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RECENT WORLD COIN & CURRENCY ISSUES


NEWNEW 2018 COINS OF THE NEW KING OF THAILAND

Thailand 2018 6 coin set: 25 Satang - 10 Baht
Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindrade-bayavarangkun, also known as King Rama X, ascended to the throne of Thailand after the death of this father, Rama IX, in 2017.  He has spent most of his life outside of Thailand and has a reputation for being a playboy. He has been married and divorced three times, including a marriage to his first cousin.  Thailand introduced a new set of coins bearing his portrait on the obverse and his royal monogram on the reverse in 2018.  The coins include the 25 and 50 Satang, 1, 2, 5 and bi-metallic 10 Baht.
Item TH-SET18 THAILAND 6 COIN SET, 25 SATANG-10 BAHT 2018 UNC. $5.00



NEWPOLAND CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

Poland 5 Slotych 2018 IndependencePoland honored the 100th anniversary of its re-gaining independence following World War I on this 2018 bi-metallic 5 Zlotych.  The coin is similar to the regular issue 5 Zlotych but with special inscriptions.  The coin utilizes the standard obverse featuring the Polish eagle.  Between 1772 and 1795 Poland was gradually carved between Austria, Prussia and Russia, until nothing was left of the Polish nation.  With the collapse of the Austria, German and Russian Empires in World War I, Poland finally re-immerged as an independent nation.
Item PL-5Z-18IND POLAND 5 ZLOTYCH 2018 INDEPENDENCE BU $5.00



NEWNEW COINS OF ST. THOMAS & PRINCE FEATURE BIRDS

St. Thomas and Prince (São Tomé and Príncipe) 2017 four coin setObverse of St. Thomas and Prince 20 Centimos 2017
On January 1, 2018 St. Thomas and Prince (São Tomé and Príncipe) did a 1000 to 1 revaluation of their currency. New coins dated 2017, were issued.  Included is the 10, 20, 50 Centimos and 1 Dobras. The coins feature the coat-of-arms on the obverse and native birds on the reverse.
Item ST-SET17 ST. THOMAS & PRINCE 4 COIN BIRD SET, 10 CENTIMOS - 1 DOBRAS 2017 UNC. $7.50




NEWPERU 2018 SOL FEATURES ANDEAN TAPIR

Peru 1 Sol 2018 coin depicting TapirPeru continued their ongoing series of circulating 1 Sol coins featuring native wildlife with this 2018 issue depicting an Andean Tapir (Tapirus pinchaque), also called the Mountain Tapir.  They are have distinctive  small, stubby tails and long, flexible proboscises.  The endangered species lives in a narrow band of the high mountains of Northern Peru, Ecuador and Columbia.  The 25.5mm copper-nickel-zinc coins features the Peruvian arms on the obverse.
Item PE-TAPIR18 PERU 1 SOL 2018 ANDEAN TAPIR, UNC. $4.00


NEWTRANSNISTRIA DOUBLE DATED DOG COIN

TRANSNISTRIA 1 RUBLE 2017/18 YEAR OF THE DOG COINTransnistria (Transdnietra) commemorated the Chinese Year of the Dog on this 1 Ruble coin.  One side of the coin features a cute puppy and the date 2018, which corresponds to the Year of the Dog.  The other side features the national arms, denomination and the date 2017.  The 22mm coin is struck in nickel-plated steel.
Item TRNS-DOG TRANSNISTRIA 1 RUBLE 2017/18 YEAR OF THE DOG BU $5.00




NEWUKRAINE CELEBRATES 100th ANNIVERSARY OF ITS NAVY

Ukarine 10 Hryven 100th ANNIVERSARY OF UKRAINE NAVY COINUkraine celebrated the 100th anniversary of its Navy with this 2018 10 Hryven coin, which is impressive for a country that only gained independence 27 years ago.  The Ukrainian Navy traces is founding to April 18, 1918. The commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, sensing the mood of the majority of the Ukrainian seaman, officially proclaimed the entire fleet in Crimea to be under control of the Ukrainian National Congress  and raised the Ukrainian flag.  In 1921 it was merged into the Soviet Navy.  It was re-established after Ukraine gained its independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.  It lost most of its ships and its headquarters in Sevastopol when Russia invaded Crimea in 2014.  The obverse of the 30mm copper-nickel-zinc coin includes the Ukraine Naval Flag, the outline of a warship and the Ukraine national emblem.  The reverse features the number "100" incorporating naval insignia atop stylized waves.
Item UA-10H18-NAVY UKRAINE 10 HRYVEN 2018 100th ANNIVERSARY OF UKRAINE NAVY UNC. $4.00



NEWDID 2018 RUSSIAN WORLD CUP SOCCER BANKNOTE PREDICT THE FUTURE?

Russia 100 Rubles World Cup Soccer (FIFA) banknote, 2018On May 22, 2018 Russia released an impressive polymer 100 Ruble to commemorate their hosting of the World Cup Soccer (FIFA) games.  The vertical note includes numerous advanced features, including color changing ink, holograms, tactile features, multiple windows of various colors, micro-images, and images that are only visible under UV light.  The front features iconic Russian goalkeeper Lev Yashin diving to make a save.  Watching him is a young boy holding a metallic green soccer ball. To the right of the boy is a QR code which links to the Bank of Russia web page that describes some of the many security features of the note.  Perhaps most intriguing is the silver hologram in the upper left which features a diving player just barely getting his left foot on a ball which is exactly how Russia's Igor Akinfeev would save Spain's Iago Aspas’s shootout penalty kick on July 1.  The save gave 70th ranked Russia an astounding victory over soccer powerhouse Spain in one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history.  The back of the note includes a soccer ball that features the globe featuring a map of Russia and the name of the eleven host cities.  It is an impressive and colorful note.

Item PM-RU-FIFA100 RUSSIA 100 RUBLES 2018 WORLD CUP SOCCER NOTE, UNC. $12.00





NEWRUSSIA 2018 WORLD CUP SOCCER COIN FEATURES MASCOT

Russia 25 Rubles 2018 World Cup Soccer Mascot coinRussia issued this 2018 circulating 25 Ruble coin commemorating their hosting of the World Cup Soccer (FIFA) games.  The reverse of the 27mm  copper-nickel coin features Zabivaka, the wolf mascot of the games.  The name of the mascot means "the one who scores".    The obverse features the arms of the Russian Federation which includes the triple-crowned imperial Russian Eagle with Saint George and the dragon on its breast, a design that originated in Czarist times.
Item RU-FIFA25R RUSSIA 25 RUBLES 2018 WORLD CUP SOCCER COIN, UNC. $5.00


NEWHUNGARY 50 FORINT 2018 ICE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS

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



NEWHUNGARY 2018 YEAR OF THE FAMILY 50 FORINT

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



NEWKINGDOM OF ENCLAVA CUT-OUT COIN

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


NEW2018 BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY COIN DEPICTS BLUE PETRELS

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



NEWTRIANGULAR COIN OF THE KINGDOM OF NORTH BARCHANT

North Barchant 2 Bytecoins 2018 triangular coinThe Kingdom of North Barchant consists of a group of barges floating in the neutral waters of the Atlantic Ocean north of the Canary Islands. It claims to have an area of 1.12 km2 (276 acres).  It has its origin in 2010 when the crews of barges drifting in the North Atlantic were unable to return home due to lack of funds, documents, and support of their countries. In an effort to protect the interests of its inhabitants North Barchant proclaimed itself an independent micro-nation on September 15, 2015.  Unlike many micro-nations it actually has a population and a territory.  In 2018 it issued its first, and only officially authorized coin.  The 35mm equilateral triangle coin has the nominal value of 2 Bytecoins.  The Bytecoin is an independent cryptocurrency designed for anonymous cash settlements released in 2014.  It is not related to the bitcoin.  The obverse features the emblem of the kingdom.  The reverse depicts a sailfish, the national motto " Vitam et Libertatem" (Latin for "Life and Freedom") the dates 2015 and 2018 and the denomination.  The silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.  It is an official and unusual coin issued by an unusual nation.
Item BARCHANT NORTH BARCHANT 2 BYTECOINS, 2018 PROOF $19.75




NEWODD COINS FROM ODD BITS OF EUROPE

Büsingen am Hochrhein 20 Francs 2018Campione d'Italia 100,000 Lire 2018 cutout coin
Over the centuries, the changing boundaries of European nations has left a few tiny pieces of one nation totally surrounded by another nation.  In 2018 low-mintage unofficial coins were issued for two of these unusual entities.
Büsingen am Hochrhein is a small German town (2.94 sq. miles, 7.62 km2 with a population of 1358 entirely surrounded by Switzerland.  It is separated from Germany by a narrow strip of land containing the Swiss village of Dörflingen. Long under Austrian control, it became part of the German kingdom of Württemberg under the 1805 Peace of Pressburg agreement during the Napoleonic Wars.  Following the First World War it overwhelmingly voted to become part of Switzerland, however Switzerland could not offer anything acceptable in exchange so it remains part of Germany.  Though part of Germany, by treaty it is not part European Union economic regulations or customs territory.  Instead it is part Swiss customs area and uses primarily the Swiss Franc rather than the Euro.  This 2018 20 Franc coin of Büsingen am Hochrhein features the EU emblem and a multi-color image of the town's coat-of-arms on the obverse.  The reverse includes the emblem of Switzerland in color and depicts a knight on horseback. 
Campione d'Italia is an Italian municipality entirely surrounded by the Swiss Canton of Ticano.  It is about half a mile (1km) from the rest of Italy but the intervening mountainous terrain requires a journey by road of over 9 miles (14 km) to reach the nearest Italian town.  The Romans founded the town in the first century BC to guard against invasions from Swiss tribes.  In 1798, when Ticino chose to join the Swiss Confederation, Campione chose to remain part of Lombardy.  In 1814 a referendum was held and Campione again rejected becoming part of Switzerland.  During the wars of Italian unification of 1848 Campione Switzerland for annexation, but Switzerland rejected it, wanting to retain their neutrality. During World War II fascist Italy did not have control over the town and the United States used it as a base for their spy operations in Italy. Because of its unusual situation the town is exempt from European Union Value Added Tax.  The town takes advantage of its status by operating the largest casino in Europe: Casino di Campione.  The casino is the town's largest employer and generates sufficient revenue for the town to operate without the imposition of taxes or other revenue sources.  The 2018 100,000 Lire coin features a cutout of a deer.  The obverse of the coin includes the town's coat-of-arms which features a snail.   The reverse includes a fawn standing next to the cut-out of the deer.  Both coins are 40mm silver plated and have a mintage of only 150 pieces each.
Item BUSINGEN BUSINGEN AM HOCHRHEIN 20 FRANCS 2018 COLOR COIN PROOF $24.00
Item CAMPIONE CAMPIONE D'ITALIA 100,000 LIRE 2018 CUTOUT COIN BU $24.00


NEWCOIN OF ATHOS

Mount Athos (Athonic State) 500 Drachm coinMount Athos, also known as Holy Mountain in Greece, is the home of 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries.  It is an autonomous entity dating back to 963AD. It is expressly exempt from many of the rules and regulations of Greece and the European Union.  This unofficial 2018 500 Drachma features the double headed imperial eagle on one side and the icon of the Virgin Mary standing atop the mountain on the other. Though Virgin Mary is the patroness of Mount Athos, no females, including female animals are allowed on the mountain. (though wild animals and apparently cats are exempt).   The eight-sided silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item ATHOS ATHOS 500 DRACHM 2018 PROOF $19.75




NEWSOCOTRA 2018 200 RIALS

Socotra 200 Rials coin 2018Socotra is an island in the Arabian Sea that is officially part of Yemen, claimed by Somalia and in recent years has been occupied by troops of the United Arab Emirates. The isolated island is the home of many endemic species and has been called "the most alien-looking place on earth".  It was a trading base in ancient times.  Tradition holds that the island was converted to Christianity when St. Thomas the Apostle was ship wrecked there on his way to India. By the 16th century most of islands inhabitants converted to Islam.  One side of this unofficial 2018 200 Rials of Scotra is in English and features the head of an Egyptian Vulture and an stylized ancient Egyptian falcon with an orange center.  The other side features one of the island's famed Dragon's Blood Trees with an orange sun above.  The attractive 40mm silver plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item SOCOTRA SOCOTRA 200 RIALS 2018 PROOF $24.00



NEW2017-2018 MOLDOVA SET INCLUDES NEW TYPES

Moldova 5 coin set: 5 Bani - 2 Lei 2017-2018This 5 coin set from Moldova includes the 2017 5, 10 and 25 Bani and the new 2018 1 and 2 Lei.  The three lower denominations are aluminum and have the national arms on one side and the denomination and date on the other. The new nickel-plated steel 1 and 2 Lei feature designs that look like they came from an old hippie pad.  The 1 Leu features a female faced crescent moon and part of an aurochs's head.  The 2 Leu features a male faced sun and part of an auroch's head.  The reverses include the denomination, a latent image and images from small portions of the coat-of-arms. 
Item S-MD-SET18 MOLDOVA 5 COIN SET 5 BANI - 2 LEI, 2017-18 UNC. $4.50



NEWNEW 2018 COINS FROM UKRAINE

Ukraine 2018 1 Hryvnia Vladimir the Great & 2 Hryvni Yaroslav the WiseUkraine recently released two new coins into circulation depicting the early ruler of Kievan Rus.  The 1 Hryvnia depicts Vladimir (Volodymyr) the Great and is 18.9mm in diameter.  The 2 Hryvnia features Yaroslav the Wise.  Both nickel-plated steel coins have the denomination, date and Ukraine arms within a traditional Ukraine design on the obverse.  Vladimir was the bastard son of Prince Sviatosla of Kiev.  Upon his father's death in 972 warfare broke out among his brothers and he was forced to flee to Scandinavia where he collected an army of Viking warriors.  Upon his return he conquered Kievin Rus and surrounding territories, greatly expanding the realm. He was crowned Grand Prince of Kiev in 980.   Initially he was a Pagan, taking some 800 concubines and numerous wives.  In 987 he decided his nation needed a new faith, so sent envoys to learn about the neighboring religions.  He decided against Islam due to its taboo against alcohol, commenting "Drinking is the joy of all Rus, we cannot exist without that pleasure" .  He rejected Judaism saying that their loss of Jerusalem was evidence that the Jews had been abandoned by God. His emissaries found no beauty in the German Latin Rite churches. After seeing the Divine Liturgy at Hagia Sophia in Constantinople his emissaries reported that  "We no longer knew whether we were in heaven or on earth… nor such beauty, and we know not how to tell of it."  He was so impressed that converted to Eastern Orthodox Christianity in 988 and Christianized his nation. Orthodox Christianity has been the religion of Ukraine and Russia ever since.  Yaroslav was a son of Vladimir.  Relations became strained between Yaroslav and Vladimir and a war between them was only prevented by Vladimir's death in 1015.  For the next four years Yaroslav engaged in a complicated and bloody battles and intrigues against his brothers before consolidating his realm. In 1043 he staged an unsuccessful naval raid against Constantinople but managed to negotiate a favorable peace treaty. He codified legal customs of the Rus and was a patron of learning, books and culture, hence he was known as "the wise".  The coins are new types featuring rather colorful and historical individuals.
Item UA-SET18 UKRAINE 1 & 2 HRYVNI 2018 UNC. $4.00



NEWUKRAINE 2018 10 HRYVEN HONORS THE DEFENDERS OF DONETSK AIRPORT

Ukarine 10 Hryven 2018 Armed Forces/Donetsk Airport defendersUkraine issued this 2018 circulating 10 Hryven to commemorate the Ukraine armed forces and the defenders of the Donetsk Airport. The Donetsk Airport was built in 2012 at a cost of around $860 Million for the Euro 2012 Soccer championships.  In 2014 it became the center of long fierce drawn out battles between Ukrainian troops and volunteers defending the airport against pro-Russian separatists supported by Russia. The fighting completely destroyed the airport and thus its strategic value, however its control became symbolic for both sides.  Ukrainian troops holed up in the airport held out for over three months of persistent, heavy attacks. The defenders were called cyborgs in the Ukraine media for their almost super-human exploits to defend the wrecked airport. The rebels finally over ran the airport in January 2015.  One side of the 30mm copper-nickel-zinc coin depicts helmeted defender with the wrecked airport in the background. The other side features men's hands holding a machine gun and a sword, symbolizing the defenders of Ukraine at different times. The coin honors the heroism of the defenders, despite the loss of the airport.
Item UA-1H18-AIRPORT UKRAINE 10 HRYVEN 2018 ARMED FORCES/DONETSK AIRPORT UNC. $4.00

NEWNEW BI-METAL 10 RUPEES FROM INDIA

India 10 Rupees, Maharana Pratap, Lala Lajpat Rai, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit, 2015
India recently released four new circulating bi-metallic 10 Rupee coins - dated 2015.  The following coins were released.  All 27mm bimetallic coins with the standard 3 headed lion pillar of Ashoka obverse.  The coins are poorly struck as is typical of modern Indian coinage.
475th Anniversary of the birth Maharana Pratap.  He was the Rajput king of Mewar who refused to submit to the Mughal emperor Akbar the Great.   He spent most of his reign, from 1572 to 1597 fighting against the Mughals.  The coin depicts the armored king holding a bow and a sword.
150th of the birth Anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai, a lawyer who was active in the Indian independence movement in the early 20th century.   He was also involved in the founding of the Punjab National Bank and the Lakshmi Insurance Company.  He toured the United States from 1917 to 1920 advocating for Indian independence.  The coin features his portrait.
125th Anniversary of the birth of Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan who was a philosopher and politician who was a Vice President of India from 1952 to 1967. He helped form a modern understanding of Hinduism in both India and the west.
3rd India-Africa Forum Summit which was a major Indian diplomatic outreach to African nations held in New Delhi in October 2015.  The coin depicts the logo of the summit which features the overlapping maps of Africa and India along with the face of an African lion overlapping an Indian tiger. 
Item IN-10R-PRATAP INDIA 10 RUPEES 475th ANNIV. OF MAHARANA PRATAP 2015, UNC.-poor strike $6.00
Item IN-10R-LAJPAT INDIA 10 RUPEES 150th ANNIV. OF LALA LAJPAT RAI, UNC.-poor strike $6.00
Item IN-10R-RADHAKRISHNAN INDIA 10 RUPEES 150th ANNIV. OF LALA LAJPAT RAI, UNC.-poor strike $6.00
Item IN-10R-AFRICA 10 RUPEES 3rd AFRICA-INDIA SUMMIT, UNC.-poor strike $4.00


NEWHUNGARY 50 FORINT 2017 FINA AQUATICS COMPETITION

Hungary 50 Forint commemorative coin 2017Hungary commemorated the 17th FINA (Fédération internationale de natation or International Swimming Federation) World Aquatics Championships held in Budapest July 14-30, 2017 on their 2017 commemorative 50 Forint.  The event brought 2000 swimmers and divers from throughout the world together for over two weeks of competitions in 75 events.  The 27.4mm copper-nickel coin depicts the FINA-Budapest logo on one side and the denomination on the other.
Item HU-50FT-16\7 HUNGARY 50 FORINT 2017, FINA AQUATICS COMPETITION UNC. $3.00


NEWODD MULTI-COLOR COINS OF CATO ISLAND & DIANE BANK

Cato Island 10 Dollars 2017Diane Bank 10 Dollars 2017
Cato Island and Diane Bank are Australian territories in the Coral Sea.  Unofficial 10 Dollar multi-color quarter-circle wedge shaped Proof coins dated 2017 were issued in 2018 for these remote locations.  The obverses portray Queen Elizabeth.  The reverses depict multi-color images of native sea life. These odd-shaped silver-plated Proof coins are 46mm x 34mm and have a mintage of only 150 pieces each.
Cato Island is at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef.  In 2004 it was declared to be the capital of the "Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands", a micronation that that was created in response to Australia's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages. The Kingdom declared war on Australia and was ignored by Australia.  The Kingdom dissolved in November 2017 after Australia recognized same-sex marriages.  The coin has a color image of a Sea Goldie (Pseudanthias squamipinnis).  The Sea Goldie is a protogynous hermaphrodite; a male retains a harem of five to 10 females, but when the male dies, one of the females will undergo sex reversal and take the place of the missing male. 
The uninhabited Diane Bank is a mostly sunken atoll that is popular with divers and fishermen due to the abundance of sea life.  The coin pictures a Great Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna mokarran).  The shark is heavily fished for its large fins, which are extremely valuable on the Asian market as the main ingredient of shark fin soup. As a result, Great Hammerhead populations are declining substantially and it has been classified as an endangered species.   
Item CATO CATO ISLAND 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $22.00
Item DIANE DIANE BANK 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $22.00


NEW2018 COINS FROM DISPUTED ISLANDS

Spratly Islands 100 Yuan 2018 coinParacel Islands 500 Pesos 2018 coin
The Spratly Islands and Paracel Islands are disputed territories in the South China Sea.  The Spratly Islands consists of over 100 islands, reefs, rocks and with a total are of less than 2 km2 (490 acres) spread over 425,000 km2 (164,000 sq. mi.) of ocean. China, Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei, as well as various micro-nations claim all or part of the territory.  Most of the nations have built facilities on the formerly desolate, uninhabited islands to strengthen their claim. They squabble over the tiny islands is because they may contain large oil and gas reserves, are a major commercial fishing area and are on major shipping lanes.  This unofficial 2018 100 Yuan coin of the Spratly Islands depicts a standing figure of Neptune on the obverse and a Chinese junk on the reverse.  The Paracel Island consists of about 130 small coral islands and reefs that are claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan.  In recent years China has been building facilities on some islands and promoting tourism to the islands in an effort to boost their claim.  The unofficial Paracel Islands 500 Peso coin depicts a young woman symbolizing freedom on the obverse.  The reverse depicts Black Marlin (Istiompax indica) and the name of the Islands in Chinese and Vietnamese.  Both coins are 40mm silver plated Proof and have a mintage of only 150 each. They are attractive coins from tiny but highly disputed islands.
Item SPRATLY SPRATLY ISLANDS 100 YUAN 2018 PROOF $22.00
Item PARACEL PARACEL ISLANDS 500 PESOS 2018 PROOF $22.00



NEWPOLAND 2017 CENTRAL INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT BI-METAL COIN

Poland 5 Zlotych 2017 Central Industrial DistrictPoland issued this 2017 bi-metallic 5 Zloytch as part of their continuing "Discover Poland" series.  The coin commemorates the "Central Industrial District".  The coin depicts a building in a steel works and smokestacks.  It would appear that Poland has run out of things to commemorate.  The Central Industrial District was started in 1936 in an attempt to create a heavy industrial area in central Poland, located safely away from its borders.  The plan was never completed due to the German invasion of Poland in 1939.  The 24mm bi-metallic coin has the Polish Eagle on the reverse.
Item PL-5Z-17INDUST POLAND 5 ZLOTYCH 2017 CENTRAL INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT, BU $5.50



NEWAUSTRIA 2018 EASTER BUNNY 5 EURO

Austria 5 Euro 2018 Easter Bunny - 300th Anniversary of Porcelain manucfacturing in ViennaThis 2018 5 Euro coin from Austria celebrates both Easter and the 300th anniversary of porcelain manufacturing in Vienna.  The coin features a porcelain Easter Bunny designed by Michael Powony around 1930 and produced by Vienna’s famous Augarten Porcelain Manufactory.  Porcelain manufacturing was established in Vienna in 1718 by Claudius Innocentius du Paquier, a Dutchman who stole the secret of how to make Porcelain from Meissen. The nine-sided copper coin is 28.5mm and has a mintage of 200,000 pieces.  The obverse features the arms of each of the nine Austrian federal states and the denomination. 
Item AT-5E-EAST18 AUSTRIA 5 EUROS 2018 COPPER EASTER BUNNY UNC. $15.00



AUSTRIA 2018 LION 5 EURO HONORS NATIONAL LIBRARY  Restocked

Austria 5 Euro 2018 copper National Library - New Year coinAustria recently released this attractive 2018 5 Euro coin featuring the smiling head of a lion.  The coin commemorates the 650th anniversary of the founding of the Austrian National Library.  The design is taken from the oldest book in the library: a transcription of the four Gospels of the New Testament, written in gold and encrusted with jewels, done in 1368.  The nine-sided copper coin is 28.5mm and has a mintage of 200,000 pieces.  The obverse features the arms of each of the nine Austrian federal states and the denomination. 
Item AT-5E-LION18 AUSTRIA 5 EUROS 2018 COPPER LION UNC. $15.00


NEWLEOPARD SEAL ON SOUTH GEORGIA & SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS COIN

South Georgia & South Sandwicdh Islands 2 Pounds 2018 Leopard Seal coinA leopard seal hunting among a raft of penguins is depicted on this 2018 copper-nickel 2 Pounds coin from South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands. The Leopard Seal is second only to the Killer Whale among Antarctica’s top predators and is the second largest species of seal in the Antarctic. It can grow to 8 to 12 feet (2.4-3.5m) in length and weigh up to 1300 pounds (600 kg.)  With its distinctively long and muscular body shape and its massive head and jaws, it has large canine teeth making this a highly dangerous predator to the smaller animals that inhabit this frozen area. A prominent feature of the leopard seal is its counter-shaded coats with its dorsal side having a silver to dark grey blended coat that make up its distinctive “leopard” coloration.  Its underside is paler – ranging from white to light grey. The Leopard seal lives in the cold waters surrounding the Antarctic continent but they are difficult to survey by traditional visual techniques as they spend long periods of time vocalizing under the water during the months when the surveys are carried out.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.
Item SGI-CN-SEAL18 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2018 COPPER-NICKEL LEOPARD SEAL BU 14.00



2018 GREAT BRITAIN SILVER BRITANNIA

Great Britain 2 Pounds 2018 silver 1 troy ounce Britannia
Britain issues the popular 1 troy ounce .999 fine silver coin called the Britannia on an annual basis.  The reverse features the helmeted figure of Britannia standing holding a trident and shield, her dress billowing in the wind.  The image of Britannia first appeared on the coins of Roman Emperor Hadrian in 119AD.  Since then it has appeared on numerous British coins.  The Jody Clark portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. The 38.6mm coin has the nominal value of 2 Pounds.  We have both the 2018 and 2017 issues available in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
Item GB-BRIT18 GREAT BRITAIN 2 POUNDS 2018 1 TROY OUNCE SILVER BRITANNIA, BU $25.00



NEWNEW VENEZUELA 100,000 BOLIVARES INFLATION NOTE

Venezuela 100,000 Bolivares 2017 banknoteVenezuela 100,000 Bolivares 2017 banknoteVenezuela introduced a new high denomination 100,000 Bolivares banknote in November 2017 in response to the countries hyperinflation brought on by the governments economic and political mismanagement.  The Simon Bolivar is on the front of the note in a vertical format, and Red siskin birds are on the back in a horizontal format.  The same design was used on the previous 20,000 Bolivares and 100 Bolivares notes, but in a different color.  In an effort to disguise the galloping inflation, the denomination is spelled out in words, rather the full numerical value. The notes are apparently in short supply "due to a shortage of paper".  The note is expected to be replaced soon as Venezuela recently announced that it will revalue its currency.
Item PM-VE-100,000B VENEZUELA 100,000 BOLIVARES NOTE, 2017 AU-UNC. $12.50





NEWCHINA CELEBRATES CALLIGRAPHY

China 5 Yuan 2017 Calligraphy - He = HarmonyChina celebrated its long tradition of beautiful calligraphy with this 2017 commemorative 5 Yuan.  The design features the Chinese character "He" which means harmony.  The character is repeated as a latent image that can only be seen when the coin is tilted in the "brush stroke" next to the main character.  The obverse features the arms of the People's Republic of China. The 30mm coin is struck in brass and is Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item CN-CALL17 CHINA 5 YUAN 2017 CALLIGRAPHY BU $6.00
Item CN-CALL17  CHINA 5 YUAN 2017 CALLIGRAPHY, BU    $6.00





NEWCHINA CELEBRATES YEAR OF THE DOG WITH BI-METAL 10 YUAN

China 10 Yuan 2018 Year of the Dog bi-metallic coinChina recently released this 2018 dated bi-metallic 10 Yuan coin to commemorate the Year of the Dog.  The 27mm coin depicts a dog, a peach-shaped lantern, and plum flowers on the obverse.  The denomination surrounded by an intricate etched design is on the reverse. The large number 10 contains latent images, which change from Western to Chinese characters as the coin is moved.
Item CN-DOG18 CHINA 10 YUAN 2018 YEAR OF THE DOG BU $6.75



NEW2017 PERU WILDLIFE COINS

Peru 1 Sol 2017 coins: Condor, Bear & CrocodileCommon obverse of Peru 2017 1 Sol coins
Peru released three circulating 1 Sol coins dated 2017 depicting native wildlife.  The coins feature the Andean Condor, Spectacled Bear and the American Crocodile.  Each coin depicts the animal on the side and the national arms of Peru on the other.  The 25.5mm are struck using a copper-nickel-zinc alloy. 
Item PE-WILD3 PERU SET OF 3 WILDLIFE COINS, 2017 UNC. $12.00



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


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




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 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 out


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


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



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 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



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



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