partitions of Poland in the 16th century. It was almost completely destroyed in World War II.  Since then it has been rebuilt and today is a national museum.  The first 2015 5 Zlotych commemorates the Bydgoszcz Canal.   The 24.7km (15.3 mile) canal connects Vistula river with Oder river through their tributaries.  It was built by Prussian King Frederick II between 1772 and 1775, after annexation of western Poland by Prussia in First Partition of Poland.  Some 8000 Germans were brought in to construct the canal.  Some 2000 people died during its construction.  It was a major technological masterpiece of the 18th century.   The canal was expanded, rerouted and modernized during the early 20th century, though it received relatively little use, except during the Nazi occupation in War II.   In recent years the areas around the canal have been turned into parks and it is used primarily for recreational purposes.   Poland honored the Poznan Town Hall (Ratusz) on the second 2015 bi-metallic 5 Zlotych.  The mannerist style building was completed in 1560 and served as the seat of local government until 1939.  Today it houses a museum.  Each day at noon two mechanical goats come out from the clock tower and butt heads.   The coin depicts the town hall.  The two goats can be seen in the shaded are next to the town hall.  The 2016 5 Zlotych features The Priest's Mill (KSIĘŻY MŁYN) in Lodz.  The mill is a vast housing and industrial complex built in the 1870's on land which originally belonged to the Rector of the Parish of Lodz. The almost completely preserved complex includes a spinning mill, factory buildings, shops, two hospitals, a school, workers housing and owners and directors estates covering over 1200 acres (500 ha).   Today it is a monument to 19th century industrial designs and company towns. 
Item PL-5Z-14FREE POLAND 5 ZLOTYCH 2014 25 YEARS OF FREEDOM, KM904 BU $6.00
Item PL-5Z-14CASTLE POLAND 5 ZLOTYCH 2014 ROYAL CASTLE BU $6.00
Item PL-5Z-15CANAL POLAND 5 ZLOTYCH 2015 BYDGOSZCZ CANAL BU  out
Item PL-5Z-15POZAN  2015 POZNAN TOWN HALL BU $6.00
Item PL-5Z-16LODZ POLAND 5 ZLOTYCH 2016 PRIEST'S MILL, LODZ, BU $6.00


POLAND GOLD ON SILVER WORLD CUP SOCCER COIN

Poland 10 Zloty 2006 gold on silver Proof soccer coinPoland this gold-plated sterling silver Proof 10 Zlotych in 2006 to commemorate the World Cup Soccer games. One side features a player kicking the ball. The other features the Polish arms set against a goalkeeper’s net. The center portion of the coin is plated in .999 fine gold. The coin is 32mm in diameter and has a mintage of 80,500 pieces.
Item PL-10Z06 POLAND 10 ZLOTYCH 2006 SOCCER Y754 GOLD ON SILVER PROOF $39.50


POLAND CELEBRATES THE 2008 BEIJING OLYMPICS  Restocked

Poland 10 Zlotych 2008 Olympics silver Proof coinPoland issued this commemorative 10 Zlote coins in 2008 to honor the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  The 32mm sterling silver Proof 10 Zlotych has a square center hole, echoing the traditional square holed Chinese cash coin. The coin contains .4205 troy ounces of silver.   A windsurfer is on the reverse.  The obverse shows the a portion of the Forbidden City, the logo of the Polish Olympic committee.  
Item PL-10Z08 OLY POLAND 10 ZLOTYCH 2008 OLYMPICS SILVER KM646 PROOF $39.50


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LAST COIN OF THE KINGDOM OF ROMANIA

Romania 50 Bani 1947 KM72This 1947 brass 50 Bani was one of the last coins of the Kingdom of Romania. The denomination is on one side of this 16mm coin, and the Steel Crown of Romania is on the other.  Unlike most countries, Romania’s royal crown was not made from gold, but from steel from cannon captured from the Ottomans during its war of independence.  On August 15, 1947, with no warning, Romania introduced new coins and currency, replacing their previous, badly inflated currency. Citizens were allowed to exchange only a very limited amount of money, effectively wiping out the assets of the middle and upper classes.  On December 30, 1947, the communists forced King Michael (Mihai) to resign at gun point, bringing an end to the Kingdom of Romania and to this short-lived coinage.    The coin is Uncirculated, though has some spots.
Item RO-50B KINGDOM OF ROMANIA 50 BANI, 1947 KM72 UNC.-spots $10.00


2008 SERBIAN COIN SET FEATURES BUILDINGS DEVOTED TO GOD & MAMMON 

Serbia 2008 three coin setThis 3 coin set from Serbia includes the 1, 2 and 5 Dinara dated 2008. The brass-colored coins feature buildings dedicated to God and Mammon. The 5 Dinara features the Krusedol Monastery, the Gracanica Monastery located in Kosovo is on the 2 Dinara, while the 1 Dinar pictures the National Bank of Serbia. The crowned Serbian arms is on the obverse of each coin.
Item S-RS-SET08 SERBIA 3 COIN SET 1 - 5 DINARA KM38-40 2008 UNC. $4.50


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SLOVAK REPUBLIC COIN SET

Slovakia coin set: 10 Halierov to 10 KorunaThe Slovak Republic was created out of the peaceful breakup of Czechoslovakia on January 1, 1993.  Though the nation may be new, its coins reflect its old heritage.   The aluminum 10 Halierov features a 19th century wooden belfry.  The aluminum  20 Halierov shows the Tatra peak Krivan, a symbol of national sovereignty.  The 50 Halierov shows a renaissance tower that guards the confluence of the Danube and Morava rivers.  A gothic statue of the Madonna and child is shown on the brass-plated steel 1 Koruna.  The nickel-plated steel 2 Koruna features the neolithic "mother earth" figurine known as the Venus of Hradok, dating from about 3000BC.   The reverse of a first Century celtic coin is on the nickel-plated steel 5 Koruna.   The 26.5mm aluminum-bronze 10 Korun depicts an 10th to 11th century bronze crucifix.  The reverses of the all seven coins feature the arms of Slovakia.  The cons were struck at the Kremenica mint.  The coins were withdrawn from circulation with the introduction of the Euro in 2009 and are now obsolete.  
Item S-SK-SET7 SLOVAKIA 7 COIN SET 10 HALIEROV - 10 KORUNA 1993-2002 UNC. $7.50




SLOVENIA LIPA TOKEN COINAGE

Slovenia .02 Lipa 1992In 1989, prior to the breakup of Yugoslavia, Dr Bogdan Oblak set up the Lipa Holding Company in an attempt to create a currency for Slovenia.  This was done both to boost Slovenian nationalism and to avoid the problems with the Yugoslavian Dinar which had recently gone through bouts of severe inflation. Some 80 merchants in Ljubljana agreed to accept the new currency.  The name Lipa, was derived from the Slovenian name for a Linden tree.  Lindens, which grow for hundreds of years, are a symbol of Slovenian nationhood as well as a symbol of friendship and faithful love.   In December 1990 Slovenians overwhelmingly voted for Independence from Yugoslavia and Slovenia declared its independence in June 1991.  A limited number of Lipa denominated coins and notes were produced and saw limited circulation until they were replaced by the issues of the Slovenian government.  In 1992 the government released its own currency, and the first official coins were released in January 1993 (though dated 1992).  This 1992 brass .02 Lipe coin is 18.5mm in diameter.  The obverse pictures a corn crib, while the denomination and date are on the reverse.  It is an interesting example of a short-lived private token coinage.
Item SI-.02L SLOVENIA .02 LIPE 1992 KMTn5, Br.XTn5 UNC. $7.50



NEWWILDLIFE FEATURED ON OBSOLETE COINS OF SLOVENIA

Slovenia 8 coin set set features animals, birds and fish.
With the introduction of the Euro, Slovenia's attractive wildlife coins are now obsolete and are being withdrawn from circulation. All six of the Tolar denominated coins feature native wildlife. The 10 Stotinov pictures an Olm salamander, an unusual blind aquatic salamander found in the caves of Slovenia. A barn owl is on the 20 Stotinov. A bee is on the 50 Stotinov. The 1 Tolar features salmon, the 2 Tolar shows a swallow in flight, an ibex is on the 5 Tolar, the 10 Tolar shows a horse,and  the 20 Tolar pictures a stork.  It is an attractive animal coin set. The coins date from 1992 to 2005 and are Uncirculated.
Item S-SI-SET8 SLOVENIA 8 COIN ANIMAL SET 10 STOTINOV - 20 TOLAR, 1992-2005 UNC.  $8.75



SLOVENIA EURO COIN SET

Slovenia Euro coins
In 2007 Slovenia, once the northernmost part of Yugoslavia, became the first of the former east European nations to adopt the Euro as their currency.  It replaced the Slovenian Tolar.  Because of the expansion of European Union the common side of the Euro coins have been redesigned to show the expanded European Union.  The Slovenian Euro coins are the first to use the new design.  The national side of the coins highlight Slovenian history culture.  The bi-metallic 2 Euro coin features national poet France Prešeren and the first line of the Slovenian national anthem which was written by him.  The bi-metallic 1 Euro pictures Primož Trubar, a 16th century Protestant reformer, superintendent of the Protestant Church of Slovenia and the author of the first book printed in Slovenian.  Mount Triglav, Slovenia's highest mountain and the constellation of cancer is featured on the 50 euro cent coin.   Two Lipizzaner horses are on the 20 euro cent coin. The 10 euro cent coin features the "Katedrala Svobode" (Cathedral of Freedom), a national parliament building that has never been built!  A man sowing stars and seeds is featured on the 5 euro cent coin.  The design is based on Ivan Grohar painting  "The Sower".  The 2 euro cent shows the Prince's Stone.  The stone was the base of an ancient Roman column. It was used to install the medieval prince's of Karatania.  A stork is on the 1 euro cent. Every coin has 12 stars around edge interspersed with letters spelling “SLOVENIJA”. The coins are the first of what will be a major expansion of the Euro coin series.
Item SI-EUSET SLOVENIA 8 COIN EURO SET, 2007 UNC. $16.00


SLOVENIA BI-METALLIC 3 EUROS

Slovenia bi-metallic 3 Euros 2010 Ljubljana World Book Capita coin l
Slovenia regularly issues circulating bi-metallic 3 Euro commemorative coins.  The 32mm coins have a brass outer ring, a copper-nickel center and a reeded edge.  They are legal tender within Slovenia and available at their face value.  The 2010  issue commemorates Slovenia's capital,  Ljubljana, as the UNESCO's World Book Capital 2010.  It features the facade of Plecnik’s National Library and the outline of a scroll and a book. 
Item SI-3E10 SLOVENIA 3 EUROS 2010 LJUBLJANA WORLD BOOK CAPITAL, KM95 UNC. $9.95


NEW2017 SLOVENIAN BI-METALLIC 3 EUROS

Slovenia 3 Euros 2017 100th Anniversary of May Declaration Slovenia celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the "May Declaration" with this 2017 bi-metallic 3 Euros coin. The political manifesto, made in the Vienna parliament in midst of World War I, declared that the Slovenia, Croatia and Serbian portions of the Austria-Hungarian Empire were an independent state under Hapsburg rule. The Austrian government rejected the declaration, however it helped awaken national consciousness.  With the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the end of World War I, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia were united under the Serbian royal house to form the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.  In 1929 the awkwardly named nation was renamed Yugoslavia.  The unusual design of the coin features a facsimile of the date “ 29/5 17” on the obverse and time “˝ 9h zvečer” (8.30 pm) on the reverse, taken from the original the declaration. The 32mm coin has a mintage of 90,500 pieces.
Item SI-3E17 SLOVENIA 3 EUROS 2017 MAY DECLARATION, BU $10.00



FEDERAL PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA 

Yugoslavia coin setFollowing World War II, Yugoslavia changed its name to The Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia.  The communist nation, under the control of Josip Tito, steered an independent course from the Soviet Union.  It issued one series of coins before changing its name to the Socialist Federal Republic in 1963.  Starting in 1991 the country completely collapsed into the indepedent nations of Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Montenegro. The coins include the aluminum 50 Para, 1, 2 and 5 Dinars dated 1953 and the attractive aluminum-bronze 10, 20 and 50 Dinars dated 1955.  The coin features the emblem of Yugoslavia on the obverse of each coin.  All coins are Uncirculated.
Item YUGO-SET55 YUGOSLAVIA 7 COIN SET, 50 PARA- 50 DINARS, 1953-1955, UNC. $6.00


COINS FROM YUGOSLAVIA'S HYPER-INFLATION

Yugoslavia 1,2,5,10, 50 & 100 Dinara coins, 1993 KM154 - KM159
In the 1990's Yugoslavia underwent a complete collapse as the country broke into five separate nations and inflation soared. Prices sometimes more than doubled within a day!  To keep up with inflation Yugoslavia had to keep introducing new coins and currency.  In early 1993 more new coins and currency were introduced, with 1 new Dinara equal to 1 Million 1992 Dinara.  The new coins featured the national emblem on one side and the denomination on the other. 1, 2, 50, 10, 50 and 100 Dinara coins were issued, however they circulated only briefly. Due to raging inflation they were soon virtually worthless. 
Item YU-SET93 YUGOSLAVIA 6 COIN SET, 1 - 100 DINARA 1993 KM154-159 BU $5.00


TESLA HONORED ON YUGOSLAVIAN COIN and BANKNOTE

Nikola Tesla pictured on Yugoslavia 5000 Dinara 1993 currency
Nikola Tesla was one of the great pioneers in electricity. His inventions in electrical generation and power transmission give us the alternating current electricity we use today. He was a man of many nations. He was born in Croatia to Serbian parents, studied in Austria and Czechoslovakia then went to the United States where he did most of his inventing. The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia honored him with this this 1993 5000 Dinara banknote. The reverse pictures the Tesla Museum in Belgrade. The  note circulated only briefly due to Yugoslavia's severe inflation at the time.
Item PM-YU-TESLA YUGOSLAVIA 5000 DINARA BANKNOTE 1993 P128 VF $2.00


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