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NEWCHILOE ISLAND

Chiloe 5000 Pesos 2017 Chiloe Island is located off the coast of Chile.  In 1558 Garcia Hurtado de Mendoza, the Spanish governor of Chile, began an expedition which resulted in Chiloe being claimed by Spain.  In 1567 the Spanish established the City of Castro as part of their campaign to pacify the inhabitants and control the island.  Though Chile declared independence from Spain in 1818, Chiloe held out as one of the last Spanish strongholds in South America.  It had two failed attempts at independence before being formally incorporated into the Chilean Republic in 1826.  This unofficial 2017 5000 Pesos honors the 450th anniversary of the founding of the City of Castro.  The obverse depicts Garcia Hurtado de Mendoza.  The reverse has in the four quadrants of a cross: the arms of Castro, the wooden arches of a Church in Chiloe, the denomination and the legend 1567 2017 Castro.  The 40mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item CHILOE CHILOE ISLAND 5000 PESOS 2017, PROOF $22.00


NEWLOW MINTAGE, ODD DENOMINATION GOLD COIN

British Indian Ocean Territory gold 4 Pounds 2018 Saphire JubileeThe British Indian Ocean Territory issued this low mintage, gold 4 Pound Proof coin in 2018 to commemorate the sapphire Jubilee (65th Anniversary) of the reign of Queen Elizabeth. She is the longest reigning monarch in British history. The small but attractive coin has a mintage of only 750 pieces!   The 13.92mm coin contains 1/25 troy ounce of .9999 fine gold.  The reverse features the Lion and the Unicorn which signify the United Kingdom and the Royals.  A Lion is seated behind a Unicorn with an English Rose, a Scottish Thistle, a Welsh Daffodil and a Northern Irish Shamrock.  Around them is the wording "1953 – H.M Queen Elizabeth II – 2018".  The coin comes in a capsule and case with a Certificate of Authenticity. The Queen is portrayed on the obverse. 
Item BIOT-GOLD18 BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY GOLD 4 POUNDS 2018 SAPHIRE JUBILEE, PROOF $149.00



NEW2018 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS SILVER PEGASUS DOLLAR

British Virgin Islands 1 troy ounce .999 silver Pegasus dollar, 2018In response to the success of the 2017 British Virgin Island reverse frosted Proof Pegasus 1 troy ounce .999 fine silver dollar, Pobjoy Mint issued a new 2018 design for the coin. The design shows Pegasus, the mythical horse, rearing up with his wings spread. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The attractive 38.6mm Proof coin has a maximum mintage of only 50,000 pieces.
Item BVI-PEGASUS18 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2018 PEGASUS PROOF $29.50



NEWBRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 2018 TITANIUM & COPPER-NICKEL CLOWNFISH

British Virgin Islands 5 Dollars 2018 Clownfish orange titaniumBritish Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2018 Clownfish copper-nickel
The Clownfish also known as Anemonefish are one of the most recognizable fish in the sea.  There is thirty different species of the fish of varying size and color.  Made popular by the Disney film “Finding Nemo” this little fish has a big character both in the film and on the reef!  The British Virgin Islands portrayed this popular fish on 2018 coins struck in both orange titanium and copper-nickel.  The orange titanium is denominated as 5 Dollars, is 36.1mm, has a mintage of 7,500 pieces and comes in a case with a Certificate of Authenticity.  The copper-nickel version denominated as 1 Dollar, is 36.8mm, and has a mintage of 10,000 pieces.  Both depict Queen Elizabeth on the obverse and are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item Item BVI-TIT-CLN18 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS 2018 ORANGE TITANIUM CLOWNFISH, BU $59.00
Item Item BVI-CN-CLN18 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2018 COPPER-NICKEL CLOWNFISH, BU $14.00




NEWBRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 2018 WILDLIFE COIN

British Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2018 Archepelago WildlifeThe British Virgin Islands released this 2018 1 Dollar coin featuring a map of the archipelago and some of the wildlife that inhabit the islands.  Included is an Iguana, a flamingo, a brown pelican a crab and a lobster.  The obverse depicts Queen Elizabeth. The British Virgin Islands consist of 4 major islands and over 50 other smaller islands, of which about 15 are inhabited. The islands were first sighted by Christopher Columbus in 1493 on his second voyage.  They were claimed by Spain but never settled.  In the following years the English, French, Spanish, Dutch and Danes all fought for control of the region, which became a notorious haunt for pirates.  The 38.6mm coin has a mintage of 10,000 pieces and is Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item Item BVI-WILD18 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2018 WILDLIFE, BU $14.00


NEWINDEPENDENT RAKIURA

Independent Rakiura 10 Pera Pango (Black Pearls) 2017 coinRakiura, also known as Stewart Island, is the third largest of New Zealand's islands.  It is about 19 miles (30km) south of South Island.  It has a population of less than 400 and is rather isolated from the rest of New Zealand. Over the years there have been a number of Rakiura Independence events, including a declaration of independence, the issuance of postage stamps and selling of passports, though they were done more as fund raisers for local needs rather a than a political movement.  An attractive Rakiura coin was recently issued.  One side depicts a multi-colored tattooed Maori Warrior, sticking out his tongue and holding a taiaha (a sharp-pointed war club). Above him is the legend "INDEPENDENT RAKIURA".  The other side features a Maori hei-tiki (neck pendant) and a taiaha.  The unofficial coin is denominated as 10 Pera Pango (Maori for Black Pearl) and is dated 2017.  The 40mm silver plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item RAKIURA RAKIURA 10 PEARA PANGO, 2017 PROOF $25.00


NEWUNUSUAL MULTI-COLOR COINS FROM CORAL SEA REEFS

Bougainville Reef 10 Dollars 2017 Laced Moray EelCoringa Islets 10 Dollars 2017 Longnose butterflyfishFlora Reef 10 Dollars 2017 Blue-girdled angelfishShark Reef 10 Dollars 2017 NautilusCommon obverse for Coral Sea Reef coins
Bougainville Reef and Flora Reef are Australian territories in the Coral Sea.  They are popular with divers and recreational fishermen.  Bougainville Reef is the home of an unmanned lighthouse and weather station.  Flora Reef is a 4.6 sq. mile (12 sq.km.) submerged atoll.  Unofficial 10 Dollar coins were issued for these uninhabited locations dated 2017.  Both are multi-color quarter circle wedge shaped coins.  A laced moray eel (Gymnothorax favagineus) in depicted on the Bougainville coin.  The Flora Reef coin features a blue-girdled angelfish (Pomacanthus navarchus).  The obverses of the coins depicts Queen Elizabeth  The odd-shaped silver-plated Proof coins are 46mm x 34mm and has a mintage of only 200 pieces each.
Item BOUGAINVILLE BOUGAINVILLE REEF 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $25.00
Item CORINGA CORINGA ISLETS 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $25.00
Item FLORA FLORA REEF 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $25.00
Item SHARK SHARK REEF 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $25.00


NEWAUSTRALIA 2018 SILVER KOOKABURRA

Australia 2018 Kookaburra silver dollarThe 2018 Australian Kookaburra features a laughing kookaburra  against the backdrop of a full moon.  The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley of Queen Elizabeth.  Starting in 2018 the 1 troy ounce coin is struck in .9999 fine silver. It is legal tender for 1 Dollar in Australia.   It has a maximum mintage of just 500,000 pieces.  The  Brilliant Uncirculated 40.6mm coin  comes in a protective capsule.
Item AU-KOOK18 AUSTRALIA 1 DOLLAR 2018 1 TROY OUNCE SILVER KOOKABURRA, BU $28.00




NEWBRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY SEA LIFE COINS IN TITANIUM & COPPER-NICKEL

British Indian Ocean Territory 2 Pounds 2018 Blue Titanium Manta RayBritish Indian Ocean Territory 2 Pounds 2018 cupro-nickel Manta RayBritish Indian Ocean Territory 2 Pounds 2018 Golden Brown Titanium Coconut CrabBritish Indian Ocean Territory 2 Pounds 2018 cupro-nickel Coconut CrabBritish Indian Ocean Territory common obverse features Queen Elizabeth
The British Indian Ocean Territory consists of the 55 islands of the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It is the home of some of the world’s cleanest oceans and has a vast array of marine wildlife.  In 2018 the British Indian Ocean Territory featured two giant species, the Manta Ray and the Coconut Crab, on coins struck in both titanium and copper-nickel.  The Manta Ray is a gentle giant of the ocean, reaching as much as 23 feet (7 meters) across and weighing almost 3000 pounds (1350 kg.).   They are harmless to humans and feed on microscopic zooplankton. The coin shows a Manta Ray skimming above the coral covered ocean floor followed by a group of Remoras. The Coconut Crab is the world’s largest Land Arthropod and an incredibly impressive looking crab.  It can weigh over 9 pound (4kg.) and its leg span can reach over 3 feet (1 meter).  It can live over 60 years. They are found throughout Indonesia, Indian Ocean and parts of the Pacific. Although their name suggests that they primarily feed on Coconuts, this is not the case and coconuts make up as small proportion of their diet. They can however be found climbing the Coconut Palms and occasionally using a broken coconut shells as protection. Recent footage has shown a coconut crab hunting a Sea bird! Once they get hold of the bird, their powerful claws easily break the bird’s wings and then more crabs that smell the kill will descend on the defenseless bird! Coconut crabs have been extensively hunted on islands where there is a human population as their flesh is considered both a delicacy and an aphrodisiac. When the tables are turned and they manage to pinch a human, they can cause considerable pain and will not release their grip for a long time. One technique used to free someone from their powerful grip is to tickle their underbelly!  The coin shows two large coconut crabs, one on the ground feasting on the flesh of a coconut and the other climbing a coconut palm.  The 2018 dated coins are denominated as 2 Pounds and come in two metals.  The Titanium coins are 36.1mm, weigh just 10 grams (about a third of an ounce), have a mintage of 7,500 pieces each and come in a capsule in a presentation box with a Certificate of Authenticity. The Manta Ray uses dark blue titanium, while the Coconut Crab is struck in golden-brown titanium.  Because of the way the metal reacts and technical difficulty in striking titanium, the color of each coin is slightly different.  The copper-nickel coins are 38.6mm, weigh 28.28 grams and have a mintage of 10,000 each.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of all the coins.
Item BIOT-TIT-RAY18 BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2018 BLUE TITANIUM MANTA RAY BU $59.00
Item BIOT-CN-RAY18 BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2018 COPPER-NICKEL MANTA RAY BU $14.00
Item BIOT-TIT-CRAB18 BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2018 BROWN TITANIUM COCONUT CRAB BU $59.00
Item BIOT-CN-CRAB18 BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2018 COPPER-NICKEL COCONUT CRAB BU $14.00



NEW2017 COINS OF CHATHAM ISLANDS & SOLANDER ISLANDS

Chatham Islands 10 Dollars 2017 Australian CrawfishChatham Islands 10 Dollars 2017 Australian Crawfish
The Chatham Islands were settled about the 16th Century by a predecessor to the Maoris known as Moriori.  After generations of warfare, the Moriori created a peaceful society in which bloodshed was virtually unknown.  The islands were named after the ship HMS Chatham which landed there in 1791 and claimed the islands for Great Britain.   In 1835 a group of about 900 Maori forced an English captain to take them to the Chatham Islands.  They attacked, slaughtered and enslaved the Moriori, wiping out most of the population.   Today about 600 people inhabit the islands.  The islands are the breeding grounds to huge flocks of seabirds and is home to about fifty endemic plants adapted to the islands cold and windy climate.   The Solander Islands are a small chain of uninhabited islands just south of New Zealand.  They were sighted by Captain Cook in 1770 and named after Dr. Daniel Solander, a Swedish naturalist who was part of the crew.  The islands have had only been briefly inhabited shipwrecks or marooning.  It is the home to a number of rare plants and birds.  New Zealand controls both groups of islands.  In 2017 unofficial rectangular 10 Dollar coins were issued for both groups of islands.  Queen Elizabeth appears on the obverse.   A Spiny Lobster, also called an Australian Crawfish (Sagmariasus verreauxi) is on the reverse of the Chatham coin.  The lobster is one of the chief exports the Chathams.    The Solander coin depicts a Glaucus marginatus, which is a species of small, blue sea slugs.  They float upside down on the surface of tropical seas and eat Portuguese man o’ wars.  The silver-planted coins measure 40mm x 25mm and are Proof.  They have a mintage of only 150 pieces each.
Item CHATHAM CHATHAM ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, SPINY LOBSTER PROOF $19.75
Item SOLANDER SOLANDER ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, PROOF $19.75



NEW2017 COINS OF PENON DE ALHUCEMAS & PENON DE VELEZ DE LA GOMERA

Penon de Alhucemas 100 Pesetas 2017    Penon de Velez de la Gomera 100 Pesetas 2017
Penon de Alhucemas and Penon de Velez de la Gomera are Spanish possessions just off the coast of Morocco.  A penon is a rock fortress and these tiny territories are just that.  Alhucemas is located about 300 meters (1000 feet) off the coast of coast of Morocco.  The 3.7 acre (1.5ha) rock is covered by a fort, a few houses and a church.  It houses a garrison of about 25 to 30 soldiers, plus marine services personnel with an inflatable rubber boat.   Velez de la Gomera was an island until 1934, when a major storm washed large quantities of sand between it and the African mainland, creating a 92 yard (85m) sandy isthmus connecting it to the mainland.  The territory covers about 5 acres (1.9 ha) and houses a few Spanish troops who are supplied by helicopter.  Both have been under Spanish control since the 16th century, though Morocco now claims them.  Unofficial 100 Peseta coins dated 2017 were recently issued for both of these tiny territories.  The Alhucemas issue shows the territorial arms which features crossed rifles on the obverse; and a canon on the reverse.  The Velez de la Gomera has the territorial arms which includes a sailing ship and crossed swords on the obverse, and a sword hilt on the reverse.   Both coins are 40mm silver plated Proof and have a mintage of only 200 pieces. 
Item ALHUCEMAS PENON DE ALHUCEMAS 100 PESETAS 2017 PROOF $22.00
Item VELEZ PENON DE VELEZ DE LA GOMERA 100 PESETAS 2017 PROOF $22.00


NEW2018 SILVER PANDA

China 2018 30 gram .999 fine silver PandaChina continued their acclaimed silver Panda series with this attractive 2018 issue.  Each year features a different design featuring a cute giant Panda.  The 2018 issue depicts a wide-eyed panda staring at a branch of bamboo.  The obverse features the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, a Taoist temple complex constructed in the early 1400's.  The 40mm coin contains 30 grams (.9645 troy ounce) of .999 fine silver and has a nominal face value of 10 Yuan. The Brilliant Uncirculated 40mm coin comes in a protective capsule.
Item CN-PANDA18 CHINA 10 YUAN 2018 SILVER PANDA, 30 GRAMS BU $29.00


NEWBOLIVIA COMMEMORATES THEIR LOSS OF ACCESS TO THE PACIFIC

Set of 4 Bolivia 2 Bolivianos 2017, Loss of access to the Pacific
The War of the Pacific started as a dispute over the taxing of bird poop!  The war broke out in 1879 over a treaty dispute about Bolivia’s ability to raise taxes on a Chilean company mining bird guano in the Atacama Desert.  Chile defeated the combined forces of Bolivia and Peru.  Bolivia lost their corridor to the Pacific Ocean and Peru lost its southern tip to Chile. Since then the loss of the territories has been a rallying cry by politicians seeking to draw attention away from domestic problems. (check out PERUVIAN SILVER MEDAL CLAIMS PART OF CHILE!)  In 2017 Bolivia released a set of four 2 Bolivianos commemorating the loss of their Pacific territory.  The 11-sided 2mm stainless steel coins have Bolivia’s arms on one side and the following designs on the other:  Genoveva Ríos was a young teen-age girl who bravely saved the Bolivian flag from Chilean troops.  Eduardo Abaroa is one of Bolivia’s foremost heroes in the war.  He died in the Battle of Topáter.  Outnumbered and low in ammunition, most of the Bolivian force withdrew, except for a small group of civilians led by Abaroa that fought to the end.  The Bolivian Colorados Regiment fought bravely in many of the battles of the war.   The Port of Cobija was Bolivia’s main seaport on the Pacific.  It was destroyed by an earthquake in 1868, destroyed again by a tsunami in 1877, annexed by Chile in 1884 and abandoned in 1907.  
Item BO-SET4 BOLIVIA SET OF FOUR 2 BOLIVIANOS 2017 UNC. $19.50



NEWNEW 2017 EAST TIMOR 200 CENTAVOS BI-METALLIC COIN

Timor 200 Centavos 2017East Timor (Timor-Leste) recently released an attractive bi-metallic 200 Centavos coin featuring a Water Buffalo in a field.  The denomination "200 Centavos" is on the reverse.  East Timor uses the United States Dollar as its currency. By law, the government is only allowed to issue coins denominated in Centavos.  The odd denomination is an attempt to issue a high denomination coin, yet get around the restriction on not issuing dollar denominated coins.  The 25mm coin is dated 2017 and was struck at the Royal Australian Mint.
Item TP-200C EAST TIMOR 200 CENTAVOS 2017 UNC. $14.00


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



2017 BI-METALLIC MALDIVES COIN FEATURES SEA-SHELL  Restocked

Maldive Islands 2 Rufiayaa 2017Maldives recently released a redesigned 2017 dated 2 Rufiyaa coin featuring a Triton’s Trumpet shell.  The large shell can reach up to 2 feet (60cm) in length. The 25.5mm bi-metallic coin has a nickel-plated steel center and a nickel-brass ring.  Maldives is a chain of 26 low lying atolls spanning about 115 square miles (300 sq.km.) in the Indian Ocean.  It is one of the world’s lowest countries.  Its highest point is less than 8 feet (2.4 meters) above sea level. 
Item MV-2R MALDIVES 2 RUFIYAA 2017, UNC. $4.50


HELGOLAND COIN Restocked

Helgoland 20 Mark 2017Helgoland, also known as Heligoland, is a small island off the north-west coast of Germany.  It has been inhabited since pre-historic times. Denmark controlled it from 1714 until 1807, when Great Britain gained control over it during the Napoleonic Wars.  It then became a center for spying and smuggling against France.  Though Britain originally planned to use it as a naval base, the Royal Navy decide to it was too exposed and too expensive to use as such.  Instead it was turned into an upscale tourist resort.  In 1890 Britain gave the island to Germany in exchange for the Germans allowing Britain to gain control of the independent nation of Zanzibar Africa.  Less than 3 weeks before the surrender of Germany in World War II the British dropped 7000 bombs on the small island, annihilating almost everything and forcing the evacuation of the island.  Britain again took possession of the island after the war and used it as a bombing range.  In 1947 the British attempted to destroy the island by blowing up some 4000 tons of surplus World War II ammunition and bombs in what was known as the "British Bang".  It was one of the biggest non-nuclear detonations in history.  The island survived.  In 1952 the island was returned to Germany and the former inhabitants were allowed to return to what was left.  Today Helgoland is again a tourist resort.  One side of this unofficial 2017 eight-sided 20 Mark coin depicts the island and its coat-of-arms.  The other side pictures a pair of Northern Gannet birds (Morus bassanus).  The birds will travel for 500 to 1000 miles (800 to 1600km) but each year will return to the same breeding grounds to find their same mate.  The silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of just 200 pieces. 
Item HELGOLAND HELGOLAND 20 MARK COIN 2017, PROOF $24.00


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 pieces.  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



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


PATAGONIAN TOOTHFISH ON FALKLAND COIN

Falkland Islands 1 Crown 30 years of fisheries, Patagonian Toothfish copper-nickel coinFalkland Islands 1 Crown 2017 features Queen Elizabeth
To commemorate 30 years of its sustainable fishery practices the Falkland Islands issued copper-nickel 1 crown 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 Brilliant Uncirculated coin is dated 2017 and feature Queen Elizabeth on the obverse.
Item FK-CN-TOOTH17 FALKLANDS 1 CROWN 2017 PATAGONIAN TOOTHFISH COPPER-NICKEL BU $14.00



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





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


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


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




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



NEW INFLATION NOTES FROM VENEZUELA  Reduced Price

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 - 20,000 BOLIVARES 2016 UNC. $35.00



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



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



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



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