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COINS & BANKNOTES OF ISLAND NATIONS

Most of these small island nations have a relatively small population, so they need fewer coins. This results in many hard to find coins due to their low mintage.

ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS COIN SET  Wholesale prices available to dealers

Andaman and Nicobar Islands 2011 coin set
Native wildlife is featured on this set of seven unofficial 2011 dated coins from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The territory, located in the Indian Ocean, consists of 572 islands, of which just 38 are permanently inhabited. Denmark, Austria and Britain all attempted to colonize the islands. Britain eventually turned it into a penal colony. Japan occupied it in World War II. They are now a Union Territory of India. Over the years the indigenous inhabitants have been almost completely wiped out by disease, land encroachments and punitive military expeditions. Most of the few hundred that remain maintain a steadfast independence, refusing all outside contact. The bi-metallic 20 Rupees pictures a Nautilus. The bi-metallic 10 Rupees depicts a Dugong. An Indian Wild Boar is on the 5 Rupees. A Coconut Crab is shown on the 2 Rupees. The 1 Rupee has a Kuhl’s Flying Gecko. A Stork-billed Kingfisher is on the 50 Paisa and the Anadman clubtail butterfly is on the 25 Paise. The arms of the islands is on the obverse of each coin. Only 10,000 sets were minted.
Item ANDSET ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 7 COIN SET, 2011 UNC. $29.50

INDIVIDUAL COINS FROM THE ABOVE ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR COIN SET:
Item AND20R ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 20 RUPEE NAUTILUS BIMETALLIC, 2011 UNC. $12.00
Item AND10R ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 10 RUPEE DUGONG BIMETALLIC, 2011 UNC. $10.00
Item AND5R ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 5 RUPEE WILD BOAR, 2011 UNC. $5.00
Item AND2R ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 2 RUPEE COCONUT CRAB, 2011 UNC. $4.50
Item AND1R ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 1 RUPEE FLYING GECKO, 2011 UNC. $4.00
Item AND50P ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 50 PAISA KINGFISHER, 2011 UNC. $3.00
Item AND25P ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 25 PAISA KINGFISHER, 2011 UNC. $3.00

ATTRACTIVE AND UNUSUAL BAHAMAS COIN SET 

Bahamas 5 coin set 1 - 25 CentsThis five coin set from The Bahamas features attractive designs, unusual shapes and an unusual denomination.  The 2015 1 cent features three starfish.  The 2015 5 cents depicts a pineapple.  The 10 cents has scallopped edges, features a pair of bonefish and is dated 2010.  The 2005 square 15 Cents is an unusual shape and and unusual denomination.  A Bahamian Sloop is on the 2007 dated 25 Cents.  The National Arms of The Bahamas is on the obverse of each coin.  All five coins are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item S-BS-SET5 BAHAMAS 5 COIN SET, 1 - 25 CENTS 2005-2015 BU $4.50


NEWBEAUTIFUL BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 2017 PEGASUS PROOF DOLLAR

British Virgin Islands 2017 Pegasus .999 fine 1 troy ounce silver coin, Reverse ProofThe Pobjoy Mint recently released this beautiful .999 fine 1 troy ounce Reverse Proof Pegasus 1 Dollar coin on behalf of the British Virgin Islands.  The 2017 dated coin has a mintage of just 50,000 pieces.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. Each has been struck four times to produce a stunning frosted-finish background with the design sculpted in striking relief.  The story of Pegasus begins when Perseus is sent to kill one of the three Gorgons – Medusa who had writhing snakes instead of hair.  It was said that anyone unfortunate enough to gaze on her face would turn to stone.  The God Hermes and the Goddess Athena came to aid Perseus with special gifts, including a shield which Perseus used as a mirror so he did not look directly at Medusa.  When Perseus beheaded Medusa it is said that Pegasus was born from the blood of the Gorgon.  After Pegasus had helped Perseus rescue Andromeda, he was carried to Mount Helicon where he was entrusted to the care of the Muses.  Another hero, Bellerophon, wanted to capture Pegasus but could not work out how to tame such a magnificent creature.  After being advised to sleep in the temple of Athena, Bellerophon saw the goddess before him holding a golden bridle.  When he awoke he was alone but the bridle remained.  He ran from the temple and found Pegasus drinking at a spring.  Bellerophon put the charmed bridle on the winged horse’s head with little difficulty and, with the bridle in place, Pegasus became gentle and tame and Bellerophon became his master. 
Item BVI-PEGASUS BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2017 PEGASUS PROOF $32.50



SHARKS ON 2016 TITANIUM COINS OF BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

British Virgin Islands 5 Dollars 2016 Lemon Shark yellow titanium coin       British Virgin Islands 5 Dollars 2016 Great White Shark turquoise titanium coin   
The British Virgin Islands released 2016 coins depicting two different sharks: the Lemon Shark and the Great White Shark. The Lemon Shark is a stocky and powerful animal often found in shallow subtropical waters.  The shark’s yellow coloring serves as a perfect camouflage when swimming over the sandy sea floor of its coastal habitat.  The Great White Shark is a species of large shark which can be found in the coastal waters of all the major oceans.  The lifespan of great white sharks is estimated to be as long as 70 years or more making it one of the longest lived fish currently known.  It has no natural predators other than the Orca.  The coin shows an underwater scene looking up at the Great White Shark.  Both designs were struck in colored titanium. The titanium coins are denominated as 5 Dollars, are 36.1mm in diameter, but weigh only 10 grams (about a third of an ounce).  They have a mintage of only 5000 pieces each and come in a capsule and presentation box with a Certificate of Authenticity.  The Lemon Shark coin is struck in yellow titanium.  The Great White Shark is struck in Turquoise Titanium. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. 
Item BVI-TI-LEM16 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS LEMON SHARK 2016 YELLOW TITANIUM BU $65.00
Item BVI-TI-WHITE16 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS GREAT WHITE SHARK 2016 TURQUOISE TITANIUM BU $65.00



FLAMINGO COIN FROM BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

British Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2015, Flamingo, copper-nickelObverse of 2015 British Virgin Islands coins features Queen Elizabeth II
The British Virgin Islands released a 2015 dated copper-nickel 1 Dollar coin featuring flamingos. The attractive coin depicts a flamingo wading in shallow water, with some of its favorite snacks shown just below the surface.  A flock of flamingos is in the background and the bright sun overhead.  The 38.6mm copper-nickel coin depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.
Item BVI-CN-FLAMINGO BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2015 FLAMINGO, COPPER-NICKEL, BU $14.00



BEAUTIFUL BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 2017 WILDLIFE COINS

British Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2017 hummingbird, copper-nickelBritish Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2017 marlin, copper-nickelBritish Virgin Islands 2017 coins feature Queen Elizabeth on the obverse
The British Virgin Islands released attractive new 2017 1 Dollar coins featuring native wildlife.  One depicts a hummingbird.  The other features a Marlin leaping from the ocean.   The 38.6mm copper-nickel coins have a mintage of just 10,000 each.
released 2017 wildlife coins in both titanium and copper-nickel.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. The coins are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item BVI-CN-HUMM17 BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 1 DOLLAR 2017 COPPER-NICKEL HUMMINGBIRD, BU $14.00
Item BVI-CN-MARLIN17 BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 1 DOLLAR 2017 COPPER-NICKEL MARLIN, BU $14.00


NEWCOELACANTH FROM COMOROS

Comoro Islands 5 Francs KM15 1984 - 1992 The Coelacanth is known as a “living fossil”.  The primitive fish was believed to be long extinct until a scientist found one in a fisherman's net.  It turned out the folks on the Comoros islands had been eating them for years.  A Coelacanth is featured on this 31mm aluminum 5 Francs. It was issued by Comoros in conjunction with the World Fisheries Conference. The other side features coconut palms and coconuts.  Comoros is a republic located on a group of small islands off the east coast of Africa. The coin was struck by the Paris mint only two years: 1984 and 1992.  It is an attractive coin with an unusual fish.
Item CO-5F COMOROS 5 FRANCS 1984 or 1992 KM15 BU $5.00


POPULAR 1977 COOK ISLANDS COIN SET

Cook Island 1977 7 coin set: 1 Cent - 1 DollarThis Cook Islands 1977 7-coin set includes the 1 Cent to the 1 Dollar. The 38.5mm 1 Dollar shows Tangaroa, the very well-endowed male god of fertility.  A Bonito fish is on the 50 Tene coin.  A Fairy Tern in flight is on the 20 Cents. The 10 Cents shows an orange and a Hibiscus is on the 5 Cents. The 2 cents shows a pineapple and the 1 cent shows a Taro leaf.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of all the coins.  
Item CK-SET77 COOK ISLANDS 7 COIN SET 1c – 1 DOLLAR, 1977, UNC. $16.50



UNUSUAL COINS FROM THE COOK ISLANDS

Cook Islands set of 3 odd shaped coins: $1, $2 and $5This recent three coin set from the Cook Islands contains some unusual coins.  The obverse of all three coins portrays the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth.  The reverse of the 2010 1 dollar coin is much more interesting however. It portrays the very well-endowed fertility God Tangaroa.  The copper-nickel coin has a scalloped edge.  The 2010 triangular 2 Dollar  pictures a ceremonial morter and pestle.  The 2003 12 sided 5 dollar coin pictures a conch shell. 
Item CK-SET3 COOK IS. 3 COIN SET 2003-10 (KM416-418) UNC. $25.00


BIMETALLIC 2010 COOK ISLAND DOLLAR 

Cook Islands bimetallic 1 Dollar 2010The reverseo of this 2010 bi-metallic 1 Dollar coin from Cook Islands features the very well-endowed fertility God Tangaroa. The design is a perennial favorite with both coin collectors and non-collectors. The 15 stars along the edge represent the 15 Islands that make up the Cook Islands. The Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of the 26mm Brillian Uncirculated coin.   
Item CK-762 COOK ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR TANGAROA, BIMETALLIC 2010, KM762 BU $9.75


2015 COOK ISLANDS COIN SET INCLUDES ODD SHAPES & INTERESTING DESIGNS

Cook Islands 2015 six coin setCook Islands released into circulation a new series of 2015 dated coins in conjunction with the islands 40th anniversary of independence. Most of the coins utilize previously used designs, however the coins are struck in different sizes or metals.   The 1, 2 and 5 dollar coins are similar in size to the previous issues, however are struck in aluminum bronze. The 10, 20 and 50 Cents are struck in nickel-plated steel and are smaller than previous issues. The coins were struck at the Royal Australian Mint.   The twelve-sided 5 Dollar coin depicts a Vaka, a traditional double-hulled sailing ship.  The triangular 2 Dollar coin portrays a ceremonial mortar and pestle.  The scalloped edged 1 Dollar features the very well endowed fertility god Tangaroa.  A tuna is on the 50 Cents, a Fairy Tern bird on the 20 Cents and an orange on the 10 Cents. The Ian Rank- Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of each of the coins.  It is a new and attractive set with unusual shapes and some interesting designs. 
Item CK-SET6 COOK ISLANDS 6 COIN SET 10c – 5 DOLLARS, 2015 UNC. $29.50



X - RATED NOTE FROM THE COOK ISLANDS 

Front of Cook Islands 3 Dollar BillCook Islansd 3 Dollar bill
This Cook Islands three dollar bill is rather interesting.  The front features a nude woman riding a shark.  The picture illustrates the mythical story of Ina, who rode a shark to be with her lover Tinirau, the god of the ocean.  The reverse shows a statue of the very well endowed god Te-Rongo and an outrigger canoe.  All this on an unusual 3 Dollar denomination note.   The undated note was issued from 1987 until 1991 and is Uncirculated.
Item PM-CK-3 COOK ISLANDS 3 DOLLAR BILL, P3 UNC. $7.00



2011 FAEROE ISLANDS COINS Wholesale prices available to dealers

Faeroe Islands 25 Oyru - 50 Kronur 2011, depecting native fish, birds and animals.Obverse of the 2011 Faeroe Island coins depicts the islands coat-of-arms
These 2011 dated unofficial pattern coins picturing native wildlife are the first issues for the Faroe Islands in 70 years!  The Faroe Islands (also spelled Faeroe,  Faoroe, Føroyar or Færøerne) is a self-governing Danish possession in the North Atlantic between Scotland and Iceland.   The 8 coin set includes a 35mm tri-metallic 50 Kronur featuring a Ram's head.  The 27mm aluminum-bronze 20 Kronur features a Gray Seal.   The 23mm 10 Kronur pictures a Twait Shad fish.  A Eurasian Oystercatcher bird is onthe 28.5mm cupro-nickel 5 Kronur. The 24.5mm cupro-nickel 2 Kronur shows a Black Guillemot in flight. An Atlantic Puffin is on the 20mm cupro-nickel 1 Krona.   A Faroes or Shetland Sheep Dog is on the 21.5mm copper-plated zinc 50 Oyru. The 17.5mm copper-plated zinc 25 Oyru pictures a Common Shore Crab. The obverse of each of the coins features the Faroe arms which depict a Ram.  Only 10,000 sets of these attractive pattern coins were issued.
Item FO-SET8 FAROE 8 COIN SET 25 OYRU - 50 KRONUR, 2011 UNC. $29.95
INDIVIDUAL COINS FROM THE ABOVE FAROE SET
Item FO-50KR FAROE 50 KRONUR 2011 RAM'S HEAD TRIMETALLIC UNC. $14.50
Item FO-20KR FAROE 20 KRONUR 2011 GRAY SEAL UNC. $8.00
Item FO-10KR FAROE 10 KRONUR 2011 SHAD UNC. $6.00
Item FO-5KR FAROE 5 KRONUR 2011 OYSTERCATCHER UNC. $6.00
Item FO-2KR FAROE 2 KRONER 2011 GUILLEMOT UNC. $5.00
Item FO-1KR FAROE 1 KRONA 2011 PUFFIN UNC. $4.50
Item FO-50-OYRU FAROE 50 OYRU 2011 SHEEP DOG UNC. $4.00
Item FO-25-OYRU FAROE 25 OYRU 2011 CRAB UNC. $3.50


GRASS HUT ON SCARCE COIN FROM FIJI  

Fiji 12-sided brass 3 pence depicting native grass hut, KM22This 1955 12-sided brass 3 Pence from the island nation of Fiji features a native grass hut with palm trees on either side.  The design was created by artist James Berry. In is lifetime he created over 1000 stamp, coin and medal designs, making him one of the world’s most prolific coin and stamp designers.  The obverse features the Cecil Thomas portrait of Queen Elizabeth.  The attractive coin has a mintage of 400,000 pieces and a catalog value of $17.50, however our price is much less.
Item FJ-3d FIJI 3 PENCE 1955 KM22 UNC.$8.50



2012 FIJI COIN SET FEATURES WILDLIFE & CULTURE   

Fiji 2012 6 coin set: 5 cents - 2 Dollars
In 2012 Fiji released a new series of six coins.  The portrait of Queen Elizabeth was replaced by native wildlife and descriptions were added to the reverse designs.  The 5 Cents depicts a Nuga roro (Bi-color Foxface Rabbitfish) on the obverse and a wooden drum, called a Lali, on the reverse.  A Beka Mirimiri (Fiji Flying Fox) is on the 10 cent. It is one of the world’s rarest animals.  There have been only three recorded sightings of it, the most recent in 2009.  An "i ula tavatava" war club is on the reverse.  The 20 cent features a Kakā (Kadavu Shining Parrot) on the obverse and a Tabua on the reverse.  A tabua is the polished tooth of a sperm whale that is used as a ceremonial gift.  The 50 Cent pictures a Varivoce (Humphead Wrasse) on the obverse.  It is one of the world’s largest reef fishes.  The reverse features a Camakau, which is a native sailing canoe.   The $1 coin features the Vokai (Banded Iguana) on one side and a samaqamoli, which is a multi-chambered drinking vessel that is used only by chiefs.   The new 2 Dollar coin features the Ga ni Vatu (Peregrine Falcon) on the obverse.  The reverse depicts a Tanoa which was formerly depicted on the now discontinued 1 Cent   The Tanoa is used for drinking Kava, a sedative.   The coins are all Uncirculated.
Item FJ-SET12 FIJI 6 COIN SET 5 CENTS - 2 DOLLARS 2012, UNC. $9.75



FIJI CELEBRATES CARNIVAL IN RIO

Fiji 1 Dollar 2012 Carnival in RioFiji recently issued this 2012 dated 38.6mm silver-plated mulit-colored dollar coin on commemorating Carnival in Rio. Carnival, whose roots go back to ancient Rome, is celebrated by devout (and not so devout) Christians as one last orgy of feasting and dancing before the long season of Lenten fasting.  One of the most famous Carnival celebrations takes place in Rio, where thousands of participants take part in the dozen parades.  A multi-colored Samba dancer in full costume is featured on the coin, with the famed Sugarloaf Mountain in the background. The coin has a mintage of just 2,500 pieces. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.
Item FJ-CARNIVAL FIJI 1 DOLLAR 2012 CARNIVAL PROOF-LIKE $29.50


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


OLD COINS OF THE OF BALIWICK OF GUERNSEY

Guernsey 4 & 8 Doubles and 3 Pence, KM15, KM16, KM17The Bailiwick of Guernsey is located off the coast of France.  It has been a British possession since the Norman Conquest in 1066.  For many years they used a coinage system called the "Double" that was based on the medieval French Double Tournois.  Eight Doubles was equivalent to a British Penny.  Guernsey issued three coins in 1956: a bronze 4 Doubles depicting a Guernsey lily, a bronze 8 Doubles with 3 lilies and a scalloped, copper-nickel 3 Pence picturing a Guernsey cow.  Guernsey’s next coin issue was in 1959, when they issued just the 8 Doubles and 3 Pence.  The 8 Doubles was the same as the 1956 issue.  The 3 Pence had the same design, but was thicker.  The obverses of all the coins Guernsey’s coat-of-arms which depicts three stylized lions. The coins are Uncirculated, though may be slightly toned.
 Item GG-SET56 GUERNSEY 1956 3 COIN SET: 4 & 8 Doubles and 3 Pence KM15-17 UNC. $7.50
Item GG-SET59 GUERNSEY 8 DOUBLES & 3 PENCE 1959 KM16,18 UNC. $4.00



RECENT GUERNSEY COIN SET     

Guernsey 8 coin set: 1 pence - 2 Pounds
Guernsey is British a crown dependencies in the English Channel off the coast of France. Along with Jersey, it is one of the last remnants of the great medieval Dukedom of Normandy that once controlled much of France and England.    The 8 coin set from Guernsey includes the bi-metallic 2 pounds, the thick  1 Pound, the seven-sided 50 Pence that pictures Freesia flowers, the seven-sided 20 Pence depicting a map of the island, the 10 Pence depicting a tomato plant, the  5 pence pictures a sailboat, the  2 Pence features on one of the islands famed cows and the 1 Pence shows a crab.   Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The coins date from 1998 to 2012 and are Uncirculated.  It is an interesting set from an almost forgotten bit of Britain.
Item S-GG-SET8 GUERNSEY 8 COIN SET, 1 PENCE - 2POUNDS 1998-2012, UNC. $23.00


SCARCE IRIAN BARAT COIN

Irian Barat 50 Sen 1962 KM6-9Irian Barat, also known as Irian Jaya and West Irian, is the western half of the island of New Guinea.  It was formerly Netherlands New Guinea.  Indonesia took control of the territory in 1963.  The following year Indonesia issued special coins for exclusive use in the territory, including this Irian Barat 50 Sen.  The 29mm aluminum coin depicts Indonesian President Sukarno on one side and had the denomination on the other. Though issued in 1964, the coin is dated 1962.  It was withdrawn from circulation in 1971. The coin is Uncirculated.
Item ID-IRIAN50  IRIAN BARAT 50 SEN 1962 KM9 UNC.  $6.00


ISLE OF MAN SET FEATURES HISTORICAL LANDMARKS 

Isle of Man coin set 1 Pence - 1 Pound
This attractive eight coin set from the Isle of Man features local historical landmarks.   St. John's Chapel and Tynwald Hill are on the 1 Pound.  Milner's Tower is on the seven-sided 50 Pence.  The tower was built in 1871 to honor William Milner, a safemaker who did much to help the fishermen and poor of the local community.  The tower's unusual shape represents a key.   The seven-sided 20 Pence pictures the Castle Rushen Clock.  The unusual one-handed clock was presented by Queen Elizabeth I in 1597.  The 10 Pence pictures the Chicken Rock lighthouse, located on the southernmost island administered by the Isle of Man.  The Tower of Refuge is on the 5 Pence.  The Tower It is a small castle located on a partially submerged reef in Douglas Bay.  It was built as a place where shipwrecked sailors could seek refuge while they awaited rescue.  The tower, completed in 1832, was kept stocked with fresh water and bread and offered shelter from the weather and the sea.  The 2 Pence pictures Albert Tower, which was built in 1847 to commemorate the visit Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. The 1 Pence pictures the Stanton War Memorial, built to commemorate those that died in World War I.   All seven coins are dated  2009.   Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of each coin.  The coins are all Uncirculated. 
Item S-IOM-SET7 ISLE OF MAN 7 COIN SET 1 PENCE - 1 POUND, 2009 KM1253-1259 UNC. $14.00

JAMAICA COINS HONORS NATIONAL HEROES 

Jamaica coin set This set includes the six coins Jamaica currently issues for circulation, from 10 Cents to 20 dollars, dating from 1996 to 2006, plus a bonus 1991 multi-sided aluminum 1 cent, which has been withdrawn from circulation.   The bi-metallic 20 dollar coin pictures Jamaican born Marcus Garvey, a vocal advocate of Black Pride in New York City during the 1920's. He also appears on the appears on the bimetallic 20 Dollar coin and the copper-plated steel 25 Cent coin.  The scalloped edged 10 Dollar coin pictures George William Gordon, a 19th century politician who tried to improve the well being of Blacks in Jamaica. Paul Bogle his associate appears on the 10 cent coin.  Both were hanged in 1865 for their efforts.  Norman Manley appears on the 5 Dollar coin, while Alexander Bustamante is on the seven-sided dollar coin.  They both  helped Jamaica gain independence.   The 1 Cent depicts Ackee fruit.  The fruit was imported to Jamaica from West Africa in the late 1700's, probably on a slave ship.  It has since become a staple of Jamaican cuisine.   The Jamaican coat-of-arms is on the obverse of each coin.
Item S-JM-SET7 JAMAICA 7 COIN SET 10 CENTS to 20 DOLLARS 1996-2006, + 1 Cent  Unc.  $4.50



KIRIBATI COINS FEATURE NATIVE WILDLIFE

Kiribat 1 Cent, Christmas Island Frigate bird KM1, 5 Cents stump-tailed Gecko KM3Kiribati coat-of-arms on obverse of Kiribati coinsKiribati is a group of 30 small islands spread out over a million square miles (2,560,000 sq. km.) in the Pacific Ocean with a population of only about 100,000.  It was once the site of nuclear testing ground and had large phosphate deposits; however the phosphate has been mined out and it is now one of the poorest nations in the world.  This two coin set includes the copper-nickel 1979 5 cents features a Stump-tailed Gecko and the bronze 1992 1 cent depicting a Christmas Island Frigate bird. The Kiribati arms, which depict a frigate bird above the sun rising over the ocean is on the obverse of both.
Item S-KI-SET2 KIRIBATI 1 & 5 CENTS, KM1 & 3, UNC. $3.50



100 YEAR OLD UNCIRCULATED MALDIVE COIN  Restocked

Maldive Islands bronze 1 Larin AH1331 = AD1913 KM41This Brilliant Uncirculated bronze 1 Larin was struck for the Maldive Islands in 1913 by the Birmingham Mint.  The 13mm coin has Arabic legends on both sides. The coin is in its original Uncirculated condition.  It is a amazingly inexpensive coin considering its age and condition.
Item MV-1L MALDIVE ISLANDS 1 LARIN, AH1331 = 1913AD KM41 UNC. $5.00



2012 MICRONESIA COIN SET FEATURES WILDLIFE & BI-METALLICS Wholesale prices available to dealers

Micronesia coin set
The Federated States of Micronesia is an independent nation consisting of over 600 islands spread out over 1,000,000 square miles (2,600,000 square kilometers) of the Pacific Ocean. The area was claimed by Spain, sold to Germany in 1889, conquered by Japan in World War I, taken by the United States in World War II, and finally became fully independent in 1986. It uses United States dollar as its currency. This unofficial 2012 eight coin set includes the 1 Cent to the 5 Dollar. The obverse of each coin features the national seal. The word “TRIAL” is located at the top of the seal, indicating that they are trial coins rather than legal tender issues. The bi-metallic 5 Dollar coin pictures the Pygmy Killer Whale. The bi-metallic 2 Dollar coin depicts the Long-beaked Common Dolphin. A Manta Ray is on the 1 Dollar. Shells and a 19th Century proa from the island of Satawal is on the 50 Cents. A proa is an outrigger sailing boat. The 25 Cents features a Yellowfin Tuna. A Rufous Night Heron is on the dime. The 5 Cents pictures a Moorish Idol fish. A Chuuk Flying Fox Bat is on the 1 Cent. The coins were struck by Osborne Coinage in Cincinnati, Ohio. Only 10,000 sets were minted. It is an attractive, low mintage, set.
Item FM-SET8 MICRONESIA 8 COIN SET: 1 CENT – 5 DOLLARS, 2012 UNC. $29.75
INDIVIDUAL MICRONESIA COINS FROM ABOVE SET:
Item FM-5D MICRONESIA 5 DOLLARS 2012 PYGMY KILLER WHALE, BIMETAL, UNC. $9.00
Item FM-2D MICRONESIA 2 DOLLARS 2012 DOLPHIN, BIMETAL, UNC. $8.00
Item FM-1D MICRONESIA 1 DOLLAR 2012 MANTA RAY UNC. $5.00
Item FM-50c MICRONESIA HALF DOLLAR 2012 BOAT & SHELLS UNC. $5.00
Item FM-25c MICRONESIA QUARTER DOLLAR 2012 TUNA UNC. $4.50
Item FM-10c MICRONESIA DIME 2012 HERON UNC. $4.00
Item FM-5c MICRONESIA 5 CENTS 2012 MOORISH IDOL UNC. $3.50
Item FM-1c MICRONESIA 1 CENT 2012 FLYING FOX UNC. $3.00

NEWFIRST COINS OF NEW CALEDONIA

New Caledonia 4 coin set, 50 Centimes - 5 Francs, KM1-KM4
New Caledonia is a group of about 25 islands located in the South Pacific.  France took possession of the islands in 1853 after the natives ate a group of French missionaries and members of a French survey party.  The following year they established a penal colony there.  France finally issued the first coins for New Caledonia in 1949 when they issued a 50 Centimes, 1 and 2 Franc.  In 1952 they issued a 5 Franc coin.  All four coins are aluminum and have the same design. The reverse features a seated figure of Maranne, the national symbol of France.  The obverse depicts a Kagu bird, which is a rare, nearly flightless bird that is only found in New Caledonia.   
Item NC-SET4  NEW CALEDONIA 4 COIN SET, 50 Centimes to 5 Francs 1949-1952 KM1-4 UNC. $19.75
Item NC-1 NEW CALEDONIA 50 CENTIMES 1949 KM1 UNC. $3.00

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



NIGHTINGALE ISLAND CROWN

Tristan da Cunha - Nightingale Island 1 Crown 2011 Nightingale Island is an active volcanic island that is part of the Tristan da Cunha group.  Though it has no permanent inhabitants, Tristan da Cunha has issued this 2011 dated 1 Crown coin for Nightingale Island.   The coin features a seal, the denomination and the name of the island on the reverse.  Queen Elizabeth and “Tristan da Cunha” is on the obverse.  The 39mm coin is struck in copper-nickel and is Brilliant  Uncirculated.
Item NIGHT-1CR NIGHTINGALE IS. 1 CROWN 2011 SEAL BU $10.00



FINNISH ICEBREAKER ON SILVER PROOF COIN  OF PALAU  

Palau 5 Dollars 2009 Icebreaker Tarmo silver proof coinThe Icebreaker Tarmo, the oldest preserved icebreaker in the world, is featured on this sterling silver Proof  2009 5 Dollar coin from Palau.  Built in England in 1907, the 67 meter long (198 foot) steam powered vessel started service in Finland in January, 1908.  For more than 80 years, she supported as many as 450 ships a year on their journey through Finland's polar ice.  Since 1992 she has been a museum ship. The arms of Palau is on the obverse.  The 38.6mm sterling silver weighs 20 grams, contains approximately .6 troy ounces of silver and has a mintage of only 2500 pieces. I seriously doubt Palau has ever needed an icebreaker, however it is an attractive silver Proof coin and one of the few icebreakers to ever appear on a coin.
Item PW-TARMO PALAU 5 DOLLARS 2009 ICEBREAKER TARMO KM242 SILVER PROOF $45.00



20th ANNIVERSARY PAPUA-NEW GUINEA MINT SET FEATURES WILDLIFE

Papau New Guinea 1995 Mint set features wildlife
The Bank of Papua New Guinea released this official 6 coin packaged mint set to celebrate the countries 20th anniversary of independence in 1995. Papau New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, with over 800 spoken languages. The 1995 dated coins feature native wildlife.  The 1 Kina features Sea and River Crocodiles swimming around the center hole of the coin.  A Cassowary, a large flightless bird, is on the 20 Toea.  The 10 toea shows a cuscus, a large marsupial "monkey".  A Plateless Turtle is on the 5 Toea.  The 2 Toea shows the ornate butterfly cod fish and a Butterfly is on the 1 Toea. The reverse of the coins depict an outstretched Bird of Paradise, which is the national emblem of Papua New Guinea. The Brilliant Uncirculated coins were struck at the Royal Canadian Mint and come in a descriptive folder.  It is an attractive set of wildlife coins
Item PNG-SET95 PAPUA NEW GUINEA OFFICIAL 1995 SIX COIN WILDLIFE MINT SET $14.00

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PHILIPPINE COIN SET

Philippines 6 coin set: 1 Sentimo - 5 Pisos 1995-2000
This 6 coin set includes the 1, 5, 10, 25 Sentimos, 1 and 5 Piso dated 1995 to 2000.  The 1 and 5 Sentimos are both 15.5mm and both made of copper-plated steel.  The 5 Sentimos was made with a center hole to help distinguish it from the 1 Sentimo.  The 1 and 5 Piso depict Philippine heroes Jose Rizal and Emilio Aguinaldo.  Both fought for Philippines independence from Spain.  The reverse of all the coins except the 5 Sentimos depict arms of the Central Bank of the Philippines which includes the date 1993 (the year the bank was reorganized).   All six coins are Uncirculated. 
Item S-PH-SET6 PHILIPPINES 6 COIN SET 1 SENTIMO - 5 PISO 1995-2000 UNC. $5.00


NEWTHE LAST REMNANT OF FRENCH NORTH AMERICA

St. Pierre & Miquelon 1 Franc 1948 KM1At one time France owned a substantial portion of what is now Canada and the United States.  Few people realize that France still owns a portion of North America. It consists of two small rocky islands off the coast of Newfoundland known as St. Pierre and Miquelon.  Together their population is only 7,000.  In 1948 St. Pierre & Miquelon issued its first, and last coin, which included this aluminum 1 Franc.. The reverse pictures a cod boat and two dried cod on one side, reflecting the island's main industry. Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic on the obverse. The coins are no longer in circulation and is difficult to find.
Item SPM-1F ST. PIERRE & MIQUELON 1 FRANC KM1 BU $10.00



NEWSAMOA COIN & STAMP SET

Westerm Sampa "Coin Sets of All Nations" 7 coins and postage stamp set.This set includes a 7 coin set and a canceled stamp from Western Samoa (now Samoa) mounted on a large, attractive card.  The coins include the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 Sene dated 1974 and the seven-sided 1984 1 Tala in Uncirculated condition.  The set was issued as part of Franklin Mint's "Coin Sets of All Nations" program.  Due to a fortunate purchase we can offer this set at far less than its original price.
Item WS-SET7 SAMOA 7 COIN SET WITH STAMP, UNC. $10.00


SAMOA 2011 COIN SET    

Samoa 2011 coin set
This set of five 2011 dated coins from Samoa (formerly known as Western Samoa) includes the 10, 20, 50 Sene, 1 and 2 Tala.  The scalloped edged brass-plated 2 Tala features the Samoan Arms.  A traditional kava bowl and whisk are on the 1 Tala.  A Manumea, a pigeon found only in Samoa is on the 50 Sene.   Samoa’s national flower, the Teuila, is on the 20 Sene. A fautasi race utilizing paddled long boats is on the 10 Sene.  The obverses of the coins feature the bust of Samoan Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi.  The coins are Uncirculated, however may have some bag marks.
Item WS-SET11 SAMOA 5 COIN SET: 10 SENE - 2 TALA, 2011 UNC-bagmarks $6.00



NEWATTRACTIVE COMMEMORATIVE POLYMER NOTE FROM SAMOA

Samoa 2 Tala banknote (1990) P31c
Reduced size images
Samoa issued this attractive polymer 2 Tala banknote to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Malietoa Tanumafili II (also known as Susuga) as Head of State in 1990.  The front of the note includes his portrait and a view of Mulivai Immaculate Conception of Mary Roman Catholic Cathedral, fales (traditional huts) and two buses on Beach Road in the capital city of Apia.  The Cathedral was damaged in 2009 and is being rebuilt.  The back depicts a family scene and the national emblem.  The transparent window in the note features a Kava bowl.  The note was withdrawn from circulation in 2011 and replaced with a 2 Tala coin. The undated note measures 140x72mm and is Uncirculated.
Item PM-WS-2T SAMOA 2 TALA NOTE (1990) 50th ANNIVERSARY, P31c UNC. $6.00


SEYCHELLES COIN SET FEATURES PLANTS AND WILDLIFE 

Seychelles coin set
The Seychelles are a group of 85 small islands in the Indian Ocean 600 miles ( 965km.) north-east of Madagascar.  This six coin set features flora and fauna of the islands. A mud crab is on the 1 Cent. A tapioca plant is on the  5 Cents.  The 10 Cents pictures a yellowfin tuna.  A black parrot is on the 25 Cents.  A triton conch shell is on the 1 Rupee. The 5 Rupees shows a fruit tree.  The national arms supported by two sailfish, is on the reverse of each coins.  The coins date from 2010 to 2013 and are Uncirculated.
Item S-SC-SET6 SEYCHELLES 6 COIN SET: 1 CENT - 5 RUPEES, 2010-2013  KM46.2-51.2 UNC. $6.00


NEWSOUTH GEORGIA & SO. SANDWICH IS. HONORS THE ENDURANCE EXPEDITON

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 2 PoundsSir Ernest Shackleton departed South Georgia on December 5, 1914 aboard the ship Endurance in an attempt to be the first to traverse Antarctica.   The expedition, formally known as The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, quickly turned into an epic feat of endurance.  The ship soon became trapped in pack ice, was crushed and sunk.  After camping on the ice, the 28 man crew took lifeboats to inhospitable and uninhabited Elephant Island.  From there Shackelton and five companions took a lifeboat some 800 miles (1300km.) across open sea to reach South Georgia.  They then had to cross the rugged terrain on foot to get to civilization on the other side of the island arriving in May 1916.  It took four attempts for Shackelton to rescue the crew members stranded in Elephant Island, but he finally reached them in August 1916.  Remarkably the entire expedition returned from the long ordeal without a loss of life.   South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands commemorated the 100th anniversary of The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition on this 38.6mm copper-nickel 2 Pounds coin.  The coin portrays the Endurance stuck in the ice in the background with the crew pulling a lifeboat on a sled over the ice pack in the foreground. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.The coin has a mintage of only 10,000 pieces and is Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item SGA-ENDURANCE17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 SHIP ENDURANCE  BU $14.00


NEWPILOT WHALES ON 2017 SOUTH GEORGIA & SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS COIN

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Pilot WhalePilot Whales are large, robust members of the dolphin family, which can weigh as much as 7000 pounds (3,200kg.) and reach a length 24 feet (7.2 meters). These intelligent marine mammals form close social bonds and live in tight-knit pods.  The Pilot Whale received its name due to a belief that the pod always follows a single leader.  This may be the reason why entire pods of Pilot Whales often strand themselves on beaches – they follow their leader even when it makes a fatal mistake.   This 2017 copper-nickel 2 Pound coin of South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands shows Pilot Whale in the foreground in the Antarctic waters with the head of a second whale appearing above the water. The top of a third whale can be seen just above the waterline in the background.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The coin is 38.6mm in diameter and is Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item SGA-PILOT17 SOUTH GEORGIA & SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS 2 POUNDS 2017PILOT WHALE BU $14.00



SOUTH GEORGIA & SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS 2016 MINKE WHALE COIN

South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2016 Minke WhaleA Minke Whale swimming beneath the ocean with icebergs floating above is featured on this 2016 dated 2 Pounds coin from South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands.  The Minke Whale usually measures about 23 to 26 feet (7-8m) long and can weight as much as 10 tons.  It can dive for as long as 20 minutes and can swim as fast as 24mpg (38 km/h).  The obverse of the coin features Queen Elizabeth.  The copper-nickel coin is 38.6mm in diameter.
Item SGA-MINKE16 SOUTH GEORGIA & SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS 2 POUNDS 2016 MINKE WHALE BU $14.00



2012 SOLOMON ISLANDS COIN SET

Solomon Islands 2012 coin set: 10 Cents - 2 DollarsSolomon Islands issued a new series of circulating coins in 2012.  This attractive new series includes the 10, 20, 50 Cents, 1 Dollar and a new 2 Dollar coin.  Though the coins feature designs from previous issues, they are smaller and utilize different metals.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.
Item SB-SET12 SOLOMON IS. 5 COIN SET, 10 CENTS – 2 DOLLARS 2012, UNC. $10.00


2012 TOKELAU COIN SET 

Tokelau 2012 five coin setObverse of Tokelau 10 Cents features Queen Elizabeth and Tokelau Flag
Tokelau issued its first minor coins in 2012. The five coin set features the people and heritage of Tokelau.  The copper-nickel 20 cents depicts two Tokelauans in a boat.  The copper-nickel 10 cents a Tokelauan spear fishing.  The copper-nickel 5 cents and copper 2 cents depict dancers.  The copper 1 cent pictures a fish flying over an island.   The obverses of all the coins depict Queen Elizabeth, the Tokelau flag and a native geometric pattern.  Tokelau consists of three atolls totaling about 12 sq. km. located about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand.  It has a population of less than 1400.  It is dependent on New Zealand for economic and administrative support.  Tokelau has few natural resources, however it recently became the first nation to be completely solar powered. 
Item TK-SET5 TOKELAU 5 COIN SET 1 - 20 CENTS, 2012 UNC. $25.00

Also see:
Click HereTOKELAU 5 DOLLARS 2012 ORCAS SILVER PROOF


TONGA COIN SET FEATURES FOOD 

Tonga coin set
The designs of this five coin set from the island nation of Tonga, also called the Friendly Islands, were created for World Food Day, and so feature staples of the local diet.  The 2005 1 Seniti pictures an ear of corn on one side and a vanilla plant on the other.  The 2002 2 Seniti features a Taro plant on the front and the cut-out paper dolls and legend “PLANNED FAMILIES - FOOD FOR ALL” on the back.   The 2005 5 Seniti features a hen and chicks on the front and coconuts on the back.   The  2005 10 Seniti has a bust of King Taufa'ahau on the front and a bunch of bananas on the back.  The 2002 20 Seniti portrays the king on the front and has yams on the back.  All coins are Uncirculated.
Item S-TO-SET5 TONGA 5 COIN SET 1 - 20 SENITI 2002-05 KM66-70, UNC. $7.50


Trinidad and Tobago coin setATTRACTIVE TRINIDAD & TOBAGO COIN SET

The Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago issued this attractive set of five coins.  The bronze 1 and 5 cent feature native birds.  The copper-nickel 10 and 25 cent show native plant life.   You can almost hear the steel drums being played on the copper-nickel 50 cent coin.  The 50 Cents is dated 2003, the other coins date are 2012. All are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item S-TT-SET5 TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 5 COIN SET 2003-12 KM29-33 BU $4.50


For more Island Coinage, please see:

Click HereINDONESIAN COIN SET FEATURES BIRDS AND PLANTS
Click HereMAUI TRADE DOLLARS


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