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NEWLARGE GERMAN EAST AFRICA 5 HELLER

German East Africa 5 Heller KM11 (1908-1909) German East Africa was a German colony that encompassed what are today the nations of Rwanda, Burundi, most of Tanzania as well as portions of Mozambique, Kenya and Uganda.  This large bronze 5 Heller is 37mm in diameter and weighs 20 grams, making it inconveniently large and heavy for a low value coin.  It was struck only two years, 1908 and 1909, before being replaced with a smaller copper-nickel coin. One side features the German Imperial crown.  The denomination within a wreath is on the other.  The coin was struck at the Hamburg (J) mint. With the advent of World War I, most of the coins were melted down for their metal and few survive today.
Item GEA-5H-08 GERMAN EAST AFRICA 5 HELLER 1908 KM11 VF $75.00
Item GEA-5H-09 GERMAN EAST AFRICA 5 HELLER 1909 KM11 VF $89.00



GERMAN EAST AFRICA EMERGENCY WWI COINS & CURRENCY

German East Africa (D.O.A.) 20 Heller 1916, KM15 & KM15aGerman East Africa 1 Rupia note, 1916
With the outbreak of World War I in July 1914, German East Africa soon found itself isolated due to an effective British naval blockade.  The one German warship in the region, the light cruiser SMS Königsberg led British Royal Navy on a merry chase, sinking both military and merchant ships, before being forced back to German East Africa due to engine problems.  The British were forced to tie twenty ships and ten aircraft before finding and trapping the crippled German ship.  The Germans eventually scuttled the ship, salvaging what they could, rather than letting it fall to the British.  On land, German Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck, with a small force of some 3500 German and 12,000 native soldiers and porters engaged in an effective guerilla war against the British.  He managed to tie up well over 40,000 British soldiers, caused extensive British casualties, and compelled Britain to commit significant resources to this minor colonial theater.  Though he frequently retreated, he was never defeated.  After the war he was honored by both the Germans and British as a brave and resourceful commander.   The Germans needed money to pay their troops and purchase supplies.  Utilizing equipment salvaged from the Königsberg  and other ships, a crude mint was set up in Tabora.    These 20 Heller coins were struck in brass and copper at the Tabora mint utilizing hand cut dies. Metal for the coins came from many sources, including spent cartridges, artillery shell casings, wiring, and metal salvaged from the Königsberg.  One side depicts the imperial German crown, the date “1916”, the initials “D.O.A.” (for Deutsch-Ostafrika, or German East Africa) and the “T” mintmark for Tabora.  The other side has the denomination surrounded by two laurel branches.  300,000 copper or bronze and 1.5 million brass 20 Heller coins were struck before the Tabora was abandoned to British and Belgian forces. The coins are approximately 29mm in diameter.  The 1 Rupie banknote is dated February 1, 1916. The front features the German Imperial Eagle.  A greasy stamp was usually applied over the Eagle. The back has legends in both German and Swahili and a purple arabesque diagonal band bearing the words “Ein Rupie” overprinted on the note.  The note is approximately 102mm x 62mm.  German East Africa encompassed what is today the nations of Rwanda, Burundi, most of Tanzania as well as small portions of Mozambique, Kenya and Uganda.  The banknote and coins are important World War I emergency issues made in an embattled colony cut off from its mother country.
Item GEA-20HBRASS GERMAN EAST AFRICA 20 HELLER 1916 BRASS KM15a F-VF $22.00
Item GEA-20HBNZ GERMAN EAST AFRICA 20 HELLER 1916 BRONZE KM15 F-VF $30.00
Item PM-GEA-1R GERMAN EAST AFRICA 1 RUPIE NOTE 1916 F-VF $16.00

BRITISH EAST AFRICAN COIN FROM THE SHORT REIGN OF EDWARD VIII

British East Africa 10 Cents 1936 Edward VII KM24Edward VIII reigned for less than a year in 1936, before he renounced the throne in order that he could marry Mrs. Wallace Simpson, an American divorcee.  This bronze 10 Cents from British East Africa is one of the few coins that were issued in the name of Edward VIII during his brief reign. One side of the 30mm coin shows four elephant tusks.  The other shows the imperial crown and the name of the monarch.  The coin has a center hole to make it easy for natives to carry it on a string and to make it easily distinguishable from other coins.  British East Africa is now the independent nations of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Somaliland.
Item E.AF-ED8 EAST AFRICA 10 CENTS 1936 EDWARD VIII KM14 Fine-VF  $3.00



ELEPHANT COIN FROM ITALIAN TRUST TERRITORY OF SOMALIA

Somalia - Italian Trust Territory, 5 Centesimi 1950 KM2From 1950 to 1960 Italy administered the United Nations Trust Territory of Somalia. It consisted of the former Italian Somaliland, which is now the southern and eastern portions of the Federal Republic of Somalia.  This 25mm copper 5 Centesimi was minted in 1950 for use in the territory.  The obverse features an elephant head.  The reverse has the date, denomination and mint name “ROMA” in unusually large letters for a mint mark.
Item SO-2 SOMALIA 5 CENTESIMI 1950 KM2 BU $10.00


ELEPHANT FROM THE BELGIAN CONGO 

Belgian Congo brass 1 Franc picturing an elephant This brass 1 Franc coin of the Belgian Congo (now the Congo Democratic Republic) features a striding elephant.  First issued in 1944, during World War II, it was also struck in 1946 and 1949.   It is 19.2mm in diameter.   The coin is always popular with coin collectors and elephant lovers.  
Item BECON1F BELGIAN CONGO 1 FRANC 1944-49 ELEPHANT KM26 Fine $3.00



SCARCE BELGIAN CONGO RUANDA-URUNDI COINS

Belgian Congo Ruanda-Urundi 5 Francs 1959 KM3Belgian Congo Ruanda-Urundi was an administrative unit that was made up of the three territories that Belgium controlled in Africa.  Those territories now make up the independent nations of the Congo Democratic Republic, Rwanda and Burundi.  The territories covered a vast area of almost 80 times the size of Belgium!  We are pleased to offer this 1959 5 Franc from this vast African territory. The 28mm aluminum coin features a palm tree on one side and the Belgian arms on the other. The  scarce, short-lived series ceased after the Congo gained independence in 1960.
Item BC-RU-5F BELGIAN CONGO RUANDA-URUNDI 5 FRANCS 1959 KM3 BU $12.00



LION ON SCARCE, SHORT-LIVED COIN OF RWANDA-BURUNDI

Rwanda Burundi 1 Franc 1961 KM1After Belgian Congo gained its independence in 1960, Belgium issued a coin for what was left of its African territories: Rwanda and Burundi.   Only a single coin type was issued for the joint territory of Rwanda-Burundi: a brass 1 Franc.  This brass 1961 brass 1 Franc coin features a walking lion on one side.  The other has the names of the territories and the denomination.    In 1962 Rwanda and Burundi were both granted independence
Item RWBU-1F RWANDA-BURUNDI 1 FRANC 1961 KM1 UNC. $6.00



KATANGA COIN FEATURES TRADITIONAL FORM OF WEALTH  

Katanga 1 Franc 1961 A bloody civil war broke out in the Belgian Congo upon it gaining independence from Belgium in 1960.  Katanga, a mineral rich province in the south, declared itself independent from the rest of the Congo. Various factions were supported by the United States and the Soviet Union, while the United Nations tried to negotiate a truce.  This Uncirculated 1961 1 Franc 1961 was issued only a single year.  Shortly thereafter Katanga was forcibly reunited with the Congo.  The coin displays the country's traditional form of money, the Katanga Cross, on one side of the coins. A bunch of bananas is shown on the other.
Item KAT-1  KATANGA 1  FRANC KM1  1961 UNC. $4.00


DANCING ELEPHANTS & KISSING GIRAFFES FROM RHODESIA & NYASALAND

Rhodesia and Nyasaland 1/2 and 1 Penny KM1 & KM2Great Britain issued a joint coinage for their African colonies of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.  The attractive coins feature native wildlife.  The 1958 1/2 Penny shows two giraffes that appear to be kissing, while the 1962 1 Penny features a pair of dancing elephants! The reverses have the name of the colonies, denomination and date.  Both coins are bronze and have a center hole so they could be strung together by natives who often did not have pockets. Rhodesia & Nyasaland is now the independent countries of Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabawe.  Both coins are Uncirculated.
Item R+N-SET2 RHODESIA & NYASALAND 1/2 & 1 PENNY 1958,1962 UNC. $9.50



LAST COINS OF BRITISH SOUTH AFRICA

British South Africa 1/2 and 1 Penny, 1960The bronze 1960 1/2 and 1 Penny were two of the last coins of British ruled South Africa.  In 1961 the white minority government of South Africa declared itself a republic, withdrew from the British Commonwealth and replaced the South African Pound with the Rand.  Both coins have a similar design.  The obverses depicts the young head of Queen Elizabeth.  The reverses features the Dutch East India Company sailing ship Dromedaris.  The ship, under the command of Jan van Riebeeck, brought the first white settlers to South Africa in 1652.  Both coins are Uncirculated.
Item A-SET2 SOUTH AFRICA 1/2 & 1 PENNY, 1960 KM45-46 UNC. $4.00



COINS OF THE STRAITS SETTLEMENTS

Straits Settlements 1/4 Cent 1916 KM27Straits Settlements 50 Cents 1920-21 KM35.1
The Straits Settlements were a group of British colonies located around the Straits of Malaya, which today are Singapore and parts of Malaysia.  We are pleased to offer two scarce coins of this now long gone nation.  The bronze 1/4 Cent of King George V was minted only a single year: 1916.  The coin is 22.5mm in diameter and grades Very Good to Fine.  The silver 50 Cents of King George V was minted only two years, 1920 and 1921.  The 28mm coin is struck in .500 fine silver and contains .1345 troy ounces of silver.  The coin grades Very Fine to Extra Fine.   Both coins feature George V on the obverse and the date and denomination on the reverse.
Item STRAITS-QTR STRAITS SETTLEMENTS BRONZE 1/4 CENT 1916 KM27 VG-F $6.00
Item STRAITS50C STRAITS SETTLEMENTS SILVER 50 CENTS 1920-1921 KM35.1 VF-XF out


CENT FROM BRITISH NORTH BORNEO

British North Borneo 1 Cent KM3North Borneo was a former British colony that is now part of Malaysia. This 20mm copper-nickel 1 Cent of British North Borneo dates from between 1935 and 1941.  One side of the coin shows the denomination.  The other side shows the countries arms which include two natives (one with a very large sword) upholding a shield that shows a lion and a ship.   The coins were struck at the Heaton Mint in Birmingham.
Item BNB1C BRITISH NORTH BORNEO 1 CENT 1935-1941 KM3 VF $9.00



BRITISH PALESTINE COIN SET

British Palestine coin set: 1 2 & 5 MilsThe British gained control of Palestine from the Ottoman Empire after World War I.  Following World War II Israel was created out of part of Palestine. Proposals for peace in the middle east have called for a new Palestinian homeland, so Palestine may yet re-emerge as an independent nation. This three-coin set includes the bronze 1, 2 and 5 Mils issued for Palestine between 1927 and 1946 while it was still under British control.  In order to satisfy the Jews and Arabs in the territory, as well as their British rulers, the coins have their legends in three different languages, Arabic, English and Hebrew and the date in both the AD and AH calendar.  
Item PS-SET3 PALESTINE 3 COIN SET: 1, 2 & 5 MILS 1927-46 VF $11.00


COINS OF SOVIET CENTRAL ASIA: BUKHARA & KHIVA

EMIRATE OF BUKHARA 10 TENGE (1919-1920) KM53, Y11Khanate of Khiva (Khwarezm) 5 Tenga (1917-1919) Y10
Prior to the Russian Revolution the Emirate of Bukhara and the Khanate of Khiva were semi-independent nations under nominal Russian control.  They have been listed in various coin catalogs under Central Asia or Soviet Central Asia.  The coins of Khiva are often listed under Khwarezm.  With the outbreak of the Russian Revolution in 1917 various factions tried to gain control of each of the countries, however eventually the Bolsheviks gained control of the region and incorporated it into the Soviet Union, and their territory divided between various Soviet Republics.  Today their territory lies within parts Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan.  We offer the following coins that that were issued by Bukhara and Khiva during the brief period between the start of the Russian Revolution and their incorporation into the Soviet Union.. From Bukhara we offer the brass 10 Tenge issued from 1919 to 1920.  From Khiva (Khwarezm) we have the copper 5 Tenge issued from 1917 to 1919.  The coin has a rough appearance, probably from being in a damp environment.   Coins from Bukhara and Khiva tend to be crude and poorly struck, with part of the design not showing due to improper minting.  In keeping with Islamic tradition the designs consist primarily of calligraphy.   These scarce coins are popular with One-a-Country collectors as well as collectors of Russian coins.
Item BUK11 BUKHARA 10 TENGE (1919-1920) KM53, Y11 G-CRUDE $30.00
Item KHIVA10 KHIVA (KHWAREZM) 5 TENGA (1917-1919) Y10 AG-G-CRUDE OUT



NEWOLD COIN FROM FAR OFF TIBET  

Tibet copper 1 Sho 1918-1928Tibet is a fabled and isolated country located high in the Himalayas that is now controlled by China. This copper 1 Sho coin was issued from 1918 to 1928.  It features a snow lion on one side and inscriptions on the other.   The Snow Lion is a mythological animal that represents cheerfulness and clarity of thought.
Item TIB-SHO  TIBET 1 SHO 1918-1928 Y21variety F-VF $4.00




SCARCE COINS OF PORTUGUESE MALACCA

Portuguese Malacca tin Dinheiro of John III 1521-1557Portugal took Malacca in 1511 and controlled it for the next 130 years, until it was conquered by the Dutch East India Company.  Today it is part of Malaysia.  The Malacca mint produced these tin Dinheiro coins for use in the territory.  John III (Joao III) ruled Portugal from 1521 to 1557. He expanded Portugal’s colonization of Brazil and Asia.  He was called the “Grocer King” due to his country’s rich profits from the spice trade.  His tin Dineiro features a Cross with the letters “ISMA” in the four quadrants, which stood for Ioanes Senhor MalaccA, meaning struck for King John at Malacca.  The other side depicts an armillary sphere, which was used in navigation.  Portuguese Malacca tin Dineiro of Sebastian 1557-1578He was succeeded by his young grandson, Sebastian I (Sebastio I).  Sebastian became king at age 3 in 1557.  Sebastian died in battle in a crusade against Morocco in 1578, before marrying or producing any heirs.  One side of his coin features three arrows with the letters “BA”, which may mean “Bazaruco, or bazaar money, indicating it was for local use. The other side has a crude representation of an armillary sphere on the other.  Both coins are about 16mm to 18mm in diameter.  They show little wear, but are crudely struck.
Item MALC-JOHN PORTUGUESE MALACCA DINHIERO JOHN III 1521-1557 VF out
Item MALC-SEB PORTUGUESE MALACCA DINHIERO SEBASTIAN 1557-1578 VF $30.00


SCARCE COIN OF DEMAK SULTANATE

Demak Sultanate tin Pitas Raden Patah 1475-1518The Demak Sultanate was founded about 1475 by Sultan Pangeran al Patah, also known as Raden Patah. He was of Javanese nobility and his mother may have been a Chinese princess who had been exiled from China.  His Sultanate was the first Muslim state in Java.  He quickly expanded his Sultanate to include most of the northern coast of Java and southern Sumatra.  This was an important step in bringing Islam to what is now Indonesia. The Sultan ruled until his death in 1518.  The Sultanate lasted about another 30 years, until it collapsed in a dynastic feud. The Sultanate prospered through trade in spices, rice and its control over Javanese trading ports.   This Pitis of Sultan Pangeran al Patah is one of the few affordable coins of the Demak Sultanate.  The uniface tin coin is approximately 19mm to 20mm in diameter and grades Very Fine.
Item DEMAK DEMAK SULTANATE, TIN PITIS, PANGERAN AL PATAH 1475-1518 VF $19.50


TIN PITIS FROM THE SULTANATE OF PALEMBANG

Palembang tin Pitis 1710-1778AD, Millies 202Palembang is one of the oldest cities in Indonesia.  It is located on the Musi river on the island of Sumatra.  The Sultanate of Palembang was established in the early 17th century by Javanese nobles fleeing from dynastic intrigues after the collapse of the Sultanate of Demak.  It soon became the one of the greatest agricultural and trade centers in the Malay area.  This undated tin Pitis was issued by the Sultanate of Palembang between 1710 and 1778.  The uniface coin has crude Malay-Arabic inscriptions around a center hole.
Item PALEMBANG PALEMBANG TIN PITIS 1710-1778 (Millies 202) Fine-VF $5.00


ONLY COIN OF TONKIN 

Tonkin 1/600 Piastre 1905Tonkin was a French protectorate, that later became part of North Vietnam.  Tonkin issued only a single coin, a zinc 1/600 Piastre, (1/6 cent) dated 1905.   The coin, commonly called a Sapeque, was intended to replace the widely used Annamese cash coins in circulation.  It was struck in the style of a cash coin: round with a square hole.  One side of the coin had Chinese legends, the other had French legends.  The coin proved to be unpopular with the Vietnamese and most never entered circulation. The coin is Uncirculated, however it will have some minor spots as is typical of zinc coins.
Item TONKIN TONKIN 1/600 PIASTRE 1905, UNC.-spots $39.50


COINS OF SOUTH VIETNAM

South Vietnam 1 Dong 1960South Vietnam 50 Xu 1963We offer two of the first coins issued after the formal establishment of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) in 1954. The 1960 copper-nickel 1 Dong and the 1963 aluminum 50 Xu.  Both coins picture Ngo Dinh Diem, the autocratic and corrupt ruler of South Vietnam who was assassinated in 1963.  The reverses of the coins picture bamboo.  The coins were struck at the Paris mint. Both coins are Uncirculated.
Item S-SVN-SET2 SOUTH VIETNAM 1 DONG 1960 KM5 & 50 XU 1963 KM6 UNC. $5.75


FIRST COINS OF EAST GERMANY

First coins of East GermanyEast Germany cold war era coin set
East Germany issued its first coins in 1948 while it was still under the occupation of the Soviet Army.  The coins consisted of the aluminum 1, 5 and 10 Pfennig.  The coins featured an ear of grain and a cogwheel, which symbolized a communist "Workers' and Farmers' state".  The denomination was on the other side.  In 1950 an aluminum-bronze 50 Pfennig was also minted.  It pictured smoky factories spewing out pollution and an old plow. In 1952 a new series of aluminum 1, 5 and 10 Pfennig coins was introduced.  The obverse showing the denomination was basically unchanged, however the new reverse designs featured a compass, hammer and two ears of grain.  The compass represented the intelligentsia, who were supposed to be leading the workers (hammer) and farmers (grain). The new designs were issued only two years: 1952 and 1953.  After the reunification of Germany, the East German coins were withdrawn from circulation and melted.
Item EGER-SET4 EAST GERMANY 4 COIN SET 1 - 50 PFENNIG 1948-50 VF $7.00
Item EGER-SET3 EAST GERMANY 3 COIN SET 1 - 10 PFENNIG 1952-53 VF-XF $5.00



COIN FOR NAZI PUPPET STATE OF BOHEMIA & MORAVIA

Bohemia & Moravia 1 Korun zinc 1941-44The Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in 1938, incorporating part of it into Germany.  In the western portion of what remained they created a puppet state called the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. From Bohemia and Moravia we offer the zinc 1 Korun coin was struck from 1941 until 1944.  One side depicts the Bohemian lion.  The other has Linden branches, the date and the denomination.
Item BOH-1K BOHEMIA & MORAVIA 1 KORUN COIN, KM4 VF $5.00


CZECHOSLOVAKIA COIN SET

Czechoslovakia 4 coin set: 5 - 50 HaleruCzechoslovakia was formed after World War I by joining together the formerly Austrian Hapsburg lands of Bohemia, Slovakia and other territories.  In World War II, Nazi Germany took some of its territory, and divided the rest into two seperate nations:  Slovakia and the Protectorate of Bohemia & Moravia. Following World War II was reunited and  fell under the control of the Soviet Union. It December 1989 it threw off the Soviet sponsored government. Tensions between the Czech and Slovaks increased and on December 31, 1992 the country was again divided into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic.  We offer a four coin set of some of the last coins issued by Czechoslovakia: the 5, 10, 20 and 50 Haleru dating from 1977 to 1990.  The coins have the denomination on one side and the arms of communist Czechoslovakia on the other.;
Item CZECH-SET4 CZECHOSLOVAKIA 4 COIN SET 5 - 50 HALERU 1977-90 AU-UNC. $4.00



FEDERAL PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA Back in stock

Yugoslavia coin setFollowing World War II, Yugoslavia changed its name to The Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia.  The communist nation, under the control of Josip Tito, steered an independent course from the Soviet Union.  It issued one series of coins before changing its name to the Socialist Federal Republic in 1963.  Starting in 1991 the country completely collapsed into the indepedent nations of Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Montenegro. The coins include the aluminum 50 Para, 1, 2 and 5 Dinars dated 1953 and the attractive aluminum-bronze 10, 20 and 50 Dinars dated 1955.  The coin features the emblem of Yugoslavia on the obverse of each coin.  All coins are Uncirculated.
Item YUGO-SET55 YUGOSLAVIA 7 COIN SET, 50 PARA- 50 DINARS, 1953-1955, UNC. $6.00


COINS FROM YUGOSLAVIA'S HYPER-INFLATION

Yugoslavia 1,2,5,10, 50 & 100 Dinara coins, 1993 KM154 - KM159
In the 1990's Yugoslavia underwent a complete collapse as the country broke into five separate nations and inflation soared. Prices sometimes more than doubled within a day!  To keep up with inflation Yugoslavia had to keep introducing new coins and currency.  In early 1993 more new coins and currency were introduced, with 1 new Dinara equal to 1 Million 1992 Dinara.  The new coins featured the national emblem on one side and the denomination on the other. 1, 2, 50, 10, 50 and 100 Dinara coins were issued, however they circulated only briefly. Due to raging inflation they were soon virtually worthless. 
Item YU-SET93 YUGOSLAVIA 6 COIN SET, 1 - 100 DINARA 1993 KM154-159 BU $5.00



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