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ARGENTINA COMMEMORATES OIL AND FALKLANDS WAR

Argentina 2 Pesos 2007 100th Anniversary of the discovery of oilArgentina 2 Peso 2007 25th Anniversay of the Malvinas (Falklands) War
In recent years Argentina issued a number of attractive circulating commemorative 2 Peso coins. For some reason however they seem to commemorate failures. The copper-nickel coins are 30mm in diameter and have a reeded edge. In 2007 two commemoratives were issued. The first commemorated the 100th anniversary of the nations petroleum industry. One side pictures an oil well, the other side depicts an oil pump and the name of the province “Chubut” where oil was discovered and is the heart of the countries petroleum industry. Oil was discovered in 1907, when a crew drilling for water, struck oil instead. In recent years the country has turned from a net exporter of energy to a net importer. Government price controls on energy and expropriations have dried up exploration and investment in the petroleum industry despite the country having potentially huge energy reserves. The other commemorative for 2007 honors the 25th anniversary of the Malvinas Wars, a war which Argentina lost. The Malvinas, more widely known as the Falkland Islands, had been under British control since 1833. In 1982 Argentina invaded the islands. Within about 2 months, the British recaptured the islands and forced the surrender of the Argentinean forces. One side depicts an Argentinean soldier and flag. The other side features a map of the islands marked “Malvinas Argentinas”. All three coins are Uncircuated, however they tend to have minor nicks in the fields. It is an interesting set of three commemoratives, all of which seem to honor failures rather than successes.
Item AR-07OIL ARGENTINA 2 PESOS 2007 100th ANNIVERSARY OF OIL INDUSTRY, KM145 UNC. $4.00
Item AR-07MALV ARGENTINA 2 PESOS 2007 MALVINAS (FALKLANDS) WAR, KM144.1 UNC. $4.00



ARGENTINA CELEBRATES A NEW CONSTITUTION

Argentina 2 & 5 Peso 1994 Constitutional ReformIn 1994 Argentina implemented a major constitutional reform. The new constitution was designed to end previous abuses by increasing the protection of political and consumer rights, adding sections dealing with public ethics, environmental protection and limiting the power and term of the President.  These pure nickel 2 and 5 Peso coins were issued to commemorate the event.  Both 1994 dated coins have the same design.  The obverse features the Argentine Coat-of-Arms, the names of the two cities that hosted the Constitutional Convention, Parana and Santa Fe, and the arms of the two cities.  The reverse represents the Constitution as an open book, with the first words of the preamble depicted.
Item AR-CONST ARGENTINA 2 & 5 PESO 1994 CONSTITUTION, KM114-115 XF-UNC. $12.00
 


ARGENTINA'S CURRENT COINS HONOR THE COUNTRIES PAST

 Argentina current coin set
The designs of the Argentina's current coins honors the countries rich history. The 1 bronze Centavo features the nations motto“EN UNIÓN Y LIBERTAD” (“in union and liberty”).  The 5 Centavos features a radiant sun, a symbol used on Argentinean coins since 1813.  The 10 Centavos has the Argentine arms.  The 25 Centavos features the Buenos Aires City Hall.  The 50 Centavos shows Independence Hall at Tucuman.   The 1 Peso is a bimetallic coin that depicts Argentina’s first coin, a gold 8 Escudos dated 1813.    All six coins are Uncirculated.
Item S-AR-SET6 ARGENTINA 6 COIN SET 1 CENTAVO - 1 PESO 1994-2004 UNC. $6.00


BELIZE COIN SET INCLUDES COLUMBUS' SHIPS 

Belize 6 coin set: 1 Cent - 1 Dollar
Belize, formerly known as British Honduras, is in Central America. The area was the site of ancient Mayan civilizations and was sighted by Columbus in 1502.  It was settled by shipwrecked British sailors and pirates in the 17th century and became a British colony upon the collapse of the Spanish Empire in the 1820's. It became an independent nation in 1981.  Included in this six coin set is the 2007 scalloped edge 1 cent, the 2006 5 cent, the 2000 10 cent, the 2007 25 cent, the 1991 50 cent and the 10 sided one dollar dated 2007.  The Dollar coin pictures Columbus' three ships.
Item S-BZ-SET6 BELIZE 6 COIN SET, 1 CENT - 1 DOLLAR, 1991-2007 UNC. $10.00


BEAUTIFUL OLD BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED BOLIVIAN COINS

Bolivia 3 coin set: 5, 10 & 50 Centavos 1935-1939This Brilliant Uncirculated three coin set from Bolivia includes the copper-nickel 1935 5 Centavos, 1936 10 Centavos and the 1939 50 Centavos.  The obverses of the coins depict the Bolivian arms which feature the Potosi mountain silver mine and an alpaca.  The reverses have a caduceus, the denomination and date.  The 5 and 50 Centavos were struck only a single year. It is an attractive, old set in top condition.
Item BO-SET3 BOLIVIA 3 COIN SET 5, 10 & 50 CENTAVOS, 1935-1939 BU $19.50


ATTRACTIVE UNCIRCULATED WORLD WAR II ERA BOLIVIA 50 CENTAVOS Back in stock

Bolivia Bronze 50 Centavos 1942 KM182a.1Because nickel was a valuable war commodity in World War II,  in 1942 Bolivia replaced their copper-nickel 50 Centavos with this bronze 50 Centavos.  The design remained the same. The obverse of the coin depicts the Bolivian arms which feature the Potosi mountain silver mine and an alpaca.  The reverse has a caduceus, the denomination and date.   The 24mm coin has a plain edge.  It was struck at the Philadelphia Mint in the United States, however it does not have any mintmark.  The coin has most of its original mint luster, however it was struck from worn or cracked dies. so may show weak areas or die cracks.
Item BO-50C BOLIVIA 50 CENTAVOS 1942 KM182a.1 UNC. $3.00



BRAZIL SET FEATURES PROFESSIONS

BRAZIL 4 COIN SET 1 - 50 CENTAVOS 1989-1990This short-lived 4 coin set from Brazil features Brazilians engaged in their daily work.  The 1 Centavo depicts a farmer and cows.  A fisherman and two fish is on the 5 Centavos.  A miner and three diamonds is on the 10 Centavos.  The 50 Centavos depicts what appears to be a weaver making cloth.  The coins were introduced in 1989 as part of a currency reform, in which 1000 of the old Cruzados became worth 1 Crozado Novo.  Inflation continued out of controll and the coins were soon worthless.  In 1990 Brazil introduced another reform and Cruzado Nova was replaced by the Cruzeiro.   All four coins are made of Stainless Steel and feature the denomination on the obverse. It is an inexpensive and attractive Brilliant Uncirculated set.
Item BR-SET89 BRAZIL 4 COIN SET 1 - 50 CENTAVOS 1989-90 KM611-614 BU $3.00



100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BRAZILIAN REPUBLIC

Brazil 1 Novo Cruzado 100th Anniversry of RepublicBrazil issued this 1 Novo Cruzado coin in 1989 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Brazil becoming a Republic.  One side depicts the bust of Liberty.  The other has the denomination and a stylized portion of the Brazilian flag featuring the Southern Cross.  Because of rampant inflation at the time, the coin saw little circulation.  The 31mm coin is struck in Stainless Steel.and has a plain edge.
Item BR-100ANNV BRAZIL 1 NOVO CRUZADO 100th ANNIVERSARY OF REPUBLIC 1989 KM615 BU $3.00


BRAZIL HONORS ITS CENTRAL BANK

Brazil 1 Real 2015 Central Bank, bi-metallic coin.Reverse of Brazil 1 RealBrazil issued a bi-metallic 1 Real coin in 2015 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Central Bank of Brazil.  The coin depicts the bank’s headquarters building in Brasilia.  The unusually shaped building was supposedly inspired by the cross found on the 18th Century Brazilian gold doubloon.  Considering the bank’s awful track record in controlling inflation I am not sure why it would commemorate itself.  Brazil went through 4 currency revaluations in the last 50 years.  The coin is 27mm in diameter and has the standard 1 Real reverse.
Item BR-BANK15 BRAZIL 1 REAL 2015 CENTRAL BANK, BU $3.00



BRAZIL 2012 OLYMPIC FLAG COIN 

Brazil bi-metallic 1 Real 2012 Olympic FlagBrazil issued this circulating bi-metallic 1 Real coin at the close of the 2012 London Summer Olyumpics to commemorate the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero.  The 27mm coin features the Olympic flag and the logo of the 2016 Olympic Games, along with the legend "Londres 2012 Rio 2016".  It is one of the only Olympic coins that refers to more than one Olympic game.  The coin utilizes the standard 1 Real reverse.  Beasue it had a much lower mintage than the subsequent Olympic coins it is much in demand.
Item BR-OLY12 BRAZIL 1 REAL 2012 OLYMPICS KM679 BU out


Brazil 1 Real Rio Olympic 16 coin setBRAZILIAN RIO OLYMPIC COINS

 Brazil released a series of circulating commemorative bi-metalic 1 Real coins to commemorate the 2016 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.  Sixteen  1 Real coins depicting various Olympic and Paralympic sports were released starting in 2014.  The four 2014 issues depict track, swimming, golf and the para-triathalon.  Eight coins were released in 2015 featuring basketball, swimming, rugby, Paralympic canoeing, soccer, volleyball, judo and Paralympic track.  Four 2016 coins have been released, depicting boxing, Paralympic mascot Tom, Olympic Mascot Vinicius and Paralympic swimming.   All the coins have a common reverse which includes the date, denomination and a motif from the Brazilian flag that features the Southern Cross constellation.    The 27mm bi-metallic coins have a stainless steel center and a bronze-plated steel outer ring.   All coins are Brilliant Uncirculated.
 Item BR-SET16 BRAZIL SET OF 16 OLYMPIC 1 REAL COINS, 2014-2016, BU $65.00


SCARCE SILVER OLYMPIC COINS FROM BRAZIL

Brazil silver 5 Reais 2015 Olympic Rowing/OrchardsBrazil silver 5 Reais 2015 Olympic Beach Volleyball/BandBrazil silver 5 Reais 2015 Olympic cycling / ToucanBrazil silver 5 Reais 2014 Olympic cycling / Dolphin
Brazil issued a series of beautiful sterling silver Proof 5 Reais coins to commemorate the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.  The 40mm coins have a mintage of only 25,000 each, contain .803 troy ounces of silver and come sealed in special capsules.  We have the following issues available: 2015 featuring rowing at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas on the obverse and orchids on the reverse. 2015 depicting beach volleyball on Copacabana on the obverse and a Chorinho band playing a guitar, tambourine, ukulele and flute on the reverse. 2015 with the Channel-Billed Toucan on the reverse and cycling at Tijuca Forest on the obverse.  2014 depicting a Francisana Dolphin on the reverse and cycling at Tijuca Forest on the obvers. 2015 with the Channel-Billed Toucan on the reverse and cycling on the obverse. They are popular, hard-to-find, host country silver Olympic coins.
Item BR-ORCHID BRAZIL SILVER 5 REAIS 2015 OLYMPIC ROWING / ORCHIDS, PROOF $50.00
Item BR-BAND BRAZIL SILVER 5 REAIS 2015 OLYMPIC BEACH VOLLEYBALL / BAND $60.00
Item BR-TOUCAN BRAZIL SILVER 5 REAIS 2015 OLYMPIC CYCLING / TOUCAN $60.00
Item BR-TOUCAN BRAZIL SILVER 5 REAIS 2014 OLYMPIC CYCLING / DOLPHINS $65.00
Item BR-SILVEROLY BRAZIL SET OF ABOVE 4 SILVER OLYMPIC 5 REAIS $229.00


ODD LITTLE COIN FROM THE UNITED STATES OF COLOMBIA

Colombia (Estados Unidos) 2 1/2 Centavos 1881 KM179The United States of Colombia (Estados Unidos de Colombia) issued this small, 14mm, copper-nickel 2 ½ Centavos dated 1881.  One side depicts a liberty cap, the other has the denomination and date.
Item CO-179 COLOMBIA 2 1/2 CENTAVOS 1887 KM179 VF $3.00




LEPER COLONY COINS FROM COLOMBIA

Colombia Leper Colony (Lazareto) 5 Centavos coin 1901Colombia Leper Colony (Lazareto) 10 Centavos coin 1901
Leprosy was once a dreaded and incurable disease.  At one time it was feared that Leprosy could be spread by contamination of money.  In 1901 Colombia issued the world’s first Leper colony coins for use in their leper colonies in order to prevent the "contamination" of its money supply. We have two coins from this first series, the 5 and 10 Centavos dated 1901. Bothcoins have a similar design, featuring a large cross with the word “LAZARETO” (Leper) on one side and the denomination on the other.  It was later discovered that Leprosy was not spread by money and the introduction of antibiotics made the leper colonies unnecessary.   The leper colonies were closed in the 1950’s and the tokens redeemed. Today these items are quite scarce as few were saved. 
Item CO-L5 COLOMBIA LEPER COLONY 5 CENTAVOS 1901 KM-L2 VF-XF $30.00
Item CO-L10 COLOMBIA LEPER COLONY 10 CENTAVOS 1901 KM-L3 VF-XF $30.00



NEWNEW BANKNOTES FROM COLOMBIA

Colombia 2000 Pesos 2016 banknoteColombia 5000 Pesos 2016 banknote
Colombia released two new high denomination banknotes in November 2016.  The front of the 2000 Pesos features both the head and the standing figure of painter Débora Arango Perez. The back features Caño Cristales, also known as the "River of Five Colors" due to its striking colors caused by colorful riverweeds.  Also on the back are various birds in flight and a quote of Débora Arango.   The 5000 Pesos honors poet José Asunción Silva. Depicted on the front are both his head and an unusual image of him standing, holding an umbrella, with his back to the viewer.  The back of the note features the mountainous landscape of the Colombian Paramos depicting frailejón (Espeletia) plants.  An Andean Condor flies above.  To the right is his poem "Melancolía" in very tiny print.  A bumblebee, used as a registration device, is visible on both the front and back.  Both notes feature watermarks and a security strip.
Item PM-CO-SET2 COLOMBIA 2000 & 5000 PESOS NOTES 2016 UNC. $7.00


Ecuador 6 coin set KM89-KM94ECUADOR COIN SET

This six coin set from Ecuador includes the 50 Centavos, 1 and 5 Sucres dated 1988 and the 10, 20 and 50 Sucres dated 1991. All of coins are struck in nickel-clad steel. The top four denominations have their value in braille to aid the blind. According to the Standard Catalog of World coins, all but 100,000 of the 1988 issue was withdrawn from circulation and melted.
Item S-EC-SET88 ECUADOR 6 COIN SET 50 CENTAVOS - 50 SUCRES 1988-1991 KM88-94 UNC. $7.50



HONDURAS COIN SET

Honduras coin set: 5 - 50 CentavosThis four coin set from the Central American nation of Honduras includes the brass 5 and 10 Centavos dated 2006, the 1999 20 Centavos and the 2005 50 Centavos, both made of nickel-plated steel.  The 5 and 10 Centavos depict the denomination on one side and the national arms on the other.  The 20 and 50 Centavos depict Chief Lempira one one side and the national arms on the other.  Lempira united some 200 villages to lead a brave but unsuccessful war against the Spanish conquistadors.  Honduras honored him by putting him on coins and naming their currency after him.  All four coins are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item S-HN-SET4 HONDURAS 4 COIN SET 5 - 50 CENTAVOS, BU $3.00



MEXICAN COINS AND BANKNOTES NOW HAVE THEIR OWN PAGE:

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NEWODD DENOMINATION COIN FROM PANAMA

Panama 1 1/4 Centesimos 1940 KM15 In 1940 Panama introduced a 1 1/4 Centesimos coin called a "Quartillo".  The odd denomination was supposedly to help the poor make change for small purchases.  Most likely it only confused them and everyone else.  A 1 Centesimo coin had been  minted since 1935 and there was not a 1/4 Centesimo, so there was no way to make change. The 20mm bronze 1 1/4 Centesimos was the same weight and only 1mm larger than the bronze 1 Centesimo.  The obverse depicts Vasco Nunez de Balboa, the first European to cross Panama.  The reverse has the denomination in words. The coin was struck at the United States mint in Philadelphia.  It grades Very Fine though may have some minor spots.
Item PA-QUART PANAMA 1 1/4 CENTESIMOS 1940 KM15 VF-spots $3.00



PANAMA 1953 50th ANNIVERSARY CENTESIMO  Restocked

Panama 1 Centavo 1953 KM17Panama celebrated the 50th Anniversary of its independence in 1953 with the striking of this commemorative 1 Centesimo coin. One side pictures native chief Urraca, who helped Panama gain its independence from Spain in 1821, before it joined the Colombian Federation. The reverse shows the date and denomination. Panama gained its independence from Colombia in 1903 with the help of the United States, after Colombia rejected a treaty with the United States to build a canal across the isthmus. The bronze 1 Centesimo has the same composition and dimensions as the United States cent and has a mintage of 1.5 Million. The coin is Uncirculated, though may be slightly toned.
Item PA-17 PANAMA 1 CENTESIMO 1953 KM17 UNC. $3.00



Panama 1/2 Balboa 2016 Jesuit church (Compania de JesusNEW2016 PANAMA HALF BALBOA COMMEMORATES RUINED JESUIT CHURCH

Panama depicts the Compania de Jesus Church (Jesuit Society Church) on their 2016 Half Balboa.  The coin is part of an annual series commemorating Panama Viejo (Old Panama). The Jesuit convent and church was built in 1673, just before the Spanish banished the Jesuits from the colonies. Around 1740, additional structures were added to accommodate a school that later became the first university in the city. The entire complex burned down in 1781 and was never rebuilt.  An earthquake in 1882 further damaged the structure. The arms of Panama is on the obverse.  The coin was struck at the Royal Canadian Mint to the same standards as the United States Half Dollar and are Brilliant Uncirculated.  The arms of Panama is on the reverse.
Item PA-16JESUIT PANAMA 1/2 BALBOA 2016 JESUIT CHURCH, BU$3.75


PANAMA CELEBRATES CANAL

Panama quarter balboa 2016 - building the canalPanama 1 Centesimo 2000 KM132
Panama recently released a circulating multi-color quarter Balboa commemorating the nation's famous canal.  One side of the coin features a colorized circle depicting a pair of workers digging on the canal.  Massive steam shovels and their gear teeth also appear in the design. The obverse features Panama's coat-of-arms.  The coins, struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, are the same size and metallic composition as a United States quarter dollar.   We also have available the 2000 dated 1 Centesimo struck to commemorate the canal, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the beginning of the 21st century.  The 22.8mm aluminum coin depicts a ship passing through the canal on one side and the national arms on the other.
Item PA-25C-CANAL PANAMA 1/4 BALBOA 2016 CANAL (COLOR) BU out
Item PA-1C-CANAL PANAMA 1 CENTESIMO 2000 CANAL-FAO, KM132 BU $3.00



PANAMA’S MEDICAL COMMEMORATIVES  

Panama 1/4 Balboa 2008 Breast CancerPanama 1/4 Balboa 2008 Panama City Children's Hospital
Panama released two circulating commemorative 1/4 Balboa coins in 2008.  One is for Breast Cancer Awareness and features a ribbon.  The other commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Children’s Hospital in Panama City and pictures the hospital.  Both feature the Panamanian arms on the obverse.
Item PA-BRST PANAMA 1/4 BALBOA 2008 BREAST CANCER KM137 BU $2.00
Item PA-CHILD PANAMA 1/4 BALBOA 2008 CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL KM138 BU $2.00



NEWOLD PARAGUAY COIN SET

Paraguay 4 coin set, 1 - 10 Pesos,1938-1939This four-coin set includes the aluminum 1938 1 and 2 Pesos dated 1938 and the copper-nickel 5 and 10 Pesos dated 1939.  They were the first coins issued by Paraguay since 1925. The coins all have a similar design.  The obverse features a star within a wreath, from the national coat-of-arms.  The reverse has the denomination. The coins were withdrawn just a few years later due to inflation and a monetary reform in 1943.
Item PY-SET4 PARAGUAY 4 COIN SET, 1 - 10 PESOS 1938-39 KM16-19 VF $7.00



THE PARAGUAYAN COIN THAT WAS NOT TO BE 

Paraguay, 1964 Charles De Gaulle visit bronze medalIn 1964 French President Charles De Gaulle planned a visit to Paraguay.  He was the first head-of-state from outside Latin America ever to visit the country, so Paraguay wanted to honor the event with what was supposed to be their first ever commemorative coin.  After the preliminary designs were done, French diplomats objected, because De Gaulle did not want to have his portrait on any legal tender coin. The planned coin was hastily converted into a medal instead. The large 45.4mm piece features the Paraguayan arms, depicting a lion guarding a liberty cap, on the obverse.  The reverse pictures French President Charles De Gaulle and Paraguay President Alfredo Stroessner.  The bronze medal has an oxidized (antiqued) finish. It was struck in a Switzerland with a very limited mintage. It is a scarce and interesting items that are rarely ever offered for sale.
Item PY-MEDAL PARAGUAY CHARLES DE GAULLE VISIT BRONZE MEDAL, 1964 $5.50


WITH HEROES LIKE THESE, WHO NEEDS VILLIANS Wholesale prices available to dealers

Paraguay 7 coin set 1 - 1000 GuaraniThis seven coin set from Paraguay features some of the nations top heroes. With heroes like these it is little wonder that the country has suffered so greatly over the years. The 1000 Guaranies pictures Francisco Solano Lopez, a 19th century megalomaniac whose rule nearly destroyed his country. He ruled the country as his own personal property, at one time he transferred most land in the country to his mistress. Fearful of any potential opposition, ordered the executions of his own brothers and had his mother and sisters tortured, ordered the executions of his own brothers as well as cabinet ministers, judges, bishops, priests and most of the civil officers. He also attempted to have himself canonized by the local bishops. He started wars with Brazil and Argentina, known as the War of the Triple Alliance, which resulted in the near total destruction of his country, loss of vast amounts of territory as well as the loss of over half of its population. Some have estimated that up to 90% of the male population died as a result of the war. The reveres pictures the National Heroes Pantheon. The 500 Guaranies pictures General Bernardino Caballero. In 1881 he organized a coup to become President. He fathered 90 children outside of marriage. In 1886 he rigged the elections to assure his favored candidate would be chosen, and founded the Colorado party. The reverse pictures the Central Bank of Paraguay. The 100 Guaranies pictures General Jose E. Diaz, a hero of the War of the Triple Alliance, who died in battle. He was promoted to General an hour before his death. The reverse pictures Ruins of Humaita, The 50 Guarani depicts Major General José Félix Estigarribia. A military hero for his victory over Bolivia in the Chaco War, he was elected President in 1939. Six months later he suspended the constitution, dissolved the legislature and granted himself broad powers. In 1940 he died in an airplane crash. The reverse pictures the Acaray River Dam. The 10 Guarani depicts General Eugenio Alejandrino Garay, who lead several successful battles in the Chaco War despite his advanced age, and who was an accomplished journalist. The reverse pictures a cow. A generic Paraguayan woman holding a pot is on the 5 Guarani and a Paraguayan soldier is on the 1 Guarani. The top four denominations are dated 2007 or 2008, while the lower three denominations are brass-colored and are dated 1992 to 1996. All seven coins are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item PY-SET7 PARAGUAY 7 COIN SET 1 - 1000 GUARANIES, 1992-2008, KM166a,192,178a,191b,177b,195a,198 BU $9.50

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PERUVIAN SILVER MEDAL CLAIMS PART OF CHILE!

Peru 1925 Recuperar El Morro (Recover El Morro Arica) MedalPeruvian dictator Augusto Bernardino Leguia issued this silver medalette as part of Peru’s Fiestas Patrias Great Military Parade Day in 1925.  The medalette calls for the return of El Morro Arica, which Peru lost to Chile, along with the surrounding territory, 45 years earlier in the War of the Pacific.  Since then the two nations had numerous unfruitful negotiations over the status of the territories.  Recovery of the lost territory had long been a rallying point for Peruvian politicians.  The obverse depicts the coastal mountain El Morro Arica. It is the most recognizable landmark in the area.  Above it is the legend “RECUPERAR EL MORRO”  (Recover El Morro) and “A.B.LEGUIA”.  .  In exergue is the date of the event:“29 JULIO 1925”  The reverse has the legend “JUNTA PATRIOTICA NACIONAL”.  In 1929 the two nations finally came to a formal agreement, El Morro and Arica province remained part of Chile.   The 22.8mm silver medal weighs 5.5 grams and was made with a small hole at the top in order to suspend it from a hanger or ribbon.  The medalette is Uncirculated, though may show some slight friction or bag marks.  It is an unusual and rarely seen piece.
Item PE-MEDAL PERU EL MORRO ARICA SILVER MEDALETTE,1925 $9.50



400th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LIMA MINT

Peru 5 coin set, 5, 10, 25, 50 Centavos & 1 Sol, 1965, Lima Mint, KM
Peru issued this attractive five coin set in 1965 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Lima mint.  The mint, founded in 1565, produced thousands of tons of silver and gold coins, most of which were shipped to Spain or used in trade in the Orient.  The five coin set includes the 5, 10, 25, 50 Centavo and 1 Sol, all struck in brass.  The coins all bear the same design, with a representation of an early coin and the dates “1565 + 1965” on one side and the Peruvian arms and the denomination on the other.  It is an attractive and historic set.
Item PE-SETMINT PERU 400th ANNIVERSARY OF LIMA MINT 5 COIN SET: 5 CENTAVOS - 1 SOL, 1965 UNC-spots.$8.50



LLAMAS FROM PERU

Peru 1/2 & 1 Sol, 1967-1969 KM247 & KM248 Llama or VicunaThis attractive, high relief, two coin set from Peru includes the 1/2 and 1 Sol de Oro from about the late 1960’s.  Both coins feature a llama or a vicuna on the obverse and the Peruvian coat of arms on the reverse.  The arms includes a vicuna, and a cornucopia pouring out gold coins.  The denomination “Sol de Oro” translates as “sun of gold”, however the coins are made of brass.   Coins are Uncirculated but may have spots.
Item PE-SET2L PERU 1/2 & 1 SOL 1967-69, LLAMA KM247 & KM248 AU-UNC. $5.00


HISTORIC VENEZUELA COIN SET

Venezuela 5 coin set: 25 Centimos - 5 Bolivars, 1989-1990
In 1874 Venezuela introduced a new series of coins designed by French Albert Barre depicting Simon Bolivar.  Bolivar liberated much of South America from Spanish rule in the early 19th century. Venezuela named their currency after him.  Barre’s name is prominently displayed beneath Bolivar’s portrait. Venezuela’s coat-of-arms is on the other side of the coin.  Venezuela continued to use this design on all of their coins for over 100 years, making it one of the most consistent coinage designs in modern times.  This set of 5 coins dated 1989 or 1990 includes the 25 and 50 Centimos, 1, 2 and 5 Bolivars struck in nickel-clad steel.  They were the last of these denominations struck with Barre’s design.  Due to continued inflation the coins were discontinued in 1990 because of their minimal buying power.
Item VE-SET90 VENEZUELA 5 COIN SET, 25 CENTIMOS - 5 BOLIVARS 1989-1990 UNC. $7.50



RECENT VENEZUELAIN COINS SET  Restocked

Venezuela 7 coin set, 1 Centavo - 1 Bolivar Y87-Y93 On January 1, 2008 Venezuela implemented a 1000 to 1 revaluation of their currency, replacing the Bolivar with the new Bolivar Fuerte (Strong).  Due to political and economic mismanagement and falling oil prices the Bolivar Fuerte has proved to be anything but strong and has lost almost all of its value.  We offer the now hard to find Bolivar Fuerte coins.  The seven coin set includes the 1, 5, 10, 12 1/2, 25 and 50 Centavos dated 2007 and a bi-metallic 1 Bolivar dated 2012.  The 1 Bolivar pictures national hero Simon Bolivar and has a lettered edge.  The other denominations show the denomination in large numerals on the reverse.  The 12 1/2 Centavos (1/8 Bolivar) is an unusual denomination that harkens back when Spanish Pieces-of-Eight circulated in the region.  Because of severe inflation in Venezuela the coins no longer circulate and are difficult to obtain.
Item VE-SET7 VENEZUELA 7 COIN SET, 1 CENTIMO - 1 BOLIVAR 2007-12 Y87-Y93 UNC. $7.00


NEWATTRACTIVE & UNUSUAL VENEZUELAN BANKNOTES

Venezuela currency set: 2 - 100 Bolivares, FrontVenezuela currency set: 2 - 100 Bolivares, Back
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These full set recent banknotes from Venezuela are both are both attractive and unusual.  They are unusual in that they are issued in both the vertical and horizontal format.  The front of the note is vertical and features a national hero.  The back is horizontal and features native wildlife.  The 2012 2 Bolivares features Francisco de Miranda and a small vignette of a ship on the front. Miranda helped Venezuela to obtain its independence from Spain, only to be betrayed by fellow revolutionary Simon Bolivar. The back pictures two Tonijas, also known as Orinico River Dolphins.  The front of 2011 5 Bolivares features "Negro Primero", also known as Pedro Camejo.  Born a slave, he joined the revolution against Spain and became a brave and skillful army officer, until dying in battle in 1821.  The back of the note features two Giant Armadillo.  The 2014 10 Bolivares depicts Guaicaipuro, who led a coalition of tribes against the Spanish conquest of Venezuela in the 16th century. The back pictures an American Harpy Eagle with the Ucaima Falls in the background.  Luisa Cáceres de Arismendi, is on the 2013 20 Bolivares.  In 1814, at age 15, she married the 39 year old General Juan Bautista Arismendi, who was fighting for Venezuela’s independence from Spain. A few months later the pregnant Luisa was captured by the Spanish in order to exert pressure on her husband.  She was imprisoned in a dark dungeon and given poor food, but did not betray her husband.  Her child died at birth due to the poor prison conditions.  In 1816 Spanish put her on a ship to Spain, however the ship was attacked by privateers, and she and the other passengers were stranded in the Azores.  She was eventually taken to Spain.  All this time she had no communication with her husband, family or friends.  In 1818 she escaped to the United States and from there eventually made it back to Venezuela and to her husband.  She went on to have a total of eleven children. Quite an adventure!   The back depicts two Hawksbill turtles and the Macanao Mountains.  The 2016 50 Bolivares pictures Venezuelan philosopher and educator Simón Rodríguez.  A Spectacled Bear is on the back.  Simon Bolivar, who led the fight for the independence of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia depicted on the front of the 2015 100 Bolivares.  Venezuela’s currency is named after him.  The back features a pair of Red Siskin birds.   On December 12, 2016 the government suddenly demonetized the 100 Bolivares notes, giving citizens two days to redeem their currency.  It was the highest denomination and made up a majority of the value of currency in circulation. The banks of course were not prepared, creating vast chaos.  The government claimed the move was to stop speculators and smugglers.  In reality it mainly hurts the poor who are do most of their transactions in cash, keep what little savings they have in cash and are unable to invest in property, gold or foreign currency.  The notes all measure 69x157mm.  The six notes are all of the denominations currently issued.   The six note set has a current catalog value of $61.50. Because of the recent fall in the value of the Bolivar we can offer the complete set of these beautiful notes at a much better price.
Item PM-VE-SET6 VENEZUELA 6 NOTE SET: 2 - 100 BOLIVARES 2011-2015 P88-P93 AU-UNC. $18.00



NEWNEW INFLATION NOTES FROM VENEZUELA 

Venezuela 2016 inflation currency set: 500 - 20,00 Bolivares, FronVenezuela 2016 inflation currency set: 500 - 20,00 Bolivares, Back
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By December 2016 Venezuela's inflation had spiraled out of control. In a desperate move the government suddenly demonetized the 100 Bolivares note, which was the highest denomination then in circulation.  The 100 Bolivares made up almost half of the value of currency in circulation. A new series of higher denomination notes, ranging from 500 to 20,000 Bolivares was introduced. Citizens were given 2 days to exchange their 100 Bolivar notes for higher denomination notes.  Unfortunately, the government did not have sufficient supplies of the new notes, resulting in chaos, confusion and hardships, especially for the poor who do their transactions in cash and had most of their meager savings in 100 Bolivares notes.  Those with close government or bank connections were spared the hardships.  The new notes utilized same designs as the notes that were already in circulation, but had higher denominations and different colors. The design of the 2 Bolivares was used on the 500 Bolivares, the 5 Bolivares design became the 1000 Bolivares, the 10 Bolivares design was used on the 2000 Bolivares,  the 20 Bolivares design was recycled on the new 5000 Bolivares, the 50 Bolivares design became the new 10,000 Bolivares and the 100 Bolivares design became the new 20,000 Bolivares. Even with the values increasing by 200 to 250 fold, the notes do not keep up with the rapidly increasing prices.   The notes are all dated August 18, 2016 and measure 69x157mm.  They represent a desperate measure by a desperate government that destroyed what was once one of the prosperous nations in South America.
Item PM-VE-SETINFLAT VENEZUELA 6 INFLATION NOTE SET: 500 - 20,0000 BOLIVARES 2016 UNC. $62.50




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