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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 period using hand carved dies and an old style screw press.  They represent historical periods for which there are no actual numismatic pieces.
 



FANTASY COINS OF NORTH AMERICA

VINLAND SILVER PENNY OF LEIF ERICSSON

Vinland - Leif Ericsson silver Penny (fantasy)This silver 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.
Item VINL-AR VINLAND SILVER PENNY Fantasy coin, Unc. $19.95


COINS OF FRENCH NORTH AMERICA   

Obverse of French North America 1 Sol coinsFrench North America copper 1 Sol coinsFrance did not actually issue coins for its settlements in Arkansas, Alabama or Louisiana.  These issues represent what the issues might have looked like had they actually been issued.  The first is a copper 1 Sol for Poste Aux Akansas (Arkansas Post) dated 1690.  The early 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 "Quapaw".  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 1 Sol dated 1699 for the Isle du Massacre (Massacre Island).  Isle 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.  In an effort to attract more settlers it was renamed in 1707 to Isle Dauphin.   For a time it became a thriving settlement and the headquarters for French colonization along the Gulf Coast. The settlement included  a fort, a chapel, government owned warehouses, and many private homes.   Today it is known as Dauphin Island.   The third coin is a copper 1 Sol of Isle Dauphin which features a crowned fish on the reverse.  The obverse of all 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 antiqued finish.
Item ARKANSAS ARKANSAS POST 1 SOL 1690 Fantasy Coin $10.00
Item MASSACRE MASSACRE ISLAND COPPER 1 SOL 1699 Fantasy Coin $10.00
Item DAUPHINE DAUPHINE ISLAND COPPER 1 SOL 1707 Fantasy Coin $10.00

NEWFANTASY COIN OF NEW FRANCE

New France (Nouvelle France) 5 Centimes 1803New 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.
Item NEWFRANCE NEW FRANCE 5 CENTIMES 1803 Fantasy Coin $10.00




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