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NEWSERBIA HONORS TESLA ON 2018 SILVER COIN

Serbia 100 Dinara 2018 Tesla - Alternating Current, Induction MotorNikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the alternating current (AC) electricity supply system, which is commemorated on this beautiful 2018 silver Serbian 100 Dinara coin.  The coin is the first in a series honoring the inventions and innovations of this extraordinary visionary.  I expect the series to be popular due to Tesla's fame and the automobile named in his honor.  Tesla is said to have held over 300 patents that covering a wide range of technologies alternating current, electric motors, remote control, television, radio, x-rays, cell phones, robotics, lasers, turbine engines, magnetic propulsion, drones, solar power adaptions, weather manipulation, particle beams and electromagnetic energy (Tesla coil).  The obverse of the coin depicts an iconic portrait of Tesla. The reverse features a highly detailed image of one of Nikola Tesla’s greatest inventions: the "Induction Motor", the Serbian arms, along with the weight, purity, silver content, date and denominations.  The 39mm, 1 troy ounce .999 fine silver coin was struck by the Serbian Mint and has a mintage of only 50,000 pieces. 
Item RS-TESLA-AC18 SERBIA 100 DINARA 2018 TESLA-ALTERNATING CURRENT-MOTOR BU $34.00

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A COIN OF KOSOVO

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



NEWA COIN OF KONIGSBERG

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



NEWSIR WALTER RALEIGH & SHIP ON BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS DOLLAR

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



NEWNEW 2018 COINS OF UZBEKISTAN

Uzbekistan 2018 coin set: 50, 100, 200 & 500 SomUzbekistan recently released four new nickel-plated steel 2018 dated coins.  The 500 Som depicts the Palace of Conventions, also called Palace of International Forums  (Anjumanlar Saroyi), which was built in 2009 in Tashkent.  The 200 Som depicts the sun rising over a tiger.  The design is taken from a 17th century mosaic on the Sher-Dor Madrasah at the Registan in Samarkand.  The 100 Som depicts the Independence and Goodness monument in Tashkent.  The denomination and native designs are featured on the 50 Som. The Uzbek national emblem and date is on the obverse of each of the coins.
Item UZBEK18 UZBEKISTAN 4 COIN SET 50 - 500 SOM, 2018 BU $6.00



NEWSQUARE COIN OF FAR-OFF AZAWAD FEATURES CAMELS

Azawad 500 Francs 2018 coin depicts cameslAzawad is a region of northern Mali that includes the cities of Timbuktu and Gao.  It briefly claimed independence in 2012 after a Tuareg rebellion drove the Malian troops from the region.  The obverse square 30mm 500 Francs coin features The Sankore Madrasah, which is an ancient mosque and Islamic university in Timbuktu.  At its peak it could house 25,000 students and had one of the largest libraries in the world with between 400,000 and 700,000 manuscripts.   The reverse features camels, which are still used for transportation in the area, and the name of the country in Tuareg.  The unofficial silver-plated Proof coin is dated 2018 and has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item AZAWAD AZAWAD 500 FRANCS 2018 PROOF $19.75



NEWCOIN OF CORSICA HONORS NAPOLEON

Corsica 100 Francs 2018 coinThis unofficial 100 Franc coin of Corsica commemorates the 250th anniversary of the birth of Napoleon, who was born on Corsica in 1769, the same year Corsica was conquered by France.   The reverse includes Napoleon's iconic hat and his royal emblem.  The obverse includes an arm holding a cross and the flag of Corsica which features a Moor's head wearing a bandana. The eight-sided 40mm silver-plated Proof coin is dated 2018 and has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item CORSICA CORSICA 100 FRANCS 2018 PROOF $19.75




NEWREPUBLIC OF SAUGEAIS

Saugeais 500 Francs 2018 coinThe Republic of Saugeais is a self-proclaimed micro-nation in eastern France on the Swiss border in the Department of Doubs. It is made up of eleven municipalities.  It started as an off-hand joke on a French official in 1947 that has been continued ever since as a light-hearted venture that helps to raise funds for local needs.  This 30mm square Proof 500 Franc coin was issued for Saugeais in 2018. The obverse includes the official arms of the Saugeais Republic, a knight and a bishop. The design was based on a 1987 postage stamp. The reverse features the denomination and the interior of the Montbenoit Abbey, which the Republic raised funds to help preserve.  The silver-plated coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item SAUGEAIS SAUGEAIS 500 FRANCS 2018 PROOF $19.75



NEWSCARCE WAZIRISTAN COIN

Waziristan 25 Krans, 2018 coinWaziristan is a rough, remote area of Pakistan that borders Afghanistan.  Some claim it is the most dangerous place in the world. Its mostly Pashtun inhabitants have for centuries resisted outside control.  Though Pakistan, and previously Britain claimed the area, they generally had little local control and faced frequent revolts.  In recent years it has been used as a base by al-Qaeda, Taliban, Islamic State and other radical groups. This unofficial 2018 Waziristan 25 Kran features the Islamic crescent moon and star on the obverse.  The reverse depicts a snow leopard and the denomination and name of the country in ArabicThe eight-sided 40mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item WAZIRISTAN WAZIRISTAN 25 KRANS 2018 PROOF $19.75




NEWUKRAINE VOLUNTEER FIGHTERS DAY COMMEMORATIVE

Ukraine 10 Hryvnia 2018 Volunteer DayUkraine released this 10 Hryvnia to commemorate Ukraine Volunteer Fighters Day. The day and the coin  honor those that volunteered to join the military, police and paramilitary organizations that were formed in response to the Russian military intervention in Ukraine in spring and summer 2014.   The coin features an unusual incuse design. The obverse includes a small Ukraine national emblem at the top.  In the center is a stylized phoenix rising from flames and crossed swords, symbolizing the nation’s rebirth.  Beneath that is the logo of the Ukraine mint and the denomination in words.  The reverse features a map of the Ukraine (including the Russian occupied territories) with the inscription that translates as “Who if not us”.  Beneath the inscription translates as “Day of the Ukrainian Volunteer”.   The copper-nickel-zinc coin is 30mm in diameter.
Item UA-10H18-VOLUNTEER UKRAINE 10 HRYVNIA 2018 VOLUNTEER FIGHTERS DAY UNC. $4.00


NEW MAURITANIA COINS INCLUDES ANIMALS, BI-METAL & TRI-METAL  Restocked

 Mauritania 2017 5 coin set: 1/5 -20 Ouguiya
On January 1, 2018 the west African nation of Mauritania issued new coins in conjunction with a 10 to 1 currency revaluation. The new coins are a tri-metallic 20 Ouguiya depicting a camel and her baby, a bi-metallic 10 Ouguiya with a Zebu, a 7-sided nickel-plated steel 5 Ouguiya picturing native musical instruments, a Tuareg teapot is on the nickel-plated steel 1 Ouguiya and a fish is on the copper-plated steel 1/5 Ouguiya  The coins are dated 2017 and are Uncirculated. 
Item MR-SET17 MAURITANIA 5 COIN SET, 2017 UNC. $27.50



NEW2018 MOOREA DOLLAR

Moorea (French Polynesia) 1 Dollar 2018 depicting Red LionfishMoorea is one of the Society Islands in French Polynesia located 11 miles (17km.) northwest of Tahiti.  It is a popular tourist and honeymoon destination because of its spectacular scenery and accessibility.  This unofficial 27mm brass 2018 Moorea Dollar coin features a Red Lionfish on the reverse. A native pattern is on the obverse.
Item MOOREA MOOREA 1 DOLLAR 2018 UNC. $9.00



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



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




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 out
Item CAMPIONE CAMPIONE D'ITALIA 100,000 LIRE 2018 CUTOUT COIN BU $24.00


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 out
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




NEW VENEZUELA 100,000 BOLIVARES INFLATION NOTE  Price Reduced

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. $7.00





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



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


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


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



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