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ULTRA-LOW MINTAGE & LOW MINTAGE COINS

These issues have very limited mintages, of anywhere from less than 2500 pieces to just 5 pieces, making them extremely difficult to find.  Due to a fortunate purchase we are able to offer these very scarce coins at very good prices.  



COLUMBUS ON ST. CROIX, VIRGIN ISLANDS DOLLAR  

St. Croix 1 Dollar coin, Christopher Columbus, 2015Christopher Columbus and one of his ships is depicted on this unofficial 2015 dated 1 Dollar coin from St. Croix.  Columbus landed on the island in November 1493 and was attacked by the native Caribs (Kalinagos).  Over the years ownership of the island passed between Spain, the Netherlands, the Knights of Malta, Great Britain, France and Denmark.  Denmark sold it, along with St. Thomas and St. John to the United States in 1916, during World War I.  Today it is part of the United States Virgin Islands.   The obverse  of the coin features a Bananaquit bird, the state bird of the U.S. Virgin Islands, perched on the letters “SC”.  Below is the original Spanish name for the Virgin Islands.   The 40mm Proof coin is struck on silver plated brass and has a mintage of just 250 pieces.
Item CROIX ST. CROIX 1 DOLLAR 2015, COLUMBUS PROOF $22.00


CARIB INDIANS ON ST. JOHN, VIRGIN ISLANDS DOLLAR

St. John, (V.I.) 1 Dollar coin Caribs, 2015Saint John is the smallest of the three main United States Virgin Islands.  Approximately 60% is a National Park.  This unofficial 2015 1 Dollar coin of St. John depicts two native Island Caribs on the reverse.  In the 18th Century Denmark established sugar plantations on the island and enslaved the Caribs to work on the plantations.  The native population was quickly decimated by diseases.  In 1917 Denmark sold the islands to the United States.  The obverse features a Bananaquit bird, the state bird of the U.S. Virgin Islands, perched on the letters “SJ”.  Below is the original Spanish name for the Virgin Islands: Islas Santa Ursla Y Once Mil Virgenes (Islands of St. Ursla and Eleven Thousand Virgins). The 40mm Proof coin is struck on silver plated brass and has a mintage of only 250 pieces.
Item JOHN ST. JOHN 1 DOLLAR 2015, CARIBS PROOF $22.00



BLACKBEARD THE PIRATE ON ST. THOMAS, VIRGIN ISLANDS  DOLLAR

St. Thomas, (V.I.) 1 Dollar coin, 2015St. Thomas is part of the United States Virgin Islands and uses the U.S. dollar for their currency.  However a Russian coin dealer decided it needed its own coin.  He recently issued this attractive 2015 dated 1 Dollar coin for St.Thomas.  One side depicts a pirate Edward Teach, commonly known as Blackbeard, and his ship.  The other side features a bananaquit bird, the state bird of the U.S. Virgin Islands, perched on the letters “ST”.  Below is the original Spanish name for the Virgin Islands.   The 40mm Proof coin is struck on silver plated brass and has a mintage of just 250 pieces.
Item THOMAS ST. THOMAS 1 DOLLAR 2015, EDWARD TEACH (BLACKBEARD) PROOF $22.00


MIDWAY ATOLL DOLLAR

Midway Atoll 1 Dollar 2015Midway Atoll, also known as Midway Islands, is located in the North Pacific about midway between California and Japan.  The United States took possession of the it in 1867.  From 1903 to 1993 it was under control of the United States Navy.  It served as an important port for Navy ships and submarines and a refueling stop for civilian and military transpacific flights.  Leading up to and during World War II much of the atoll was covered with airstrips.  The Battle of Midway which took place June 4 to 6, 1942 was the Allies first major naval victory against the Japanese and was a significant turning point in World War II.  The decisive naval battle which involved the extensive use of aircraft resulted in the destruction of much of the Japanese battle fleet.  The atoll continued to be a Naval Air Station until 1978.  In 1988 the atoll was designated as a National Wildlife Refuge.  It is now part of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The islands are the home to millions of sea birds and 250 different species of marine life.  Despite its historic and ecological importance, the United States government has closed Midway to visitors.  The coin depicts four Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis).  The long-lived birds mate for life.   Over 400,000 breeding pairs make Midway their home.   The reverse features the American Bald Eagle and a coat-of-arms.  The 40mm Proof coin is struck on silver plated brass and has a mintage of 250 pieces. 
Item MIDWAY MIDWAY ATOLL 1 DOLLAR 2015, PROOF $22.00


WAKE ISLAND DOLLAR

Wake Island 1 Dollar, 2015Wake Island is a coral atoll in the Western Pacific controlled by the United States and is also claimed by the Marshall Islands.  It was once a major refueling stop for civilian and military aircraft crossing the Pacific, but with the advent of longer range aircraft in the 1970’s commercial aviation has virtually ceased. Today the island has about 94 residents and is administered by the United States Air Force.  The obverse of this unofficial 2015 dated 1 Dollar coin of Wake Island depicts a Buff-Banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis).  The reverse features the American Bald Eagle and a coat-of-arms.  The 40mm Proof coin is struck on silver plated brass and has a mintage of only 250 pieces.
Item WAKE WAKE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2015, PROOF $22.00


NEW FREE REPUBLIC OF LIBERLAND COIN CELEBRATES SOCCER

Liberland 500 c 2016 coinThe Free Republic of Liberland was founded in 2015. It is located on a 7 sq. kilometer (2.7 sq. miles) area on the Danube River between Serbia and Croatia known as Gornja Siga.  Because of the shifting path of the river, neither country claimed the territory, so it was claimed by Czech politician and activist Vít Jedlička.  He is attempting to establish a libertarian nation on the property.  Though Croatia does not claim the territory, it does not allow anyone to enter the territory either, which has made it difficult to establish the new nation.  That however has not stopped over 400,000 people from registering for citizenship on its website. This 2016 500 Corona of Liberland commemorates the 2018 FIFA World Cup Soccer championships to be held in Russia.  One side depicts two players and the trophy with legends in Russian and English.  The other side has the coat-of-arms and legends in the two official languages of Liberland: Czech and English.  The 40mm coin is struck on silver-plated brass,  has a mintage of only 200 pieces and is Proof-like.
Item LIBERLAND LIBERLAND 500 CORONA 2016, PROOF-LIKE $22.00


SCARCE 1990 ARMENIA MEMORIAL RUBLE & PATTERNS

Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) Memorial Ruble 1990In 1990 the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF), also known as Dashnaktsutyun,  issued Memorial Rubles to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of its founding.  At the time Armenia was still under Soviet control and the ARF was in many ways serving as a government in exile to the Armenian community.  The ARF was established in 1890 in Russia. The left-leaning political party advocated a unified, independent Armenia and was instrumental in the creation of the short-lived first Armenian Republic in 1918.  In 1920 the Soviets took over Armenia and exiled the leadership of the ARF. The party became established in the Armenian Diaspora with affiliates in more than 20 nations.  The party holds seats in the parliaments of Armenia, Nagarno-Karabakh and Lebanon.  The obverse of the coin depicts the ARF emblem which features a sword, shovel, quill pen and an arm holding a banner.  The reverse shows the Sardarapat memorial bell tower and Mount Ararat.  At Saradarapt a rag-tag army of Armenians defeated the Ottomans in 1918 and established the first Armenian Republic.  Precious metal versions of the Ruble were sold to collectors to raise funds.  4000 nickel-silver versions of the coin were also struck and distributed to party supporters in Soviet controlled Armenia and the Diaspora community.  We also have available scarce gold plated Proof patterns of the coin.  The patterns feature either the obverse or reverse design of the coin, with the word “pattern” in Russian on the other side.  Only 25 of each of the pattern coins were struck.   We are pleased to offer these scarce coins and patterns that are unknown to most collectors.
Item AM-RUBLE90    ARMENIA - A.R.F. 1 ROUBLE 1990 PROOF $39.50
Item AM-REV-PAT     REVERSE PATTERN OF ARMENIA 1 ROUBLE 1990 (Memorial & Mountain) PROOF $49.50
Item AM-OBV-PAT     OBVERSE PATTERN OF ARMENIA 1 ROUBLE 1990 (ARF Emblem) PROOF $49.50



LOW MINTAGE 1996 ATLANTA OLYMPIC PATTERN COINS FROM TANZANIA

Error ObverseTanania 2000 Shilingi pattern coin reverse with "Shillingi" spelling error          Tanania 2000 Shilingi pattern coin reverse with corrected reverseCorrected Obverse
BOXERS on COPPER Tanzania 2000 Shilingi Atlanta Olympics pattern coin.FEMALE HURDLER on ALUMINUM Tanzania 2000 Shilingi Atlanta Olympics pattern coin.DISCUS on GILT ALLOY Tanzania 2000 Shilingi Atlanta Olympics pattern coin.SPRINTER on BRASSTanzania 2000 Shilingi Atlanta Olympics pattern coin.
In the 1990's a firm in London named the International Currency Bureau, Ltd, commonly known as ICB , attempted to win contracts to issue coins for various third world nations.  They would design and strike a limited number of pattern coins for each country in hopes of winning a contract.  Though many of their issues were attractive, they were unable to win any major contracts.  After a few years they went bankrupt and were liquidated.  In 1996 ICB produced a number of pattern 2000 Shilingi coins for Tanzania. The coins all commemorated the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta Georgia, the Olympics Centenary and the 15th Anniversary of the Independence of Tanzania. The 38mm coins were struck in various metals, with both reeded and unreeded edges.   The reverse features various Olympic athletes.  The obverse featured the arms of Tanzania and the denomination.  Unfortunately for the initial series of coins they misspelled the denomination as "Shillingi" rather than "Shilingi" on the reverse. Only 25 of each variety of the coins with the mispelled error reverse were struck.  ICB then redesigned the obverse and struck another series of coins with the same reverse dies but using the corrected obverse dies.  100 of each variety of the corrected coins were struck.  We recently acquired a very limited number of these scarce and attractive pattern coins.  They are some of the scarcest 1996 Atlanta Olympic coins available! The coins are all denominated as 2000 Shillingi or 2000 Shilingi and are Proof.  Some of the brass issues may be be slightly toned.  Items are listed by the Bruce number as listed in the Unusual World Coins book.
Item TZ-X3d.1 HURDLER/ERROR REVERSE, ALUMINUM, REEDED (Mintage 25) $45.00
Item TZ-X8e.2 BOXERS/CORRECTED REVERSE, Gilt Alloy, PLAIN EDGE (Mintage 100) $29.50
Item TZ-X8e.2 BOXERS/CORRECTED REVERSE, COPPER, PLAIN EDGE (Mintage 100) $29.50
Item TZ-X9a.1 DISCUS/CORRECTED REVERSE, BRASS, REEDED (Mintage 100) $29.50
Item TZ-X9b.1 DISCUS/CORRECTED REVERSE, Gilt Alloy, REEDED (Mintage 100) $29.50
Item TZ-X10b.2 HURDLER/CORRECTED REVERSE, Gilt Alloy, PLAIN EDGE (Mintage 100) $29.50
Item TZ-X10d.2 HURDLER/CORRECTED REVERSE, ALUMINUM, PLAIN EDGE (Mintage 100) $29.50
Item TZ-X13a.1 SPRINTER/CORRECTED REVERSE, BRASS, REEDED (Mintage 100) $29.50
Item TZ-X13b.2 SPRINTER/CORRECTED REVERSE, Gilt Alloy, PLAIN EDGE (Mintage 100) $29.50
Item TZ-X13d.2 SPRINTER/CORRECTED REVERSE, ALUMINUM, PLAIN EDGE (Mintage 100) $29.50




TOPLESS WOMEN ON SENEGAL COINS

Senegal 6000 Francs 2005 Pride of Africa woman on bi-metallic coinThis Senegal 2005 dated 6000 CFA Franc coin is available in five different versions, with mintages from 2006 pieces to just 25 pieces. The coins depict "Joy S.". According to the legend she is “The Pride of Africa”. The regular version is a copper-nickel and brass bi-metallic with a mintage of just 2006 pieces  25 pieces were also struck as a silver-centered bi-metallic with a gold plated ring and 25 pieces were struck in .999 fine silver.   The reverses of the 28.4mm coins depict an map of Africa and an elephant head.
Item SN-12 SENEGAL 6000 FRANCS 2006 BIMETAL Regular issue (mintage 2006 pieces) Br.X12 UNC. $35.00
 Item AFR-SN13a-PREC SENEGAL 6000 FRANCS SILVER/GOLD BIMETAL, (mintage 25) Br.X13a BU $195.00
 Item AFR-SN13-AR SENEGAL 6000 FRANCS SILVER (mintage 25) Br.X13 BU out



SCARCE BI-METALLIC AFRICAN PRESIDENT COINS WITH MINTAGES OF ONLY 500 PIECES!

Benin bimetallic 6000 Francs 2003 President KerekouCameroon bimetallic 6000 Francs 2003 President BiyaIvory Coast (Cote d'Ivorie) bimetallic 6000 Francs 2003 President GbagboCommon reverse to African Presidential 6000 Franc coins
These bi-metallic 6000 CFA Franc coins have a mintage of only 500 pieces each, yet are still reasonably priced. The 28.4mm coins have a copper-nickel center in a brass ring. The coins are dated 2003 and feature a portrait of the President and a map of their country on the obverse. A map of Africa and elephant’s head is on the reverse.  The Benin issue depicts President Mathieu Kerekou.  Unlike most African Presidents, in 2006 he actually retired when his term was up.  President Paul Biya is on the Cameroon coin.  He has been President since 1982. The coin catalogs for $80.00.  The Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivorie) depicts President Laurent Gbagbo.  He was President from 2000 until 2011, when he was arrested and extradited to the International Criminal Court.  
Item BJ-PRES BENIN 6000 FRANCS 2003 Br.X41 PRES.KEREKOU (Mintage 500) UNC. $29.50
Item CM-PRES CAMEROON 6000 FRANCS 2003 Br.X27 PRES. BIYA (Mintage 500) UNC. $29.50
Item CI-PRES IVORY COAST 6000 FRANCS 2003 Br.X7 PRES. GBAGBO (Mintage 500) UNC. $29.50


TOPLESS WOMEN ON  TOGO BIMETALLIC COIN

Togo bi-metallic 6000 Francs coin pictureing a topless womanThis bi-metallic 6000 Francs from Togo depicts a topless Guin Woman. The Guin are a tribe originally from Ghana, that settled along the coast of Togo in pre-colonial times.  The coin has a mintage of only 1200 pieces.  The 2003 dated coin is Uncirculated and are quite scarce.
Item TG-GUIN TOGO 6000 FRANCS 2003 GUIN WOMAN BIMETAL (Mintage 1200)  Br.X 21 UNC $25.00


AFRICAN COINS FEATURE TRADITIONAL AFRICAN MONEY Wholesale prices available to dealers


Africa 1500 Franc coins of 2005 Common reverse of African 1500 Franc 2005 issues
Six member nations of the African Development Bank issued a series of coins, each of which features a form of traditional money used in the member nation.  Each coin bears the denomination of 1500 CFA Francs. The coins are 27mm nickel-plated steel and are dated 2005.  One side features an Elephant’s head and a map of Africa while the other features a form of traditional money.  The Cameroon issue features a Mambila. Three pieces of Spear Money is shown on the coin of the Central African Republic.  A Manilla is shown on the Chad issue.  A Katanga Cross is on the coin from the Congo Republic.  A pair of Cowrie shells is on the Equatorial Guinea coin.  The Gabon coin shows a piece of Throwing Knife Money. Each coin has a mintage of only 2005 pieces!  Individually they are interesting coins.  As a set they display the wide range of items used for money in Africa prior to the introduction of coins and currency.
Item CM-PRIM CAMEROON 1500 FRANCS 2005 Mambila  Br.X26 (Mintage 2005 pieces) Unc. $12.50
Item CF-PRIM CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 1500 Francs 2005 Spear Money Br.X12 (Mintage 2005 pieces) Unc. $17.50
Item TD-PRIM CHAD 1500 Francs 2005 Manilla Br.X19 (Mintage 2005 pieces) Unc. $17.50
Item CG-PRIM CONGO REPUBLIC 1500 Francs 2005 Katanga Cross Br.X46 (Mintage 2005 pieces) Unc. $17.50
Item GQ-PRIM EQUATORIAL GUINEA 1500 Francs 2005 Cowries Br.X124(Mintage 2005 pieces) Unc. $17.50
Item GA-PRIM GABON 1500 Francs 2005 Throwing knife Money Br.X16(Mintage 2005 pieces) Unc. $17.50
Item AFRICA-PRIM SET OF ABOVE 6 AFRICAN COINS PICTURING PRIMITIVE MONEY Unc. $89.50

MULTI-CURRENCY COIN FROM BENIN Wholesale prices available to dealers


Benin 1500 Francs multi-currency coinThis unusual coin of Benin is denominated in three different currencies!  The coin is denominated in the local currency: 1500 CFA Francs, a common currency used by a number of African nations that were once French colonies.  More unusual is that the coin is also denominated as 2.30 Euros and 3.45 Swiss Francs.  The 2005 coin was issued to honor (and sell at) the 2005 coin fairs in Basel, Switzerland and Piacenza, Italy. The coin features a map of Europe highlighting the 25 members of the European Union plus Switzerland one one side, and a map of Africa on the other. The coin has a mintage of only 2005 pieces.
Item BJ-EU BENIN 1500 FRANCS, 2.30 EUROS, 3.45 SWISS FRANCS, 2005  Br.X44 (Mintage 2005 pices) UNC. $8.50


RARE ODD DENOMINATION ARAUCANIA-PATAGONIA COINS AND PATTERNS

Araucania-Patagonia 87 Pesos 2014 error date coin and patterns with error birth dateAraucania-Patagonia 87 Pesos 2014 correct date coin, Nickel-Silver
 These 2014 dated Araucania-Patagonia 87 Pesos coins were issued to commemorate the 87 years of the life of the Prince Felipe, who died in 2014.    The reverse bears the inscription in Spanish "To the memory of Prince Felipe / 1921 * 2014".  Unfortunately due to an engraving error, the birth date was wrong on the initial batch of coins  The correct date is 1927 rather than 1921.  Only 25 nickel-silver versions of the coin were struck, along with 15 of the copper Patterns and 15 of the gold plated Patterns with the error date.  The minting was then stopped and a new reverse die ordered..  The corrected version has the dates "1927 *** 2014" and was struck in nickel-silver, copper and gold-plated.  Only 87 of each of the correct versions of the coins were struck. The coins all utilize the same obverse, depicting Prince Felipe.   The Patterns utilize the obverse of Maision de Frappe Fleure de Coin, a private mint in Quebec.  They are all extraordinarily rare pieces that had very limited distribution.
Item AP-87ERR ARAUCANIA-PATAGONIA 87 PESOS 2014 ERROR DATE COIN, MATTE UNC. $75.00
Item AP-PAT87-COP ARAUCANIA-PATAGONIA 87 PESOS 2014 COPPER ERROR DATE PATTERN, MATTE UNC. $80.00
Item AP-PAT87-GOLD ARAUCANIA-PATAGONIA 87 PESOS 2014 GOLD PLATED ERROR DATE PATTERN, MATTE UNC. $85.00
 Item AP-87NS ARAUCANIA-PATAGONIA 87 PESOS 2014 CORRECT DATE, NICKEL-SILVER PROOF $40.00
 Item AP-87COP ARAUCANIA-PATAGONIA 87 PESOS 2014 CORRECT DATE, COPPER PROOF $45.00
 Item AP-87GLD ARAUCANIA-PATAGONIA 87 PESOS 2014 CORRECT DATE, GOLD-PLATED PROOF $50.00




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