COINS THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN
These "coins" are modern creations of historical coins that could
have been, but were never actually issued. They are fantasy
issues, struck by The Shire Post Mint of Arkansas in the style of the
using hand carved dies and an old style screw press. They
represent historical periods for
there are no actual numismatic pieces.
FANTASY COINS OF NORTH AMERICA
OF DREAD PIRATE ROBERTS FEATURES
SKULL & CROSS BONES
Dread Pirate Roberts could be the real Captain Bartholomew Roberts, a
privateer who ravaged the Caribbean and East Coast of the United States
in the early 1700’s, or it could be the fictional character from the
book and film The Princess Bride. This thick, 22.8mm pure
copper coin is struck in high relief. The obverse depicts Captain
Roberts with a knife in his death and the date 1721, the year before
the real Captain Roberts was killed. The reverse features the
skull and crossbones, with the word “REVENGE”, with the letters “TNP”,
thought to be shorthand for the motto of Captain Roberts crew “Take No
Prisoners” Of course this is a fantasy issue. Real
pirates never issued coins, they
were too busy plundering and pillaging.
ROBERTS DREAD PIRATE ROBERTS COPPER
SILVER PENNY OF LEIF ERICSSON
penny might have been issued if Lief Ericsson’s Vinland colony in North
America had been successful. Instead the Viking colony was
abandoned after a few years and European knowledge of North America was
forgotten for nearly 500 years. The coin is struck
in a style typical of Viking coins. A helmeted Lief Ericsson
is pictured with the legend “Lief Ericsson” on the obverse.
A stylized cross and the legend “Vinland Moneta” is
on the reverse. Just before his departure, Leif was forced to
convert from paganism to Christianity on pain of death by Norwegian
King Olav Trygvasson, hence the Christian reverse. Note
however that the text terminator on the inscription on the obverse is a
"Hammer of Thor" rather than the traditional cross, indicating that
Leif had not completely given up his pagan ways.
The coin is about 19mm in diameter and is struck in 90% silver.
It is Uncirculated with an "antiqued" finish. It is
an interesting and historical fantasy coin.
VINL-AR VINLAND SILVER PENNY Fantasy coin,
OF FRENCH NORTH
did not actually issue coins for its settlements in Arkansas, Alabama
or Louisiana. These issues represent what the issues might
looked like had they actually been issued. The first is a
1 Sol for Poste Aux Akansas (Arkansas Post) dated 1690. The
colony was just up the Arkansas River from the Mississippi and adjacent
to a village of the Quapaw natives. The name of the colony translates
something like: "Settlement near the Quapaw". The use of the
spelling "Akansas" is typical of the time period, and is a French
transliteration of the name of what is today called the
The reverse bears the royal crown above, and a device combining the
fleurs-des-lis with the bow and arrow. The second is a copper
Sol dated 1699 for the Isle du Massacre (Massacre Island).
du Massacre, located off the coast of Alabama, was a French settlement
founded in 1699 by a French Canadian named Pierre le Moyne, sieur
d'Iberville. The island was named because of human bones that
were found on the shore, apparently from an Indian burial mound that
had been disturbed by a hurricane. The reverse features a
coat-of-arms featuring three human skulls. The colony had trouble
attracting settlers, perhaps because of its unfortunate name.
an effort to attract more settlers it was renamed in 1707 to Isle
Dauphin. For a time it became a thriving settlement
headquarters for French colonization along the Gulf Coast. The
settlement included a fort, a chapel, government owned
and many private homes. Today it is known as
Island. The third coin is a copper 1 Sol of Isle
which features a crowned fish on the reverse. The obverse of
three coins show French King Louis XIV at his jowly best... you can
almost hear him shout "Letat, cest moi!" (translation: "I AM the
state!") as advisers and sycophants bow and scurry at his feet. The
coins represent an interesting series of coins for French North America
that were never issued. The coins are attractively toned an
ARKANSAS ARKANSAS POST 1 SOL 1690 Fantasy
MASSACRE MASSACRE ISLAND
COPPER 1 SOL 1699 Fantasy Coin $10.00
DAUPHINE DAUPHINE ISLAND
COPPER 1 SOL 1707 Fantasy Coin $10.00
COIN OF NEW FRANCE
France (Nouvelle-France) was once France’s extensive territory in North
America. At one time it included a huge swath of territory that once
extended ranging from the Gulf of Mexico to Hudson Bay in Canada and
from Newfoundland to the Rocky Mountains, including both Quebec and New
Orleans. In 1763, after the Seven Years War (as the French
and Indian War in North America), France ceded the territory to Great
Britain and Spain. In 1800 Spain returned Louisiana to France
in a secret treaty. In 1803 Napoleon, needing funds for his
military exploits, sold the territory to the United States in the
Louisiana Purchase, greatly expanding the young nation. No real coins
were actually struck for New France. This copper 5 Centimes
of New France is an interesting modern creation of an important
historic coin that never actually existed. The coin is dated 1803
features the crowned "N" of Napoleon on one side and the date and
denomination on the other. The design is based on
contemporary French coins.
NEWFRANCE NEW FRANCE 5 CETIMES 1803 Fantasy
BOOTLEGGER DOLLAR FROM ALCATRAZ
gangster Al Capone is depicted on this bi-metallic 2013 "Bootlegger
Dollar" from Alcatraz. The reverse depicts the island prison
a pelican. Alcatraz was a maximum security Federal
located in San Francisco Bay from 1934 to 1963. It housed the most
notorious and brutal criminals in the country. Prisoners
see the bright lights of the city, which was only about 1.25 miles
(2km.) away, however the cold water and strong currents made escape
almost impossible. Al Capone was housed at Alcatraz from 1934 to 1938.
Though Capone was involved in smuggling and bootlegging liquor during
prohibition, prostitution, as well as bribery of government officials,
he was sentenced to prison for tax evasion. Today
is a popular museum that attract over a million visitors annually.
Of course, the coins were never used, but it is a fun
this infamous prison that once housed "the worst of the worst".
The bi-metallic coin is 29mm in diameter and has a mintage of
only 1000 pieces.
ALCATRAZ ALCATRAZ BOOTLEGGER DOLLAR 2013, BU $8.00
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