COINS FROM NATIONS THAT NO LONGER EXIST
LARGE GERMAN EAST
AFRICA 5 HELLER
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.
GEA-5H-08 GERMAN EAST AFRICA 5 HELLER 1908
GEA-5H-09 GERMAN EAST AFRICA 5 HELLER 1909
was for many years a rich and important trading post off the coast of
Africa in the Indian Ocean. It is the world's leading producer of
Cloves. After centuries of foreign domination, it achieved
independence in 1860, only to fall under British control 30 years
later. This copper 1 Pysa was struck for only one year, 1882, during
that brief period of independence. Today Zanzibar is part of Tanzania.
ZANZ1 ZANZIBAR 1 PYSA 1882 KM1 Fine out
AFRICAN COIN FROM
THE SHORT REIGN OF EDWARD VIII
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.
E.AF-ED8 EAST AFRICA 10 CENTS 1936
FROM THE BELGIAN CONGO
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.
BECON1F BELGIAN CONGO 1 FRANC 1944-49
ELEPHANT KM26 Fine $3.00
BELGIAN CONGO RUANDA-URUNDI COINS
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
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.
BC-RU-5F BELGIAN CONGO RUANDA-URUNDI 5 FRANCS
1959 KM3 BU $12.00
COIN FEATURES TRADITIONAL FORM OF WEALTH
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
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.
KAT-1 KATANGA 1 FRANC
KM1 1961 UNC. $4.00
KISSING GIRAFFES FROM RHODESIA & NYASALAND
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.
R+N-SET2 RHODESIA & NYASALAND 1/2
PENNY 1958,1962 UNC.
LAST COINS OF BRITISH
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.
ZA-SET2 SOUTH AFRICA 1/2 & 1 PENNY,
British gained control of Palestine from the Ottoman
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.
PALESTINE 3 COIN SET: 1, 2 & 5 MILS
1927-46 VF $11.00
COIN FROM FAR OFF TIBET
Tibet 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.
TIB-SHO TIBET 1 SHO 1918-1928
Y21variety F-VF $4.00
SCARCE COINS OF
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. He
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.
PORTUGUESE MALACCA DINHIERO JOHN III 1521-1557 VF out
PORTUGUESE MALACCA DINHIERO SEBASTIAN 1557-1578 VF $30.00
SCARCE COIN OF DEMAK
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.
DEMAK SULTANATE, TIN PITIS, PANGERAN AL PATAH 1475-1518 VF $19.50
TIN PITIS FROM THE
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
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.
PALEMBANG TIN PITIS 1710-1778 (Millies 202) Fine-VF out
COINS OF SOUTH VIETNAM
We 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.
S-SVN-SET2 SOUTH VIETNAM 1 DONG 1960 KM5
& 50 XU 1963 KM6 UNC.
SET OF SCARCE SAARLAND COINS
is an important center for coal mining and heavy industry located
in Germany along the French border. Most of its citizens are
of German ancestry. Following World War II, France occupied
the region and tried to establish Saarland as a separate nation in an
effort to cripple Germany's industrial base. France assumed
control of its foreign affairs and even issued coins for
Saarland. The coins were struck at the Paris mint and were
the same size and composition as the contemporary French coins. Soon
after the coins were issued, Saarland voted to reunite with Germany,
bringing an end to brief coin issue. We are pleased to offer a complete
set of the only four coins ever issued by Saarland. The set
includes the 1954 aluminum-bronze 10, 20 and 50 Franken and the 1955
copper-nickel 100 Franken. The aluminum-bronze 10, 20 and 50
a stylized factory spewing out pollution and the Saarland arms on the
obverse. The copper-nickel 100 Franken has the arms within a
circle. The reverses of all the coins have the denomination
in German and the date. Perhaps it should have been a clue to
the French when they had to put the legends in German that Saarland
would not remain under French control.
SAAR-SET4 SAARLAND 4 COIN SET 10-100 FRANKEN
FIRST COINS OF
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.
EGER-SET4 EAST GERMANY 4 COIN SET 1 - 50
PFENNIG 1948-50 VF $7.00
EGER-SET3 EAST GERMANY 3 COIN SET 1 - 10
PFENNIG 1952-53 VF-XF $5.00
COIN FOR NAZI PUPPET
BOHEMIA & MORAVIA
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.
BOH-1K BOHEMIA & MORAVIA 1 KORUN
COIN, KM4 VF $5.00
CZECHOSLOVAKIA COIN SET
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
CZECH-SET4 CZECHOSLOVAKIA 4 COIN SET 5 - 50
HALERU 1977-90 AU-UNC. $4.00
FEDERAL PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF
Following 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.
YUGO-SET55 YUGOSLAVIA 7 COIN SET, 50 PARA- 50
DINARS, 1953-1955, UNC. $6.00
FROM YUGOSLAVIA'S HYPER-INFLATION
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.
6 COIN SET, 1 - 100 DINARA 1993 KM154-159 BU $5.00
DUTCH INDIA DUIT DEPICTS KALI
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