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RECENT WORLD COIN & CURRENCY ISSUES


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


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


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



NEWCANADA 2018 COIN SET

Canada 2018 six coin set, 5 cents - 2 Dollars
This unpackaged set contains the regular issue 5, 10, 25, 50 cents 1 Dollar and bi-metallic 2 Dollar coins, dated 2018 in Brilliant Uncirculated conditions.  The 50 Cent will not be released into circulation but is only available from the mint at a premium, however we were able to get a limited quantity so can include it in this set.  
Item CA-SET18 CANADA 2018 SIX COIN SET 5 CENTS - 2 DOLLARS, UNC. $14.00


NEWTUVALU 2018 SILVER DOLLAR FEATURES MARVEL'S BLACK PANTHER

Tuvalu 1 Dollar 2018 Black Panther 1 troy ounce silver coinMarvel comic book hero and recent movie hit Black Panther is featured on the reverse of this 1 troy ounce .9999 fine silver 1 Dollar coin from the tiny island nation of Tuvalu.  Black Panther, who is a skilled fighter, master tactician and strategist, crouches on the reverse. The 40.6mm coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth on the obverse.  The 2018 dated coin was struck by the Perth Mint with "reverse Proof'" images and has a mintage of only 50,000 pieces. It comes in its original mint capsule.  It is sure to be a hit with comic book fans and movie buffs. 
Item TV-PANTHER  TUVALU 1 DOLLAR 2018 BLACK PANTHER, BU $35.00



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


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 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


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



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


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



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


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



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