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New UNCIRCULATED 1/2 CENT OF THE WHITE RAJAH OF SARAWAK

Sarawak 1/2 Cent 1933 KM20Sarawak was a privately-owned nation ruled by the Brooke family. The Sultan of Brunei awarded it to the English adventurer James Brooke in 1841 for his help in putting down a rebellion, thus he became the first "White Rajah" of Sarawak. The throne eventually passed down to his grand-nephew Charles Vynar Brooke in 1917.  In 1933 he issued this bronze 1/2 Cent.  The coin was stuck only a single year.  The 18mm coin depicts his head on the obverse and the denomination on the reverse. The coin was struck at the Heaton mint in England and has a mintage of 2 Million pieces.  Due to the heavy destruction suffered during World War II, Charles ceded the country to Great Britain in 1946. It is now part of Malaysia.  This is a scarce, high-grade coin issued by an English family that controlled an entire Asian nation.
Item SAR-20 SARAWAK 1/2 CENT 1933 KM20 UNC.-toned $49.75




LAST COIN OF THE NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES WAS STRUCK IN PHILADELPHIA

Netherlands East Indies 1/2 Cent 1945-P KM314.2 This 17mm bronze Half Cent were struck at the United States Mint in Philadelphia in 1945 in preparation for the liberation of the Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia) from the Japanese. The coin is dated 1945 and the P mintmark is below the date. Indonesia gained independence from the Netherlands shortly after World War II, making them some of the last coins ever issued for what had been a Dutch territory for over 300 years. The coin features the Dutch arms on one side. The other side has legends in Javanese and Malay.  The coin is Uncirculated, though may show some minor spotting as is common on older bronze coins.
Item NEI-HALF NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES 1/2 CENT 1945-P KM314.2 UNC. $3.00



SCARCE IRIAN BARAT COIN  Restocked

Indonesia - Irian Barat 50 Sen coin 1962 KM9Irian 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  It was withdrawn from circulation in 1971.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




OLD 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
Item TIB-SHOx5 5 pieces of TIBET 1 SHO 1918-1928  F-VF $15.00
Item TIB-SHOx100 100 pieces of TIBET 1 SHO 1918-1928 F-VF $195.00



SUN AND MOON TIBETAN COINS

TIBET 5 SHO 1947-49, 2 SUNSTibet 5 Sho 1950-53, Moon & Suncommon reverse on Tibet 5 Sho coins
These copper 5 Sho coins were some of the last coins minted by Tibet before they were invaded by China.  The coin features a Snow Lion standing in front of the mountains on one side and inscriptions on the other.   The coin comes in two major varieties.  The first, dating 1947 to 1949 features two suns, one on either side of the tallest mountain.  The second, dating 1950 to 1953 shows a moon and the sun next to the mountain.  Both are a reminder of this fabled and isolated nation located high in the Himalayas.
Item TIB-5S-SS TIBET 5 SHO 1947-49, 2 SUNS, Y28.1 F-VF $9.00
Item TIB-5S-MS TIBET 5 SHO 1950-53, MOON & SUN, Y28a F-VF  $9.00
Item TIB-5S-BOTH BOTH OF THE ABOVE TIBETIAN 5 SHO COINS F-VF $15.00



NEWOLD COINS OF PORTUGUESE INDIA

Portuguese India 1/8 Tanga coin, 1881-1886 KM307 (KM7)Portuguese India 1/8 Tanga coin, 1901-03 KM14Portuguese India 1/2 Tanga coin, 1901-03 KM16
Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama first visited India in 1498. Portugal soon became the first European nation to establish colonies in India, and for many years enjoyed a profitable monopoly on European trade with India.  With the coming of the British and Dutch in the 17th century, Portuguese power declined. We are pleased to offer the following older coins of Portuguese India.  The copper 1/8 Tanga of Portuguese Luiz I was struck only 3 years: 1881,1884 and 1886.  The king is pictured on the obverse and a crown and denomination on the reverse.   From King Carlos I we offer the bronze 1/8 Tanga and 1/2 Tanga.  Both coins have the same design with the king on the obverse and the Portuguese arms on the reverse. The coins were struck only two years; 1901 and 1903 and the dates are in roman numerals. 
Item IN-PORT-307 PORTUGUESE INDIA 1/8 TANGA 1881-86 LUIZ I  KM307(KM7) G-VG $5.00
Item IN-PORT-14 PORTUGUESE INDIA 1/8 TANGA 1901,1903 CARLOS I  KM14 VG $5.00
Item IN-PORT-16 PORTUGUESE INDIA 1/2 TANGA 1901,1903 CARLOS I  KM16 F $9.00


NewMALACCA FIGHTING COCK TOKEN

Malacca 1 Keping coin AH1247 KM8.1The origins of the cock or rooster token is a bit obscure.  The copper 1 Keping tokens were minted in England for merchants in Singapore for use in Malacca and other parts of Malaya.  The Standard Catalog of World Coins lists them under Malay Peninsula - Malacca, though other references sometimes catalog them under Singapore.  The obverse of the 21mm copper token features a fighting cock and the legend "the land of the Malays" in Malaysian.  The reverse has the denomination and the AH date 1247 which corresponds to 1831AD.  The tokens circulated widely around Singapore and Malaya until the introduction of Straits Settlements coinage in 1845. 
Item MALACCA8 MALACCA 1 KEPING AH1247=1831AD ROOSTER KM8.1 F-VF $12.00



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 Restocked

Palembang tin Pitis AH1203 Muhammad Bahauddin Millies 192, Robinson 9Palembang 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.  It controlled much of the lucrative spice trade – until it was taken over by the Dutch in 1821. This uniface tin 1 Pitis was issued by Sultan Muhammad Bahauddin.  It is dated AH1203, which is 1789AD. 
Item PALEMBANG PALEMBANG TIN PITIS, AH1203=1789 Robinson #9, Millies 192 Fine $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 spots as is typical of zinc coins.
Item TONKIN TONKIN 1/600 PIASTRE 1905, KM1  UNC.-spots $29.75



ATTRACTIVE FRENCH INDO-CHINA CENT Restocked

French Indo-China 1 Cent 1939 KM12.1French Indo-China consisted of the French colonies of what is now Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.  This 1939 1 Cent is the last bronze cent issued for French Indo-China. Shortly after the coins were minted World War II began.  Both France and French Indo-China fell to the Axis forces and the coins were withdrawn.  The obverse features the symbolic figures of France and Indo-China around a center hole.  Beneath the hole is the denomination and “A” mintmark of the Paris mint. The reverse has the denomination in Chinese, patterned after the 4 character Annamese and Chinese cash coins.
Item FIC-1C FRENCH INDO-CHINA 1 CENT 1939 KM12.1 AU 6.00




WORLD WAR II COIN OF FRENCH INDO-CHINA  Restocked

French Indo China 1/4 Cent 1942 Osaka Mint KM25 Hanoi, the capital of French Indo-China  (now Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) fell to the Japanese on December 7, 1941, the same day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.  The Japanese withdraw and melted the Annamese copper and brass cash coins in circulation in order to use their metal in the war effort. The cash coins were valued 1/5 to 1/6 of a cent and were widely used for small transactions. To replace them the Osaka mint in Japan struck a zinc 1/4 cent coin for French Indo-China in 1942. The coins bore the Vichy Government legend of "Etat Francais". We are pleased to offer you this historic World War II coin of French Indo-China.  
Item FIC-QTRC FRENCH INDO-CHINA 1/4 CENT 1942 KM25 Fine $3.00



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 Palestine.  This three-coin set includes the bronze 1, 2 and 5 Mils issued for British Palestine between 1927 and 1946. 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 KM1-3 VF $10.00



WORLD WAR II PALESTINE COIN  

Palestine bronze 5 Mils 1942-1944 KM3aLike many nations, British controlled Palestine changed the alloy of their coins in World War II. Nickel was needed for the war effort, so Palestine changed their 5 Mils coin from copper-nickel to bronze.  The bronze 5 Mil was struck only two years: 1942 and 1944.  Following the war the coin returned to its original alloy.  The coin has a center hole, with legends in English, Arabic and Hebrew.
Item PS-3A PALESTINE BRONZE 5 MILS 1942 or 1944 KM3a VF $5.00


BRITISH WEST AFRICA 1/10 PENNY OF GEORGE V 

British West Africa 1/10 Penny George V KM7 British West Africa was a currency union for Britain’s colonies in western Africa, including Nigeria, Gambia, Gold Coast (now Ghana) and Sierra Leone.  The 1/10 Penny is a 20.5mm copper-nickel coin with a large center hole.  The hole is supposedly to make it easy for natives without pockets to carry coins on a string. One side has the royal crown, name of the monarch in Latin and the denomination spelled out in words in English and Arabic.  The other side features a hexagram similar to the Star of David and the name of the territory. We have the 1/10 Penny of George V dated 1932.  The coins was struck at the British Royal Mint and is Uncirculated.
Item BWA-7 BRITISH WEST AFRICA 1/10 PENNY 1932 GEORGE V KM7 UNC. $3.00


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



OLD ZANZIBAR COIN 

Zanzibar 1 Pysa 1882AD, AH1299 KM1Zanzibar 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 (AH1299), during that brief period of independence.  Today Zanzibar is part of Tanzania.
Item ZANZ1 ZANZIBAR 1 PYSA 1882 KM1 VG $5.00



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 COIN

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



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. $4.50


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


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



COIN OF FRENCH SOMALILAND

French Somaliland 1 Franc 1959 KM8French Somaliland was a French colony at the mouth of the Red Sea.  France acquired the territory in the 1880’s.  In 1977 it became the independent nation of Djibouti. The territory was an important refueling and transshipment port and is the home of important military bases due to its strategic location. It serves as the main port for landlocked Ethiopia. This 1959 aluminum French Somaliland 1 Franc features the Lyre Antelope on the reverse. Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic is on the obverse.  The coin has a mintage of just 200,000 pieces.
Item FR.SOM-1F FRENCH SOMALILAND 1 FRANC 1959 KM8 BU $5.00



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 $6.00



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 

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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