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NEWODD SHAPED COINS OF GUAM

Guam 20 Dollars 2018 triangular coinGuam 5 Dollars 2014 curved coin
Guam is a possession of the United States in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  It does not have the authority to issue its own coins, however that has not stopped someone from issuing two rather unusual coins for this isolated island. The obverses of both coins depict a Proa, which is a Chamorro outrigger canoe with a sail, and the legends "TERRITORY OF GUAM” “WHERE AMERICA’S DAY BEGINS”.  The 2018 triangular 20 Dollar coin of Guam honors the 330th anniversary of the Spanish colonization of Guam.  In 1668 Spanish Jesuit missionary Diego Luis de Vitores establishe a mission in Guam on land donated by Chief Kephua.  Both are pictured on the reverse of the coin.   At first the missionaries were readily accepted, but after Kephua's death the following year violence arose between the native Chamorro and the Spanish in part due to conflicts in the cultural beliefs of the two groups. Vitores was killed in one such conflict in 1672.  The silver-plated Proof coin measures 35mm on each side and has a mintage of only 150 pieces.  The 2014 5 Dollar coin is curved.  The reverse depicts a sea turtle, the name of the territory in the native Chamorro language “GUAHAN”, the date, the denomination. The silver-plated Proof coin is 49mm long and has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item GUAM29 GUAM TRIANGULAR 20 DOLLARS 2018 PROOF $22.00
Item GUAM5 GUAM CURVED 5 DOLLARS 2014 PROOF $22.00



NEWA TRIANGULAR COIN FROM THE ILEMI TRIANGLE

Ilemi triangular 2018 20 Afaro coinThe Ilemi Triangle is a disputed territory on the claimed by both Kenya and South Sudan that borders Ethiopia. The approximately 5000 square mile (14,000 sq.km.) is inhabited primarily by nomadic tribes who regularly move across the national borders. The dispute arose from in a 1914 treaty.  Though Kenya currently controls the area, a coin was recently issued for the "Independent Territory of Ilemi".  The 2018 coin is denominated "20 Afaro".  The obverse features a coat of arms for Ilemi supported by two lions and spears.  The reverse depicts a lion and cub. The triangular silver-plated Proof coin is 35mm on each side.  The coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item ILEMI ILEMI 20 AFARO 2018 PROOF $19.95



NEWSULTANATE OF YOGYKARTA, ISLAND OF JAVA

SULTANATE OF YOGYKARTA, ISLAND OF JAVA (JAWA) 5000 RUPIAHS 2018 COINThis unofficial 2018 dated 5000 Rupiahs coin was issued for the Sultanate of Yogukarta on the island of Java (Jawa).  Yogukarta is an autonomous Special Region of Indonesia ruled by a Sultan, making it the only officially recognized monarchy within Indonesia. The obverse depicts the a Hindu temple in the Prambanan Temple Compounds and the royal arms of the Sultan.  The Prambanan Temple Compounds, located near the city of Yogukarta, consist of over 500 Hindu and Buddhist temples.  The reverse features Buddhist stupas in the Borobudur Temple Complex. The Borobudur Complex is considered one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world.  Both temple compounds were built in the 8th and 9th centuries.  They are not only architectural and cultural treasures, but also are standing proof of past religious peaceful cohabitation in this now Muslim nation.  The 40mm eight-sided coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces and is Proof.
Item JAVA SULTANATE OF YOGYKARTA, JAVA, 5000 RUPEES 2018 PROOF $19.95



NEWSULTANATE OF SULU

Sultanate of Sulu 20 Bakr 2018 coinThe Sultanate of Sulu was once a maritime empire that included parts of what is now the Philippines as well as portions of Borneo. Since Philippine government has officially recognized the continued existence of the Sultanate of Sulu. There are presently five contesting Sultans of Sulu.  The President of the Philippines has been requested to settle the dispute, however there has not yet been any official action.  This unofficial 2018 triangular coin of the Sultanate of Sulu is denominated 20 Bakr.  The obverse features the arms of Sulu.  The reverse includes the denomination, two daggers, the motto of the Sultanate "TUBUH SUG SARAYAW RAYAW"  and in red the "Gate to Mecca" which appears on the flag of Sulu.
Item SULU SULTANATE OF SULU 20 BAKR 2018 PROOF $19.95




2018 SLOVENIA 3 EURO COMMEMORATES END OF WORLD WAR I

Slovenia 3 Euros 2017 100th Anniversary of End of World War ISlovenia commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I with this bimetallic 3 Euro coin. The Soča (Isonzo) Front, running through Slovenia, was one of the bloodiest fronts of the war.  There were over 1 million casualties in a series of 12 battles between Austrian and Italian forces, yet there was little gain by either side. The end of the war however, was a significant turning point in Slovenian history.  Slovenia gained independence from Austria-Hungary and joined with other Slavic nations to form what eventually became Yugoslavia.   Both sides of the  32mm coin depicts a series of crosses gradually condensing into a blur, symbolizing the unimaginable and unknown number of victims of the war.  The 32mm coin has a mintage of only 60,000 pieces.
Item SI-3E18 SLOVENIA 3 EUROS 2018 100th ANNIVERSARY OF END OF WORLD WAR I UNC. $9.50



NEW2019 ASCENSION FIRST MAN ON THE MOON CROWN

Ascension 1 Crown 2019 Man on the moon.Ascension Island commemorated the 50th anniversary of Man’s first step on the moon with 2019 dated copper-nickel 1 Crown coin.  The coin depicts Neil Armstrong saluting the American flag on the surface of the moon.  Behind him are the Eagle Lunar Module and the planet earth.  The coin incorporates the official NASA logo which is used by special permission.   Ascension was the site of one of the tracking stations used in the Apollo project and other space missions.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The 38.6mm copper-nickel coin has a limited mintage of 25,000 pieces.
Item ASC-MOOON ASCENSION 1 CROWN 2019 MAN ON THE MOON COPPER-NICKEL BU $14.00


2018 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS PEGASUS VIRENIUM & SILVER DOLLAR COINS 

British Virgin Islands Virenium Pegasus dollar, 2018British Virgin Islands 1 troy ounce .999 silver Pegasus dollar, 2018
With the overwhelming popularity of the 2018 British Virgin Islands Pegasus silver dollar, Pobjoy mint repeated the design on a British Virgin Islands dollar minted in Virenium.  Both coins depict Pegasus, the mythical horse, rearing up with his wings spread. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. Virenium is an alloy of copper, zinc and nickel developed by Derek Pobjoy named after his wife Verena. The Virenium dollar is 28.4mm and has a mintage of only 4000 pieces.  The .999 fine 1 troy ounce silver dollar is 38.6mm, has a mintage of 50,000 pieces and has a frosted reverse Proof finish.
NEWItem BVI-PEGVIR18 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2018 PEGASUS VIRENIUM BU $13.00
Item BVI-PEGSIL18 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2018 PEGASUS SILVER PROOF $27.00



NEWCANADA 2018 COLORED AND UNCOLORED WWI ARMISTICE COINS

Canada 2018 World War I Armistice uncolored and colored 2 dollar coinsCanada honored the 100th Anniversary of the World War I Armistice with two versions of circulating bi-metallic 2 Dollar coins: uncolored and colored.  Both versions have similar designs.  In the center brass plated core is a soldier's helmet, beneath it is the word "ARMISTICE" a remembrance poppy.  The colored version of the coin features the poppy in red.  Maple leaves and poppies are features in the nickel-plated outer rim, along with the words "REMEMBER" in English and French ("SOUVENIR") and the date 2018.  The Susanna Blunt portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of the 28mm coin.
Item CA-2D18-REGARM CANADA 2 DOLLARS 2018 REGULAR (UNCOLORED) ARMISTICE UNC. $5.50
Item CA-2D18-COLARM CANADA 2 DOLLARS 2018 COLORED ARMISTICE UNC. $7.50



NEWNEW 2018 VENEZUELA BOLIVAR SOBERANO COINS

Venezuela 50 Centimos & 1 Bolivar Soberano 2018 coinsIn August 2018 Venezuela introduced two new coins, a 50 Centimos and a bi-metallic 1 Bolivar Soberano as part of a 100,000 to 1 currency revaluation. The new 1 Bolivar Soberano is equivalent to 100,000 of the previous Bolivar Fuerte, which was introduced in 2008.  The Bolivar Soberano was supposed to be a stable currency, tied to a Venezuelan crypto-currency called the Petro, which was supposedly valued at 1 barrel of oil.  Instead the nation’s hyperinflation is increasing, with prices doubling every few days.  The new 1 Bolivar Soberano coin is very similar to the old 1 Bolivar Fuerte coin, but is worth 100,000 times more!  Both the 1 Bolivar coins are 24mm bi-metallic coins depicting Simon Bolivar facing left on the obverse and have the national arms, denomination and date on the reverse and both have the same lettered edge. The coins were minted by the Venezuelan government mint in Maracay and tend to be poorly struck.  The mintmark for the Casa de la Moneda de Maracay is to the right of Bolivar's neck.
Item VE-SET18 VENEZUELA 50 CENTIMOS & 1 BOLIVAR COINS 2018 UNC. $4.00



NEWRARE SHRIMP ON COPPER-NICKEL & PINK TITANIUM ASCENSION COINS

Ascension 1 Crown 2018, shrimp, pink titanium coinAscension 1 Crown 2018, shrimp, copper-nickel coin
Ascension Island depicted Procaris ascensionis, a rare species of shrimp, on their 2018 copper-nickel and pink titanium 1 Crown coins.  The shrimp are endemic only to two rock pools on Ascension, the largest is only about 15 feet (4.5m) wide and 18 inches (45cm) deep.  Both versions of the coin have the same design featuring a pool of the shrimp on the reverse and Queen Elizabeth on the obverse. The pink titanium version is 36.1mm in diameter, comes in a box with a Certificate of Authenticity and has a mintage of 7500 pieces.  The copper-nickel (CN) version is 38.6mm and has a mintage of 10,000 pieces.
Item ASC-TIT-SHRIMP ASCENSION 1 CROWN 2018 SHRIMP PINK TITANIUM BU $55.00
Item ASC-CN-SHRIMP ASCENSION 1 CROWN 2018 SHRIMP COPPER-NICKEL BU $14.00


NEWSOUTH AFRICA HONORS NELSON MANDELA WITH 2018 5 RAND

South Africa Nelson Mandela 2018 bimetallic 5 Rand coinSouth Africa commemorated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela on this 2018 bi-metallic 5 Rand coin.  Though he spent 27 years in prison for his anti-apartheid activities, he helped negotiate a peaceful end to South Africa’s apartheid government and helped foster racial reconciliation.  In 1994 he was elected as the countries first black President.  Unlike many political leaders he stepped down after his first term in office.  The 26mm coin features Mandela on one side and the arms of South Africa on the other.  
Item ZA-5R-18 SOUTH AFRICA 5 RAND 2018 NELSON MANDELA, UNC. $8.00


For previous issues in this series please see:
Click HereCOMMEMORATIVE BI-METALLIC 5 RAND FROM SOUTH AFRICA




NEWNEW ZEALAND COLOR COIN CELEBRATES END OF WORLD WAR I

New Zealand 50 Cents 2018 Armistice color coinNew Zealand issued this 2018 50 Cent coin to commemorate the signing of the Armistice ending World War I.  The reverse of the coin features a red poppy within a green wreath with silver ferns.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of the 24.75 copper-nickel coin.  
Item NZ-WWI NEW ZEALAND 50 CENTS 2018 COLOR ARMISTICE DAY BU $5.00


Also see:
Click Here NEW ZEALAND 50 CENTS 2015 ANZAC FORCES COLOR COIN



NEWTRIANGULAR COIN FROM THE DISPUTED TERRITORY OF HALA’IB

Hala'ib 10 Pounds 2018 triangular coinHala’ib is a disputed territory on the Red Sea.  It is claimed by both Sudan and Egypt, though is controlled by Egypt.  This unofficial triangular 2018 dated 10 Pound coin was recently issued for the “Independent Territory of Hala’ib”.  Though independence might solve the dispute, it is highly unlikely that Egypt or Sudan would allow it to happen.  One side features the eagle emblem of Independent Halab.  The other side pictures a Dorcus Gazelle (also known as Ariel Gazalle), which is native to the region.  The silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces
Item HALAIB HALA’IB 10 POUNDS 2018 PROOF $19.75



NEWCHINA CELEBRATES HIGH SPEED RAIL

China 10 Yuan 2018 High Speed Rail bi-metallic coinChina has the world's longest and most extensive high speed rail network, covering almost 17,000 miles (27,000 km.).  China issued this 2018 dated 27mm bi-metallic 10 Yuan to commemorate the nation's high speed rail network.  The reverse of the coin depicts a "Fuxing" high-speed train, Dashengguan Yangtze River Bridge and the Beijing South Railway Station.  The Fuxing trains run at speeds of 155 to 215 mph (250 to 350 km/h).  The obverse features the arms of the People's Republic of China and the date.
Item CN-RAIL18 CHINA 10 YUAN 2018 HIGH SPEED RAIL, BI-METAL BU $7.00


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 covering a wide range of technologies including alternating current, electric motors, remote control, television, radio, x-rays, cell phones, robotics, lasers, turbine engines, magnetic propulsion, drones, solar power, weather manipulation, particle beams and electromagnetic energy (the 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

Also see:
Click HereSERBIA 2006 COIN SET INCLUDES TESLA

Click HereTESLA HONORED ON YUGOSLAVIAN BANKNOTE

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 of the most 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


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


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



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 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 out
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-17FINA HUNGARY 50 FORINT 2017, FINA AQUATICS COMPETITION UNC. $3.00


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



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



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