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NEW2017 SINT MAARTEN COIN FEATURES BOEING 747

Sint Maarten 25 Guilder 2017Sint Maarten is the Dutch portion of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. In 1648 the French and Dutch decided the island was not worth fighting over, so divided it, with the northern portion going to France and the southern portion to the Netherlands.  In 2010 Sint Maarten became a constituent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  This unofficial 2017 Sint Maarten 25 Guilder is the first modern coin of Sint Maarten.  It depicts Netherlands King Willem-Alexander and Princess (formerly Queen) Beatrix on the obverse.  The reverse depicts a low flying KLM airlines Boeing 747-400 over Maho Beach.  Planes fly only about 100 feet (35 meters) over the public beach when landing at the adjacent Princess Juliana International Airport.  The 40mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item SX-25G SINT MAARTEN 25 GUILDER, 2017, PROOF $22.00



NEWKINGDOM OF TAVOLARA

Kingdom of Tavolara 100,000 Lire 2017Tavolara is a small island off the north-east coast of Sardinia with a population of about 50 and is the home of a NATO radio base.  In 1836 Giuseppe Bertoleoni claimed to be the first king Tavolara, which was said to be the smallest kingdom in the world.  Since then members of the Bertoleoni family have carried on the tradition of the self-proclaimed kingdom and operates two seasonal restaurants on the island.  One side of the coin features the arms of the Kingdom of the Tavolara.  The other side depicts a Mouflon ram and kid.  At one time the island was famous for its wild goats, however they were alblll removed when the NATO station was built in 1962.  The 40mm silver plated-Proof Tavolara coin is denominated 100,000 Lire and dated 2017.  It has a mintage of just 200 pieces.
Item TAVOLARA TAVOLARA 100,000 LIRE 2017 PROOF $22.00



ISLES TUBUAI COIN DEPICTS HUMPBACK WHALES  Restocked

Isles Tubuai 500 Francs 2014Tubuai is a French possession in the South Pacific that consists of seven islands with a population of 2200.  It has been inhabited since pre-historic times.  In 1789 the mutineers of the HMS Bounty attempted to settle there, After numerous skirmishes with the natives over women and property, the mutineers abandoned their settlement and departed. The diseases they left, however, apparently decimated the native population. The reverse of this unofficial pattern 2014 dated 500 Francs coin depicts a humpback whale and her calf. Above them is a native sailing boat against the rising sun.  The standard French territorial obverse featuring Marianne, the national symbol of France, and cargo ships is on the other side.  The 40mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item TUBUAI TUBUAI 500 FRANCS 2014 PROOF $22.00



SOCIETY ISLANDS 500 FRANCS COIN 

Society Islands 500 Francs, 2014The Society Islands are a group of islands that are part of French Polynesia.  Tahiti is the most famous of the islands. The islands came under French control in 1843.  This unofficial essai (pattern) Proof 500 Francs was recently issued for the Society Islands. The 40mm coin is struck on silver plated brass.  One side depicts the standard French colonial obverse featuring the head of Marianne and steam ships.  The reverse depicts an island in the sun rise and three ray fish.  The 2014 dated coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item SOCIETY SOCIETY ISLANDS 500 FRANCS 2014 PROOF $22.00



NEWCOCOS (KEELING) SILVER COIN HONORS DARWIN

Keeling-Cocos 10 Dollars 2003, Charles Darwin Br.X18The Cocos (Keeling) islands, also known as the Keeling-Cocos Islands are a group of 27 small islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean.  It has produced few coins since it was first settled in the 1820;s. This 2003 silver Proof 10 Dollar coin was authorized by the Cocos (Keeling) government, though apparently not by Australia which administers the islands. One side of the coin depicts Charles Darwin who visited the islands in 1836.  The otehr side features the palm tree emblem of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, denomination and date. The coin contains .250 troy oz. of pure silver and is 27mm in diameter and has an authorized mintage of only 1500 pieces.
Item COCOS-10D COCOS (KEELING) 10 DOLLARS 2003 Br.x18 SILVER PROOF $35.00



NEW2017 TRUMP SILVER DOLLAR

2017 Trump Liberty dollar, 1 troy ounce .999 fineThis 2017 "Trump Dollar" was produced folks that produced the popular Liberty Dollar coins – until they were arrested by the government for counterfeiting.  Most observers saw it as a trumped-up charge designed to shut down a vocal critic of the Obama administration and the Federal Reserve System.   They are now back in business with the 2017 Trump Dollar.  President Donald Trump is pictured on the obverse.  The reverse uses the new Liberty Dollar design – which now includes the wording  "FREE SPEECH FOR POLITICAL PURPOSE * NOT TO BE USED AS CURRENT MONEY" to try to avoid legal difficulties.  The 39mm 1 ounce .999 fine silver coin is denominated as $25 and is Proof.
Item TRUMP TRUMP 25 DOLLARS 2017, 1 OUNCE SILVER PROOF $30.00


NEWHEARD AND McDONALD ISLANDS COIN

Heard and McDonald Islands 5 Dollars 2014Heard and McDonald Islands are a group of isolated, cold, windy and barren islands in the south Indian Ocean.  They are an Australian external territory located over 2,500 miles (4,099km) southwest of Perth.  In the 19th century a small number of whalers and sealers inhabited the islands, however today they are uninhabited.  The reverse of this 2014 Heard and McDonald 5 Dollar coin features a family of penguins.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.   The silver-plated Proof coin is 40mm in diameter and has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item HEARD HEARD & McDONALD IS. 5 DOLLARS 2014, PROOF $22.00



UNUSUAL WILLIS ISLAND COIN   RESTOCKED

Willis Island 10 Dollars 2016Willis Island is the only permanently inhabited island in the Coral Sea Islands Territory, an external territory of Australia, located beyond the Great Barrier Reef.  It has a population of four, who operate a weather station on the small (500m x 150m, 1600' x 490') island.  In 2016 an unusual non-circulating multi-colored "pie slice" shaped 10 Dollar coin was issued for this tiny entity. The reverse features a multi-colored fish in a coral garden. The obverse depicts Queen Elizabeth  The odd-shaped silver-plated Proof coin is 46mm x 34mm and has a mintage of only 250 pieces.
Item WILLIS WILLLIS ISLAND 10 DOLLARS 2016 PROOF $25.00



NEWJESUS ON 2016 COIN OF HERM

Herm Isalnd 5 Pounds 2016 ProofHerm is a small island located between Sark and Guernsey, in the English Channel.  It covers about 2 sq. km. (.77 sq. miles) and has about 60 full time residents.   Its main industry is tourism.  It has few modern conveniences, making it an ideal location where vacationers can “get away from it all”. This unofficial 2016 dated 5 Pound coin of Herm features a statue of Jesus on the obverse, along with an outline portrait of Queen Elizabeth and the Arms of Herm.  The reverse depicts St. Tugual’s Chapel, with the statue of Jesus to the right of the chapel.  The Chapel dates back to the 11th Century.  The 40mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item HERM HERM 5 POUNDS 2016 PROOF $22.00



COIN OF SARK  RESTOCKED

Sark 5 Pounds 2016Sark is a small island off the north coast of France with a population of about 600. It is a royal fief of the Queen of England, who is paid an annual rent of £1.79.  Though part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, it has its own laws based on Norman law and its own parliament.  It maintains many medieval customs and does not cars or street lamps.  In 2016 this unofficial 5 Pounds coin was issued for Sark.  One side depicts a horse carriage next to a medieval tower and wall.  The other side features a young woman, the arms of Sark and a small bust of Queen Elizabeth.   The 40mm silver plated coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces and is Proof.
Item SARK SARK 5 POUNDS 2016 PROOF $22.00




NEW2017 MERCIA COIN FEATURES KNIGHT & DRAGON

Mercia 10 Pounds 2017Mercia was an Anglo-Saxon kingdom that controlled much of southern England from the sixth to the tenth century. Originally a pagan kingdom, it converted to Christianity about 626AD.  It lost much of its territory to Viking raiders at the end of the ninth century and was eventually absorbed into Wessex.  In 2003 a group declared Mercia to again be independent and set about to re-create "Mercia as an autonomous and sustainable bioregion … based on organic democracy, co-operative community and ecological balance".   In 2017 this attractive 10 Pounds coin was issued for Mercia.  One side of the 40mm silver-plated Proof coin features the Mercian Arms and a dragon.  The other side depicts a medieval knight with sword and shield.  The coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces. It is an interesting micro-nation issue for country that has not existed for over 1000 years.
Item MERCIA MERCIA 10 POUNDS 2017 PROOF $22.00



NEWDIEGO GARCIA DOLLAR PICTURES USS NIMITZ & F/A-18 HORNET

Diego Garcia 1 Dollar 2016This unofficial 1 Dollar coin for Diego Garcia depicts a F/A-18 Hornet taking off from the USS Nimitz.  Diego Garcia is the only inhabited island of the British Indian Ocean Territory and is the home United States Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia. The atoll was uninhabited until the late 18th century. After several unsuccessful attempts, the French and British established plantations on the island using imported labor.  Between 1968 and 1973 the inhabitants were forcibly removed from the island and it was turned into a major United States military base.  The F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine supersonic combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft (hence the F/A designation). The USS Nimitz is a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and is one of the largest warships in the world.  The 2016 dated silver-plated Proof coin is 40mm in diameter and has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item DIEGO DIEGO GARCIA 1 DOLLAR 2016 PROOF $22.00


GUANTANAMO BAY DOLLAR FEATURES BATTLESHIP MAINERESTOCKED

Guantanamo 1 Dollar 2016The battleship USS Maine exploded in Havana Harbor in February 1898, during the Cuban revolt against Spain.  The United States quickly blamed Spain and went to war against Spain. The Spanish defeat resulted in Cuba gaining its independence and the United States getting possession of Puerto Rico and the Philippines.  In 1903 Cuba signed a perpetual lease with the United States allowing it to maintain a naval base at Guantanamo Bay, located at the eastern end of Cuba.  In 2002 the United States established a detention camp to hold and interrogate captured terrorists. Using rather convoluted logic that the camp is both not part of the United States and is part of the United States, thus it is somehow not subject to either national or international law.  President Obama promised that one of the first things he would do upon being elected in 2008 would be to close the detention camp, however it is still in use.  This unofficial 1 Dollar coin was issued for the Guantanamo Naval Base in 2016.  One side depicts the Battleship Maine. The other side features an emblem that includes an eagle holding a shield that shows a map of Cuba. The 40mm silver plated coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces and is Proof.
Item GUANTANAMO GUANTANAMO 1 DOLLAR 2016 PROOF $22.00



NEWOKINAWA DOLLAR FEATURES BATTLESHIP USS MISSOURI

Okinawa 1 Dollar 2016 depicting battleship USS MissouriThis unofficial Okinawa one dollar coin depicts the famed battleship USS Missouri.  The Missouri was the last battleship commissioned by the United States and was the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended World War II. Okinawa was captured by United States forces in World War II after extremely fierce fighting.  Today Okinawa is a prefecture of Japan and is the home of some 32 United States military bases that occupy about a quarter of the island.  The reverse of the coin has the legend "MARINE CORPS BASE, OKINAWA, JAPAN" and a coat-of-arms.  The 40mm silver plated coin has a mintage of only 250 pieces and is Proof.
Item OKINAWA OKINAWA 1 DOLLAR 2016 PROOF $22.00



MAUI TRADE DOLLARSWholesale prices available to dealers

Maui 2017 $2 Trade Dollar, Hawaiian OwlMaui 25th anniversary Trade Dollar, 2016, whaleMaui 2015 Trade Dollar features surfer and dolphinMaui 2014 Trade Dollar features TikiMaui 2008 Trade Dollar features Hula dancer
Maui is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Hawaiian Islands.  It is famous for its beach resorts, quaint towns, diverse geography and outdoor activities. Since 1992 the Maui Chamber of Commerce has issued an annual 39mm copper-nickel trade dollar which can be used at participating merchants throughout the island in the year it is issued., though most are the kept as souvenirs by tourists. Profits from the coins go toward educational programs on the island. The coins depict native wildlife or culture. Profits from the sale of the coins goes towards educational programs on the island. The 2017 issue commemorates Haleakala National Park on Maui.  The coin depicts a Hawaiian owl, or Pueo, flying over the park. Two hikers can be seen on a trail coming down from the peak.   The 2016 issue features a humpback whale, pineapple and native flowers and has a nominal value of 2 Dollars. The design is a mirror image of the original 1992 issue.  The 2015 issue features a dolphin and a surfer riding the waves at sunset. The 2014 issue features a fierce looking Hawaiian Tiki god.   A marlin is featured on the 2013 issue. The popular 2008 issue features a Hula dancer and a whale.    They are beautiful coins from a beautiful island.
NewItem MAUI17 MAUI 2017 TRADE 2 DOLLAR, OWL BU $5.00
NewItem MAUI17x20 ROLL OF 20 MAUI 2017 TRADE 2 DOLLAR COINS, BU $65.00
Item MAUI16 MAUI 2016 TRADE 2 DOLLAR, WHALE BU $6.00
 Item MAUI16x20 ROLL OF 20 MAUI 2016 TRADE 2 DOLLAR COINS, BU $75.00
Item MAUI15 MAUI 2015 TRADE 2 DOLLAR, SURFER AND DOLPHIN BU $6.00
Item MAUI14 MAUI 2014 TRADE 2 DOLLAR, TIKI BU $6.00
Item MAUI14x20 ROLL OF 20 MAUI 2014 TRADE 2 DOLLAR COINS, BU $75.00
Item MAUI08 MAUI 2008 TRADE 2 DOLLAR, HULA DANCER UNC. $6.00



COINS OF SOUTH OSSETIA


South Ossetia 8 coin set, 1 Kopeck - 10 Rubles, 2013Common obverse of South Ossetia coins depicts coat-of-arms
The country of Georgia declared its independence in 1991 upon the collapse of the Soviet Union.  Shortly after that  South Ossetia declared their independence from Georgia, with the help of Russia.  Georgia and Russia went to war over the region in 2008.  Georgia was swiftly defeated and the two regions now have de-facto independence, though it is not widely recognized outside of Russia.   The tiny region is heavily dependent upon neighboring Russia and uses Russian currency.  This unofficial 2013 eight-coin set for South Ossetia includes a bimetallic 10, 5 and 2 Rubles, nickel-plated steel 1 Ruble, 50 and 10 Kopecks and copper-plated steel 5 and 1 Kopeck.  The obverse features the regions arms and the date. The reverse of each coin depicts a different native animal. 
Item OSSETIA SOUTH OSSETIA 8 COIN SET, 1 KOPECK - 10 RUBLES 2013, UNC. $29.75


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
NEW Item AP-87NS ARAUCANIA-PATAGONIA 87 PESOS 2014 CORRECT DATE, NICKEL-SILVER PROOF $40.00
NEW Item AP-87COP ARAUCANIA-PATAGONIA 87 PESOS 2014 CORRECT DATE, COPPER PROOF $45.00
NEW Item AP-87GLD ARAUCANIA-PATAGONIA 87 PESOS 2014 CORRECT DATE, GOLD-PLATED PROOF $50.00


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



MORE SEX EUROS 

Sex Euros bimetallic Fantasy CoinSex Euros bi-metal Fantasy Coin
These fun fantasy coins are well made spoofs on the Euro coin.  One side of the 32mm bimetallic "coin" depicts a couple enjoying each other.  The other side is based on the map of Europe design found on Euro coins, however the piece is denominated as "6 Sex Euros".  The rather unusual piece comes in a plastic capsule.  We can supply single Sex Euros, a set of 7 different (one for each day of the week?) or a set of 34 different (one for each day of the month and two on Sunday?).  Exact designs will be our choice.  They are fun pieces that can be used as a gag gift, in a bachelor party, or just an unusual bi-metallic to be added to your collection.
Item SEXx1 One SEX EUROS COIN, BU $4.00
Item SEXx7 7 DIFFERENT SEX EUROS COINS, BU $25.00
Item SEXx34 34 DIFFERENT SEX EUROS COINS, BU $120.00


KING CHARLES III ON COINS FOR  SCOTLAND, NORTHERN IRELAND & WALES 

Scotland 2 Pounds pattern coin Northern Ireland 2 Pounds coinWales 2 Pounds pattern coin
Though Prince Charles is not yet King, undated, multi-colored unofficial pattern 2 Pound coins were issued for  Scotland,  Northern Ireland and Wales.  One side of the coins depicts the outline of the bust of Charles wearing the royal crown, his royal cipher and the arms of the country in color.  The other side depicts the national flower and a bird in color, along with the denomination. The Scotland coin depicts a Scottish thistle and a Golden Eagle. The Northern Ireland coin features a shamrock and a Eurasian wren. The Wales issue features a Red kite and a leek The 40mm coins are struck on silver plated brass with Proof finish.  Only 250 of each of the coins were minted.
Item SCOT2 SCOTLAND 2 POUNDS COIN (2016) PROOF $24.00
Item NO-IRE2 NORTHERN IRELAND 2 POUNDS COIN (2016) PROOF $24.00
Item WALES2 WALES 2 POUNDS COIN (2016) PROOF $24.00



THE LORD OF THE RINGS COIN SET

The Lord of the Rings 5 coin set includes The Axe of Durin, Fall Leaf of Holly, Iron Eye of Sauron, Rohan Brumby Penny, copper Raven from Old Dale
This set includes five coins used by various lands featured in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings series.  Included are the following coins minted by the Shire Post Mint.  The coins come in a descriptive folder::
The Axe of Durin which was  made in the Great Halls and Mines of Mouria, late in the First Age.  The 28mm copper coin bears the dour and bearded profile of Durin himself on the obverse, along with the Dwarfish Angerthaus inscription "Durin Turgul Khauzaddhum" which translates as "Duruin Lord of Mouria". On reverse below the double-bitted axe blade are the letters "BK" which are thought to represent "Bauruk Khauzad", meaning "Axes of the Dwarves".  These coins would have been small change to the Dwarves, possibly enough to buy a half-pint of ale.  The coin weighs about 9 grams of pure copper, and is struck on a "button blank" meaning that it is not punched from sheet metal, but rather cold-forged with a 50 ton hammer from a small thick metal button. The result is a slightly off-round but thoroughly antique look.

The unusual copper Fall Leaf of Holly comes from Eregion,  a Second Age realm settled by Elven-folk. The coin is shaped like a holly leaf. The One side has an Elvish song written in an archaic Elvish language.   The other side is written in runes. 

The iron Eye of Sauron, was used by the minions of The Dark Lord in Mordaur, a wasteland in the south of Middle Earth.   The coin features the all Seeing Eye.  

The brass Brumby Penny from Rohan features the image of Mearas, the King of the Horses.  Rohan is a Mannish kingdom that is noted for its horses and horsemen. The legend on the reverse translates as Theoden, King of the Eorlings.

The copper Raven of old Dale features the Raven of Dale on one side.  The other side features birds and bees and the legend (in Futhark Runic) "Land of Milk and Honey".  The coins are dated Year 2769 of the Third Age, shortly before the town was destroyed.by Smaug.  Dale Town (or Dal Tun) was a city-kingdom of men and women located next the Lonely Mountain
Item LOTR-SET1 THE LORD OF THE RINGS 5 COIN SET IN FOLDER out

We also have a few single coins from the above set:
Item LOTR-MOURIA MOURIA COPPER AXE OF DURIN Br.X1 $8.00
Item LOTR-EREGION EREGION COPPER FALL LEAF COIN, Br.X5.3 UNC $15.00



THE HOBBIT COIN SET

The Hobbit 4 coin set includes thrup'eny, penny, haypenny and farthingThis set includes four coins of The Shire, from  J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit book and movie. The Shire is the abode for Hobbits.  The set includes a thick copper Thrup'ny (3 pence), a copper Penny, a copper Haypenny and a brass or copper Farthing.  Each coin depicts a different tree.  The four coins were produced by the Shire Post Mint and come in a descriptive folder.  The exact coins included vary from set to set.
Item HOBBIT-SET1 THE HOBBIT 4 COIN SET IN FOLDER out

We also have a few single coins from the above set:
Item SHIRE-HAY THE SHIRE 1/2 PENNY (HAYPENNY) Year 1402 $8.00
Item SHIRE-PENNY THE SHIRE PENNY WILLOW TREE $9.00
Item SHIRE-3d THE SHIRE 3 PENCE (THRUP'ENY) Year 1402, Br.X24 $10.00


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



UNUSUAL COIN OF GUAM  

Guam 5 Dollars 2014Guam is a 209 square mile (541.3 km2) island in the western Pacific Ocean with a population of about 160,000.  Being a territory of the United States it does not have the authority to issue its own coins, however that has not stopped someone from issuing this unusual coin for Guam.   This oddly shaped, curved, 5 Dollar coin is dated 2014.  One side features a sailboat and the legend “TERRITORY OF GUAM” “WHERE AMERICA’S DAY BEGINS” on one side.  The other side has the name of the territory in the native Chamorro language “GUAHAN”, the date, the denomination and a sea turtle.  The Proof silver-plated brass coin is 49mm long and has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item GUAM GUAM 5 DOLLARS 2014, PROOF $22.00



UNUSUAL INCUSE NORTHERN CYPRUS COIN FEATURES SELIM THE SOT

Northern Cyprus 20 Lira 2011This unofficial 2011 dated 20 Lira coin from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus features a seated portrait Ottoman Sultan Selim II. Selim was called “The Sot” or “The Drunkard”. He married a Venetian noblewoman, and turned over most of the government functions to his ministers allowing him to pursue his drinking and orgies. In 1570 he conquered Cyprus in order to assure a steady supply of his favorite wine. The reverse of the coin features the arms of Northern Cyprus.Northern Cyprus was created after a Greek attempt to sieze control of Cyprus in 1974 was met with a military intervention by Turkey. Turkish forces gained control of the northern third of the island and created the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Northern Cyprus has not received international recognition and attempts to re-unify the island have met with repeated failure. Unlike most coins, the design is incuse (engraved into the coin), rather than raised, giving it an unusual and attractive appearance. The copper-nickel coin is 39mm in diameter and has a Matte Uncirculated finish.
Item NO.CYP-20 NORTHERN CYPRUS 20 LIRA 2011, UNC. $13.00


BI-METALLIC COIN FROM THE STATE OF NUMISMA

Numisma b-metallic 50 Numismaru 2015, ProofThe State of Numisma is a micro-nation created by Russian coin dealer Vladimir Startsev.  Numisma recently issued this 2015 dated bi-metallic 50 Numismaru to commemorate his and his wife’s 50th birthdays.  An outline of their conjoined busts is on the obverse of the coin.  The reverse has a map of the world, the Moscow Mint mintmark and the inscriptions "STATE OF NUMISMA" and  "UNUSUAL AS ORDINARY".  The 27mm coin is Proof and comes in a capsule. Only 200 pieces were struck.
Item NUMISMA NUMISMA 50 NUMISMARU, 2015 PROOF $25.00



DRACULA SILVER COIN

Vlad the Impaler (Vlad III Tepes) fantasy silver 3 Ducat coinVlad III, also known as Vlad Tepes, Vlad the Impaler, or more often as Dracula, ruled Wallachia for three different periods between 1448 and 1476. Wallachia was in Transylvania and today is part of Romania.  Vlad’s father was a member of the Order of the Dragon, and was known as Dracul (Dragon).  Vlad was nicknamed Dracula, which meant “Son of the Dragon”.   His reign was devoted to fighting the Ottoman Turks as well as rivals to his throne.  His reputation for extreme cruelty and sadistic torturers inspired Bram Stoker’s famous tale of Count Dracula.  Actual coins of Vlad III are exceedingly rare – only about 3 are known and the attribution of those are contested.  Recently this silver 3 Ducat was struck for Dracula.  The obverse features Vlad III.  The reverse depicts a dragon.   The .999 fine silver coin was hand struck in the United States and weighs 1/10 troy ounce. The Uncirculated coin has an antiqued finish.
Item DRACULA DRACULA SILVER 3 DUCAT, Antiqued UNC. $20.00


THE AMERICAN SILVER 5 DIRHAM

SILVER 5 AMERICAN DIRHAM COINThe American silver 5 Dirham is modern hard currency token based on ancient Islamic standards.  In the late 7th century Umayyad Caliph set standard for 1 silver Dirham to be the the weight of 50 grains of barley.  Recently various Islamic organizations have attempted to revive this ancient standard for a modern precious metal based currency.  An Islamic organization in the United States recently issued a 5 Dirham coin based on the ancient standard.  The coin 30mm is struck in .999 fine silver and contains 14.875 grams of silver.  One side depicts the Kaaba and Masjid Al-Haram in Mecca.  The other has a design that features stars and stripes and the words Peace in Hebrew, Arabic and English,  The coin is dated 1436AH, which corresponds to 2014-2015AD. The coin was struck in the United States for distribution to Muslims throughout the world.  It is an unusual American coin struck to an ancient and international standard.
Item US-5DIRHAM AMERICAN SILVER 5 DIRHAM, AH1436 (2014AD)  BU $29.75



COINS OF WIKINGLAND

Wikingland 10 Wiking Mark, Common ObverseWikingland 10 Wiking Mark 1985, Viking Ship & MapWikingland 10 Wiking Mark 1993, Thor's HammerWikingland 10 Wiking Mark Runic Year 2244 (1994), with date Elder Furhark RunicWikingland 10 Wiking Mark (1994), without date Elder Furhark RunicWikingland 10 Wiking Mark Runic Year 2245 (1995) Anglo-Saxon FurhorcWikingland 10 Wiking Mark (1996) Younger Futhark (Danish Furhark
The Principality of Wikingland was founded in 1977 by Swedish resident Reinhold Wendling, who called himself Prince Reinhold I.  His plan was to create a libertarian state on man-made islands in the North Sea or Baltic Sea, by adding landfill to shallow sandbanks, raising them above sea level.  The capital, Vahalla, would be covered by a giant Plexiglas dome in order to assure pleasant weather all year around.  The plan never got very far, probably due to its enormous expense.  However Wikingland did issue coins, stamps and passports.  The following coins of Wikingland date from the 1980’s and 1990’s. They have a common obverse which has the Prince’s title, a large “R1” for Reinhold I and the denomination: 10 Wiking Mark.   All are 38.6mm in diameter, struck in nickel-silver with an antique finish and have a reeded edge.  The 1985 issue commemorates the Viking settlement of Vinland.  It depicts a Viking ship and map that includes Greenland, eastern Canada and north-eastern United States.  It has a mintage of only 300 pieces. The 1993 issue depicts Thor’s hammer and is struck in high relief.  It has a mintage of only 300 pieces. The regular 1994 issues feature a stylized Yggdrasil and the 24 runes of the Elder Futhark alphabet.  In Norse mythology the Yggdrasil is the Tree of Life that binds heaven, earth and hell together.  Elder Futhark is the oldest form of Runic.  It was used between about the 2nd and 8th Centuries.  There are two versions of the coin, one with the date Runic Year 2244 to the right of the Yggdrasil.  It has a mintage of just 250 pieces.  There is also an error version without the date. Only 44 pieces of the error version were struck.  The 1995 issue depicts the 28 runes of Anglo-Saxon Futhorc, which was the first alphabet of the English language.  It is dated Runic Year 2245.   The 1996 issue depicts a stylized Viking ship and the 16 runes of Younger Futhark, also called Danish Furthark or Norse Furthark.  It was use during most of the Viking period, from about the 8th to 12th Centuries.   With the Christianization of Scandinavia it was gradually replaced by the Latin alphabet.  The coin is not dated.  It has a mintage of 250 pieces.  It is a fascinating series coins for a new, yet to be built Scandinavian society using elements from the old Viking society.
Item WIK-85 WIKINGLAND 10 WIKING MARK 1985 VIKING SHIP & MAP $55.00
Item WIK-93 WIKINGLAND 10 WIKING MARK 1993 THOR’S HAMMER $55.00
Item WIK-94 WIKINGLAND 10 WIKING MARK YEAR 2244 (1994) WITH DATE $45.00
Item WIK-94E WIKINGLAND 10 WIKING MARK (1994) WITHOUT DATE $55.00
Item WIK-95 WIKINGLAND 10 WIKING MARK 2245 (1995) ANGLO-SAXON FURHOC $45.00
Item WIK-96 WIKINGLAND 10 WIKING MARK (1996) YOUNGER FUTHARK $45.00
Item WIK-SET SET OF ALL 6 OF THE ABOVE WIKINGLAND COINS $275.00


SCARCE FANTASY COIN OF HEJAZ

Hejaz silver 10 Ghirsh or 1/2 Riyal fantasy coin, AH1334, Yr. 8, MeccaThis scarce fantasy silver Hejaz 10 Piastres or ½ Riyal was made to appear to be an early coin of Hejaz.  It is dated AH1334, Year 8 (1923) and bears the legends that was struck in Mecca (“Makka al-Mukarrama”).  In reality it was struck some years ago in the United States.  The coins is technically Uncirculated, however was given an “antiqued” finish.  The 27.8mm coin has a reeded edge.  It is a scarce coin and given the popularity of Saudi Arabian related coins, is sure to be in demand.
Item HEJAZ10P HEJAZ 10 PIASTRES Br.X2  ANTIQUED UNC. $95.00



A COIN FROM MARS (BARSOOM)

Barsoom (Mars) silver 10 Pi of Dejah Thoras the Princess of HeliumThis most unusual fantasy coin is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs fictional series starting with "A Princess of Mars", which Disney recently made into the movie "John Carter". The story goes that the coins were found deep in a cave in the desolate hills of the Nevada desert. The unusual oblong silver coin pictures the nude Dejah Thoris, the princess of Helium, holding a sword and dagger. Helium is one of the realms on Barsoom. Barsoom is the what the Martians call their planet. The reverse is inscribed in a version of the pre-Hellenic Mycenaean "linear-b" script, which may indicate an ancient connection between Earth and Mars, as was proposed in Erich von Däniken book "Chariots of the Gods". The coin is denominated as 10 Pi, a denomination mentioned in the books. It is approximately 25mm long, weighs 5 grams, and is struck in .999 fine silver. The coins appear to be lightly circulated, perhaps from having been used on Mars before somehow being teleported to Earth.
Item BARSOOM BARSOOM (MARS) 10 PI, DEJAH THORAS, VF $32.00


BLUE NIOBIUM ROSWELL COIN

Roswell Niobium coinThis is a most unusual coin. The 19.5 mm coin is struck in pure niobium with a blue anodized finish.  Niobium is a rare metal that was formerly called columbium.   Because of its very high melting point (4491F, 2477C) it is primarily used in severe aerospace applications, such as rocket nozzles. One side of the coin has a design similar to the crop circles that are sometime associated with the Roswell area.  The other has some unusual characters similar to those found on the famous Rosewll I-Beam.  Was this coin dropped from a visitor from another planet? Probably not, but it is fun to think about. The coin comes packaged in a descriptive holder. 
Item ROSWELL ROSWELL BLUE NIOBIUM COIN, BU $22.00

BERMANIA TICKLE TOKEN

Bermania Tickle TokenBermania is a fantasy kingdom created by coin dealer Allen G. Berman. Its latest numismatic item is the Tickle Token.  It is modeled after the medieval English Touch Pieces. In the 17th Century English Kings would bless sufferers of scrofula by touching them with coins.  The touch coins were modeled after the gold Angel: one side featured the Archangel Michael and a ship was on the other.  Each piece was personally bestowed by the monarch.  Word of this got around to Bermania, where it was believed that a tickle by the king would cure glumness.  These tokens were sold those seeking admission to the Royal Tickle Ceremony of King Placebus I of Bermania.  One side pictures an angel tickling a dragon with a giant feather. The other depicts the Bermanian Pirate ship Soggy Bear.  The 27mm copper token is Brilliant Uncirculated.  Even if you don’t get tickled, it is good for a laugh.
Item BERM-TICKLE BERMANIA TICKLE TOKEN, 2014, BU $7.50



2014 CRIMEA COIN SET

Crimean coin set: 5, 10, 25 and 100 Rubles. Includes bi-metallicsback of Crimean 2014 coins
The recent conflict between Ukraine and Russia over control of Crimea goes back many years.  In 1783 Catherine the Great made Crimea part of the Russian Empire.  During the Russian civil war the region declared independence and passed between Bolshevik and White Government forces several times, accompanied by a massive slaughter of civilians.  In 1921 it was made an autonomous republic within Russia.  Greeks, Armenians and Bulgarians living in Crimea were forced to leave.   During World War II the area came under German control and the sizeable Jewish population was annihilated.  After the Soviets regained control the entire population of Crimean Tatars, who had at one time made up a majority of the region, were forcibly deported.  Russian families were settled in Crimea to replace them.  In 1954 Crimea was transferred from Russia to Ukraine.  At the time it made little difference, since both were part of the Soviet Union.   After the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 Crimea became part of Ukraine.  Russia found its Black Sea fleet and other military installations now located in independent Ukraine rather on its own soil.  A majority of the population of Crimea is Russian, as most other ethnic groups had been “cleansed” from the area.   In February 2014 pro-Russian forces, supported by Moscow, took control over Crimea. A quickly called referendum was held on March 16, with a vast majority voting to join Russia.  On March 17 the newly created Crimean parliament declared independence from Ukraine, and on the following day, Crimea officially became part of Russia.  The transfer has not been widely recognized.   This unofficial four coin set of Crimea includes the 5, 10, 25 and 100 Rubles.  The 25 and 100 Rubles are bi-metallic.  The designs of the 5 and 25 Rubles feature voting, while the 10 and 100 Rubles depict a fist.  The reverse of the all the coins feature the Arms of Crimea. 
CRIMEA CRIMEA 2014 5, 10, 25 & 100 RUBLES, UNC. $39.75

FIRST COINS OF MODERN KURDISTAN  


Kurdistan 1 Dinar 2003 picturing Saladin on horsebackKurdistan 10 Dinars 2003
The Kurds are an ethnic group divided between Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran. For centuries they have dreamed of having an independent homeland, however each time the dream has been thwarted. An independent Kurdistan was promised after World War I, however instead their land was divided between Turkey and Iraq. After the First Gulf War in 1991 the Kurds in Iraq were granted a large degree of autonomy under the United Nations. They even used a different currency than the rest of Iraq, called the Swiss Dinar. Many Kurds in Iraq were expecting to gain full independence with the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Several overseas Kurdish groups authorized the issuance of coins for what they expected would be a new independent nation after the fall of Saddam. However, the Turks feared that an independent Kurdistan in Iraq would further the demands of the Kurds within Turkey for more autonomy. They strongly objected to an autonomous Kurdistan within Iraq and threatened an invasion. The United States agreed with Turkey, so plans for an independent Kurdistan have once again been quashed. The first coins however were still issued. This Kurdistan 1 Dinar showing the most famous Kurd of all time,Saladin. Salidin founded the powerful Ayyubid dynasty and ruled from 1169 to 1193. His diplomatic skills, backed by well-disciplined army enabled him to gain control of Egypt, Palestine and Syria from Islamic as well as Christian opponents. Even his opponents admired him for his chivalry, justice and piety. The 1 Dinar coin depicts Saladin on horseback carrying a modern Kurdish flag. The design attempts to tie the modern Kurdish nation to its rich heritage.  The coin is 27mm in diameter and is struck in bronze-plated zinc, a material similar to that used in the current U.S. cent. It has a mintage of only 4,700 pieces.  The 10 Dinars coin  pictures the native Persian Fallow Deer.  The 39mm coin is struck on nickel-plated bronze and has a mintage of only 4,700 pieces.  Both coin shave the same design on the reverse.   Mountains have figured prominently in Kurdish lore, so the reverses features four mountain peaks,  represents the four nations with major Kurdish populations. Above the mountains is a 21-rayed rising sun, which is a traditional Kurdish symbol predating the nations conversion to Islam. A portion of mintages of the 1 and 10 Dinars coins were distributed in Iraqi held portions of Kurdistan, however it is doubtful they actually circulated.  They are beautiful and intriguing coins from a new nation that has yet to be born.
Item KURD1 KURDISTAN 1 DINAR 2003, SALADIN Br.X1.2 UNC. out
Item KURD10 KURDISTAN 10 DINARS 2003, DEER  Br.X2.2 UNC. $15.00


KURDISTAN COIN CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM THAT DID NOT HAPPEN

Kurdistan multi-color 5000 Dinars 2014 IndependenceThe Kurds in Iraq planned to hold a referendum in the fall of 2014 to vote on Kurdish independence. To commemorate the event, and the almost certain outcome of a vote for Kurdish independence, a group in the United States arranged to have this multi-color 5000 Dinar coin struck.  One side of the 39mm copper nickel coin features the Kurdish flag superimposed on a map of Iraqi Kurdistan with the legend "Kurdistan Independence" in Arabic and English. The other side depicts a stylized eagle from the Kurdish arms and the legend  "Republic of Kurdistan" and the date in Arabic and English    The sudden rise of the Islamic State known as ISIS in the summer of 2014 threatened both Kurdish and Iraqi territory and citizens.  Under pressure from the United States the referendum was indefinitely delayed so that Kurdish and Iraqi soldiers could be used to fight the common threat of ISAS rather than each other.  It is an attractive coin commemorating an event that never took place.
Item KURD-5000D KURDISTAN 5000 DINARS 2014 INDEPENDENCE, BU $16.00

FANTASY COINS OF NORTH AMERICA

COIN OF DREAD PIRATE ROBERTS FEATURES SKULL & CROSS BONES

PIRATE COIN, 1721The Dread Pirate Roberts could be the real Captain Bartholomew Roberts, a privateer who ravaged the Caribbean and East Coast of the United States in the early 1700’s, or it could be the fictional character from the book and film The Princess Bride.  This thick, 22.8mm pure copper coin is struck in high relief. The obverse depicts Captain Roberts with a knife in his death and the date 1721, the year before the real Captain Roberts was killed.  The reverse features the skull and crossbones, with the word “REVENGE”, with the letters “TNP”, thought to be shorthand for the motto of Captain Roberts crew “Take No Prisoners”  Of course this is a fantasy issue.  Real pirates never issued coins, they were too busy plundering and pillaging.
Item ROBERTS DREAD PIRATE ROBERTS COPPER COIN $10.00


VINLAND SILVER PENNY OF LEIF ERICSSON

Vinland - Leif Ericsson silver Penny (fantasy)This silver penny might have been issued if Lief Ericsson’s Vinland colony in North America had been successful.  Instead the Viking colony was abandoned after a few years and European knowledge of North America was forgotten for nearly 500 years.   The coin is struck in a style typical of Viking coins.  A helmeted Lief Ericsson is pictured with the legend “Lief Ericsson” on the obverse.  A stylized cross and the legend “Vinland Moneta” is on the reverse.  Just before his departure, Leif was forced to convert from paganism to Christianity on pain of death by Norwegian King Olav Trygvasson, hence the Christian reverse.  Note however that the text terminator on the inscription on the obverse is a "Hammer of Thor" rather than the traditional cross, indicating that Leif had not completely given up his pagan ways.   The coin is about 19mm in diameter and is struck in 90% silver.  It is Uncirculated with an "antiqued" finish.  It is an interesting and historical fantasy coin.
Item VINL-AR VINLAND SILVER PENNY Fantasy coin, Unc. $19.95


COINS OF FRENCH NORTH AMERICA   

Obverse of French North America 1 Sol coinsFrench North America copper 1 Sol coinsFrance did not actually issue coins for its settlements in Arkansas, Alabama or Louisiana.  These issues represent what the issues might have looked like had they actually been issued.  The first is a copper 1 Sol for Poste Aux Akansas (Arkansas Post) dated 1690.  The early colony was just up the Arkansas River from the Mississippi and adjacent to a village of the Quapaw natives. The name of the colony translates something like: "Settlement near the Quapaw".  The use of the spelling "Akansas" is typical of the time period, and is a French transliteration of the name of what is today called the "Quapaw".  The reverse bears the royal crown above, and a device combining the fleurs-des-lis with the bow and arrow.  The second is a copper 1 Sol dated 1699 for the Isle du Massacre (Massacre Island).  Isle du Massacre, located off the coast of Alabama, was a French settlement founded in 1699 by a French Canadian named Pierre le Moyne, sieur d'Iberville.  The island was named because of human bones that were found on the shore, apparently from an Indian burial mound that had been disturbed by a hurricane.  The reverse features a coat-of-arms featuring three human skulls. The colony had trouble attracting settlers, perhaps because of its unfortunate name.  In an effort to attract more settlers it was renamed in 1707 to Isle Dauphin.   For a time it became a thriving settlement and the headquarters for French colonization along the Gulf Coast. The settlement included  a fort, a chapel, government owned warehouses, and many private homes.   Today it is known as Dauphin Island.   The third coin is a copper 1 Sol of Isle Dauphin which features a crowned fish on the reverse.  The obverse of all three coins show French King Louis XIV at his jowly best... you can almost hear him shout "Letat, cest moi!" (translation: "I AM the state!") as advisers and sycophants bow and scurry at his feet. The coins represent an interesting series of coins for French North America that were never issued.  The coins are attractively toned an antiqued finish.
Item ARKANSAS ARKANSAS POST 1 SOL 1690 Fantasy Coin out
Item MASSACRE MASSACRE ISLAND COPPER 1 SOL 1699 Fantasy Coin $10.00
Item DAUPHINE DAUPHINE ISLAND COPPER 1 SOL 1707 Fantasy Coin $10.00

FANTASY COIN OF NEW FRANCE

New France (Nouvelle France) 5 Centimes 1803New France (Nouvelle-France) was once France’s extensive territory in North America. At one time it included a huge swath of territory that once extended ranging from the Gulf of Mexico to Hudson Bay in Canada and from Newfoundland to the Rocky Mountains, including both Quebec and New Orleans.  In 1763, after the Seven Years War (as the French and Indian War in North America), France ceded the territory to Great Britain and Spain.  In 1800 Spain returned Louisiana to France in a secret treaty.  In 1803 Napoleon, needing funds for his military exploits, sold the territory to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase, greatly expanding the young nation. No real coins were actually struck for New France.  This copper 5 Centimes of New France is an interesting modern creation of an important historic coin that never actually existed. The coin is dated 1803 features the crowned "N" of Napoleon on one side and the date and denomination on the other.  The design is based on contemporary French coins.
Item NEWFRANCE NEW FRANCE 5 CETIMES 1803 Fantasy coin $10.00



BI-METALLIC BOOTLEGGER DOLLAR FROM ALCATRAZ 

Alcatraz 1 Dollar 2013Notorious gangster Al Capone is depicted on this bi-metallic 2013 "Bootlegger Dollar" from Alcatraz.  The reverse depicts the island prison and a pelican.  Alcatraz was a maximum security Federal Penitentiary located in San Francisco Bay from 1934 to 1963. It housed the most notorious and brutal criminals in the country.  Prisoners could see the bright lights of the city, which was only about 1.25 miles (2km.) away, however the cold water and strong currents made escape almost impossible. Al Capone was housed at Alcatraz from 1934 to 1938. Though Capone was involved in smuggling and bootlegging liquor during prohibition, prostitution, as well as bribery of government officials, he was sentenced to prison for tax evasion.   Today Alcatraz is a popular museum that attract over a million visitors annually.   Of course, the coins were never used, but it is a fun memento of this infamous prison that once housed "the worst of the worst".  The bi-metallic coin is 29mm in diameter and has a mintage of only 1000 pieces.
Item ALCATRAZ ALCATRAZ BOOTLEGGER DOLLAR 2013, BU   $8.00


CREEK INDIAN NATION 2007 SILVER DOLLAR 

Poarch Creek Indians silver dollar 2007This attractive 2007 Silver Dollar issued by the Sovereign Nation of Poarch Creek Indians, It features a dancer on one side and an Indian on horseback on the other. The Creeks claim the right to issue coins as a sovereign Indian nation. The Uncirculated coin contains 1 ounce of .999 fine silver and has a maximum authorized mintage of only 20,000 pieces.
Item CREEK07 POARCH CREEK INDIAN NATION SILVER DOLLAR 2007 DANCER UNC. $45.00



FIRST COINS OF THE LA POSTA INDIANS

La Posta Indian tribe 6 coin set: 1 cent - 1 Dollar 201Common obverse on La Posta Indians coin set
The La Posta Band of Mission Indians recently released this 6 coin set dated 2013.  Included is the 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 Cents and 1 Dollar.  One side depicts an eagle in flight.  The other features cultural items associated with the Tribe.  The tribe is one of the smallest in the United States, with just 18 members living on a 3,556 acres (14.39 km2) reservation located about 10 miles (16km) north of the Mexican border in eastern San Diego County, California. 
Item POSTA LA POSTA INDIANS, 6 COIN SET 1 CENT – 1 DOLLAR, 2013 UNC. $29.50


FIRST COINS OF THE IIPAY NATION OF SANTA YSABEL INDIANS

Coin Set of the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel IndiansCommon obverse of the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel Indians coins
The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel Indians (formerly known as the Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno Mission Indians) issued their first coins in 2012. The seven coin set includes the 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 Cents, 1 Dollar and bi-metallic 5 Dollars. The designs depict the tribe’s heritage on one side and the tribal symbol, an oak tree, on the other. The tribe of about 300 members attempted to establish a resort and casino on its remote reservation in Northern San Diego County. However the Casino has lost large sums of money, as there are larger and fancier casinos that are easier to get to. The planned resort hotel was never built, which discouraged gamblers from making the long drive to Santa Ysabel. In July 2012 the Tribe made an unprecedented attempt to declare the Casino bankrupt. Indian Tribes are normally not allowed to declare bankruptcy as they are considered sovereign nations within the United States. It is an attractive set of Uncirculated coins from a financially troubled tribe.
Item IIPAY IIPAY INDIAN NATION 7 COIN SET, 1 CENT - 5 DOLLARS, 2012 UNC. $29.50



AMAZONIA COIN SET FEATURES BI-METALLICS & WILDLIFE

Amazonia 2012 coin set depicts wildlifeReverse of Amazonia 100 Reis 2012
Amazonia is a fantasy nation that is made up of vast Amazon rain forest that encompasses much of Brazil as well as parts of Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.  This 2012 dated eight coin set features a variety of birds, wildlife and fish on the obverse of each coin.  The reverse of all the coins depict a map of Amazonia, along with the Portuguese legend "Pulmao do Mundo" or "Lung of the World", a reference to the large amount of oxygen that is given off and carbon dioxide that is absorbed by the vast rain forest.  A Chinese River Dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer) is on the 10 Reis.  I suspect it was supposed to be the Amazon River Dolphin, but the coin designer depicted the wrong dolphin. A Black-Headed Spider Monkey is on the 20 Reis.  A Parrot is on the 40 Reis.  The 80 Reis pictures a Piranha.  A Ranitomeya amazonica, which is a poison dart frog, is on the 100 Reis.    An Anaconda is on the bi-metallic 200 Reis.  The bi-metallic 300 Reis features a Capybara, which is the largest rodent in the world.  A Keel-billed Toucan is on the bimetallic 400 Reis.   The 2012 dated coins range in size from 15mm to 32mm.
Item AMAZONIA AMAZONIA 8 COIN SET 10 - 400 REIS, 2012 UNC. $39.50


2012 MICRONESIA COIN SET FEATURES WILDLIFE & BI-METALLICS Wholesale prices available to dealers

Micronesia coin set
The Federated States of Micronesia is an independent nation consisting of over 600 islands spread out over 1,000,000 square miles (2,600,000 square kilometers) of the Pacific Ocean. The area was claimed by Spain, sold to Germany in 1889, conquered by Japan in World War I, taken by the United States in World War II, and finally became fully independent in 1986. It uses United States dollar as its currency. This unofficial 2012 eight coin set includes the 1 Cent to the 5 Dollar. The obverse of each coin features the national seal. The word “TRIAL” is located at the top of the seal, indicating that they are trial coins rather than legal tender issues. The bi-metallic 5 Dollar coin pictures the Pygmy Killer Whale. The bi-metallic 2 Dollar coin depicts the Long-beaked Common Dolphin. A Manta Ray is on the 1 Dollar. Shells and a 19th Century proa from the island of Satawal is on the 50 Cents. A proa is an outrigger sailing boat. The 25 Cents features a Yellowfin Tuna. A Rufous Night Heron is on the dime. The 5 Cents pictures a Moorish Idol fish. A Chuuk Flying Fox Bat is on the 1 Cent. The coins were struck by Osborne Coinage in Cincinnati, Ohio. Only 10,000 sets were minted. It is an attractive, low mintage, set.
Item FM-SET8 MICRONESIA 8 COIN SET: 1 CENT – 5 DOLLARS, 2012 UNC. $29.75
INDIVIDUAL MICRONESIA COINS FROM ABOVE SET:
Item FM-5D MICRONESIA 5 DOLLARS 2012 PYGMY KILLER WHALE, BIMETAL, UNC. $9.00
Item FM-2D MICRONESIA 2 DOLLARS 2012 DOLPHIN, BIMETAL, UNC. $8.00
Item FM-1D MICRONESIA 1 DOLLAR 2012 MANTA RAY UNC. $5.00
Item FM-50c MICRONESIA HALF DOLLAR 2012 BOAT & SHELLS UNC. $5.00
Item FM-25c MICRONESIA QUARTER DOLLAR 2012 TUNA UNC. $4.50
Item FM-10c MICRONESIA DIME 2012 HERON UNC. $4.00
Item FM-5c MICRONESIA 5 CENTS 2012 MOORISH IDOL UNC. $3.50
Item FM-1c MICRONESIA 1 CENT 2012 FLYING FOX UNC. $3.00

WHERE IS PURPLE SHAFTIEULAND?

Set of 5 aluminum coins from Purple Shaftieuland
You won't find Purple Shaftieuland in any atlas. The Purple Shaftieuland coins were created by coin dealer Bob Kolasa in 1970 as a spoof on foreign aid and the numerous coin sets being issued by obscure nations. The set of 5 coins includes a 16mm 1 Nudge, a 22mm 1 Twist, and 38mm 1/4, 1/2 and a Full Shaft. The coins were struck in both “brilliant brass” and “genuine unanodized aluminum” and come with a politically incorrect “brochure”. The coins are Uncirculated, though may show some minor spotting from sitting in storage since 1970. It is an interesting and fun fantasy issue.
Item PURPLE-BRSET SET OF 5 BRASS PURPLE SHAFTIEULAND COINS, 1970 UNC.-spots $35.00
Item PURPLE-ALSET SET OF 5 ALUMINUM PURPLE SHAFTIEULAND COINS, 1970 UNC. $25.00
Item PURPLE-1 PURPLE SHAFTIEULAND ALUMINUM COIN, Joel's choice UNC. $5.00


SILVER & COPPER COINS OF PURA PALU'E

Pura Palu'e Silver 9 Tang 2012Pura Palu'e is a fantasy island in the Indian Ocean.  According to the Blue Waters Mint it is a peaceful paradise of some 11,500 people that exist without any formal government.  Though it has little need of money for many transactions, coins have proved useful in stores when purchasing goods brought from off the island, such as salt, kerosene, batteries and cloth.  In 2012 a  silver 9 Tang coin was  issued.  One side of the coins depicts the face of a fierce man-god.  The other side has the name of the country, denomination and date.  The Tang was based on a denomination that was introduced in the Dutch East Indies in the 17th century, but was never widely accepted.    The silver 9 Tang is 21mm in diameter, contains 1/10 troy ounce of .999 fine silver and is Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item PALUE-9T PURA PALU'E SILVER 9 TANG 2012 BU $18.00


2011 FRENCH TERRITORIAL COINS FOR ANTARCTICA Wholesale prices available to dealers

French Territorial coins for Antartica Posessions: Adelie Land, Crozet Island, French Antarctic, Kerguelen Isnand, Amstardam & St. Paul Islands.Common reverses for French Territorial coins for Antarctica
These unofficial coins were issued for France’s minor, and largely uninhabited territories near Antarctica. The territories arms appear on the obverse of each coin and the coins share a common reverse. The 30mm brass 100 Franc coins feature an albatross in flight. The 24mm bi-metallic 200 Francs depicts a mother and father penguin looking at their chick. The 28.5mm bi-metallic 500 Francs pictures two Sperm Whales (Cachalot in French). Adelie Land is the French claim of a slice of the Antarctic continent, which is not internationally recognized. The arms feature a crowned penguin. The Crozet Islands are a group of desolate, wet and windy islands in the Southern Indian Ocean that belong to France. It rains about 300 days a year and has winds over 60 mph (100 km/h) 100 days a year. Its only inhabitants are based at a research station. It is the site of many shipwrecks. In 1887 a shipwrecked crew attached a note to an albatross, which was found seven months later in later in Fremantle, Australia. Unfortunately by the time a rescue ship arrived the crew had perished. The arms of Crozet Islands depict a pig and half of a ship's wheel. Pigs had been introduced to provide food for stranded sailors, but have now been exterminated in an attempt to restore the original ecosystem. French Antarctic Territory is administrative grouping for all of these tiny French territories. The arms depict an iceberg. The Kereguelen Islands, also known as the Desolation Islands are the home to 50 to 100 scientists and researchers and a staff that runs a satellite tracking station. It arms depict an unusual native plant. Amsterdam Island and St. Paul Island are volcanic islands in the Southern Indian Ocean. The coat-of-arms features a spiny lobster. In 1928 a French established a lobster cannery on St. Paul. When the company went bankrupt in 1931, seven of its employees were stranded on the island. Five died, and the only two survivors were finally rescued in 1934. All the coins are dated 2011 and are Uncirculated.
Item ADELIE-100F ADELIE LAND 100 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $17.00
Item ADELIE-200F ADELIE LAND 200 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $22.00
Item ADELIE-500F ADELIE LAND 500 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $24.00
Item ADELIE-SET SET OF ABOVE ADELIE LAND COINS: 100, 200 & 500 FRANCS 2011, UNC. $55.00
Item CROZET-100F CROZET ISLANDS 100 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $17.00
Item CROZET-200F CROZET ISLANDS 200 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $22.00
Item CROZET-500F CROZET ISLANDS 500 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $24.00
Item CROZET-SET SET OF ABOVE CROZET IS. COINS: 100, 200 & 500 FRANCS 2011, UNC. $55.00
Item FR-ANT-100F FRENCH ANTARCTICA 100 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $17.00
Item KERGUELEN-100F KERGUELEN ISLANDS 100 FRANCS 2011 UNC. out
Item KERGUELEN-200F KERGUELEN ISLANDS 200 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $22.00
Item KERGUELEN-500F KERGUELEN ISLANDS 500 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $24.00
Item ST.PAUL-100F AMSTERDAM IS. & ST. PAUL IS. 100 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $17.00

COINS OF BASSAS DA INDIA FEATURES FRENCH SAILING SHIPS

Bassas da India 100 Franc coin, 2012 pictures sailing ship La CouronneBassas da India 200 Francs 2012 pictures sailing ship Le Soleil Royal (1669)Bassas da India 500 Francs 2012 depicts sailing shiip Formidable
Bassas da India is an uninhabited atoll about halfway between Madagascar and Mozambique. It is a French possession that is also claimed by Madagascar. The island is the site of numerous shipwrecks and is popular with divers. It recently issued three 2012 dated coins, each featuring a famous French warship. The 30mm brass 100 Francs depicts the galleon La Couronne on the other. La Couronne was France’s first Man of War. The ship, built for Cardinal Richelieu in 1636, carried 68 heavy cannons. The 22mm bi-metallic 200 Franc features the frigate Le Soleil Royal (The Royal Sun). Launched in 1669, the 104 gun ship was a powerful and beautifully decorated vessel was a symbol of the power of Louis XIV. The ship was destroyed by a joint British and Dutch force in 1692. The 28.5mm bi-metallic 500 Francs pictures the battleship Formidable. Launched in 1751, the ship took part in the Canadian campaign of 1755. She was captured by the British in 1759 in the Battle of Quiberon Bay, off the coast of France and became the HMS Formidable in the Royal Navy. In 1768 she was dismantled. The reverse of the coins picture the arms of the island which feature two dolphins and a seahorse. All three coins are Uncirculated.
Item BAS-INDIA-100F BASSAS DA INDIA 100 FRANCS 2012 UNC. out
Item BAS-INDIA-200F BASSAS DA INDIA 200 FRANCS 2012 UNC. $22.00
Item BAS-INDIA-500F BASSAS DA INDIA 500 FRANCS 2012 UNC. $24.00


FIRST COINS FROM CLIPPERTON ISLAND INCLUDES BIMETALLICS 

Clipperton Island 100 Francs 2011Clipperton Island bimetal 200 Francs 2011Clipperton Island bimetel 500 Franc coin
Clipperton Island is an uninhabited French territory in the Pacific. It was named after John Clipperton, an English Pirate who used it as a base for attacking Spanish shipping during the 18th Century. Over the years the atoll has been claimed by the United States, Mexico and France. In 1909 arbitration of the competing claims to island between France and Mexico was given to Italian King Victor Emmanuel III. In an attempt to boost its claim to the Island, Mexico settled some 100 men, women and children on the island by 1914. The Mexican Revolution prevented supply ships from visiting the island. The governor of the island turned down an attempt to evacuate, and soon its inhabitants were dying of disease and starvation, which then degenerated into an orgy of rapes and murders. The last surviving inhabitants’ four women and seven children were rescued in by the U.S. Navy in 1917. In 1931 Victor Emmanuel finally decided to award the island to France, some 22 years after he was given the case. It was of the longest international arbitrations in history! During World War II, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt visited the island twice to see about setting up an American base. This 2011 dated 100 Francs is the first coin issue for Clipperton Islands. The 30mm aluminum-bronze coin pictures the island on one side, and a picture of the Conus Ebareus (Black and White cone) shell on the other. Bimetallic 100 and 500 Francs coins were released a short time later. The 24mm bi-metallic 200 Francs depicts an Epinephelus Clippertonensis, a recently discovered species of fish found only in the Clipperton Lagoon.   The 28mm bi-metallic 500 Francs pictures the Holacanthus Limbaughi, also known as the Clipperton Angelfish, which is also only found in the Lagoon. A map of the island on the obverse of both coins.
Item CLIPPERTON-100F CLIPPERTON ISLAND 100 FRANCS 2011 UNC.  out
Item CLIPPERTON-200F CLIPPERTON ISLAND 200 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $22.00
Item CLIPPERTON-500F CLIPPERTON ISLAND 500 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $24.00


BI-METALLIC 2011 COINS FROM CABINDA AND REDONDA Wholesale prices available to dealers

Cabinda bi-metallic 3 Reis 2011Redonda bi-metallic 2 Dollars 2011
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the World Wide Fund for Nature, also known as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), bi-metallic coins have been issued for the unrecognized states of Cabinda and Redonda by a firm in China. Cabinda is a former Portuguese colony in West Africa that is controlled by Angola. The bi-metallic 2011 Cabinda 3 Reis features a variety of wildlife along the edge, including a lion, lizard. butterfly, fish, elephant, squid, ostrich and a frog. The other side features the Panda logo of the WWF and the seal of the Banco de Cabinda. Representatives of Cabinda claim that its issues are not authorized by them. The bi-metallic 2 Dollar coin from Redonda features a Manatee one side. The arms of the Kingdom of Redonda and the Panda logo of the WWF are on the other side. Redonda is a small island in the Caribbean that was discovered by Columbus in 1493.. During the late 19th century it was heavily mined for its rich guano deposits. The mining operations ceased during the First World War, and it has been uninhabited since then. The Kingdom of Redonda was first mentioned in the novels of West Indian author M.P. Shiel, who claimed to be King Felipe of Redonda. Since then there have been various claimants to the throne. Both coins are Uncirculated.
Item CABINDA-WWF CABINDA 3 REIS 2011 WWF UNC. $16.00
Item REDONDA-WWF KINGDOM OF REDONDA 2 DOLLARS 2011 WWF UNC. $16.00
Item WWF-SET2 Above 2 bi-metallic coins: CABINDA & REDONDA WWF, 2011 Unc. $29.95


THE EMPIRE OF ATLANTIUM Wholesale prices available to dealers

Atlantium 10 SoldiAtlantium 30 Soldi (2011)
You may not recall seeing The Empire of Atlantium on your world map That is because it is a self-declared nation that consists of only 61 square meters located in South Sydney, Australia, though claims to have citizens throughout the world. The 61 square meters of territory also doubles as the apartment of one of its founders and its Emperor, George II, more commonly known as George Cruickshank. Atlantium uses an unusual dating system, called the Annus Novus Decimal Calendar, that starts at the end of the last Ice Age. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of its founding, the Empire of Atlantium issued a 38mm, gold-plated 10 Soldi coin struck in very high relief. One side pictures Emperor George II, the other pictures an Eagle from the Imperial Arms. The coin is dated 10520 (2001AD) in the Annus Novus Decimal Calendar and has a mintage of only 511 pieces. In 2011 a bi-metallic 30 Soldi coin was issued to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Atlantium. The high relief 38mm cupronickel coin is partially plated in 9 carat gold. The obverse pictures Emperor George II, highlighted in gold, while the reverse shows a stunning Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax) highlighted in gold. It has a mintage of just 250 pieces.
Item ATLANTIUM-10S ATLANTIUM 10 SOLDI (2001) BU $25.00
Item ATLANTIUM-30S ATLANTIUM 30 SOLDI (2011) BU $40.00


2011 LUNDY COIN SET FEATURES PUFFINS Wholesale prices available to dealers

Lundy 1 Puffin, 2011Lundy 6 Puffins, 4 Puffins, 2 Puffins, 1 Puffin and 1/2 Puffin
The coins of Lundy have been long been popular with collectors. Lundy is a small island off the coast of England, inhabited by about 30 residents as well as puffins and numerous other birds. It has been inhabited since Neolithic times by various groups including Vikings, the Knights Templar, a Sheriff who used the island to house convicts that he was supposed to deport to Virginia, and numerous pirates, including Barbary Pirates from North Africa. Today it is owned by the National Trust for the British people and is a popular destination for tourists. It is considered to be one of Britain’s greatest natural wonders. The island was purchased in 1924 by British merchant Martin Coles Harman, who proclaimed himself "king" of the island. He issued postage stamps, and in 1929 issued two coins, a bronze 1/2 Puffin and 1 Puffin, which were equivalent to the British 1/2 Penny and Penny. The coins had limited circulation on the island and were often brought home by tourists as a souvenir. The issue probably would have been forgotten if the British government had not brought Mr. Harman into court in 1930 for the "unauthorized minting of money". He was eventually fined £5 plus court costs, and the coins became an instant hit with collectors. In 1965 a second issue of the coins was made. The coins had the same designs but were struck in different metals and dated 1965. The British government wisely chose to ignore the coins. In 2011 a series of five Lundy coins was released. All the coins bear the portrait of Martin Coles Harman as it appeared on the earlier Lundy issues. Like the 1929 issues, the 1/2 Puffin portrays the head of a puffin on the reverse and the 1 Puffin portrays puffin standing on a rock. Both are struck in copper-plated zinc. The brass 2 Puffins pictures two puffins in flight. The brass 4 Puffins depicts four puffins flying around the Old Light House which was built in 1787. The 38mm copper-nickel-zinc 6 Puffins pictures six puffins flying over the Marisco Castle, which was built by Henry III. Like the original 1929 issues, the 2011 1/2, 1, 2 and 4 Puffins bear the edge inscription "Lundy Lights and Leads", which is a reference to the islands two lighthouses. They are attractive coins from a tiny but beautiful and historic island.
Item LUNDY LUNDY 5 COIN SET 1/2 - 6 PUFFINS, 2011 BU $27.50

INDIVIDUAL COINS FROM THE ABOVE SET:
Item LUNDY-1/2P LUNDY 1/2 PUFFIN 2011 BU $4.00
Item LUNDY-1P LUNDY 1 PUFFIN 2011 BU $5.00
Item LUNDY-2P LUNDY 2 PUFFINS 2011 BU $6.00
Item LUNDY-4P LUNDY 4 PUFFINS 2011 BU $7.00
Item LUNDY-6P LUNDY 6 PUFFINS 2011 BU $13.00


SEALAND HONORS KILLER WHALES Wholesale prices available to dealers

Sealand Dollar and Half Dollar You may have some difficulty finding Sealand on the map. That is because it is a self-declared nation located on an abandoned 10,000 square foot W.W.II era radar platform approximately 6 miles off the coast of England. Sealand was founded in 1967 when Prince Roy occupied the platform, declared it a sovereign nation, and set up a pirate radio station. Though the British government tried to shut down the operation, the British courts held that Sealand was located in international waters and beyond the governments jurisdiction, so he was free to operate his own "nation". Since then the British government opened the country up to commercial radio, which killed off Sealands main revenue source. In 1978 the "country" was invaded and occupied by a German businessman over a contract dispute, however it was soon retaken by force under the leadership of Prince Roy. In 2000 Sealand offered to host internet services for those who want their internet activities to be beyond the reach of any national government. In 2006 it suffered a major fire and was then offered for sale. There have not been any buyers, so the latest plan is renovate it and open an internet casino. In 1994 Sealand issued a Proof silver dollar coin and a BU copper-nickel half dollar coin. Both coins show an Orca, also known as a Killer Whale, on one side and the Sealand Arms on the other. Both coins are 39mm in diameter. The silver Dollar contains 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver. They are both interesting and attractive coins from a rather interesting "nation".
Item SEALAND50C SEALAND HALF DOLLAR 1994 UNC. Br.X8.1 $12.50
Item SEALAND$ SEALAND SILVER DOLLAR 1994 PROOF Br.X9 $39.50
Item SEALANDBTH SEALAND HALF DOLLAR & SILVER DOLLAR, 1994 $50.00

BI-METALLIC EURO COIN FROM THE FLEMISH REPUBLIC 

Flanders Euro coinFor over a year, Belgium has not been able to create a national government because of disagreements between the French speaking portions and the Dutch speaking portions of the country. Despite the lack of a national government (or maybe because of a lack of a national government), Belgium is doing better economically than most of Europe. A number Belgians have advocated breaking the country into two separate nations. Flanders is the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. This 2010 1 Euro coin was created for the Flemish Republic, which does not yet exist. One side has a map of Flanders with the legend Vlaams €uro (Flemish Euro). The other side features a Flemish lion.
Item FLANDERS FLEMISH REPUBLIC 1 EURO 2010 UNC. $12.00


TRI-METALLIC COINS OF THE ARCTIC TERRITORIES FEATURE POLAR BEAR 

Artic Territories 10 Dollars 2011 Polar BearArtic Territories 10 Dollars 2011 trimetallic coin
Two versions were struck of this 2011 tri-metallic 10 Dollar coin of Arctic Territories. Both have the same design. A walking Polar Bear is on one side. The other side depicts a map of the Arctic with the name Arctic Territories in the languages of the nations of the region. Like the 1926 Greenland 25 Ore, it comes in two versions. One version was issued with a center hole, and one was issued without the hole. Both coins are 27mm in diameter. The holed version is the only holed tri-metallic coin that I have ever seen.
Item ARCTIC-NO ARCTIC TERRITORIES TRI-METALLIC 10 DOLLARS 2011 WITHOUT HOLE UNC. $29.50
Item ARCTIC-HOLE ARCTIC TERRITORIES TRI-METALLIC 10 DOLLARS 2011 WITH HOLE UNC. $25.00
Item ARCTIC-BOTH Both of the above ARCTIC TERRITORIES 10 DOLLARS 2011 WITH and WITHOUT HOLE UNC. $49.50

TRI-METALLIC COIN OF ANTARCTIC TERRITORIES HONORS POPE JOHN PAUL II 

Antarctic Territories 10 Dollar coin commemorates the beatification of Pope John Paul IIThe beatification of Pope John Paul II on May 1, 2011 is commemorated on this 2011 tri-metallic 10 Dollar coin issued for the Antarctic Territories. One side of the 27mm coin pictures the Pope. The other side shows a map of Antarctica. There is a certain irony in a coin being issued honoring the Pope by the only continent that the Pope never visited.
Item ANTARCTIC-POPE ANTARCTIC TERRITORIES TRI-METALLIC 10 DOLLARS 2011 UNC. $29.50



TRI-METALLIC COIN OF MARIE BYRD LAND HONORS POPE JOHN PAUL II 

10 Dollar coin of Marie Byrd Land commemorates beatification of Pope John Paul IIBecause of its remoteness in Antarctica, most of Marie Byrd Land has not been claimed by any sovereign nation, though it has been claimed by various micro-nations such as Westarctica. It was named by explorer Admiral Richard E. Byrd in 1929 after his wife. I am sure she deserved it for putting up with his numerous explorations and adventures. In 2011 a trimetallic 10 Dollar was issued for this remote area. One side of the 27mm coin pictures Pope John Paul II and commemorates his beatification on May 1, 2011 The other side shows a map of the territory and a penguin.
Item BYRD MARIE BYRD LAND TRI-METALLIC 10 DOLLARS 2011 UNC. $29.50


CONFEDERATION OF ANTARCTICAWholesale prices available to dealers

Confederation of Antarctica tokenThis strange 20mm copper coin was issued by the Confederation of Antarctica in 1976 to celebrate the United States Bicentennial. It is good for 1/100 Troy ounce of silver in 2076. It was struck by the Patrick Mint for a firm in Alaska and has a mintage of just 1000 pieces.
Item ANTARCTIC-CON CONFEDERATION OF ANTARCTICA, 1976 UNC. $4.50


MANTINA AND POKOYIRDEME TRIBAL COINS FROM AFRICA

Mantina tribe, Ghana, 1 Iya coin, 2008Pokoyirdeme Tribe, Ghana, 1 Miiwor coin

Two coins have recently been released for tribes located in northern Ghana. The sale of the coins help raise money for projects that benefit the tribes. The Mantina tribe brass 1 Iya coin features a traditional medicinal plant on the obverse and a drinking mug on the other. The Pokoyirdeme tribe copper 1 Miiwor pictures a drum on one side and ground nuts (the main crop of the tribe) on the other. Both coins are 30mm in diameter, are dated 2008 and are Uncirculated.
Item MANTINA MANTINA 1 IYA 2008, UNC. out
Item POKO POKOYIRDEME 1 MIIWOR 2008, UNC. $17.50

TRIBAL COINS OF GHANA 

Edoula Tribe 1 Edo coinEmuola Tribe 2 Dier coinEwaala Tribe bimetallic 1 Ewa coin

Manyaala Tribe 2 Ebo coin 2008Mwalba Tribe bi-metallic 2 Mwal 2008Naajeri Tribe 1 Eche coin 2008

This fascinating series of coins has been issued by a firm in Spain. High relief coins are being issued for many of the traditional kingdoms and tribes of Ghana. The Kings or Chiefs of the Kingdoms or Tribes have authorized each of the issues. The coins are not intended to circulated, but rather to be sold to raise funds for projects that benefit the Kingdoms and Tribes. The coin have a mintage of only 1000 pieces each. The King or Chief appears on the one side of the coins and items of significance to the tribe, the name of the tribe and the denomination appear on the other. The brass Eduola issue is denominated 1 Edo and features a traditional spear and shield. The Emuola consider the crocodile as their spirit animal, thus it is pictured on their brass 2 Dier coin. The bi-metallic Ewaala 1 Ewai includes a map of Ghana showing the tribal region. The bronze Manyaala Tribe 2 Ebo features a bow and arrow. The bi-metallic 2 Mwal from the Mwalba Tribe pictures a carved wood stool. Woodcarving is an important industry for the tribe. A traditional drum is on the bronze 1 Eche coin of the Naajeri Tribe. The coins are all 38mm in diameter, are dated 2008 and are Uncirculated with a matte finish.
Item EDOULA EDOULA BRASS 1 EDO 2008 UNC. $19.95
Item EMOULA EMUOLA BRASS 2 DIER 2008 UNC. only in set
Item EWAALA EWAALA BI-METAL 1 EWAI 2008 UNC. only in set
Item MANYAALA MANYAALA BRONZE 2 EBO 2008 UNC. $19.95
Item MWALBA MWALBA BI-METAL 2 MWAL 2008 UNC. only in set
Item NAAJERI NAAJERI BRONZE 1 ECHE 2008 UNC $19.95
Item TRIBAL08 SET OF ALL 6 OF ABOVE GHANA TRIBAL COINS $115.00



2014 EASTER ISLAND COIN SET  Restocked

Easter Island 2014 coin set 1 - 500 Pesos, ObversesEaster Island 2014 coin set 1 - 500 Pesos, Reverses
This attractive 2014 Easter Island (Isla de Pascua) unofficial eight coin set features local culture and wildlife. The obverse of the bi-metallic 500 Peso and 200 Peso features the creator god Makemake, while the obverse of other coins feature the famous huge carved stone heads found on the Island.  The famous Moai carved stone statues are on the reverse of the 500 Pesos.  A Hammerhead shark is on the 200 Pesos. A Vaka, a double hulled, masted canoe, is on the eleven-sided copper 100 Pesos.  A Moray Eel is on the copper 50 Pesos. The copper 20 Pesos depicts a starfish. Tangata Manu, the Birdman, is on the eleven-sided brass 10 Pesos.  A Forceps Fish is on the brass 5 Pesos.  A Bonito Fish is on the nickel-plated brass 1 Peso. Only 5000 sets were minted. All coins are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item EASTER-SET EASTER ISLAND 8 COIN SET, 1 - 500 PESOS 2014, BU $24.50



EASTER ISLAND COIN DEPICTS MYSTERIOUS HEAD AND UNDECIPHERED LANGUAGE 

Easter Island 1000 Peso coin 2008This unofficial 1000 Peso coin for Easter Island (Isla de Pascua)  features one of the mysterious carved stone heads found on the island on the obverse.  The reverse pictures a carved wooden tablet featuring the still undeciphered Rongorongo Easter Island script.  The 2008 datec coin is 27mm in diameter and is struck in nickel-plated zinc.
Item EASTER-1000 EASTER ISLAND 1000 PESOS 2008, UNC. $8.00


WHALE ON RECTANGULAR GALAPAGOS $8 COIN

Galapagos rectangular 8 dollar coin picturing a humpback whaleA humpback whale is pictured this rectangular 8 dollar coin from the Galapagos Islands. The coin is the first in a series of coins issued for the isolated islands. The reverse features the arms of the islands. The islands are famous for their wide array of unusual wildlife. The Galapagos is a posession of Ecuador. Since 2000 the United States dollar has been Ecuador's official currency, thus the coin is denominated in U.S. dollars. Like most odd-ball coins, it is not meant to circulate, and it is not a legal tender issue. The attractive and unusual coin is struck in silver-plated brass. It has a mintage of only 3000 pieces.
Item GALP-8GALAPAGOS EIGHT DOLLARS, 2008 Br.X9 UNC.$14.95


FIRST MODERN COINS OF DARFUR FEATURE AFRICAN WILDLIFE

Darfur 2008 seven coin set featurs African wildlifeCommon obverse of Darfur 2008 coin set
The Sultanate of Darfur recently released an attractive set of seven coins that include a bi-metallic, unusual shapes and feature African wildlife. The non-circulating coins are the first modern coins for the embattled sultanate that is engaged tragic war in an attempt to regain independence from Sudan. The Bi-metallic 500 Dinars features the Nile crocodile. The eight-sided 250 Dinars pictures an African elephant. The square 100 Dinars has a leopard. The scalloped edged 50 Dinars shows a hartebeest. The 25 Dinars pictures a camel. An African civet is on the 10 Dinars, and an African wild dog is on the 5 Dinars. All coins are dated 2008 and have an Arabic inscription on the obverse.   Some coins have spots, so we grade them AU-UNC.
Item DARFUR DARFUR 7 COIN SET: 5 - 500 DINARS, 2008 AU-UNC. $29.50

INDIVIDUAL DARFUR COINS FROM THE ABOVE SET:

Item DAR-5D DARFUR 5 DINARS, AFRICAN WILD DOG AU-UNC. $3.50
Item DAR-10D DARFUR 10 DINARS, CIVET, AU-UNC $3.00
Item DAR-25D DARFUR 25 DINARS, CAMEL, AU-UNC $4.50
Item DAR-50D DARFUR 50 DINARS, HARTEBEEST, SCALLOPPED EDGE AU-UNC $6.00
Item DAR-100D DARFUR 100 DINARS, LEOPARD, SQUARE, UNC. $6.50
Item DAR-250D DARFUR 250 DINARS, ELEPHANT, 8-SIDED, UNC. $7.50
Item DAR-500D DARFUR 500 DINARS, CROCODILE, BI-METALLIC, UNC. $9.00


THE TAR VALON MARK FROM ROBERT JORDAN'S WHEEL OF TIME SERIES

Tar Valon Mark from Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time seriesRobert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series has become one of the most popular epic fantasy series in the world.  The books have frequently topped the  New York Times Best Sellers lists and has spawned role playing and computer games.  The series features a  fantasy world with well developed characters and intricate plots.   The series was envisioned to span six novels, the first of which was published in 1990.  The series ended up with 14 volumes, plus a prequel and a campanion volume.  The author died in 2007,  leaving extensive notes.  The final volumes in the series were finished Brandon Sanderson with the last volume finally being published in 2013.  Events unfold after Tar Valon Mark coins, like this one, are given to three young farm boys from Two Rivers: Rand, Mat and Perrin.  This attractive 25mm "nickel-silver" coin is officially licensed, however I cannot say if it contains any magical power.
Item TAR VALON TAR VALON MARK, UNC. $10.00



STYGIAN COPPER LUNAR OF CONAN THE BARBARIAN

Obverse of King Conan oblong copper coin of StyrgiaReverse of Styrgia copper Lunar of King Conan   This unusual oblong copper coin is based around the pulp fiction hero Conan the Barbarian, also known as Conan the Cimmerian, created by Robert E. Howard.  Since then Conan has been transformed into numerous movies and books.  The oblong coin of fabled ancient Stygia depicts the Moon Goddess on obverse, in portrait mode, holding two vipers in her hand, signifying control of commerce and war. The heiroglyphs incised behind her speak of invoices, bills of lading, and the boring necessities of the mundane material world. The vertical orientation of the image implies the dominance of mankind over nature, and the control of populations by the ruling class.
   The reverse side is in landscape mode and features the serpent-god SET. This side depicts the spirit world where demons lurk, spells are cast, and where the mighty serpent-god that disgorged the universe waits. The horizontal depiction signifies that humankind must be submissive to the will of SET, for he may choose to take you at any time.
Item CONAN STYRGIA COPPER LUNAR COIN OF KING CONAN, Antiqued UNC. $16.00


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