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RECENT WORLD COIN & CURRENCY ISSUES


NEW2019 CHINESE SILVER PANDA

China 2019 30 gram .999 fine silver Panda
China continued their popular silver Panda series with this attractive 2019 issue featuring a mother Panda cuddling her cub.  Each year features a different design featuring the cute giant Panda.  The obverse features the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, a Taoist temple complex constructed in the early 1400's.  Each coin contains 30 grams of .999 silver.  The 40mm coin Brilliant Uncirculated, comes in a protective capsule and has a nominal face value of 10 Yuan.
Item CN-PANDA19 CHINA 10 YUAN 2019 SILVER PANDA BU $29.00


SERBIA HONORS TESLA ON NEW SILVER COINS

Serbia Silver Tesla coins - 2018 Alternating Current, Induction Motor, 2019 Remote Control
Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, physicist, and futurist.  He is said to have over 300 patents covering a wide range of technologies including alternating current, electric motors, remote control, television, radio, x-rays, cell phones, robotics, lasers, turbine engines, magnetic propulsion, drones, solar power, weather manipulation, particle beams and electromagnetic energy (the Tesla coil).  Recently Serbia instituted a series of  100 Dinara coins honoring Tesla and his many inventions.  The 39mm coins each contain 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver and are struck by the Serbian Mint.  The obverses of the coins depict Tesla.   The Serbian arms, weight, purity, silver content, date, denomination and one or more of his inventions are on the reverses.  I expect the series to be popular due to Tesla's fame and the automobile named in his honor. 
   The first issue in the series honors his contributions to the design of the alternating current (AC) electricity supply system and features one of Nikola Tesla’s greatest inventions: the Induction Motor.  Only 50,000 pieces were struck in Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) and 3327 pieces in Proof. The Proof issue comes in a case with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
   The second coin in the series is a 2019 dated coin commemorating the 120th anniversary of his invention of remote control and wireless transmission.  In 1898 Tesla demonstrated the technology with a radio-controlled four-foot long stealth boat, which is depicted on the coin.   He expected the technology to be picked up by the United States Navy, but the Navy brass would have none of it.  Ironically, less than two decades later the German navy used remotely controlled boats loaded with explosives to attack Allied ships during World War I.  Only recently has the United States Navy started serious work with remote control ships.   The coin has a mintage of 75,000 pieces in Brilliant Uncirculated.  We have not yet received examples of the coin in Proof.
Item RS-TESLA-AC-BU SERBIA 100 DINARA 2018 TESLA-ALTERNATING CURRENT-MOTOR BU $34.00
NEW Item RS-TESLA-AC18-PF SERBIA 100 DINARA 2018 TESLA-ALTERNATING CURRENT-MOTOR PROOF $49.95
NEW Item RS-TESLA-REMOTE-BU SERBIA 100 DINARA 2019 TESLA-REMOTE CONTROL BU $29.95



NEW2019 ALAND 5 EUROS COIN

Aland 5 Euros 2019 coinAland is a group of islands belonging to Finland located in the Baltic Sea between Finland and Sweden.  Most of the residents speak Swedish.  Following World War I the residents voted to join Sweden, but in 1921 the League of Nations decided that Aland should be an autonomous, demilitarized region under Finnish sovereignty.  This unofficial 2019 square 5 Euro coin of Aland was issued to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Aland's first postage stamps.  One side of the coin depicts a postal boat as it appeared on some of the islands' stamps which were issued in 1984.  The other side includes the coat-of-arms of Aland.  The 30mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item ALAND ALAND 5 EUROS 2019 PROOF $19.95



NEWODD SHAPED RODRIGUES COIN

Rodrigues 5 Rupees 2018 Proof coinRodrigues is an autonomous outer island of the Republic of Mauritius. It lies about 375 miles (600 km.) east of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.  It is about 11 miles (18 km.) long and 5 miles (8 km.) at its widest. It has a population of less than 50,000.  The island was uninhabited but periodically visited by Arab traders and Portuguese exploders.  It was named after Portuguese explorer Diogo Rodrigues in February 1528.  During the 18th Century the French made several attempts to settle the island.  They imported African slaves who are ancestors of the present population. In 1809 the British occupied the island and in 1834 abolished slavery.  Rodrigues was joined with Mauritius in 1968 when they obtained independence from Great Britain.  This unofficial, odd-shaped 2018 5 Rupees coin commemorates the 50th anniversary of independence from Britain and joining with Mauritius.  One side features the coat-of-arms of the Outer Islands of Mauritius and the dates "1968",  "2018".  The other side features a boat sailing near the island and the logo of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  The silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item RODRIGUES RODRIGUES 5 RUPEES 2018 PROOF $22.00


NEWPAKISTAN ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY COIN

Pakistan 50 Rupees 2018 Anti-corruption daycoinPakistan issued this 2018 dated 50 Rupee coin for International Anti-Corruption Day. The obverse of the 30mm copper-nickel coin has the Pakistan national emblem of a crescent moon and a star.  The reverse has legends in English reading "International Anti Corruption Day 9th December".  The legend in Urdu translates as "Our faith, corruption free Pakistan". The denomination, 50 Rupees, is an amount often given as small bribes to minor officials and police.
Item PK-CORR PAKISTAN 50 RUPEES 2018 ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY, UNC. $6.00


NEWBEAUTIFUL NEW CANADIAN VIOLA DESMOND 10 DOLLAR NOTE

Canada 10 Dollars banknote, Viola DesmondCanada recently released an attractive vertical format polymer 10 Dollar bill honoring civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond. She was arrested, jailed and fined in 1946 for sitting in a whites-only section of a Halifax movie theater.  She is the first Canadian woman to appear on a regular issue Canadian banknote.   Next to her portrait is a map of the Halifax's historic north end, home to one of Canada's oldest black communities and where she opened her first salon. The back includes the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, an excerpt from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and a color-shifting gold eagle feather.  Towards the bottom of the note is an iridescent rendering of the Library of Parliament's vaulted dome ceiling.   The note also includes a raised tactile feature for the blind.
Item PM-CA-10D CANADA 10 DOLLARS (2018) VIOLA DESMOND UNC. $16.00



NEWATTRACTIVE NEW SUDAN NOTE FEATURES GOLD BARS & BOAT

Sudan 50 Pounds 2018 banknote
The front of this attractive new 2018 Sudan 50 Pound note features a stack of gold bars (maybe to make people think the currency is worth something), the Central Bank building and a map of Sudan.  The back depicts a sailing boat and a heard of camels. The note utilizes the two official languages of Sudan, the front is in Arabic, the back in English.  The colorful note includes many sophisticated anti-counterfeiting devices including a foil strip with holographic images, front/back registration and a watermark.
Item PM-SD-50P SUDAN 50 POUNDS NOTE, 2018 AU-UNC. $15.00


NEWHUNGARY 2018 WORLD WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Hungary 50 Forint 2018 World Wrestling ChampionshipsHungary commemorated the 2018 World Wrestling Championships held in Budapest from October 20 to 28, 2018. The event included Men and women's freestyle and Men's Greco-Roman wrestling. Russia was the clear winner with 10 gold medals. The 27.4mm copper-nickel 50 Forint depicts one wrestler throwing the other. The denomination is on the obverse
Item HU-50FT-18WREST HUNGARY 50 FORINT 2018 WRESTLING UNC. $3.00



NEWGAZA COIN FEATURES SOLDIER WITH MACHINE GUN

Gaza Strip 2019 5 Pounds coinA Palestinian with a machine gun is featured on this unofficial 2019 rectangular 5 Pound coin issued for the Gaza Strip. The emblem of Palestine is on the obverse.  The Gaza Strip is about a territory about 25 miles (41km) long and 4 to 8 miles (6 to 12 km.) wide that borders Israel and Egypt and is the home of some 1.9 million Palestinians.  Since 2007 Gaza has been a de-facto self-governing entity ruled by Hamas, a fundamentalist Islamic organization that regularly clashes with Israel. The 40mm x 25mm silver plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item GAZA GAZA 5 POUNDS 2019 PROOF $19.95




NEW2019 COIN OF TAMIL EELAM DEPICTS TIGERS

Tamil Eelam ( Tigers) 500 Rupees 2019Tamil Eelam is a proposed independent nation that ethnic Tamils attempted to create in northern and eastern Sri Lanka.   After some 25 years of fighting they were finally defeated by the Sri Lankan Army in 2009.  The obverse of this unofficial 500 Rupee coin of Tamil Eelam features the head of a tiger.  The tiger is the emblem of the Tamil Eelam and is derived from the emblem of the medieval Chola Empire that once controlled Sri Lanka and southern India. The military wing of Tamil Eelam was called the Tamil Tigers.  The reverse features a standing tiger and the inscription in Tamil "freedom and equality".  The 40mm silver-plated proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item TAMIL TAMIL EELAM 500 RUPEES 2019, TIGERS PROOF $19.95


NEWWARDROBE MALFUNCTION ON 2019 AUSTRIAN 5 EUROS?

Austria 5 Euros 2019 Vienna State Opera pure copper New Year's coinAustria honored the 150th Anniversary of the State Opera in Vienna on their 2019 New Year's coin.  The nine-sided, 28.5mm pure copper coin features an exuberant dancer with one bare breast hanging out. The image is from a painting by Franz Dobiaschofsky found on the main staircase of the opera house that was done about 1868.  I am not sure why such images are relatively common in art of the Victorian era, yet "wardrobe malfunctions" create so much excitement today.  The obverse features the arms of each of the nine Austrian federal states and the denomination.
Item AT-5E-OPERA19 AUSTRIA 5 EUROS VIENNA STATE OPERA, COPPER  UNC. $14.00



NEWEGYPT COMMEMORATES NEW CITIES IN 2019

Egypt 1 Pound 2019 New Capital CityEgypt 50 Piastres (Qirsh) & 1 Pound 2019 Alamein New City
Egypt released new 2019 dated coins to commemorate new, planned cities that it is building.   A huge new capital is being constructed in the desert some 30 miles (45km) in order to relieve congestion in the Cairo.  The new city is being built and will be run by the army and will include numerous smart sensors and cameras in order to keep its citizens safe. The first bureaucrats are already being moved into the city.  Though the new capital is sure to be impressive - it still does not have a name.  Another new planned city, Alamein New City is rising some 66 miles (100 km.) west of Alexandria.  The planned, ecologically friendly city is supposed to eventually house some 3 million inhabitants. The city is being heavily promoted, though few of the facilities have been completed.  Both cities were honored on circulating 2019 Egypt coins.  A bi-metallic 1 Pound for the new, nameless capital features some buildings and the sun rising in the background.   For Alamein New City both a brass-clad steel 50 Piastres and a bi-metallic 1 Pound were issued depicting buildings (though to me it looks more like ruins).  All the coins utilize the standard reverse that include the denomination and date.
Item EG-CAP EGYPT 1 POUND NEW CAPITAL 2019 UNC. $4.00
Item EG-ALAMEIN EGYPT 50 PIASTRES & 1 POUND ALAMEIN NEW CITY, 2019 UNC. $6.50



NEWMOLDOVA 2018 PUZZLE COIN SET

Moldova 2018 4 coin set 1-10 Lei, obverseMoldova 2018 4 coin set 1-10 Lei, reverse
Moldova released a set of four new coins consisting of nickel-plated steel 1 and 2 Lei and bi-metallic 5 and 10 Lei.  Each coin depicts a portion of the Moldovan arms, so that when the coins are placed together the image of the arms is created.  The obverses of the coins each feature a portion of a crowned aurochs' head.  The 1 and 2 Lei also include the moon and sun from the arms. The 10 Lei also includes the arms of Stephen the Great.  The reverses of the coin include the denomination, date, a latent and a micro-engraved image. When placed together, the reverses of the coins feature an eagle holding an olive branch and a scepter from the Moldovan arms.  It is a cleverly designed set of coins.
Item MD-SET4 MOLDOVA 4 COIN SET 1-10 LEI 2018 UNC. $11.00
Item MD-5+10 MOLDOVA BI-METAL 5 & 10 LEI FROM ABOVE SET, UNC. $8.00




NEW2018 TAJIKISTAN COIN SET

Tajikistan 2018 six coin set, 10 Dirams - 5 SomoniThis 2018 Tajikistan six-coin set includes three new designs.  The brass-plated steel 10, 20 and 50 Dirams feature the Tajik arms on the obverse and the denomination on the obverse.  The new 1, 3 and 5 Somoni depict national heroes on the obverse and the denomination and date on the reverse.  The 1 Somoni portrays Mirzo Tursunzoda, a prominent poet and political figure who died in 1977.  The 3 Somoni features Shirinsho Shotemur.   Shotemur was an active communist who helped establish the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic within the Soviet Union who was executed by Stalin in 1937.  The 5 Somoni depicts Sadriddin Aynii, who is one of Tajikistan most important writers and poets.
Item TJ-SET18 TAJIKISTAN 6 COIN SET 10 DIRAMS - 5 SOMONI 2018 UNC. $16.00




NEWBEAUTIFUL BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS UNA AND THE LION SILVER DOLLAR

British Virgin Is. 1 Dollar 2019 Una and the lion, 1 troy ounce .999 silver coinUna and the Lion is one of the most beautiful, popular and expensive of all British coins.  The gold 5 Pound coin was struck for the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1839. The design, created by sculptor William Wyon, was based on Edmund Spenser’s poem Faerie Queene which tells the tale of Princess Una after St. George had slayed the dragon and rescued her. During the course of her travels, Una met a lion who was so mesmerized by her beauty he became her companion and protector.  On the coin Una was modeled after 19-year old Queen Victoria.  The Lion is a traditional symbol of Britain. The legend "DIEU ET MON DROIT" meaning "God on my Right" is the motto of the British monarchy.  The British Virgin Islands recreated this beautiful design on this 2019 dated 1 troy ounce .999 fine silver 1 Dollar coin to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria.  The obverse features Queen Elizabeth, the great, great granddaughter of Queen Victoria.  The 38.6mm reverse frosted Brilliant Uncirculated coin has a mintage of only 50,000 pieces. It is an attractive coin, at an attractive price.
Item BVI-UNA BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 1 DOLLAR 2019 UNA & THE LION, BU $24.00



NEWNEW KENYA AFRICAN WILDLIFE COINS   

Kenya 2018 wildlire coin set: 1, 5, 10 & 20 ShillingsCommon obverse for Kenya 2018 coins depicts coat-of-arms
Kenya released four new 2018 dated coins.  The new designs replace politicians with African wildlife.  The 26mm bi-metallic 20 Shillings features an elephant.  The 23mm bi-metallic 10 Shillings depicts a lion.  The 19.5 bi-metallic 5 Shillings pictures a rhinoceros.  A giraffe is on the 23.9mm nickel-plated steel 1 Shilling.  The coins all feature the arms of Kenya on the obverse and legends in both English and Swahili. 
Item KE-SET18 KENYA 4 COIN SET 1-20 SHILLINGS 2018 UNC. $16.00



NEW ZEALAND COLOR COIN CELEBRATES END OF WORLD WAR I  Restocked

New Zealand 50 Cents 2018 Armistice Day color coinNew Zealand issued this 2018 50 Cent coin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice ending World War I.  The reverse features a red poppy within a green wreath with silver ferns.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of the 24.75 copper-nickel coin. 
Item NZ-WWI NEW ZEALAND 50 CENTS 2018 COLOR ARMISTICE DAY BU $5.00




NEWCHINA CELEBRATES 40th ANNIVERSARY OF OPENING UP

China 10 Yuan 2018 40th Anniversary of economic reform and opening up bi-metallic coinChina issued this 2018 bi-metallic 10 Yuan to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the nation's "economic reform and opening up" under Deng Xiaoping. The reforms overthrew many of the Mao era economic ideas by introducing market principles, de-collectivization of agriculture, allowing private enterprise, opening the country to foreign investments and lifting of rationing and price controls.  The reforms brought unprecedented prosperity to the formerly poor nation and greatly decreased poverty, though it also increased income inequality. The 27mm coin features the national arms on the obverse and the numeral 40 and the denomination on the reverse.  Sales were limited to just 20 coins per person.
Item CN-10Y-40 CHINA 10 YUAN 2018 40th ANNIVERSARY OF REFORM, BU $6.00


NEWCHINA YEAR OF THE PIG BI-METAL 10 YUAN BI-METALLIC COIN

China 10 Yuan 2019 Year of the Pig bi-metallic coinChina recently released this 2019 dated bi-metallic 10 Yuan coin to commemorate the Year of the Pig.  The 27mm coin depicts a cute pig, a peach-shaped lantern, and plum flowers on the obverse.  The denomination surrounded by an intricate etched design is on the reverse. The large number 10 contains latent images, which change from Western to Chinese characters as the coin is moved. 
Item CN-PIG18 CHINA 10 YUAN 2019 YEAR OF THE PIG BU $7.00



NEWYEAR OF THE PIG NOTES FROM MACAU

Macao 10 Patacas Bank of China Year of the Pig
Macao 10 Patacas Banco Nacional Ultramarino Year of the Pig
The two banks that issue currency for Macao, the Bank of China and the Banco Nacional Ultramarino, each a released 10 Patacas banknote honoring the Year of the Pig for 2019.  Both notes have similar designs.  The front of both notes include a stylized pig, bird and flowers, a Chinese zodiac and a color-shifting gold "10".  The backs depict the headquarters building for the issuing bank, children with fireworks outside the A-Ma temple, and the stylized pig, bird and flowers.  Security features include both a security thread and watermarks.  Both notes were printed by Hong Kong Printing Ltd. The last five digits of the serial numbers will match.
Item PM-MO-PIG MACAO SET OF TWO YEAR OF THE PIG (2019) NOTES, UNC. $15.00




NEWVENEZUELA'S NEW CURRENCY

Fronts of Venezuela 2018 Bolivar Soberano banknotesBacks of Venezuela 2018 Bolivar Soberano banknotes
On August 20, 2018 Venezuela did a 100,000 to 1 revaluation, replacing the worthless Bolivar Fuerte (Strong Bolivar) with the Bolivar Soberano (Sovereign Bolivar).  The value of the Bolivar Soberano is supposedly tied to the a crypto-currency created by the government of Venezuela called the Petro, with 1 Petro being equivalent to 1 barrel of oil.  In reality the currency was not tied to anything.  The socialist government of Venezuela continued its disastrous political and economic policies, resulting in frequent blackouts. lack of running water, and continued hyper-inflation in Venezuela, which some estimate at a million percent per year.  Eight denominations of Bolivar Soberano notes were released.  Like previous issues the fronts are in a vertical  format and depict national heroes.  The backs are in a horizontal format and depict native wildlife and national parks.    The 500 Bolivars depicts Simon Bolivar and the Venezuelan Troupial, which is the national bird.  The 200 Bolivars features Francisco de Miranda and the Military Macaw. The 100 Bolivars depicts Ezequiel Zamora and a Brown Spider Monkey.  The 50 Bolivars pictures Antionio Jose de Sucre and an Oncilla (tiger cat or Cunaguaro). The 20 Bolivars portrays Simon Rodriguez and a Jaguar. The 10 Bolivars depicts Rafael Urdaneta and a Giant Anteater.  The 5 Bolivars pictures José Felix Ribas and a Veragua stubfoot toad (Atelopus cruciger).  The 2 Bolivars features Josefa Camejo and a Yellow-crowned Amazon Parrot.  The lower denomination notes are difficult to obtain as many people refuse to accept them due to their minimal buying power - the effort spent counting the notes is more than the notes are worth!  With increasing hyper-inflation,  political and economic instability in Venezuela the notes may not be around for long.
Item PM-VE-SOB VENEZUELA 8 NOTE BOLIVAR SOBERANO SET (2018) AU-UNC. $15.00




NEWTRIGGERFISH ON TITANIUM AND COPPER NICKEL COINS OF ASCENSION ISLAND

Ascension 1 Crown 2019 Queen Triggerfish, Purple TitaniumAscension 1 Crown 2019 Queen Triggerfish, copper-nickel
A Queen Triggerfish (Balistes vetula) is featured on purple titanium and copper-nickel 2019 1 Crown cons of Ascension Island. The large oval-shaped reef dwelling fish is so named due to its unique spines on its anterior dorsal fins which are used to lock the fish into a crevice during the night.  The first spine locks and the second spine unlocks, like a trigger.  This prevents predators from pulling them free or swallowing the fish.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The titanium version is 36.1mm, weighs only 10 grams, has a mintage of 7,500 and come in a box with a Certificate of Authenticity.   The copper-nickel version is 38.6mm and has a mintage of 10,000 pieces. Both coins have the same design and are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item ASC-TIT-TRIG19 ASCENSION 1 CROWN 2019 PURPLE TITANIUM TRIGGERFISH. BU $49.00
Item ASC-CN-TRIG19 ASCENSION 1 CROWN 2019 COPPER-NICKEL TRIGGERFISH. BU $14.00




NEWMACARONI PENGUINS ON TITANIUM AND COPPER-NICKEL COINS OF SO. GEORGIA & SO. SANDWICH IS.

South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2019 Macaroni Penguins struck in light blue titaniumSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2019 Macaroni Penguins struck in copper-nickel
Macaroni Penguins are so named as the spectacular orange tufted plumes on its head. In 18th century England, a Macaroni was an individual who dressed with flamboyant or excessive ornamentation (as in the song Yankee Doodle). In the summer they breed in colonies that number many thousands of birds.  They then disburse and have been known swim 10,000 km (6,200 miles) before returning to land.  The British territory of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands depicts four Macaroni Penguins on their 2019 Two-pound coins.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The coins are struck in both pale blue titanium and copper-nickel with the same design.  The titanium version is 36.1mm, weighs only 10 grams, has a mintage of 7,500 and come in a box with a Certificate of Authenticity.   The copper-nickel version is 38.6mm and has a mintage of 10,000 pieces. Both coins are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item SGI-TIT-PENG19 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2019 MACARONI PENGUIN BLUE TITANIUM BU $49.00
Item SGI-CN-PENG19 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS COPPER-NICKEL 2019 MACARONI PENGUIN BU $14.00


NEW2019 TASMANIAN COIN FEATURES TASMANIAN DEVIL

Tasmania 5 Maray coin, 2019This unofficial 2019 eight-sided 5 Maray coin was issued for the Australian island of Tasmania.  The obverse depicts a Tasmanian aborigine, a kangaroo and the Southern Cross from the Australian flag. The reverse features a Tasmanian Devil.  The Tasmanian aborigines were largely wiped out be disease after the British settled in Tasmania.  There are ongoing disputes about who, if anyone, can claim to be of Tasmanian aboriginal descent. The Tasmanian Devil is an endangered species due to a rapidly spreading facial tumor disease.  The denomination Maray refers to a type of herring found off the coast of Tasmania.  The 40mm silver-plated proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item TASMANIA TASMANIA 5 MARAY 2019 PROOF $19.95




NEWASHMORE & CARTIER ISLANDS FEATURES TURTLE & CROCODILE

Ashmore and Cartier Islands 5 Dollar coin, 2019The Ashmore and Cartier Islands are Australian territories located in the Indian Ocean between Australia and Indonesia.  The islands have no permanent inhabitants; however, they are regularly visited by caretakers, researchers and Indonesian fishermen. The islands, being the closest Australian territory to Indonesia, are a popular destination for people smugglers transporting asylum seekers to Australia. Once they had landed on Ashmore Island, asylum seekers could claim to have entered Australian migration zone and request to be processed as refugees. Australia stations the ship ACV Ashmore Guardian off the islands much of the year to control access to the islands.  This unofficial eight-sided 2019 dated 5 Dollar coin of Ashore & Cartier Islands depicts a sea turtle and Queen Elizabeth on the obverse. The reverse features a salt water crocodile, a shark swimming in the ocean and a bird overhead. The 40mm silver-plated proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item ASHMORE ASHMORE & CARTIER ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS 2019 PROOF $19.95




NEW2019 MAUI TRADE DOLLAR

Maui 2019 Trade dollar features Hawaiian Green Sea TurtleMaui 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 Trade Dollar Association has issued an annual 39mm copper-nickel "Trade Dollar".  The series is popular with both tourists and collectors due their attractive designs depicting the islands wildlife and culture.  The 2019 issue features one of Maui’s most beloved marine creatures, the Hawaiian green sea turtle, or Honu, swimming in the pristine waters of Makena’s Turtle Town. The reverse depicts a map of Maui and lists major towns on the island.
Item MAUI19 MAUI 2019 TRADE DOLLAR, TURTLE BU $6.00
Item MAUI19x20 ROLL OF 20 MAUI 2019 TRADE DOLLAR COINS, BU $95.00

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NEWNEW PHILIPPINE COIN SET

Philippines 2018 six coin set: 1 Sentimo - 10 Pisos
The Philippines recently released a new series of six new coins dated 2017-2018.  The coins depicting national heroes and native plants.  The coins are struck in nickel-plated steel in an effort to discourage the widespread hoarding and melting of the coins, decrease the cost of striking the coins, and address concerns about the discoloration of the coins in circulation caused by the humid, tropical climate.  The 27mm 10 Piso depicts Apolinario Mabin on the obverse and a Kapa-Kapa flower, also known as the Philippine Orchid, (Medinilla magnifica) on the reverse.  The 25mm 5 Piso depicts Andres Bonifacio on the obverse and a Tayabak, also called a Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) on the reverse.  Both coins incorporate micro-printing and microdots to discourage counterfeiting.  The 23mm 1 Piso features Jose Rizal and a Waling-Waling, also called the Sander’s Vanda Orchid (Vanda sanderiana). The 25, 5 and 1 Sentimo all feature the sun and stars from the Philippine flag on the obverse and a flower on the reverse.  The Katmon or Elephant Apple (Dillenia philippinensis) is on the 25 Sentimo.  The 5 Sentimo depicts the Kapal-Kapal Baging or Crown Flower (Calotropis gigantea).  The 1 Sentimo features the Mangkono (Xanthostemon verdugonianus).  The Mangkono is hardest Philippine hardwood species.  Diamond-point saws aided by great volumes of water, to prevent overheating, are needed to cut the wood. Also on the reverse of each coin is the new logo of the Central Bank, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
Item PH-SET18 PHILIPPINES SIX COIN SET  1 SENTIMO - 10 PISO 2017-2018  UNC. $10.00




NEWASCENSION COMMEMORATES 100th ANNIVERSARY OF END OF WORLD WAR I

Ascension 1 Crown 2018, The Last PostThis 2018 Ascension 1 Crown commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I is titled "The Last Post".  The Last Post is a bugle or trumpet call used at Commonwealth military funerals and ceremonies commemorating those who have been killed in war.  The coin shows a bugler sounding The Last Post in front of a group of soldiers.  Their camp can be seen in the background, with the flag at half-mast.  Poppies are shown in the foreground in remembrance of those who lost their lives.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of this 38.6mm Brilliant Uncirculated copper-nickel coin.  It has a mintage of only 10,000 pieces.
Item ASC-WWI ASCENSION 1 CROWN 2018 WORLD WAR I, BU $14.00


NEWMACQUARIE ISLAND & TRAVERSAY ISLANDS COMMEMORATE FIRST RUSSIAN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION

Macquarie Island 10 Dollar 2019 coin depicts Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and sloop VostokTraversay Islands 10 Dollar 2019 coin depicts Mikhail Lazarev in the sloop Mirny
The 200th Anniversary of First Russian Antarctic Expedition is commemorated on these unofficial eight-sided coins of Macquarie Island and Traversay Islands.  The expedition, led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen in the sloop Vostok and his second-in-command Mikhail Lazarev in the sloop Mirny left Russia in 1819.  The expedition circumnavigated Antarctica, discovered many new islands and was the first to see the Antarctic continent before returning to Russia in 1821. Macquarie Island an Australian territory and a UNESCO heritage located between New Zealand and Antarctica.  The island is inhabited by thousands of birds and 20 to 40 scientists at a research station.  It was visited by von Bellingshausen in 1812 and again during the expedition in 1820, when he mapped the island and traded his rum and food with sealers for samples of the island’s fauna.  Traversay Islands is a group of three uninhabited islands located at the northern end of the South Sandwich Islands that are administered by Great Britain. They were discovered during the expedition.  The chain of islands were named after the Jean Baptiste Prevost de Sansac, Marquis de Traversay.  Traversay was a French creole born on Martinique who distinguished himself in the French Navy during the American Revolution.  During the French Revolution he fled to Russia, where he became a friend of Catherine the Great.  Catherine even granted his infant son a naval officer’s commission.  In 1809 he was appointed the Minister of the Russian Navy. It that position he helped promote the expedition. The two coins have similar designs.  The obverses depict Queen Elizabeth superimposed on a map of Antarctica and the name of the territory.  The reverse of the Macquarie Island coin depicts von Bellingshausen and the sloop Vostok. The reverse of the Traversay Islands coins depicts Lazarey and the sloop Mirney.  Both coins are eight-sided, 40mm, silver-plated Proof coins with a nominal face value of 10 Dollars and a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item MACQUARIE MACQUARIE ISLAND 10 DOLLARS 2019 PROOF out
Item TRAVERSAY TRAVERSAY ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2019 PROOF $19.95




NEWODD SHAPED COINS OF GUAM

Guam 20 Dollars 2018 triangular coin
Guam is a possession of the United States in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  It does not have the authority to issue its own coins, however that has not stopped someone from issuing two rather unusual coins for this isolated island. The obverse of this 2018 triangular 20 Dollar coins depict a Proa, which is a Chamorro outrigger canoe with a sail, and the legends "TERRITORY OF GUAM” “WHERE AMERICA’S DAY BEGINS”.  The coin commemorates the 330th anniversary of the Spanish colonization of Guam.  In 1668 Spanish Jesuit missionary Diego Luis de Vitores establishe a mission in Guam on land donated by Chief Kephua.  Both are pictured on the reverse of the coin.   At first the missionaries were readily accepted, but after Kephua's death the following year violence arose between the native Chamorro and the Spanish in part due to conflicts in the cultural beliefs of the two groups. Vitores was killed in one such conflict in 1672.  The silver-plated Proof coin measures 35mm on each side and has a mintage of only 150 pieces.   The reverse depicts a sea turtle, the name of the territory in the native Chamorro language “GUAHAN”, the date, the denomination.
Item GUAM20 GUAM TRIANGULAR 20 DOLLARS 2018 PROOF $22.00


NEWSULTANATE OF YOGYKARTA, ISLAND OF JAVA

SULTANATE OF YOGYKARTA, ISLAND OF JAVA (JAWA) 5000 RUPIAHS 2018 COINThis unofficial 2018 dated 5000 Rupiahs coin was issued for the Sultanate of Yogukarta on the island of Java (Jawa).  Yogukarta is an autonomous Special Region of Indonesia ruled by a Sultan, making it the only officially recognized monarchy within Indonesia. The obverse depicts the a Hindu temple in the Prambanan Temple Compounds and the royal arms of the Sultan.  The Prambanan Temple Compounds, located near the city of Yogukarta, consist of over 500 Hindu and Buddhist temples.  The reverse features Buddhist stupas in the Borobudur Temple Complex. The Borobudur Complex is considered one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world.  Both temple compounds were built in the 8th and 9th centuries.  They are not only architectural and cultural treasures, but also are standing proof of past religious peaceful cohabitation in this now Muslim nation.  The 40mm eight-sided coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces and is Proof.
Item JAVA SULTANATE OF YOGYKARTA, JAVA, 5000 RUPEES 2018 PROOF $19.95


2018 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS PEGASUS VIRENIUM & SILVER DOLLAR COINS 

British Virgin Islands Virenium Pegasus dollar, 2018British Virgin Islands 1 troy ounce .999 silver Pegasus dollar, 2018
With the overwhelming popularity of the 2018 British Virgin Islands Pegasus silver dollar, Pobjoy mint repeated the design on a British Virgin Islands dollar minted in Virenium.  Both coins depict Pegasus, the mythical horse, rearing up with his wings spread. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. Virenium is an alloy of copper, zinc and nickel developed by Derek Pobjoy named after his wife Verena. The Virenium dollar is 28.4mm and has a mintage of only 4000 pieces.  The .999 fine 1 troy ounce silver dollar is 38.6mm, has a mintage of 50,000 pieces and has a frosted reverse Proof finish.
NEWItem BVI-PEGVIR18 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2018 PEGASUS VIRENIUM BU $13.00
Item BVI-PEGSIL18 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2018 PEGASUS SILVER PROOF $27.00



NEWCANADA 2018 COLORED AND UNCOLORED WWI ARMISTICE COINS

Canada 2018 World War I Armistice uncolored and colored 2 dollar coinsCanada honored the 100th Anniversary of the World War I Armistice with two versions of circulating bi-metallic 2 Dollar coins: uncolored and colored.  Both versions have similar designs.  In the center brass plated core is a soldier's helmet, beneath it is the word "ARMISTICE" a remembrance poppy.  The colored version of the coin features the poppy in red.  Maple leaves and poppies are features in the nickel-plated outer rim, along with the words "REMEMBER" in English and French ("SOUVENIR") and the date 2018.  The Susanna Blunt portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of the 28mm coin.
Item CA-2D18-REGARM CANADA 2 DOLLARS 2018 REGULAR (UNCOLORED) ARMISTICE UNC. $5.50
Item CA-2D18-COLARM CANADA 2 DOLLARS 2018 COLORED ARMISTICE UNC. $7.50



NEWNEW 2018 VENEZUELA BOLIVAR SOBERANO COINS

Venezuela 50 Centimos & 1 Bolivar Soberano 2018 coinsIn August 2018 Venezuela introduced two new coins, a 50 Centimos and a bi-metallic 1 Bolivar Soberano as part of a 100,000 to 1 currency revaluation. The new 1 Bolivar Soberano is equivalent to 100,000 of the previous Bolivar Fuerte, which was introduced in 2008.  The Bolivar Soberano was supposed to be a stable currency, tied to a Venezuelan crypto-currency called the Petro, which was supposedly valued at 1 barrel of oil.  Instead the nation’s hyperinflation is increasing, with prices doubling every few days.  The new 1 Bolivar Soberano coin is very similar to the old 1 Bolivar Fuerte coin, but is worth 100,000 times more!  Both the 1 Bolivar coins are 24mm bi-metallic coins depicting Simon Bolivar facing left on the obverse and have the national arms, denomination and date on the reverse and both have the same lettered edge. The coins were minted by the Venezuelan government mint in Maracay and tend to be poorly struck.  The mintmark for the Casa de la Moneda de Maracay is to the right of Bolivar's neck.
Item VE-SET18 VENEZUELA 50 CENTIMOS & 1 BOLIVAR COINS 2018 UNC. $4.00



NEWRARE SHRIMP ON COPPER-NICKEL & PINK TITANIUM ASCENSION COINS

Ascension 1 Crown 2018, shrimp, pink titanium coinAscension 1 Crown 2018, shrimp, copper-nickel coin
Ascension Island depicted Procaris ascensionis, a rare species of shrimp, on their 2018 copper-nickel and pink titanium 1 Crown coins.  The shrimp are endemic only to two rock pools on Ascension, the largest is only about 15 feet (4.5m) wide and 18 inches (45cm) deep.  Both versions of the coin have the same design featuring a pool of the shrimp on the reverse and Queen Elizabeth on the obverse. The pink titanium version is 36.1mm in diameter, comes in a box with a Certificate of Authenticity and has a mintage of 7500 pieces.  The copper-nickel (CN) version is 38.6mm and has a mintage of 10,000 pieces.
Item ASC-TIT-SHRIMP ASCENSION 1 CROWN 2018 SHRIMP PINK TITANIUM BU $55.00
Item ASC-CN-SHRIMP ASCENSION 1 CROWN 2018 SHRIMP COPPER-NICKEL BU $14.00



NEWTRIANGULAR COIN FROM THE DISPUTED TERRITORY OF HALA’IB

Hala'ib 10 Pounds 2018 triangular coinHala’ib is a disputed territory on the Red Sea.  It is claimed by both Sudan and Egypt, though is controlled by Egypt.  This unofficial triangular 2018 dated 10 Pound coin was recently issued for the “Independent Territory of Hala’ib”.  Though independence might solve the dispute, it is highly unlikely that Egypt or Sudan would allow it to happen.  One side features the eagle emblem of Independent Halab.  The other side pictures a Dorcus Gazelle (also known as Ariel Gazalle), which is native to the region.  The silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces
Item HALAIB HALA’IB 10 POUNDS 2018 PROOF $19.75



NEWCHINA CELEBRATES HIGH SPEED RAIL

China 10 Yuan 2018 High Speed Rail bi-metallic coinChina has the world's longest and most extensive high speed rail network, covering almost 17,000 miles (27,000 km.).  China issued this 2018 dated 27mm bi-metallic 10 Yuan to commemorate the nation's high speed rail network.  The reverse of the coin depicts a "Fuxing" high-speed train, Dashengguan Yangtze River Bridge and the Beijing South Railway Station.  The Fuxing trains run at speeds of 155 to 215 mph (250 to 350 km/h).  The obverse features the arms of the People's Republic of China and the date.
Item CN-RAIL18 CHINA 10 YUAN 2018 HIGH SPEED RAIL, BI-METAL BU $7.00


A COIN OF KOSOVO

Kosovo 50 Illyri 2018 coinThe Republic of Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February 2008, though some nations, including Serbia still do not recognize it.   Kosovo uses the Euro and has not issued any official coins or notes.  Recently however an unofficial coin was minted by a Russian coin dealer to commemorate the Kosovo's 10th anniversary.  One side of the 2018 Kosovo 50 Illyri depicts national hero Miloš Obilić (Obiliq).  He is credited with the assassination of Ottoman Sultan Murad I at the Battle of Kosovo in 1389.  Both the Ottomans and Serbians suffered extremely heavy casualties in the inclusive battle. The Serbs were left with insufficient forces to continue to effectively defend their territory, which eventually succumbed to the Ottomans.  The other side depicts the arms of Kosovo along with the dates 2008 and 2018.  The denomination is named after a group of ancient Indo-European tribes that inhabited the region.   The 40mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item KOSOVO KOSOVO 50 ILLYRI 2018 PROOF $24.00



NEWA COIN OF KONIGSBERG

Konigsberg 20 Komark 2018 coinKonigsberg is the name of the Prussian city that is now Kaliningrad, Russia.  After being mostly destroyed in World War II, it was captured by Soviet troops in April 1945.  The remaining German population that had not died of disease or starvation were expelled and the city repopulated with Russians and rebuilt. Though part of Russia it is separated from the rest of Russia by Poland and Lithuania. The obverse of this 2018 20 KonMark coin portrays the traditional coat of arms of Konigsberg.  The reverse features the Brandenburg Gate, one of seven surviving city gates and the only one still used for its for the intended purpose. The 40mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item KONIGSBERG KONIGSBERG 20 KONMARK 2018 PROOF $19.75



NEWSIR WALTER RALEIGH & SHIP ON BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS DOLLAR

British Virgin Islands 1 Dollar coin 2018 Sir Walter RaleighThe British Virgin Islands commemorated the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Raleigh on this 2018 copper-nickel dollar. The beautifully frosted coin depicts Raleigh and his ship Ark Raleigh.  The ship was purchased by Queen Elizabeth and renamed Ark Royal in exchange for a reduction of the debts Raleigh owed the Queen.  Sir Walter Raleigh was a writer, explorer, courtier and favorite of Queen Elizabeth I. He helped popularize tobacco in England.  He was granted a charter to colonize Virginia, however his Roanoke colony disappeared by the time the supply ships arrived three years later.  His exaggerated accounts of his exploration of what is Guyana and eastern Venezuela gave rise to the El Dorado legends.  The Queen had him imprisoned in the Tower of London for secretly marrying one of her ladies in waiting, though was later released.  After the Queen's death in 1603 he was again imprisoned in The Tower by James I for treason, where he did much of his writing.  In 1617 he was pardoned by King James and granted permission to conduct a second expedition to Venezuela in search of El Dorado.  Against his orders and against the terms of his pardon, a detachment of his men attacked a Spanish outpost that resulted in the death of his son.  Upon his return to England in 1618 he was beheaded at the demand of the Spanish ambassador and for violating his pardon.  Despite all his ups and downs he remains one of the most popular and famous Englishmen of all times. The 38.6mm coin has a mintage of only 10,000 pieces and depicts Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.
Item BVI-RALEIGH BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2018 SIR WALTER RALEIGH, BU $14.00



NEWNEW 2018 COINS OF UZBEKISTAN

Uzbekistan 2018 coin set: 50, 100, 200 & 500 SomUzbekistan recently released four new nickel-plated steel 2018 dated coins.  The 500 Som depicts the Palace of Conventions, also called Palace of International Forums  (Anjumanlar Saroyi), which was built in 2009 in Tashkent.  The 200 Som depicts the sun rising over a tiger.  The design is taken from a 17th century mosaic on the Sher-Dor Madrasah at the Registan in Samarkand.  The 100 Som depicts the Independence and Goodness monument in Tashkent.  The denomination and native designs are featured on the 50 Som. The Uzbek national emblem and date is on the obverse of each of the coins.
Item UZBEK18 UZBEKISTAN 4 COIN SET 50 - 500 SOM, 2018 BU $5.00



NEWHUNGARY 50 FORINT 2018 ICE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Hungary 50 Forint 2018 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship coinHungary honored the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation Division I Group A World Championship games held in Budapest April 22 to 28 on this 2018 circulating commemorative 50 Forint.  The reverse of the 27.4mm copper-nickel coin features a player taking a shot on the goal and the emblem of the Hungarian Ice Hockey Association.  The obverse features the denomination and the Budapest mintnmark.
Item HU-50FT-18HOCKEY HUNGARY 50 FORINT 2018, ICE HOCKEY UNC. $3.00



NEWHUNGARY 2018 YEAR OF THE FAMILY 50 FORINT

Hungary 50 Forint 2018 Year of the Family coinIn January 2018 Hungarian Prime Minister declared 2018 to be Hungary's Year of the Family in order to encourage more and larger families because the nations birthrate is too low. (Wasn't it just a few years ago the world was facing a "population bomb" and everyone was supposed to have fewer children?)  The reverse of the 27.4mm copper-nickel coin includes the Year of the Family logo which features a stylized family and the "Year of the Family" in Hungarian. The obverse features the denomination and the Budapest mintnmark.
Item HU-50FT-18FAMILY HUNGARY 50 FORINT 2018, YEAR OF THE FAMILY UNC. $3.00



NEWKINGDOM OF ENCLAVA CUT-OUT COIN

Kingdom of Enclava cutout coin 2018The Kingdom of Enclava was founded in 2015 by a group of Polish tourists on what they believed to be an unclaimed bit of land on the Danube River between Slovenia and Croatia.  Slovenia has since then claimed jurisdiction over tiny, 1075 square foot  (100 sq.m.) territory.  This 2018 coin of Enclava features a cutout image of a stork and a cattail reed.  The obverse includes the emblem of the Kingdom of Enclava.  The reverse includes a stork in flight, the national motto and the denomination: 25 Bitcoins. That is over $200,000 USD - but don't expect to be able to spend it) The 40mm silverplated coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item ENCLAVA KINGDOM OF ENCLAVA 25 BITCOINS 2018 BU $24.00


NEW2018 BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY COIN DEPICTS BLUE PETRELS

British Antarctic Territory 2 Pounds 2018 copper-nickel coin depicting Blue PetrelThe Blue Petrel (Halobaena caerulea) is a small seabird that inhabits southern oceans. It is about 11 inches (30cm) in length and can weight up to about 7 ounces (200 grams).  It has an extraordinary ability to produce a foul smelling oil which they store in a special section of their stomach; they then eat this oil to feed themselves during long flights!  Except for breeding, they spend their life at sea and can dive to about 20 feet (6 meters).  This 2018 38.6mm copper-nickel 2 Pound coin of the British Antarctic Territory features a Blue Petrel diving into the Antarctic Ocean to catch a fish.  Above are two more Blue Petrels ready to join in the feast.  The coin has a mintage of only 10,000 pieces.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.
Item BAT-CN-PETREL18 BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2018 BLUE PETREL BU $14.00




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