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NEWSRI LANKA CELEBRATES 150th ANNIVERSARY OF COMMERCIAL TEA PRODUCTION

Sri Lanka 10 Rupees 2017 150th Anniversary of Ceylon TeaIn July 2017 Sri Lanka released a circulating 10 Rupee commemorating the 150th Anniversary of that nation's commercial tea production.   The coin was requested by the Sri Lanka Tea Board, features the 150th Anniversary logo on the obverse.  The logo includes the lion and sword from Sri Lanka's arms and the legend "CEYLON TEA SYMBOL OF QUALITY".  The country changed its name from Ceylon to Sri Lanka, however the Tea Board decided to keep using Ceylon for marketing purposes.  The standard 10 Rupee reverse is used on the coin and includes the denomination and name of the country in Sinhala, Tamil and English. The eleven-sided 26.4mm chromium steel coin was struck at the Kremnica mint in Slovakia with a mintage of 5 Million pieces.  Though experimental tea plantings were done in Ceylog\n as early as 1824, coffee was the country's main export crop.  The first commercial tea plantings and exports did not come until 1867.  Coffee-rust was discovered on the island in 1869 and by the 1880's it destroyed most of the coffee trees.  Corporations purchased the ruined farms, created vast estates and replanted them with tea. Soon tea became the nation's main export crop.  Today Sri Lanka is one of the world's top tea exporters and is noted the high quality of its product. 
Item LK-TEA SRI LANKA 10 RUPEES 2017 CEYLON TEA 150th ANNIVERSARY UNC $4.00

NEWWILDLIFE ON RECTANGULAR COINS FROM UNUSUAL PLACES

Antipodes Islands 10 Dollars, Parakeet 2017Bounty Islands 10 Dollars, Albatross 2017Kermadec Islands 10 Dollars, Leafy Seadragon 2017Snares Islands 10 Dollars, Penguin 2017
Native wildlife is featured on these unusual unofficial rectangular coins from four territories of New Zealand. The coins are all denominated 10 Dollars and are dated 2017.  Queen Elizabeth, the name of the territory and the date is on the obverse.  The silver-planted coins measure 40mm x 25mm and are Proof.  They have a mintage of only 200 pieces each.

The coin from the Antipodes Islands pictures an Antipodes parakeet (Cyanoramphus unicolor). It one of two parrot species found on the islands, and one of only five ground-dwelling parrots in the world. The Antipodes Islands are located about 350 miles (560 km) southeast of the South Island of New Zealand.  The islands were first chartered in 1800 by Captain Henry Waterhouse.  In 1803 is brother-in-law received a fishing monopoly for the islands, sailed for them and was never heard of again.  There was a major sealing boom at the islands between 1805 and 1807 which lead to a battle between gangs of American and British led sealers.  One ship carried 80,000 seal skins, worth the equivalent of millions of dollars today, to Canton.  After 1807 the seal population was largely wiped out. Today the islands are uninhabited.

The Southern Royal Albatross (Diomedea epomophora) is featured the coin of Bounty Islands.  The bird is one of the largest species of Albatross with a wingspan of about 10 feet (3 meters).  The Bounty Islands are a small group of 13 uninhabited granite islets and numerous rocks, that are about 416 miles (670 km) east-south-east of the New Zealand's South Island and about 133 miles (214km) north of the Antipodes Islands.   They were discovered by Captain William Bligh on his return from Tahiti in 1778 just months before the famous mutiny and named after his ship, HMS Bounty.

The odd looking Leafy Seadragon (Phycodurus eques) is on the Kermadec Islands coin.  The sea-horse like creature has long leaf-like protrusions coming from all over the body, which serve as camouflage, giving it the appearance of seaweed.  The Kermadec islands are 500 to 600 miles (800-1000 km.) northeast of New Zealand's North Islands.  They may have been settled as early as the 10th century, and were settled by Polynesians around the 14th century, however were uninhabited when Europeans visited the area in 1788. The islands are uninhabited except for a New Zealand government station on the northernmost island in the chain.

Snares Penguins (Eudyptes robustus) are pictured on the Snares Islands coin. The Snares Islands, also known by their Maori name of Tina Heke are about 124 miles (200km) south of New Zealand's South Island.  Captain George Vancouver named the islands "The Snares" because he considered them a shipping hazard.  The uninhabited islands remain one of the last pristine areas of New Zealand.
Item ANTIPODES ANTIPODES ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, PARAKEET PROOF $19.75
Item BOUNTY BOUNTY ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, ALBATROSS PROOF $19.75
Item KERMADEC KERMADEC ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, LEAFY SEADRAGON PROOF $19.75
Item SNARES SNARES ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, PENGUINS PROOF $19.75



NEWFIJI COMMEMORATES RUGBY OLYMPIC GOLD WITH COIN & $7 DOLLAR BILL 

FIJI 7 DOLLAR BILL, 2016 RUGBY SEVENS OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALFiji 50 Cents 2017 Rugby 7's Olympic GoldFiji's Rugby Sevens won that countries first ever Olympic Gold medal at the 2016 Rio Games.  To honor the team and commemorate the event Fiji issued an unusual 7 dollar bill and a circulating commemorative 50 cent coin. The  front of the 7 dollar bill is in a vertical format and features team captain Osea Kolinisau.  Behind him is the flag of Fiji.  Below is team coach Ben Ryan and the depiction of two winning tries being scored. A watermark, in the shape of a rugby ball, depicts leading ball carrier Savenaca Rawaca.  The back is in a horizontal format and depicts the winning Olympic team along with team officials and the Prime Minister of Fiji. When placed under an ultraviolet light, the gold medals worn by the players are visible in gold color.  It is an attractive, colorful note with many security features and is the only circulating seven dollar bill in the world today.  The 2017 dated 26.5mm nickel-plated steel coin depicts Head Coach Ben Ryan sitting contemplatively on the beach as shown on the note.  Next to him is the Fiji national arms.  The other side of the coin features the team on the Olympic podium.  
Item PM-FJ-$7 FIJI 7 DOLLAR BILL, RUGBY SEVENS OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL UNC. $10.00
Item FJ-50C-RUGBY FIJI 50 CENTS 2017 RUGBY SEVENS COIN, UNC. $4.00



NEWCANADA COMMEMORATES THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Canada 1 Dollar 2017 Toronto Maple LeafsCanada issued this circulating 1 Dollar coin in 2017 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Toronto Maple Leafs Ice Hockey team.  The design features two hockey sticks, one vintage and one modern, above the Maple Leafs' current logo.  It's flanked by the years "1917" and "2017".  Above the sticks, positioned like a puck, is a Canadian maple leaf containing micro-engraved security features.  A ring of 100 dots, representing 100 years, runs next to the rim. The Susanna Blunt portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The 26.5mm brass-plated steel coin has a mintage of 5 million piece.  I expect it will be popular with both hockey fans and coin collectors.
Item CA-1D17-LEAFS CANADA 1 DOLLAR 2017 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS, UNC. $4.00


NEWCANADA COMMEMORATES THE BATTLE OF VIMY RIDGE

Canada 2 Dollars 2017 Canadian National Vimy Memorial commemorative coinThe 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge is commemorated on this 2017 bi-metallic Canadian 2 Dollar coin. Vimy Ridge was a heavily fortified German held escarpment in north-eastern France that provided sweeping views of the landscape below. The French had previously launched two unsuccessful attempts to capture the ridge at a cost of over 100,000 casualties. The Canadian Corps began the attack on the morning of April 9, 1917. It was the first time all four divisions of the Canadian Corps, drawn from all parts of the country, came together in battle.  Through the use of extensive training, innovative tactics, and meticulous minute by minute planning, the Canadians captured most of the ridge within the first day of the attack and completed taking the final objective by the evening of April 12.  Nearly 3,600 Canadians were killed and 7000 wounded during the intense four-day operation.  Some 4000 Germans were taken Prisoner.  Canada's soldiers emerged from the hard-fought battle as a force to be reckoned with, and a surging sense of national identity.  The coin features the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France, flanked by a First World War soldier on the left and a veteran soldier on the right.  As a special security feature, the maple leaves on the reverse are uniquely engraved in a way that ensures the authenticity of each coin.  The Memorial, located at the highest point on Vimy ridge, is Canada's largest and principal overseas war memorial.  The Susanna Blunt portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.
Item CA-2D17-VIMY CANADA 2 DOLLARS 2017 VIMY RIDGE UNC. $5.75



NEWMOTORCYCLE RACER MARCO SIMONCELLI ON 2017 SAN MARINO 5 EUROS

San Marino bimetallic 5 Euros 2017 Marco SimoncelliSan Marino released this bi-metallic 5 Euros coin in 2017, on what would have been Marco Simoncelli’s 30th birthday.  The popular motorcycle racer died in an accident during the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix One side of the 16-sided 27.5mm bi-metallic coin depicts the face of Simoncelli in the copper-nickel center of the coin, with his trademark flowing hair dominating the yellow-bronze ring.  The other side has a highly stylized version of the three towers from the San Marino coat of arms. It is an interesting design on a multi-sided bi-metallic coin.
Item SM-5E17 SAN MARINO 5 EUROS 2017 MARCO SIMONCELLI UNC $15.00


NEWBRITANNIA RULES

Falklands 1 troy ounce silver crown with and without legend "Britannia rules the waves"
In June 2017 Pobjoy Mint released a beautiful reverse proof 1 ounce .999 silver Proof 1 Crown coin for the Falkland Islands in honor of the 35th anniversary of the liberation of the Falklands. The reverse of the coin bears an image of Brittania and the legend "BRITANNIA RULES THE WAVES".  The phrase comes from the patriotic British song ‘Rule, Britannia!’ which originated from a poem written by James Thomson and was set to music in 1740 by Thomas Arne. The actual lyrics however are  "Britannia Rule the Waves", a command, rather than a statement.   Shortly after the coin was released Pobjoy was informed that the British Royal Mint held the tradmark on the use of the word "Britannia" on coins. Production was halted after only 7,329 pieces were struck.  A revised version of the coin, without the legend was then released.  The revised version has a maximum authorized mintage of 42,671 for a total of 50,000 coins of both types.  Both ahave the same obverse featuring Queen Elizabeth and are 38.6mm in diameter.
Item FK-RULES FALKLAND ISLANDS SILVER CROWN 2017 WITH LEGEND "BRITANNIA RULES THE WAVES" PROOF out
Item FK-NORULES FALKLAND ISLANDS SILVER CROWN 2017 WITHOUT LEGEND PROOF $30.00



NEWNEW COINS OF VENEZUELA

Venezuela 2016 three coin set: 10, 50 amd 100 BolivareIn conjunction with the planned withdrawal 100 Bolivar note in December 2016, Venezuela introduced three new coins: the 10, 50 and 100 Bolivar dated 2016.  Also issued at that time were new high denomination banknotes. Due to of the inability of the government to get the coins to the banks and the rapid depreciation of the value of the Bolivar the withdrawal of the notes has been repeatedly postponed.  The three coins are struck in a magnetic alloy and have similar designs.   The obverses feature the Barre portrait of Simon Bolivar, which has been used on Venezuela's coins since 1873.  Behind him are three undulating lines representing the three stripes of Venezuela's flag.  The reverses have Venezuela's new coat-of-arms, the denomination and date.  Because of their lack of buying power and the economic collapse of Venezuela the coins rarely circulate and are difficult to obtain.  
Item VE-SET16 VENEZUELA 10, 50 & 100 BOLIVARES, 2016 UNC. $7.50


NEWMEXICO HONORS DISASTER RESPONSE WITH BI-METALLIC

Mexico 20 Pesos 2016 PLAN DN-III-E bi-metallic coinMexico recently issued this circulating commemorative 2016 dated 20 Pesos to honor the 50th anniversary of PLAN DN-III-E.  PLAN DN-III-E is the disaster response arm of the Mexican Armed Forces.  It is a name only a bureaucrat could love.  The coin features what appears to be a tombstone with the legend "50 ANOS PLAN DN-III-E" and the logos of the Mexican Army and Mexican Air Force (which features a fighter jet). The Mexican national emblem of an eagle on a cactus eating a snake is on the obverse.  The 32mm bi-metallic coin has a copper-nickel center in an aluminum bronze ring.  It is a timely coin considering all the recent disasters Mexico has been facing in which PLAN-DN-III-E has been deployed.
Item MX-20P-PLAN MEXICO 20 PESOS 2016 PLAN DN-III-E UNC. $6.00



NEWPATAGONIAN TOOTHFISH ON TITANIUM & COPPER-NICKEL FALKLAND COINS

Falkland Islands 1 Crown 30 years of fisheries, Patagonian Toothfish copper-nickel coinFalkland Islands 1 Crown 30 years of fisheries, Patagonian Toothfish titanium coinFalkland Islands 1 Crown 2017 features Queen Elizabeth
To commemorate 30 years of its sustainable fishery practices the Falkland Islands issued 1 crown coins in blue titanium and copper-nickel depicting a Patagonian Toothfish. The Patagonian Toothfish is a type of cod that lives in the cold waters around the Falklands.  It can grow to be over 7 1/2 feet (2.3m) and over 220 pounds (100kg.).  It is sold in restaurants and fishmarkets as Chilean Seabass, which sounds much more appetizing.  The copper-nickel (CN) 1 Crown is 38.6mm in diameter and has a mintage of  10,000.   The blue titanium 1 Crown is 36.1mm in diameter, has a mintage of 7,500 pieces and comes in a presentation box with a Certificate of Authenticity.  Both coins have the same design, are dated 2017 and feature Queen Elizabeth on the obverse.  Both coins are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item FK-CN-TOOTH17 FALKLANDS 1 CROWN 2017 PATAGONIAN TOOTHFISH COPPER-NICKEL BU $14.00
Item FK-TIT-TOOTH17 FALKLANDS 1 CROWN 2017 PATAGONIAN TOOTHFISH BLUE TITANIUM BU $59.00



NEW2017 SILVER LEOPARD FROM GHANA

Ghana 5 Cedis 2017 Leopard 1 ounce silver coinA crouching leopard hidden in the grass and ready to pounce, is featured on this 2017 1 troy ounce  .999 fine silver 5 Cedi of Ghana.  The obverse features an unusual leopard skin pattern embedded behind the bust of Queen Elizabeth II.  The 38.6mm coin has a mintage of only 50,000 pieces and comes in a plastic capsule.  It is an attractive new issue.
Item GH-LEOPARD GHANA 5 CEDIS 2017 1 TROY OUNCE SILVER LEOPARD, BU $28.00





NEWSILVER SILVERBACK GORILLA CONGO COIN

Republic of the Congo 5000 Francs 2017 Gorilla 1 troy ounce .999 silver coinA fierce silverback gorilla letting out a loud roar is featured on this 2017 1 troy ounce  .999 fine silver 5000 Francs of the Congo Republic.  The arms of the Congo, supported by two elephants is on the obverse.  The name silverback does not refer to the species, but rather is the mature, experienced male leader of a troop of gorillas. Silverbacks can grow to be over 6 feet (180cm) and weigh as much as 350 pounds (160kg.).  The 38.6mm coin has a mintage of only 75,000 pieces.
Item GG-GORILLA CONGO REPUBLIC 5000 FRANCS 2017 GORILLA BU $28.00


NEWDOGS & MULTI COLOR CANARY ON CANARY ISLANDS COIN

Canary Islands 200 Pesetas 2017 multi-color proof coinThe Canary Islands is a Spanish possession in the Atlantic Ocean about 60 miles (100km.) west of Morocco.  The name of the islands is derived from its Latin name "Canariae Insulae", meaning "Islands of the Dogs".  The song bird is named after he islands.  One side of this 2017 dated 200 Pesetas coin features a multi-color Atlantic Canary (Serinus canaria), which is native to the islands.  The other side features the islands' coat-of-arms supported by two dogs and the names of the major islands in the chain.  This silver-plated Proof coin is 40mm in diameter and has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item CANARY CANARY ISLANDS 200 PESETAS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $25.00



NEWUNUSUAL CUT-OUT COIN FROM GAGAUZ REPUBLIC FEATURES WOLF

Gagauz Republic 100 Lei 2017 with cutout wolf coinThe Gagauz are Turkish-speaking Orthodox Christians living in southern Moldava.  There are numerous theories concerning their origins. After the collapse of the Soviet Union the Gagauz Republic attempted to become independent from Moldava.  They were eventually granted a large degree of autonomy within Moldava, though there are still many Gaguz who strive for full independence.  This 2017 dated 100 Lei of the Gagauz Republic is a most unusual coin.  The design features a cut out of a wolf, the national symbol of Gagauzia, howling at the moon. The national arms are depicted on one side, and the denomination is on the other.  The 40mm silver-plated coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces.  It is a highly unusual coin from a little-known location.
Item GAGAUZ GAGAUZ REPUBLIC 100 LEI 2017 WOLF CUTOUT BU $27.00



NEWUNUSUAL MULTI-COLOR COIN OF SAUMAREZ REEF FEATURES OCTOPUS

Saumarez Reef 10 Dollars 2017 multi-color "pie slice" shaped coinSaumarez Reef is a large system of reefs in the Coral Sea with sand cays located on the north-east and south-west ends.  The Australia territory is popular with divers and recreational fishermen.  An unusual 2017 dated unofficial multi-colored "pie slice" shaped 10 Dollar coin was issued for this tiny entity. The reverse features a multi-colored image of a Blue-ringed octopus (Hapalochlaena).  The small octopus (5 to 8 in, 12 to 15 cm.) is one of the world's most venomous marine animals.  Its bite is tiny and often painless, however can cause death in a human within minutes from suffocation due to paralysis of the diaphragm.  There is no antivenom.  The obverse depicts Queen Elizabeth  The odd-shaped silver-plated Proof coin is 46mm x 34mm and has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item SAUMAREZ SAUMAREZ REEF 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $25.00



NEWRECTANGULAR COINS OF AUCKLAND ISLANDS AND CAMPBELL ISLANDS

Auckland Islands 10 Dollars 2017 rectangular coinCampbell Islands 10 Dollars 2017 rectangular coin
The Auckland Islands and Campbell Islands are uninhabited possession of New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean hundreds of miles south of New Zealand.  Both are windy, wet, cool and cloudy.  They were discovered independently in the early 19th century and immediately became bases for seal hunting, until the seals were all killed off.  Whalers also used the islands during the 19th century. In 1842 a group of Maori and their slaves migrated to Auckland Island and survived there for 20 years. In 1849 a group of British colonists attempted to settle on Auckland Island, however the settlement was abandoned less than three years later due to the harsh climate and poor whaling.  An attempt was made to farm sheep on Campbell island from 1896 until 1931, when it was abandoned because of the Great Depression.  A manned weather station operated on Campbell Island until it was replaced by an automated station in 1995.  Unofficial rectangular 10 Dollar coins dated 2017 have been issued for  these islands.  The obverses feature Queen Elizabeth, the name of the islands and the date.  The reverse of the Auckland Islands coin depicts two New Zealand Sea Lions (Phocarctos hookeri).  The reverse of the Campbell Islands coin features a pair of Black Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo).  The rectangular coins measure 40mm x 25mm and have a mintage of only 200 pieces each.
Item AUCKLAND AUCKLAND ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, SEA LIONS PROOF $24.00
Item CAMPBELL CAMPBELL ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, CORMORANTS PROOF $24.00


NEWCANADA 150th ANNIVERSARY 10 DOLLAR BILL

Canada 10 Dollar bill, 150th Anniversary, 2017
Canada issued a special, limited edition polymer 10 dollar note in 2017 to commemorate the nation's 150th anniversary.  The front of the note depicts Sir John A. Macdonald, who represented English speaking citizens, Sir George-Etienne Cartier, who represented French speaking citizens, Agnes Macphail, the first woman elected to parliament, and James Gladstone, the first Status Indian to be appointed to the Senate. This is meant to highlight the diversity and inclusiveness of Canada. The clear window includes the Canadian arms and flag and a piece of Inuit art called the "Owl's Bouquet".  Beneath it are 3-dimensional maple leaves, which look raised, but are flat.  There is a series of raised dots in the upper left to assist the blind.  Also on the left is a color shifting arch.   The back features Canada's diverse landscapes.  It is an impressive looking polymer note that features the latest anti-counterfeiting technology.
Item PM-CA-10D  CANADA 10 DOLLARS 150th ANNIVERSARY NOTE, 2017, UNC. $16.00


NEWINDIA HONORS ALLAHABAD HIGH COURT

India 5 Rupees 2016 150th Anniversary of Allahbad High CourtIndia issued this 2016 dated 5 Rupee coin to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Allahabad High Court.  The court was established in Agra in 1866, making it one of the first high courts to be established in India.  In 1868 the court was moved to Allahabad.  The reverse of the coin depicts the center facade of Allahabad High Court Building emerging from a book and the years "1866 2016". The obverse of the 23mm nickel-bronze coin features the three lions from the ancient Pillar of Asoka.
Item IN-COURT INDIA 5 RUPEES 2016 ALLAHBAD HIGH COURT, UNC. $3.50


NEWSVALBARD COIN DEPICTS POLAR BEARS

Svalbard (Spitzbergen) 100 Kroner 2017 coinSvalbard, also known as Spitzbergen, is a group of islands in the Artic Ocean inhabited by more polar bears than people.  After hundreds of years of disputes over whaling and mining privileges, a treaty was signed in 1920 granting Norway sovereignty. Some 20 other nations, including the United States and Russia, were granted mining and other rights by the treaty. Only Russia and Norway continue to exercise their rights. Norway promotes tourism to the remote islands.  In 2017 an unofficial 100 Kroner coin was issued for Svalbard by a Russian coin dealer.  One side features the Norwegian arms, a compass rose and the name "SVALBARD".  The other side features polar bears. The 40mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item SVALBARD SVALBARD 100 KRONER 2017, PROOF $22.00


NEW2017 LIBERLAND COIN

Liberland 5 Merits 2017The 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 2017 Liberland coin is denominated as 5 Merits. One side of the 30.5mm brass coin depicts the Liberland coat-of-arms, the other features the denomination and the tree and bird from the arms.  
Item LIBERLAND-5M LIBERLAND 5 MERITS 2017 UNC. $9.75




2017 WHALES AND SEALS FROM BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY

Common obverse on British Antarctic Territory 2017 coinsBritish Antarctic Territory 2 Pounds 2017 Southern Right Whale, copper-nickelBritish Antarctic Territory 2 Pounds 2017 Crabeater Seal, blue titaniumBritish Antarctic Territory 2 Pounds 2017 Crabeater Seal, copper-nickel
British Antarctic Territory released three 2017 coins featuring Antarctic animals.  A Southern Right Whale is featured on a copper-nickel 2 Pounds coin.  The whales tend to be curious towards human vessels.  This did not help their survival as they were once widely hunted.  Since 1937 hunting has been illegal and the species is recovering.  The male Southern Right Whale holds the world record for the largest testicles of any animal, each one weighing over half a ton (500kg.)
A Crabeater Seal is featured on a copper-nickel 2 Pounds and a blue titanium 2 Pounds coins.  Both coins features a mother seal and her pup resting on the pack ice while the father leaves to hunt..   Despite its name does not feed on crabs. Its diet does include other crustaceans such as Krill which the seal, with their specially adapted sieve like teeth, are very proficient at hunting. The Crabeater Seal is by far the world’s most abundant seal and there are well over 7 million individuals.  They can reach speeds of 16 mph (26kph) on land over short distances. In the water they can swim at speeds of up to 7mph (12kmh)  and cover over 37 miles (60km) in a day. They congregate on the ice in groups of up to 1,000 individuals and in the water can be found swimming in unison in groups of several hundred.
The copper-nickel 2 Pound coins are 38.6mm in diameter and have a mintage of 10,000 each.  The titanium 2 Pounds is 36.1mm, has a mintage of 7,500 pieces and comes in a presentation box with a Certificate of Authenticity.  
Item BAT-CN-RWHALE BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2017 RIGHT WHALE COPPER-NICKEL, BU $14.00
Item BAT-TI-SEAL17 BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2017 CRABEATER SEAL BLUE TITANIUM, BU $59.00
Item BAT-CN-SEAL17 BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2017 CRABEATER SEAL COPPER-NICKEL, BU $14.00



B-52 BOMBER ON THULE AIR BASE DOLLAR

Thule Air Base 1 Dollar 2017 depicting B-52 BomberThe Thule Air Base in Greenland is the northernmost base of the United States Air Force, located 750 miles (1027km) north of the Artic Circle.  The base was constructed in 1952 to provide a home for bombers that could conduct a retaliatory nuclear strike against the Soviet Union.  The base also hosted defensive aircraft and missiles.  Today the base is part of an early warning system to detect ballistic missiles.  The coin depicts a B-52 Stratofortress and radar installations on one side and the Air Force Air Space Command logo on the other.  The Boeing B-52 was introduced in 1955 as a strategic bomber and was produced until 1962. Despite the introduction of more advanced bombers, it is still widely used by the Air Force due to its flexibility, superior performance and relatively low costs.  The elderly jet is expected to remain in service until 2040.  The 40mm silver-plated Proof 1 Dollar coin for Thule Air Base is dated 2017 and has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item THULE THULE AIR BASE 1 DOLLAR 2017 PROOF $22.00




NEWISLES GAMBIER DEPICTS OCTOPUS

Isles Gambier 500 Francs 2014The Isles Gambier are a group of 14 small islands in the South Pacific that is now part of French Polynesia. From about the 10th to the 15th centuries the islands supported a population of several thousand and traded with other island groups.  Excessive logging by the islanders resulted in an almost complete deforestation with disastrous results to the islands ecology and economy, resulting in civil war and even cannibalism.  French missionaries arrived in 1834 and France took formal possession of the islands in 1881.  Today the islands have a population of about 1300. One side of this 2014 dated unofficial Essai (pattern coin) of Isles Gambrier has standard French colonial obverse featuring the head of Marianne and steam ships.  The other side features two octopus and a family standing next to a palm tree.  The 40mm Proof coin is denominated as 500 Francs and has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item GAMBIER GAMBIER 500 FRANCS 2014 PROOF $22.00



UNUSUAL SHAPED COINS OF CEUTA AND MELILLA 

Ceuta 500 Pesetas 2017Melilla 500 Pesetas 2017
Ceuta and Melilla are autonomous cities of Spain located on the north coast of Africa, sharing a border with Morocco.  They are some of the last bits of what was once Spain's vast colonial empire.  Ceuta was conquered by the Portuguese in 1415 which is why the city's arms incorporates the coat-of-arms of Portugal.  It was the Portugal's first outpost in Africa and the start of their colonial empire.  Ceuta remained with Spain after Portugal regained its independence from Spain in 1640.  Melilla was conquered by Spain in 1497, a few years after the unification of Spain.   General Francisco Franco launched the Spanish Civil War in 1936 from these north African outposts.  These unofficial 500 Pesetas coins from Ceuta and Melilla both feature the old fortifications of the cities on one side and the cities arms on the other.  The coins are an unusual six-sided shape measuring approximately 44mm x 38mm.  The silver-plated coins are dated 2017 and have a mintage of only 200 pieces each.  They are unusual coins from unusual places.
Item CEUTA CEUTA 500 PESETAS 2017, PROOF $24.00
Item MELILLA MELILLA 500 PESETAS 2017, PROOF $24.00



THE MOST SECURE COIN IN THE WORLD  Restocked

GREAT BRITAIN NEW 1 POUND 2016The British Royal Mint recently released a new bi-metallic 1 Pound coin which they claim is the "most secure coin in the world".  The new coin is thinner, lighter and wider than the existing 1 Pound coin, which was being widely counterfeited.  The new 12-sided coin includes a latent image that changes from a "£" symbol to the number "1" when the coin is seen from different angles.  Micro-lettering is on the inside edge of both sides of the coin: "ONE POUND" on the obverse, the date on the reverse.  Undisclosed hidden security features are also incorporated into the coin.  The reverse of the coin was created by David Pearce, a 15-year old student who beat out over 6000 other entries in a contest to design the coin.  The reverse shows the English rose, the Welsh leek, the Scottish thistle and the Northern Irish shamrock emerging from one stem within a royal coronet.  The Jody Clark portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. 
Item GB-1P-16 GREAT BRITAIN HIGH SECURITY 1 POUND 2016 UNC. $7.50
Item GB-1P-17 GREAT BRITAIN HIGH SECURITY 1 POUND 2017 UNC. $7.50



NEWNEW INFLATION NOTES FROM VENEZUELA 

Venezuela 2016 inflation currency set: 500 - 20,00 Bolivares, FronVenezuela 2016 inflation currency set: 500 - 20,00 Bolivares, Back
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By December 2016 Venezuela's inflation had spiraled out of control. In a desperate move the government suddenly demonetized the 100 Bolivares note, which was the highest denomination then in circulation.  The 100 Bolivares made up almost half of the value of currency in circulation. A new series of higher denomination notes, ranging from 500 to 20,000 Bolivares was introduced. Citizens were given 2 days to exchange their 100 Bolivar notes for higher denomination notes.  Unfortunately, the government did not have sufficient supplies of the new notes, resulting in chaos, confusion and hardships, especially for the poor who do their transactions in cash and had most of their meager savings in 100 Bolivares notes.  Those with close government or bank connections were spared the hardships.  The new notes utilized same designs as the notes that were already in circulation, but had higher denominations and different colors. The design of the 2 Bolivares was used on the 500 Bolivares, the 5 Bolivares design became the 1000 Bolivares, the 10 Bolivares design was used on the 2000 Bolivares,  the 20 Bolivares design was recycled on the new 5000 Bolivares, the 50 Bolivares design became the new 10,000 Bolivares and the 100 Bolivares design became the new 20,000 Bolivares. Even with the values increasing by 200 to 250 fold, the notes do not keep up with the rapidly increasing prices.   The notes are all dated August 18, 2016 and measure 69x157mm.  They represent a desperate measure by a desperate government that destroyed what was once one of the prosperous nations in South America.
Item PM-VE-SETINFLAT VENEZUELA 6 INFLATION NOTE SET: 500 - 20,0000 BOLIVARES 2016 UNC. $62.50



NEWNEW BANKNOTES FROM COLOMBIA

Colombia 2000 Pesos 2016 banknoteColombia 5000 Pesos 2016 banknote
Colombia released two new high denomination banknotes in November 2016.  The front of the 2000 Pesos features both the head and the standing figure of painter Débora Arango Perez. The back features Caño Cristales, also known as the "River of Five Colors" due to its striking colors caused by colorful riverweeds.  Also on the back are various birds in flight and a quote of Débora Arango.   The 5000 Pesos honors poet José Asunción Silva. Depicted on the front are both his head and an unusual image of him standing, holding an umbrella, with his back to the viewer.  The back of the note features the mountainous landscape of the Colombian Paramos depicting frailejón (Espeletia) plants.  An Andean Condor flies above.  To the right is his poem "Melancolía" in very tiny print.  A bumblebee, used as a registration device, is visible on both the front and back.  Both notes feature watermarks and a security strip.
Item PM-CO-SET2 COLOMBIA 2000 & 5000 PESOS NOTES 2016 UNC. $7.00



CANADA 2017 150th ANNIVERSARY AND REGULAR DESIGN COIN SETS 

Canada 2017 150th anniversary 6 coin set, 5 cents - 2 Dollars
Canada 2017 regular designs 6 coin set, 5 cents - 2 Dollars
2017 marks Canada’s 150th anniversary.  The Royal Canadian mint issued 2017 coins with both the regular designs used in previous years and special 150th anniversary celebration designs.  The 150th Anniversary 2 Dollar and 25 Cent coins were issued in both uncolored and colored versions.  The 150th anniversary set includes the uncolored version.  See below for the colored version. The 50 cent coins of both types have a very limited mintage and have not been released into general circulation but are only available from the mint at a substantial premium.  We are pleased to offer both sets including the scarce 50 cent coins.  Each six coin set includes the 5, 10, 25 50 cents, 1 dollar and bi-metallic 2 dollar coins.  The coins are Brilliant Uncirculated from mint or bank rolls.
Item CA-SET150 CANADA 2017 150th ANNIVERSARY 6 COIN SET, 5 CENTS - 2 DOLLARS, (not colored) UNC. $14.00
Item CA-SET17 CANADA 2017 REGULAR DESIGN 6 COIN SET, 5 CENTS - 2 DOLLARS, UNC. $14.00



2017 CANADA GLOW-IN-THE-DARK & COLOR COINS  Back in stock

Canada Toonie 2017 glow in the dark coinCanada 25 Cents 2017 150th Anniversry Hope for a Green Future color coinCanada issued some unusual coins in 2017 as part of their 150th anniversary celebration.  The 2017 bi-metallic two dollar coin, or toonie is titled "Wonder - Dance of the Spirits".  It features two paddlers on a lake witnessing an aurora borealis, which is sometimes called "The Dance of the Spirits".  The color version of the coin features the green aurora against the dark night sky, which glows in the dark after being exposed to bright light.  The color 25 Cent coin titled "Future-Hope for a Green Future" was designed by eight-year old Joelle Wong.  It depicts two hands nurturing a plant.  Holding onto the plant is a multi-colored bird, turtle and beaver. The Susanna Blunt portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is on the obverse of the coins.  Both coins are to be released into circulation, though I expect they would be kept by anyone lucky enough to find one.
Item CA-2D17-COLOR CANADA 2 DOLLARS 2017 150th ANNV. COLOR, GLOW IN THE DARK, UNC. $9.50
Item CA-25C17-COLOR CANADA 25 CENTS 2017 150th ANNIVERSARY, COLOR, UNC. $4.00

Panama 1/2 Balboa 2016 Jesuit church (Compania de JesusNEW2016 PANAMA HALF BALBOA COMMEMORATES RUINED JESUIT CHURCH

Panama depicts the Compania de Jesus Church (Jesuit Society Church) on their 2016 Half Balboa.  The coin is part of an annual series commemorating Panama Viejo (Old Panama). The Jesuit convent and church was built in 1673, just before the Spanish banished the Jesuits from the colonies. Around 1740, additional structures were added to accommodate a school that later became the first university in the city. The entire complex burned down in 1781 and was never rebuilt.  An earthquake in 1882 further damaged the structure. The arms of Panama is on the obverse.  The coin was struck at the Royal Canadian Mint to the same standards as the United States Half Dollar and are Brilliant Uncirculated.  The arms of Panama is on the reverse.
Item PA-16JESUIT PANAMA 1/2 BALBOA 2016 JESUIT CHURCH, BU$3.75



2017 MEXICAN 1 OUNCE SILVER LIBERTAD   Restocked

Mexico 2017 1 troy ounce .999 fine silver LibertadThis attractive 2017 Mexican silver Libertad contains 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver.  On one side of the coin is the Victory Angel that is on the top of the Mexican Independence monument in Mexico City.   The gold plated statue is 22 feet (6.7 meters) high and weighs 7 tons (6350 kg.).  The other side depicts the historical arms of Mexico, with the current arms in the center.  It is interesting to see the progression of the design over time.  The coin is 40mm in diameter and is Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item MX-LIBT17 MEXICO 1 TROY OUNCE SILVER LIBERTAD 2017 BU $27.00



NEWCHINESE SILVER PANDAS

China 2017 30 gram .999 fine silver PandaChina 2016 30 gram .999 fine silver PandaChina 2015 1 troy ounce .999 fine silver Panda
China continued their acclaimed silver Panda series with this attractive 2016 issue.  Each year features a different design featuring a cute giant Panda.  The 2017 issue depicts a panda holding its favorite food - a bamboo branch.  The obverse features the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, a Taoist temple complex constructed in the early 1400's. Starting in 2016 China went "metric" with the Panda, changing the weight from 1 troy ounce (31.1035 grams) to 30 trams.  All the coins are struck in .999 fine silver, has a nominal value of 10 Yuan. The Brilliant Uncirculated 40mm coin comes in a protective capsule. We also have some previous issues in this popular series.
Item CN-PANDA17 CHINA 10 YUAN 2017 SILVER PANDA, 30 GRAMS BU $30.00
Item CN-PANDA16 CHINA 10 YUAN 2016 SILVER PANDA, 30 GRAMS BU $30.00
Item CN-PANDA15 CHINA 10 YUAN 2015 SILVER PANDA, 1 TROY OUNCE BU $33.00



NEWBI-METALLIC 2016 ZIMBABWE BOND DOLLAR

Zimbabwe 2016 bi-metallic 1 dollar coinIn November 2016 Zimbabwe introduced a bi-metallic "bond" 1 dollar coin.   The coin value of the coin is supposed to be equivalent to 1 United States Dollar and backed by bonds held by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.  The public has been somewhat skeptical since the coins cannot be converted into United States dollars and have been badly burned by Zimbabwe's previous bouts of serious inflation. The coin has a plain design.  One side features date "2016" over the repeated initials RBZ (for Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe). The other side features the denomination with a latent image with the numeral 1 that changes from "ONE" to "RBZ" as the coin is moved.  The name of the country does not appear on the coin.  The 28mm coin has a brass outer ring and a nickel-plated steel center plug.  The coins were struck by the Pretoria Mint in South Africa. 
Item ZW-DOLLAR ZIMBABWE 1 DOLLAR BOND COIN, 2016 UNC. $14.00



2017 BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY GREEN TURTLE COINS IN TITANIUM & COPPER-NICKEL

BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2017 GREEN TURTLE - COPPER NICKEBRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2017 GREEN TURTLE - GREEN TITANIUM
A pair of Green Turtles swimming beneath the waves are featured on these 2017 2 Pound coins of the British Indian Ocean Territory. The British Indian Ocean Territory consists of the 55 islands of the Chagos Archipelago. It is the home of a large United States military base which is located on Diego Garcia.  The coin was struck in 2 metals, both with the same design.  The green titanium version is 36.1mm in diameter, weighs 10 grams, comes in a box with a Certificate of Authenticity and has a mintage of 7500 pieces. It is the first Titanium coin issued for the British Indian Ocean Territory.  The copper-nickel version is 38.5mm and has a mintage of 10,000 pieces.  Both are Brilliant Uncirculated and feature Queen Elizabeth on the obverse.
Item BIOT-TIT-TURT17 BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2017 TURTLE GREEN TITANIUM BU $59.00
Item BIOT-CN-TURT17 BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2017 TURTLE COPPER-NICKEL BU $14.00


2017 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 of 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 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



NEWMULTI-COLOR EAST CARIBBEAN STATES DOLLAR CELEBRATES 50th ANNIVERSARY

East Caribbean States 1 Dollar 2015 50th Annivesary of East Caribbean States Currency Authority and DollarThis circulating multi-color 2015 East Caribbean States 1 Dollar coin celebrates the 50th anniversary of the formation of the East Caribbean States Currency Authority (ECCA) and the East Caribbean Dollar. The East Caribbean Dollar was established in 1965 and is the common currency for eight small Caribbean island nations: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines. The reverse of the coin includes features from the first East Caribbean one-dollar banknote.The imagery includes Queen Elizabeth II, a map of the islands, a geometric “fishnet” pattern, and a red and blue fish in blue water.  The obverse carries the standard Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.  The coin was struck by the Royal Canadian Mint and is Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item ECS-1D-15 EAST CARIBBEAN STATES 1 DOLLAR 2015 BU $15.00


NEWRUSSIA 2018 WORLD CUP SOCCER COIN

Russia 25 Rubles FIFA 2018Russia recently released this 2018 dated 25 Ruble commemorating the World Cup Soccer Games to be held in Russia in 2018.  The reverse depicts the official emblem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  The obverse depicts the Russian coat-of-arms which features the crowned imperial eagle that was used in the Czarist era.  The 27mm coin is copper-nickel.
Item RU-FIFA25R RUSSIA 25 RUBLE 2018 WORLD CUP SOCCER (FIFA) UNC $5.00



NEW150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE RUSSIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

RUSSIA 5 RUBLES 2016, 150th ANNIVERSARY OF HISTORICAL SOCIETYThis 2016 Russian 5 Ruble coin commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Russian Historical Society.  The society was founded in 1866, banned by the communists in 1917, re-established by Russian emigres in Prague in 1925, banned by the Nazis in 1939, moved to America where it carried on limited activities, then finally again re-established in Russia in the 2004.  The coin depicts the Minin and Pozharsky Monument in Red Square in Moscow.  bronze statue on Red Square in Moscow, Russia, in front of Saint Basil's Cathedral. The bronze statue commemorates Prince Dmitry Pozharsky and Kuzma Minin, who gathered an all-Russian volunteer army and expelled the forces of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1612, putting an end to the Time of Troubles. The nickel-plated steel 25mm coin has the standard 5 Ruble obverse.
Item RU-HIST16 RUSSIA 5 RUBLES 2016 HISTORICAL SOCIETY, UNC $3.00


NEW2017 TRUMP SILVER DOLLAR

2017 Trump Liberty dollar, 1 troy ounce .999 fineThis 2017 "Trump Dollar" was produced by the 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



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 of the 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


HEARD 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




NEWUNITED STATES CAPITOL SHAPED COIN FROM THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

U.s. Capitol Dome shaped building of the British Virgin IslandsThe British Virgin Islands issued this unusual 2017 dated 1 Dollar coin shaped llike the dome of the United States Capitol building. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The nickel-silver coin measures 55mm x 41mm and has a mintage of just 5,000 pieces.  It comes in a red, white and blue faux leather pouch.  A competition was held in the spring of 1792 with a prize of $500 to see which architect could propose the best design for the Capitol building. A late entry from amateur architect William Thornton was the source of the iconic shape that we see today. Thornton, born in the British Virgin Islands, was well travelled and gained inspiration for the frontage of the building from east front of the Louvre and the Paris Pantheon.  The first cornerstone of the Capitol was laid by George Washington in 1793 and construction of the 16 acre building continued until 1800. The Capitol was partially burned by the British during the War of 1812 and subsequently rebuilt.   The dome we see today was built in the 1850's and is three times as tall as the original.  The dome is cast iron, carefully painted to match the stone of the main capitol building. 
Item BVI-CAPITOL BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 1 DOLLAR 2017 CAPITOL DOME SHAPED COIN, BU $24.00

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




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.  Though Mercia has not existed as an independent nation for over 1000 years, that did not stop someone from issuing this attractive 2017 dated 10 Pounds coin 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.
Item MERCIA MERCIA 10 POUNDS 2017 PROOF $22.00



BEAUTIFUL BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 2017 WILDLIFE COINS

British Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2017 hummingbird, copper-nickelBritish Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2017 marlin, copper-nickelBritish Virgin Islands 2017 coins feature Queen Elizabeth on the obverse
The British Virgin Islands released attractive new 2017 1 Dollar coins featuring native wildlife.  One depicts a hummingbird.  The other features a Marlin leaping from the ocean.   The 38.6mm copper-nickel coins have a mintage of just 10,000 each.
released 2017 wildlife coins in both titanium and copper-nickel.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. The coins are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item BVI-CN-HUMM17 BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 1 DOLLAR 2017 COPPER-NICKEL HUMMINGBIRD, BU $14.00
Item BVI-CN-MARLIN17 BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 1 DOLLAR 2017 COPPER-NICKEL MARLIN, BU $14.00


NEWSEA LIFE ON SOUTH GEORGIA & SO. SANDWICH ISLANDS 2017 TITANIUM AND COPPER-NICKEL COINS

South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Elephant Seal - Green TitaniumSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Elephant Seal - copper-nickelSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Blue whale - Blue TitaniumSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Blue whalel - copper-nickelSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Colossal squid - Blue TtaniumSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Colossal squid - copper-nickelSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands coins feature Queen Elizabeth on the obverse
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands released attractive 2017 dated 2 Pound coins featuring native sea life.  One coin features a male and female Elephant Seal sitting on a beach. The seal gets its name from its great size and the large inflatable proboscis of the adult males, which is used to make extraordinarily loud roaring noises, especially during the mating season.  The coin was struck green titanium and copper nickel.  Another coin features a Blue Whale mother and her calf.  Blue whales are the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth. These magnificent marine mammals rule the oceans at up to 100 feet long and upwards of 200 tons. Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant. Their hearts can be as large as an automobile.  A third issue features a Colossal Squid.  The squid is known from only a few specimens.  It is believed to reach a maximum size of over 40 feet (12 meters) and weigh as much as 1,650 pounds (750kg.).  .  The copper-nickel versions of the coins have a mintage of 10,000 pieces and are 38.6mm in diameter.  The titanium has a mintage of 7,500 pieces, is 36.1mm in diameter, weighs 10 grams, and come in a box with a Certificate of Authenticity.  All the coins portray Queen Elizabeth on the obverse and are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item SGI-TIT-SEAL17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 GREEN TITANIUM ELEPHANT SEAL BU $59.00
Item SGI-CN-SEAL17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 COPPER-NICKEL ELEPHANT SEAL BU $14.00
Item SGI-TIT-BWHALE17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 BLUE TITANIUM BLUE WHALE BU $59.00
Item SGI-CN-BWHALE17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 COPPER-NICKEL BLUE WHALE BU $14.00
Item SGI-TIT-SQUID17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 BLUE TITANIUM COLOSSAL SQUID BU $59.00
Item SGI-CN-SQUID17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 COPPER-NICKEL COLOSSAL SQUID BU $14.00

2017 MAUI TRADE DOLLAR FEATURES HAWAIIAN OWL

Maui 25th anniversary Trade Dollar, 2016, whaleMaui is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Hawaiian Islands.  Every year a new attractive 39mm copper-nickel Maui Trade dollar is released.  The 2 Dollar coin can be used at participating merchants throughout the island in the year it is issued, though most of the kept as souvenirs by tourists rather than redeemed. Profits from the coins go toward 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.  See our website or request a list for earlier coins in this series.
Item MAUI17 MAUI 2017 2 DOLLARS  OWL - HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK BU $5.00
Item MAUI17x20 ROLL OF 20 MAUI 2017 TRADE 2 DOLLARS BU $65.00

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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 $23.00




SOUTH GEORGIA & SO. SANDWICH IS. HONORS THE ENDURANCE EXPEDITON

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 2 PoundsSir Ernest Shackleton departed South Georgia on December 5, 1914 aboard the ship Endurance in an attempt to be the first to traverse Antarctica.   The expedition, formally known as The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, quickly turned into an epic feat of endurance.  The ship soon became trapped in pack ice, was crushed and sunk.  After camping on the ice, the 28 man crew took lifeboats to inhospitable and uninhabited Elephant Island.  From there Shackelton and five companions took a lifeboat some 800 miles (1300km.) across open sea to reach South Georgia.  They then had to cross the rugged terrain on foot to get to civilization on the other side of the island arriving in May 1916.  It took four attempts for Shackelton to rescue the crew members stranded in Elephant Island, but he finally reached them in August 1916.  Remarkably the entire expedition returned from the long ordeal without a loss of life.   South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands commemorated the 100th anniversary of The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition on this 38.6mm copper-nickel 2 Pounds coin.  The coin portrays the Endurance stuck in the ice in the background with the crew pulling a lifeboat on a sled over the ice pack in the foreground. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.The coin has a mintage of only 10,000 pieces and is Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item SGA-ENDURANCE17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 SHIP ENDURANCE  BU $14.00


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


PILOT WHALES ON 2017 SOUTH GEORGIA & SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS COIN

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Pilot WhalePilot Whales are large, robust members of the dolphin family, which can weigh as much as 7000 pounds (3,200kg.) and reach a length 24 feet (7.2 meters). These intelligent marine mammals form close social bonds and live in tight-knit pods.  The Pilot Whale received its name due to a belief that the pod always follows a single leader.  This may be the reason why entire pods of Pilot Whales often strand themselves on beaches – they follow their leader even when it makes a fatal mistake.   This 2017 copper-nickel 2 Pound coin of South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands shows Pilot Whale in the foreground in the Antarctic waters with the head of a second whale appearing above the water. The top of a third whale can be seen just above the waterline in the background.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The coin is 38.6mm in diameter and is Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item SGA-PILOT17 SOUTH GEORGIA & SOUTH SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 PILOT WHALES BU $14.00


UNUSUAL 2017 YEAR OF THE ROOSTER LOCK CHARM SHAPED COIN

British Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2017 Year of the Rooster bronze Lock Charm shaped coin
This unusual coin is in the shape of a traditional Chinese lock charm.   This type of charm is based on the traditional Chinese device used to safeguard possessions and property.  The charm is believed to protect a person from evil and to bring good luck, fortune, official rank and long life.   The reverse of the coin features a strutting rooster and branches of cherry blossoms. The cherry blossom is a symbol of good luck. The obverse depicts Queen Elizabeth.  The coin comes in a traditional Lycee Pack (money gift pack) with Certificate of Authenticity and a red ribbon, allowing the coin to be worn. The bronze 2017 dated 1 Dollar coin is a legal tender issue of the British Virgin Islands.  The coin is 46mm x 32.86mm and has a limited mintage of only 5000 pieces.  
Item BVI-ROOSTER BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2017 LOCK CHARM SHAPED YEAR OF THE ROOSTER COIN, BU $19.95


BEAUTIFUL BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 2017 PEGASUS PROOF DOLLAR

British Virgin Islands 2017 Pegasus .999 fine 1 troy ounce silver coin, Reverse ProofThe Pobjoy Mint recently released this beautiful .999 fine 1 troy ounce Reverse Proof Pegasus 1 Dollar coin on behalf of the British Virgin Islands.  The 2017 dated coin has a mintage of just 50,000 pieces.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. Each has been struck four times to produce a stunning frosted-finish background with the design sculpted in striking relief.  The story of Pegasus begins when Perseus is sent to kill Medusa, who had writhing snakes instead of hair.  It was said that anyone unfortunate enough to gaze on her face would turn to stone.  The God Hermes and the Goddess Athena came to aid Perseus with special gifts, including a shield which Perseus used as a mirror so he did not look directly at Medusa.  When Perseus beheaded Medusa it is said that Pegasus was born from the blood of the Gorgon.  After Pegasus had helped Perseus rescue Andromeda, he was carried to Mount Helicon where he was entrusted to the care of the Muses.  Another hero, Bellerophon, wanted to capture Pegasus but could not work out how to tame such a magnificent creature.  After being advised to sleep in the temple of Athena, Bellerophon saw the goddess before him holding a golden bridle.  When he awoke he was alone but the bridle remained.  He ran from the temple and found Pegasus drinking at a spring.  Bellerophon put the charmed bridle on the winged horse’s head with little difficulty and, with the bridle in place, Pegasus became gentle and tame and Bellerophon became his master. 
Item BVI-PEGASUS BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2017 PEGASUS PROOF $32.50



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