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RECENT WORLD COIN & CURRENCY ISSUES


NEWPANAMA CELEBRATES CANAL

Panama quarter balboa 2016 - building the canalPanama 1 Centesimo 2000 KM132
Panama recently released a circulating multi-color quarter Balboa commemorating the nation's famous canal.  One side of the coin features a colorized circle depicting a pair of workers digging on the canal.  Massive steam shovels and their gear teeth also appear in the design. The obverse features Panama's coat-of-arms.  The coins, struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, are the same size and metallic composition as a United States quarter dollar.   We also have available the 2000 dated 1 Centesimo struck to commemorate the canal, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the beginning of the 21st century.  The 22.8mm aluminum coin depicts a ship passing through the canal on one side and the national arms on the other.
Item PA-25C-CANAL PANAMA 1/4 BALBOA 2016 CANAL (COLOR) BU $5.00
Item PA-1C-CANAL PANAMA 1 CENTESIMO 2000 CANAL-FAO, KM132 BU $3.00


NEWMULTI-COLOR EAST CARIBBEAN STATES DOLLAR CELEBRATES 50th ANNIVERSARY

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


NEW2016 SAUDI ARABIA COINS INCLUDES BI-METALLICS

Saudi Arabia 2016 six coin set: 5 Halala - 2 RiyalsSaudi Arabia released six new 2016 dated coins into circulation.  The coins include the steel 5 and 10 Halala, brass 25 and 50 Halala and the bi-metallic 1 and 2 Riyals.  The 1 and 2 Riyals bear the portrait of King Abdulaziz Al Saud on the obverse and the denomination in English and Arabic, and both the AH and AD dates on the reverse.  The lower denominations feature the Saudi national emblem, the king's name and title and AH and AD dates on their obverses. The reversed feature the denomination in Arabic and English.  This is the first issue of Saudi Arabian coins to feature an AD date and the denomination in English.  
Item SA-SET16SAUDI ARABIA COIN SET: 5 HALALA - 2 RIYALS 2016 UNC. $16.00


NEWINDIA HONORS INDUSTRIALIST TATA  

India 5 Rupees Tata 1839-2014India recently commemorated the 175th anniversary of the birth of Indian industrialist Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata.  He founded Tata group which is now India's largest conglomerate company. It controls a huge variety of firms throughout the world, including steel mills, Jaguar and Land Rover automobiles, chemical plants, luxury hotels, Eight O'Clock Coffee,  power plants, bookstores, snack foods, and numerous other companies and activities  Tata is pictured on the obverse along with the dates 1839-2014.  The coin is 23mm in diameter, struck in nickel-brass and feature the Lion Pillar of Ashoka on the reverse.

Item IN-5R-TATA INDIA 5 RUPEES J.N. TATA 1839-2014 UNC. $4.00


NEWRUSSIA 2018 WORLD CUP SOCCER COIN

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



NEW150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE RUSSIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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


NEW2017 CANADA GLOW-IN-THE-DARK & COLOR COINS

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



NEWCANADA CELEBRATES 125th ANNIVERSARY OF THE STANLEY CUP

Canada 25 Cents 2017 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup Ice Hockey trophyCanada celebrated the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup on this commemorative 25 cents. The Stanley Cup was originally commissioned in 1892 by Lord Stanley of Preston, the Governor General of Canada. It was to be awarded to Canada's top-ranking amateur ice hockey club, .Since then it has evolved to be the Championship Trophy of the National Hockey League.  The coin depicts the Stanley Cup flanked by two ice hockey players.  It has a mintage of only 50,000 pieces.
Item CA-25C17-STANLEY CANADA 25 CENTS 2017 STANLEY CUP UNC. $3.00


NEW2017 TRUMP SILVER DOLLAR

2017 Trump Liberty dollar, 1 troy ounce .999 fineThis 2017 "Trump Dollar" was produced folks that produced the popular Liberty Dollar coins – until they were arrested by the government for counterfeiting.  Most observers saw it as a trumped-up charge designed to shut down a vocal critic of the Obama administration and the Federal Reserve System.   They are now back in business with the 2017 Trump Dollar.  President Donald Trump is pictured on the obverse.  The reverse uses the new Liberty Dollar design – which now includes the wording  "FREE SPEECH FOR POLITICAL PURPOSE * NOT TO BE USED AS CURRENT MONEY" to try to avoid legal difficulties.  The 39mm 1 ounce .999 fine silver coin is denominated as $25 and is Proof.
Item TRUMP TRUMP 25 DOLLARS 2017, 1 OUNCE SILVER PROOF $30.00



NEWDIEGO GARCIA DOLLAR PICTURES USS NIMITZ & F/A-18 HORNET

Diego Garcia 1 Dollar 2016This unofficial 1 Dollar coin for Diego Garcia depicts a F/A-18 Hornet taking off from the USS Nimitz.  Diego Garcia is the only inhabited island of the British Indian Ocean Territory and is the home United States Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia. The atoll was uninhabited until the late 18th century. After several unsuccessful attempts, the French and British established plantations on the island using imported labor.  Between 1968 and 1973 the inhabitants were forcibly removed from the island and it was turned into a major United States military base.  The F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine supersonic combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft (hence the F/A designation). The USS Nimitz is a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and is one of the largest warships in the world.  The 2016 dated silver-plated Proof coin is 40mm in diameter and has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item DIEGO DIEGO GARCIA 1 DOLLAR 2016 PROOF $22.00


GUANTANAMO BAY DOLLAR FEATURES BATTLESHIP MAINERESTOCKED

Guantanamo 1 Dollar 2016The battleship USS Maine exploded in Havana Harbor in February 1898, during the Cuban revolt against Spain.  The United States quickly blamed Spain and went to war against Spain. The Spanish defeat resulted in Cuba gaining its independence and the United States getting possession of Puerto Rico and the Philippines.  In 1903 Cuba signed a perpetual lease with the United States allowing it to maintain a naval base at Guantanamo Bay, located at the eastern end of Cuba.  In 2002 the United States established a detention camp to hold and interrogate captured terrorists. Using rather convoluted logic that the camp is both not part of the United States and is part of the United States, thus it is somehow not subject to either national or international law.  President Obama promised that one of the first things he would do upon being elected in 2008 would be to close the detention camp, however it is still in use.  This unofficial 1 Dollar coin was issued for the Guantanamo Naval Base in 2016.  One side depicts the Battleship Maine. The other side features an emblem that includes an eagle holding a shield that shows a map of Cuba. The 40mm silver plated coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces and is Proof.
Item GUANTANAMO GUANTANAMO 1 DOLLAR 2016 PROOF $22.00


HEARD AND McDONALD ISLANDS COIN

Heard and McDonald Islands 5 Dollars 2014Heard and McDonald Islands are a group of isolated, cold, windy and barren islands in the south Indian Ocean.  They are an Australian external territory located over 2,500 miles (4,099km) southwest of Perth.  In the 19th century a small number of whalers and sealers inhabited the islands, however today they are uninhabited.  The reverse of this 2014 Heard and McDonald 5 Dollar coin features a family of penguins.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.   The silver-plated Proof coin is 40mm in diameter and has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item HEARD HEARD & McDONALD IS. 5 DOLLARS 2014, PROOF $22.00




NEWUNITED STATES CAPITOL SHAPED COIN FROM THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

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



NEWRUSSIA HONORS WORLD WAR II SOVIET LIBERATION OF CAPITALS

Russia 5 Rubles 2016 commemorating capitals liberated by Soviet Army in the Great Patriotic War. 14 coin setIn 2016 Russia issued a series of 14 5 Ruble coins commemorating the 14 national capitals liberated by Soviet troops during World War II.  Each coin features the name of the city (in Russian), the date of liberation, and an image of a monument in the city honoring the Soviet liberators.  The coins commemorate the liberation of Kiev (Ukraine), Minsk (Belarus), Vilnius (Lithuania), Kishinev (Moldava), Bucharest (Romania), Tallinn (Estonia), Riga (Latvia), Belgrade (Serbia), Warsaw (Poland), Bratslava (Slovakia), Budapest (Hungary), Vienna (Austria), Berlin (Germany) and Prague (Czechoslovakia).  The nickel-plated steel 25mm coins have the standard 5 Ruble obverse featuring the denomination, date and a plant twig.
Item RU-LIBSET16 RUSSIA SET OF 14 LIBERATION 5 RUBLES, 2016, UNC $27.00



NEWFLAGS OF THE GREAT TURKISH EMPIRES

Turkey set of 16 1 Kurus coins featuring the flags of Great Turkish EmpiresIn 2015 Turkey released a sixteen coin set depicting the flags of Great Turkish Empires of the past.  The concept of 16 Great Turkish Empires has been invoked by the government to encourage Turkish nationalism. It is debatable how Turkish some of the Empires really were.  The 32mm copper-nickel-zinc 1 Kurus coins depict a flag, the name and dates of the empire on one side.  The other side has the denomination and date of the coin.  The coins have a mintage of 300,000 each.  The set includes Flags of the Great Hun Empire (Founded 216BC),  Western Hun Empire (48-216AD), European Hun Empire (Attila) (375-454AD),  White Hun Empire (420-562AD), Gorturk Empire (552-743AD), Avar Empire (565-803), Khazar Empire (651-983), Uyghur (744-1335), Kara-Khanids (940-1040), Ghaznavids (963-1183), Great Seljuk Empire (1040-1157), Khwarazmids (1097-1231), Golden Horde (1236-1502), Great Timurid Empire (1368-1501), Mughal Empire (Babur) (1526-1858) and Ottoman Empire (1299-1922).  The coins are all Uncirculated.
TR-FLAGS TURKEY 16 COIN FLAG SET, 2015 UNC. $32.00



NEW2017 BURKINA FASO WORLD CUP SOCCER COIN

Burkina Faso 100 Francs 2017 Russia 2018 FIFA coinBurkina Faso issued this 2017 100 Francs coin to commemorate the 2018 World Cup Soccer (FIFA) games to be held in Russia.  One side of the 38mm copper-nickel coin depicts the mascot for the game and has legends in both French and Russian.  The other side features Burkina-Faso coat-of-arms.   The coin comes in a descriptive folder featuring the Burkina Faso Flag on the front. Inside is a listing summarizing the World Cup Games since 1930 and a map showing the venues for the 2018 games.  It is an attractive coin from an African nation that produces few coins.
Item BF-FIFA BURKINA FASO 100 FRANCS 2017 WORLD CUP SOCCER, in folder, PROOF $20.00


NEWJESUS ON 2016 COIN OF HERM

Herm Isalnd 5 Pounds 2016 ProofHerm is a small island located between Sark and Guernsey, in the English Channel.  It covers about 2 sq. km. (.77 sq. miles) and has about 60 full time residents.   Its main industry is tourism.  It has few modern conveniences, making it an ideal location where vacationers can “get away from it all”. This unofficial 2016 dated 5 Pound coin of Herm features a statue of Jesus on the obverse, along with an outline portrait of Queen Elizabeth and the Arms of Herm.  The reverse depicts St. Tugual’s Chapel, with the statue of Jesus to the right of the chapel.  The Chapel dates back to the 11th Century.  The 40mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item HERM HERM 5 POUNDS 2016 PROOF $22.00




NEW2017 MERCIA COIN FEATURES KNIGHT & DRAGON

Mercia 10 Pounds 2017Mercia was an Anglo-Saxon kingdom that controlled much of southern England from the sixth to the tenth century. Originally a pagan kingdom, it converted to Christianity about 626AD.  It lost much of its territory to Viking raiders at the end of the ninth century and was eventually absorbed into Wessex.  Though Mercia has not existed as an independent nation for over 1000 years, that did not stop someone from issuing this attractive 2017 dated 10 Pounds coin for Mercia.  One side of the 40mm silver-plated Proof coin features the Mercian Arms and a dragon.  The other side depicts a medieval knight with sword and shield.  The coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item MERCIA MERCIA 10 POUNDS 2017 PROOF $22.00



NEWBEAUTIFUL BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 2017 WILDLIFE COINS IN TITANIUM AND COPPER-NICKEL

British Virgin Islands 5 Dollars 2017 Seahorse struck in Turquoise TitaniumBritish Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2017 Seahorse, copper-nickelBritish Virgin Islands 5 Dollars 2017 Hummingbird struck in green titaniumBritish Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2017 hummingbird, copper-nickelBritish Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2017 marlin, copper-nickelBritish Virgin Islands 2017 coins feature Queen Elizabeth on the obverse
The British Virgin Islands recently released 2017 wildlife coins in both titanium and copper-nickel.  One set of coins depicts a hummingbird, another features a beautiful image of an adult and baby seahorse with their tails entwined around seaweed.  A third coin features a Marlin leaping from the ocean.  The titanium hummingbird coin is struck in green titanium.  The titanium seahorse coin is struck in turquoise titanium. Due to the difficulty of striking titanium coins and the fact that titanium reacts differently with every strike, each coin is technically different from all others. The titanium coins are denominated 5 Dollars, have a mintage of 7,500 pieces each, are 36.1mm in diameter, weigh 10 grams, and come in a box with a Certificate of Authenticity.  The copper-nickel coins are denominated 1 Dollar, have a mintage of 10,000 pieces each and are 38.6mm in diameter.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of all the coins and all are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item BVI-TIT-HORSE17 BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 5 DOLLARS 2017 TURQUOISE TITANIUM SEAHORSE, BU $59.00
Item BVI-CN-HORSE17 BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 1 DOLLAR 2017 COPPER-NICKEL SEAHORSE, BU $14.00
Item BVI-TIT-HUMM17 BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 5 DOLLARS 2017 GREEN TITANIUM HUMMINGBIRD, BU $59.00
Item BVI-CN-HUMM17 BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 1 DOLLAR 2017 COPPER-NICKEL HUMMINGBIRD, BU $14.00
Item BVI-CN-MARLIN17 BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 1 DOLLAR 2017 COPPER-NICKEL MARLIN, BU $14.00



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

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

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

China bi-metallic 10 Yuan 2017 Year of the RoosterChina recently released this 2017 dated bi-metallic 10 Yuan coin to commemorate the Year of the Rooster.  The 27mm coin depicts a rooster, 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. These features, along with an unusual edge pattern, make it one of the most difficult to counterfeit coins in the world today.
Item CN-ROOSTER CHINA 10 YUAN 2017 YEAR OF THE ROOSTER BU $5.75



NEWCHINA HONORS SUN YAT-SEN

China 5 Yuan 2016 150th anniversary of birth of Sun Yat-SenThe 150th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen is honored on this circulating commemorative 2016 dated 5 Yuan from the People's Republic of China.  He led the overthrow of the 2000 year old Chinese Imperial government and in 1912 he became the first President of the Republic of China.   He is portrayed on the obverse of the coin.  The reverse features his home in Cuiheng Village in Guangdong Province.  At the side of the building is a lenticular image featuring the number "150".   As an added security feature the edge has both course and fine reeding.  The 30mm coin is struck in a brass alloy and has a mintage of 300 Million pieces.
Item CN-5Y-SUN CHINA 5 YUAN 2016 SUN YAT-SEN BU $4.75




TURKEY COMMEMORATES FAILED COUP ATTEMPT ON 2016 BI-METALLIC

Turkey 1 Lira 2016 Failed July CoupTurkey issued this bi-metallic 1 Lira in 2016 in memory of those who fought and died in the July 15, 2016 attempted coup d'etat. The attempted coup was carried out by a faction within the Armed Forces.  It was put down in a matter of days, though some 300 people lost their lives in the fighting.  Since then Turkish President Erdogan has used the coup an excuse for mass arrests, the detention of over 40,000 citizens, dismissal of tens of thousands of teachers, and the firing of many thousands of government employees. The 26mm coin features arms raising the flag of Turkey on the obverse.  The reverse is the standard 1 Lira design. 
Item TR-1L16-COUP TURKEY 1 LIRA 2016 FAILED COUP, UNC. $5.00


2017 MAUI TRADE DOLLAR FEATURES HAWAIIAN OWL

Maui 25th anniversary Trade Dollar, 2016, whaleMaui is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Hawaiian Islands.  Every year a new attractive 39mm copper-nickel Maui Trade dollar is released.  The 2 Dollar coin can be used at participating merchants throughout the island in the year it is issued, though most of the kept as souvenirs by tourists rather than redeemed. Profits from the coins go toward educational programs on the island.  The 2017 issue commemorates Haleakala National Park on Maui.  The coin depicts a Hawaiian owl, or Pueo, flying over the park. Two hikers can be seen on a trail coming down from the peak.  See our website or request a list for earlier coins in this series.
Item MAUI17 MAUI 2017 2 DOLLARS  OWL - HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK BU $5.00
Item MAUI17x20 ROLL OF 20 MAUI 2017 TRADE 2 DOLLARS BU $60.00

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NEWOKINAWA DOLLAR FEATURES BATTLESHIP USS MISSOURI

Okinawa 1 Dollar 2016 depicting battleship USS MissouriThis unofficial Okinawa one dollar coin depicts the famed battleship USS Missouri.  The Missouri was the last battleship commissioned by the United States and was the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended World War II. Okinawa was captured by United States forces in World War II after extremely fierce fighting.  Today Okinawa is a prefecture of Japan and is the home of some 32 United States military bases that occupy about a quarter of the island.  The reverse of the coin has the legend "MARINE CORPS BASE, OKINAWA, JAPAN" and a coat-of-arms.  The 40mm silver plated coin has a mintage of only 250 pieces and is Proof.
Item OKINAWA OKINAWA 1 DOLLAR 2016 PROOF $23.00




NEWUNUSUAL WILLIS ISLAND COIN

Willis Island, Coral Sea Islands Territory, 10 Dollars 2016Willis Island is the only permanently inhabited island in the Coral Sea Islands Territory, an external territory of Australia, located beyond the Great Barrier Reef.  It has a population of four, who operate a weather station on the small (500m x 150m, 1600' x 490') island.  In 2016 an unusual non-circulating multi-colored "pie slice" shaped 10 Dollar coin was issued for this tiny entity. The reverse features a multi-colored fish in a coral garden. The obverse depicts Queen Elizabeth  The odd-shaped silver-plated Proof coin is 46mm x 34mm and has a mintage of only 250 pieces.
Item WILLIS  WILLIS ISLAND 10 DOLLARS 2016 PROOF$25.00


RECENT BI-METALLIC POLAND 5 ZLOTYCH

Poland 5 Zlotych 2015 Pozan Town HallPoland 5 Zlotych 2016 Priest's Mill, LodzPoland honored the Poznan Town Hall (Ratusz) on this 2015 bi-metallic 5 Zlotych.  The mannerist style building was completed in 1560 and served as the seat of local government until 1939.  Today it houses a museum.  Each day at noon two mechanical goats come out from the clock tower and butt heads.   The coin depicts the town hall.  The two goats can be seen in the shaded are next to the town hall.  The 2016 5 Zlotych features The Priest's Mill (KSIĘŻY MŁYN) in Lodz.  The mill is a vast housing and industrial complex built in the 1870's on land which originally belonged to the Rector of the Parish of Lodz. The almost completely preserved complex includes a spinning mill, factory buildings, shops, two hospitals, a school, workers housing and owners and directors estates covering over 1200 acres (500 ha).   Today it is a monument to 19th century industrial designs and company towns.  Both are 24.5mm in diameter and feature the Polish Eagle on the obverse.
NEWItem PL-5Z-15POZAN  2015 POZNAN TOWN HALL BU $6.00
NEWItem PL-5Z-16LODZ POLAND 5 ZLOTYCH 2016 PRIEST'S MILL, LODZ, BU $6.00




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

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


2016 CANADA COIN SET

Canada 2016 6 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 2016 in Brilliant Uncirculated condition obtained from rolls. The set contains all the regular issue coins issued for circulation.The 2016 50 Cent, Dollar and 2 Dollar coins are especially difficult to obtain due to low mintages and limited distribution. 
Item CA-SET16 CANADA 2016 SIX COIN SET 5 CENTS - 2 DOLLARS, UNC. $12.00


COIN OF SARK  Restocked

Sark 5 Pounds 2016Sark is a small island off the north coast of France with a population of about 600. It is a royal fief of the Queen of England, who is paid an annual rent of £1.79.  Though part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, it has its own laws based on Norman law and its own parliament.  It maintains many medieval customs and does not cars or street lamps.  In 2016 this unofficial 5 Pounds coin was issued for Sark.  One side depicts a horse carriage next to a medieval tower and wall.  The other side features a young woman, the arms of Sark and a small bust of Queen Elizabeth.   The 40mm silver plated coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces and is Proof.
Item SARK SARK 5 POUNDS 2016 PROOF $22.00


PILOT WHALES ON 2017 SOUTH GEORGIA & SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS COIN

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


UNUSUAL 2017 YEAR OF THE ROOSTER LOCK CHARM SHAPED COIN

British Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2017 Year of the Rooster bronze Lock Charm shaped coinBritish Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2016 bronze lock charm shaped coin for Year of the Monkey
This unusual coin is in the shape of a traditional Chinese lock charm.   This type of charm is based on the traditional Chinese device used to safeguard possessions and property.  The charm is believed to protect a person from evil and to bring good luck, fortune, official rank and long life.   The reverse of the coin features a strutting rooster and branches of cherry blossoms. The cherry blossom is a symbol of good luck. The obverse depicts Queen Elizabeth.  The coin comes in a traditional Lycee Pack (money gift pack) with Certificate of Authenticity and a red ribbon, allowing the coin to be worn. The bronze 2017 dated 1 Dollar coin is a legal tender issue of the British Virgin Islands.  The coin is 46mm x 32.86mm and has a limited mintage of only 5000 pieces.   We also have available a few of the 2016 Year of the Monkey coins.   The reverse features a monkey walking along a branch surrounded by cherry blossoms.  
Item BVI-ROOSTER BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2017 LOCK CHARM SHAPED YEAR OF THE ROOSTER COIN, BU $19.95
Item BVI-MONKEY BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2016 LOCK CHARM SHAPED YEAR OF THE MONKEY COIN, BU $19.95


NEWMORE AUSTRALIA DECIMAL COINS DEPICTS PRE-DECIMAL COINS

Australia $1 & $2 coins 2016, 50th Anniversary of decimal currencyAustralia recently released the last two coins in their series commemorating the 50th anniversary of converting from the Australian Pound to the Australian Dollar.  The 2016 dated coins depict the old pre-decimal coins on the obverse below the portrait of Queen Elizabeth.  The 1 Dollar depicts the old 1 crown while the 2 Dollars features the florin.  The standard reverse is used on both coins, featuring kangaroos on the dollar and an aboriginal elder is on the 2 Dollars.  
Item AU-SET16D AUSTRALIA 1 & 2 DOLLARS, 2016 50th ANNIVERSARY OF DECIMALIZATION, UNC. $12.00



NEWAUSTRALIA CELBRATES 2016 RIO OLYMPICS & PARALYMPIC WITH COLORED COINS

Australia 2016 5 coin Olympics setAustalia 2 Dollars 2016 Paralympic games in Rio
Australia issued this set of five colored 2016 dated 2 Dollar coins to honor the Australian Olympic team in Rio.  Each coin features a ring depicting one of the five colored Olympic colors: blue, black, red, yellow and green.  The 32 Olympic sports are depicted around the rings of the five coins.  In the center of each ring is the logo of the Australian Olympic Team which features a kangaroo, an emu and the Olympic rings.  The five coins are housed in a folder with a descriptive booklet.  We also have the 2016 Australia 2 Dollar coin for the Rio Paralympic games which features a multi-colored ring that makes up the wheel of a wheel-chair.  The Paralympic coin is not in the packaged set.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of all the coins.
Item AU-SETOLY AUSTRALIA SET OF FIVE 2 DOLLAR 2016 OLYMPIC COINS IN FOLDER, BU $45.00
Item AU-PARA16 AUSTRALIA 2 DOLLARS 2016 PARALYMPIC GAMES, UNC. $8.00



NEW2016 REGIONS OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION COINS

RUSSIA SET OF 3 2016 REGIONS 10 RUBLES: Amur, Belgorod, and Irkutsk regionsRussia issued three bi-metallic 10 Ruble coins in their series honoring the regions of the Russian Federation in 2016.  No coins were issued in this series in 2015.  The coins honored the Amur, Belgorod and Irkutsk regions.  Each coin depicts the coat-of-arms of the respective region.  The coins are 27mm in diameter with a brass ring around a copper-nickel center.  The obverse features the denomination with a shifting image within the “0” that changes from "10" to "РУБ" (Ruble) as the coin is turned. 
Item RU-REG16 RUSSIA 2016 SET OF 3 RUSSIAN REGIONAL 10 RUBLES, UNC. $12.00



NEW400th ANNIVERSARY OF BERMUDA’S HOGGE MONEY

Counterstamped 2016 Kennedy Half Dollar: 400th Anniversary of Bermuda (Somers Islands) Hogge MoneyBermuda 1 Cent 1997 KM44b HogTo honor the 400th anniversary of Bermuda’s Hogge Money, numismatist Mel Wacks produced this counterstamped 2016 United States Kennedy Half Dollar depicting a Hogge 6 Pence.  Hogge Money was the first coinage for any English-speaking region in the New World and is the first coin listed in the standard reference known as the "Red Book".  Hogge Money coins were made in London for use in the newly established Plantation of Somer Islands, now known as Bermuda.  The crudely made 2, 3, 6, and 12-pence coins were issued in 1616. The coins all depict a wild hog which was found in abundance on the island.   The pigs may have originally escaped from the shipwreck of Juan de Bermudez in 1532.  Only 200 counterstamped coins were produced.   Though they are almost as scarce as the original Hogge Money, they are a lot more affordable.  The counterstamped coin comes with a gift pouch and a descriptive Certificate of Authenticity.  Also available is a Bermuda cent which depicts the famous hog design on the reverse, and Queen Elizabeth on the obverse.
Item HOGGE-P HOGGE MONEY COUNTERSTAMP ON 2016 PHILADEPHIIA MINT HALF DOLLAR, UNC. $39.75
Item HOGGE-D HOGGE MONEY COUNTERSTAMP ON 2016 DENVER MINT HALF DOLLAR, UNC. $39.75
Item BM-1C BERMUDA 1 CENT 1997 HOG KM44b BU $1.00



NEWRECENT ANGOLA COIN SET

Angola 5 coin set 50 Centimos - 20 Kwanzas 2012-2014
This  recent 5 coin set from Angola includes the 50 Centimos, 1, 5 and 10 Kwanzas dated 2012 and the 2014 20 Kwanzas.  The 5, 10 and 20 Kwanzas are bi-metallic.  The 20 Kwanzas depicts Queen Njinga Mbande, who led an armed resistance against Portuguese rule in the mid-17th century.  The 5 and 10 Kwanzas feature the coat of arms of Angola on one side and the denomination on the other. A shifting image is incorporated in the “0” of the 10 Kwanzas that changes from “BNA” to “10” as the coin is moved.  The 1 Kwanzas and 50 Centimos has the denomination on one side and the logo of the National Bank of Angola on the other. 
Item AO-SET5 ANGOLA 5 COIN SET, 50 CENTIMOS - 20 KWANZAS 2012-2014, UNC. $17.50


NEWBEAUTIFUL BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 2017 PEGASUS PROOF DOLLAR

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



NEWNEW FREE REPUBLIC OF LIBERLAND COIN CELEBRATES SOCCER

Liberland 500 c 2016 coinThe 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 2016 500 Corona of Liberland commemorates the 2018 FIFA World Cup Soccer championships to be held in Russia.  One side depicts two players and the trophy with legends in Russian and English.  The other side has the coat-of-arms and legends in the two official languages of Liberland: Czech and English.  The 40mm coin is struck on silver-plated brass,  has a mintage of only 200 pieces and is Proof-like.
Item LIBERLAND LIBERLAND 500 CORONA 2016, PROOF-LIKE $22.00


NEW2016 RUSSIAN ANCIENT & HISTORIC TOWNS

Russia 2016 Historic Towns commemorative 10 Rubles: Rzhev,Velikie Luki and ZubsovRussia issued three new bi-metallic 10 Ruble coins in their series commemorating ancient and historical towns of Russia.  Three coins were issued for 2016 honoring the towns of Rzhev, Velikie Luki and Zubsov. Each coin features a panoramic view of the town and the town’s coat of arms.  The obverse has the date and denomination which incorporates a changing image within the “0” of the numeral 10.  
NEW Item RU-TOWN16 2016 SET OF 3 RUSSIA HISTORIC TOWN 10 RUBLES UNC. $12.00

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NEWBELARUS FINALLY RELEASES CIRCULATING COINS!

Belarus 8 coin set: 1 Copeck - 2 Rubles 2009 (released 2016)Though Belarus declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, it did not release its first coins into circulation until July 1, 2016, some 25 years later!  Prior to that time it used paper money in commerce and the only coins were commemoratives that were sold to collectors.  These new coins were struck in 2009, shortly after Belarus broke up their monetary union with Russia.  Due to severe ongoing inflation however, the coins were not released until the 2016 monetary reform.  The monetary reform included a 10,000 to 1 currency revaluation (1 New Ruble = 10,000 old Rubles). This full eight coin set includes the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Copecks, 1 and 2 Rubles.  The coins all feature the Belarus national emblem one side and the denomination and a traditional ornamental design on the other.  The 2 Rubles is a bi-metallic coin with a lettered edge.  The 1 ruble is nickel-plated steel.  The 50, 20 and 10 Copecks are brass-plated steel, and the 5, 2 and 1 Copecks are copper-plated steel.  The coins are dated 2009. They are Uncirculated, from original bank bags, however they may have minor spots or nicks from sitting in storage all these years.
Item BY-SET8 BELARUS 8 COIN SET 1 COPECK - 2 RUBLES, 2009 (2016) UNC $9.75


FIRST COINS AND BANKNOTE OF SOUTH SUDAN

South Sudan 3 coin setSouth Sudan coat of arms on obverse of coins.South Sudan 1 Pound note
After a long civil war, South Sudan finally gained its independence from Sudan in July 2011.   South Sudan released their first coins; the 10, 20 and 50 Piastres in 2015.  The bi-metallic 1 and 2 Pound coins, dated 2015, were not released until 2016.  The 25mm 1 Pound coin depicts mother Nubian Giraffe and her calf.  The 27mm 2 Pounds coin features an African shield and spears.  The copper-plated steel 10 Piasters features an oil derrick. A Shoebill Stork from the Northern Bahr-el Ghazal State flag is on the brass-plated steel 20-Piasters.  The nickel-plated steel 50 Piastres features a Northern White Rhino. All five coins are dated 2015. The obverses of all the coins show the national emblem of South Sudan and the date.  We also have the South Sudan 1 Pound note in Crisp Uncirculated condition.  It pictures and has a watermark of John Garing, a leader in the countries independence movement who died in a helicopter crash in 2005.   The back of the note depicts a heard of giraffe.
Item SS-SET5 SOUTH SUDAN 5 COIN SET: 10, 20, 50 PIASTRES, 1 & 2 POUNDS UNC. $24.00
Item PM-SS-1P SOUTH SUDAN 1 POUND NOTE, P1 UNC. $4.00


Brazil 1 Real Rio Olympic 16 coin setBRAZIL RIO OLYMPIC COIN SET Restocked  

 Brazil released a series of circulating commemorative bi-metalic 1 Real coins to commemorate the 2016 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.  Sixteen  1 Real coins depicting various Olympic and Paralympic sports were released
ting in 2014.  The four 2014 issues depict track, swimming, golf and the para-triathalon.  Eight coins were released in 2015 featuring basketball, swimming, rugby, Paralympic canoeing, soccer, volleyball, judo and Paralympic track.  Four 2016 coins have been released, depicting boxing, Paralympic mascot Tom, Olympic Mascot Vinicius and Paralympic swimming.   All the coins have a common reverse which includes the date, denomination and a motif from the Brazilian flag that features the Southern Cross constellation.    The 27mm bi-metallic coins have a stainless steel center and a bronze-plated steel outer ring.   All coins are Brilliant Uncirculated.
 Item BR-SET16 BRAZIL SET OF 16 OLYMPIC 1 REAL COINS, 2014-2016, BU $65.00



NEWODD SHAPED BI-METALIC COIN FOR QUEEN ELIZABETH’S 90th BIRTHDAY

British Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2016, Queen's 90th BirthdayThe British Virgin Islands released this unusual bi-metallic 1 Dollar coin in 2016 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday. The coin is struck in the shape of the numeral "90".  Both sides of the coin feature portraits of the Queen.  One portrait is surrounded by bouquet made up of the Rose of England, the Thistle of Scotland, the Daffodil of Wales and the Shamrock of Ireland.  The flowers represent the four countries that make up the United Kingdom.  The other side includes a different portrait of the Queen and the royal crown surrounded by a bouquet.  The strangely shaped coin measures 62.28mm x 38.60mm and is struck in nickel-bronze with two bronze center plugs, one in the "9" and one in the "0".  The coin comes in a special presentation box with a Certificate of Authenticity.   Though the Queen’s actual birthday was April 21, the coin was not released until July due to problems in minting such an unusual coin.  The coin has a maximum authorized mintage of only 5,000 pieces.
Item BVI-90 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2016 "90" SHAPED COIN BU $48.00



British Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2016 Big BenNEWBIG BEN SHAPED COIN FROM BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

This unusual coin of the British Virgin Islands is struck in the shape of Big Ben.  Though technically Big Ben is the name of the Great Bell in the clock tower, the name is generally applied to the entire clock tower.  The tower, located at the north end of Westminster Palace, holds the second largest four-faced chiming clock in the world.  It is one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom,  This unique coin has been produced in the shape of the clock tower showing the intricate architecture of this stunning landmark. As a special tribute to Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday, the time of the clock face is shown at 2:40am, the time she was actually born.  The 2016 dated 1 Dollar coin is struck in nickel-silver and comes in a red, white and blue presentation pouch.  The odd-shaped coin measures 85mm by 19.5mm and weighs 25.9 grams. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. It has a mintage of only 5,000 pieces and is Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item BVI-BEN BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2016, BIG BEN, BU $24.00


NEW2016 HIGH RELIEF SILVER CANNABIS COIN FROM BENIN

Benin 1000 Francs 2016 Cannabis Sativa, concave high relief 31.1 grams .999 fine silverA bright, green Cannabis Sativa leaf is featured on this 2016 1 troy ounce, .999 fine silver  1000 Francs coin from Benin.   The high relief concave Proof coin is partially colored.  With a mintage of only 999 pieces it is expected to sell out quickly.  Cannabis Sativa is commonly known as marijuana, Mary Jane, pot, grass, weed and many other names as well.   Cannabis has long been used for making fiber, rope, oil, paper and medicines. It is now most widely used as a recreational drug.  The attractive coin is 38.61mm in diameter and comes in a capsule with a certificate and box.  The obverse features the arms of Benin.   It is a highly recommended high relief coin. 
Item BJ-MJ16 BENIN 1000 FRANCS 2016 CONCAVE HIGH RELIEF SILVER CANNABIS COIN, PROOF $139.00


UNUSUAL MULTI-COLORED GREEN TREE PYTHON SILVER COIN  Restocked

Nikue 2 Dollars 2016 multi-colored Green Tree Python, 1 troy ounce .999 fine silver
This unusual oblong coin features a vivid depiction of a Green Tree Python with a lentricular flip eye that seems to blink as the coin is moved.  A special minting technique using digital printing on relief gives the snake’s skin a rough feel.  The coin is issued under the authority of the Government of Niue and depicts Queen Elizabeth on the obverse.  It is dated 2016 and is denominated 2 Dollars.  The coin is 54mm x 32mm, made of 1 troy ounce .999 fine silver, and has an antique finish.  Only 700 pieces were minted.  The Green Tree Python is found in New Guinea and parts of Indonesia and Australia.  It can reach over 6 feet (200 cm) in length.  It is a colorful, low mintage silver coin featuring an unusual design.
Item NU-PYTHON NIUE 2 DOLLARS 2016 GREEN TREE PYTHON, Antique Finish Unc. $125.00

NEWAUSTRALIA REMEMBERS WORLD WAR I WITH CIRCULATING COLORED COINS

Australia 2 Dollars 2015 & 2016 World War I commemorativesAustralia issued two $2 Dollar circulating colored commemorative coins in 2015 and 2016 in to commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I.  Both coins were inspired by John McCrae’s famous poem In Flanders Fields and incorporate a colored circle in the design.  The 2015 coin features a circle of crosses around a red circle, representing the red poppy.  The design was inspired by the first two lines of the poem “In Flanders fields the poppies blow. Between the crosses, row on row”  In the center are the words “Lest We Forget”.  The 2016 issue depicts flying larks, surrounding orange colored rings, which represent the sunset glow, which are from the first and second stanzas of the poem. The aluminum-bronze coins are 20.5mm and have Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse
Item AU-SET2 AUSTRALIA SET OF 2 TWO DOLLAR COINS, 2015 & 2016, UNC. $17.50
Item AU-2D15 AUSTRALIA TWO DOLLAR COIN, 2015 WORLD WAR I, from above set UNC. UNC. $9.00
Item AU-2D16 AUSTRALIA TWO DOLLAR COIN, 2016 WORLD WAR I, from above set UNC. UNC. $9.00


NEWAUSTRALIAN 2016 COINS PICTURING COINS

Australia 4 coin set: 5, 10, 20 & 50 Cents, 2016Australia issued four 2016 coins to honor the 50th anniversary of converting from the Australian Pound / Shillings / Pence to the Australian Dollar and Cents in 1966.  The coins depict the old pre-decimal coins and the Queen on the obverse.  The standard Australian reverses featuring native wildlife are on the other side.  The 5 Cents utilizes the design of the Penny which features a Kangaroo. The 10 Cents features the old 3 Pence.  The 20 Cents has the design of the 6 Pence, featuring the Australian arms. The Australian Arms design was also used on earlier 3 Pence, Shilling and Florins as well.  The 50 Pence depicts the ram from the shilling.  All four coins are dated 2016 and are Uncirculated.  It is an interesting set of coins picturing coins.
Item AU-SET16C AUSTRALIA 4 COIN SET, 5 - 50 CENTS, 2016 UNC. $9.00



KING CHARLES III ON COINS FOR  SCOTLAND, NORTHERN IRELAND & WALES 

Scotland 2 Pounds pattern coin Northern Ireland 2 Pounds coinWales 2 Pounds pattern coin
Though Prince Charles is not yet King, undated, multi-colored unofficial pattern 2 Pound coins were issued for  Scotland,  Northern Ireland and Wales.  One side of the coins depicts the outline of the bust of Charles wearing the royal crown, his royal cipher and the arms of the country in color.  The other side depicts the national flower and a bird in color, along with the denomination. The Scotland coin depicts a Scottish thistle and a Golden Eagle. The Northern Ireland coin features a shamrock and a Eurasian wren. The Wales issue features a Red kite and a leek The 40mm coins are struck on silver plated brass with Proof finish.  Only 250 of each of the coins were minted.
Item SCOT2 SCOTLAND 2 POUNDS COIN (2016) PROOF $24.00
Item NO-IRE2 NORTHERN IRELAND 2 POUNDS COIN (2016) PROOF $24.00
Item WALES2 WALES 2 POUNDS COIN (2016) PROOF $24.00


NEW2016 PALAU "MIRACLE OF THE SEA" PEARL COIN

Palau 5 Dollars 2016 with a real embedded pearlA blue freshwater pearl is embedded in this beautiful 2016 1 ounce .999 fine silver 5 Dollar coin from Palau. The coin, called the “Miracle of the Sea” features a multi-colored Triton’s Trumpet in high relief. The arms of Palalu is on the other. The coin is part of Palau’s Marine Life Protection series.   The coin is struck using a new technology called “smartminting” which allows the colored image to rise appreciably above the surface of the coin, making the sea shell seem almost lifelike.   Triton’s trumpets (Charonia tritonis) have a length of up to 2 feet (60 cm) and are found in the Indian and southern Pacific Oceans.  The Proof coin is 38.61mm in diameter and has a mintage of just 2500 pieces.  It comes in a capsule in an attractive wooden box with a certificate of authenticity.
Item PW-PEARL16 PALAU 5 DOLLARS 2016 WITH PEARL, PROOF $125.00



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