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ODD & CURIOUS MONEY



NEWCARDBOARD MONEY OF PASSAU, GERMANY

Passau 1 Pfennig thin cardboard circa 1920 Passau is a city in Bavaria, Germany located on the border of Austria.  Shortly after World War I, Germany suffered a serious shortage of small change.  The Passau responded by issuing thin cardboard 1 Pfennig notes that could be used within the city.  The red or brown notes are about 20.5mm square.  They have same design on both sides, with just the denomination and name of the city.
Item PASSAU PASSAU 1 PFENNIG THIN CARDBOARD, circa 1920 AU-UNC. $3.00



SPANISH CIVIL WAR STAMP MONEY

Spanish Civil War (Republic) stamp money
To deal with the coin shortage caused by the Spanish Civil War, in 1938 the Republic government authorized that postage and revenue stamps to be affixed to special 35mm cardboard disks and pass for change.  The disk features the Spanish coat-of-arms on the back.  We offer a two piece set of these unusual coins (or maybe they are notes as they are listed in the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money as P96P & P96I).  Included is the 10 Centimos using a revenue stamp and the 25 Centimos using a portrait postage stamp.
Item ES-STAMP SET OF 2 SPANISH CIVIL WAR STAMP MONEY (1938) $8.00

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SIAMESE PORCELAIN MONEY Back in stock

Siam porcelain money (Pe), 19th CenturyThere was often a shortage of small change in Siam. Porcelain gaming tokens, also known as Pe, issued by Chinese owned gambling houses were widely used as money in Siam during the 18th and 19th century. They come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and colors. After a period of time the gambling houses would recall the tokens and they would be declared valueless.
Item TH-PORC SIAMESE 19th CENTURY PORCELAIN MONEY $8.00


SCARCE WWII CLAY COINS FROM JAPAN

Japan brown baked clay 1 Sen KM110This scarce clay 1 Sen coin circulated for only a few days at the end of World War II in central Japan.  The undated coin features Mt. Fuji on one side and a flower on the other. This unusual coin was pressed into service due to the shortage of metal in Japan caused by World War II. The 15mm coin is made from red or-brown clay.  It is quite scarce and unknown to many collectors.
Item JP-110-RED JAPAN RED CLAY 1 SEN (1945) KM110 UNC. $33.00
Item JP-110-BROWN JAPAN BROWN CLAY 1 SEN (1945) KM110 UNC. $30.00



UNUSUAL FIBER COINS FROM WWII JAPANESE OCCUPATION OF CHINA  Restocked

Manchukuo 1 Fen 1945 Y13a "red fiber"Manchukuo 5 Fen 1944-1945 Red Fiber YA13a
Manchukuo was a Japanese puppet state carved out of Northeastern China prior to World War II.  Due to a severe metal shortage towards the end of the war, it issued these unusual 1 Fen and 5 Fen coins struck in a thick, red material rather than metal. The coins are dated in the year of the reign of Emperor Kang Te of Manchukuo.   Kang Te was formerly known as Pu Yi, who was the last Emperor of China until he was deposed in 1911. The Japanese used him as the figurehead leader for Manchukuo.  The 1 Fen struck only a single year; 1945.  The 5 Fen was struck in 1944 and 1945. Because the material used was relitively soft, the coins show considerable wear. These historic World War II coins are some of the few circulating non-metallic coins of the 20th century.  
Item MAN-1F MANCHUKUO 1 FEN 1945 Y13a G-VG $4.00
Item MAN-5F MANCHUKUO 5 FEN 1944-45 YA13a G-VG $7.50


ANCIENT CHINESE KNIFE COIN Restocked

China Ming type knife Coin
Knives were a common barter item in ancient China, but a bit hazardous to carry around to trade. Some of China's first coins were made to look like a knife, so that people would think of them as money, but they lacked a sharp blade. A hole was included for easy stringing. This knife coin is called the "Ming" after the city where it was made (not the dynasty that was much later). It dates from about 400BC to 225BC.   It is made of bronze and is about 5 inches (13cm.) long.
Item CN-KNIFE CHINA, MING TYPE KNIFE COIN, Circa 400BC - 225BC Fine-VF $60.00


ANCIENT OLBIA DOLPHIN COIN

4 assorted Olbia dolphin coins, circa 5th - 3rd Century BCOlbia was a Greek city on the Black Sea in what is now Ukraine.  Between the 5th and 3rd century BC it issued these unusual bronze dolphin shaped coins. The crudely cast coins vary in size, from about 22mm to 26mm and lack tails.  This coin was minted without inscriptions. They are one of the most unusual ancient coins available, yet are now remarkably affordable due to some the discovery of some large hoards.
Item ANC-OBLIA OLBIA "DOLPHIN" COIN, circa 5th-3rd Century BC, VG-CRUDE $10.00



SCARCE CHINESE BAMBOO MONEY

Chinese Bamboo Money, 200 Wen (cash) 1895 Chinese Bamboo Money, 200 Wen (cash) 1928Chinese Bamboo Money, 1000 Wen (cash) 1928
These unusual pieces of bamboo money were issued by the Guang Shan Private Bank, in Suzhou China. We have three different types available.  200 Wen dated 1895 in the Chinese cyclical calendar, and 200 and 1000 Wen dated 1928 in the Chinese cyclical calendar.  One side has the value impressed into the bamboo.  The other side has the serial number and the name of the bank.  Each piece bears a unique serial number and is made with a hole to make it easy to carry on string.  To make sure someone could find the bank, complete directions (inside the Chang gate, east of the Li Sui Shi bridge, Sha Tang Blvd) are given along the edge of the 1928 issues (in Chinese, of course). The 200 Wen pieces are about 90.5x12mm, the 1000 Wen is about 129 x 15mm. These pieces were discovered about 20 years ago, hidden inside a wall of a building that was being demolished in Suzhou, and are guaranteed genuine.
Item CN-95BAMB200 CHINA 200 WEN BAMBOO MONEY, 1895 VF-XF $24.00
Item CN-28BAMB200 CHINA 200 WEN BAMBOO MONEY, 1928 XF-AU $12.00
Item CN-285BAMB1000 CHINA 1000 WEN BAMBOO MONEY, 1928 VF-XF $30.00
Item CN-BAMBSET ABOVE 3 CHINESE BAMBOO MONEY $49.75

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THE COIN WITH A SOUL! Restocked

Gizzie Iron from West Africa
The "Kissie Penny" or "Gizzie Iron" are twisted iron rods, about 7 to 12 inches (18 to 30cm)  long, that were used for money in Liberia and Sierra Leone from the 19th to the mid 20th century. They were said to contain a soul. If the Kissie were broken the soul would escape and it would be valueless. Of course, the local "witch doctor" could restore the soul, for a small fee.   A bunch of bananas might cost 2 Kissies, a cow 2000 Kissies, or a bride 4000 Kissies.
Item KISSIE WEST AFRICAN KISSIE PENNY $7.50
Item KISSIEx5 5 PIECES OF WEST AFRICAN KISSIE PENNY $24.00


AFRICAN SLAVE BRACELET MONEY

African Manilla money
The Manilla, also called "slave bracelet money" was used extensively on the "slave coast" of west Africa. The Manilla comes in various sizes and forms, though it was usually made from a copper and lead alloy. The value fluctuated from time to time and place to place. Manillas were often manufactured in Europe for use in the African slave trade. In the 15th and 16th century male slaves went for 2 to 10 Manillas each. By the time the Manilla was demonitized in Nigeria in 1947 it was worth only 3 pence. This Manilla  is about 70mm (3 inches)  across and was used from the 18th to the mid 20th Centuries.
Item MANILLA WEST AFRICAN MANILLA $13.50



THE KATANGA CROSS  Restocked

Katanga Cross
The Katanga cross is a scarce and unusual piece of primitive money. It is large native cast copper cross, about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm.) across, that was used in parts of what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo up to the early 20th century. One would buy about 22 pounds (10 kg.) of flour, or five or six chickens. Two would buy a gun.
Item KATANGA KATANGA CROSS $110.00

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AGGRY BEADS

Aggry (Milliefiore) trade beadsAggry beads, also called Milliefiore beads, are beautiful multi-colored glass beads that were at one time worth up to 4 times their weight in gold in Western Africa! The beads are believed have originated in Venice in the 17th century and traded into Africa. We have a wide variety of modern tublar beads that are about 25mm long and round beads about 12mm in diameter. They are very pretty, and at one time were a very valuable trade good.
Item BK-AGGRYx5 5 DIFFERENT AGGRY BEADS $5.00
Item BK-AGGRYx25 25 MIXED AGGRY BEADS $15.00



SWEDISH PLATE MONEY FROM THE WRECK OF THE NICOBAR Price Reduced

Swedish Plate Money: 4 Daler of Frederick (1720-1751)Swedish Plate Money: 4 Daler of Adolph Frederick (1751-1771)
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Sweden, having an abundance of copper and a shortage of other precious metals, issued huge copper coins called Platmynt or Plate Money in the 17th and 18th centuries.  The coins contained their full face value of copper; however copper having of relatively low value in relation to silver, resulted in very large coins weighing as much as 44 pounds (20kg.) for a 10 Daler coin.  That size proved too large and heavy.  From 1750 to 1771 Swedish plate money was produced in denominations from 1/2 to 4 Daler. The large coins would have five stamps, a center stamp in the middle with the denomination and a stamp in each of the four corners with the monogram of monarch and the date.  In 1777 the large coins ceased to be legal tender.  Most were eventually exported and melted for their copper.  On July 23 1782 the Danish East India Company ship the Nicobar departed from Cronborg, Sweden.  It carried with it a load of copper plate money which served as ballast.  It was bound for the Danish trading posts on the coast of India.  On May 20, 1783 it stopped at False Bay South Africa to replenish food, supplies and crew, many of whom were too ill to continue.  The Nicobar left False Bay on July 10th, 1783.  That night it met with a severe storm and ran aground.  In 1987 two divers discovered the wreck.  Approximately 3000 pieces of Swedish plate money were recovered, along with other artifacts.  As might be expected many of these shows signs of significant corrosion after being in the ocean for over 200 years.  For a few years after the discovery Swedish plate money from the Nicobar was available.  The hoard has long been disbursed and is now difficult to find.  We recently obtained two 4 Daler Swedish plate money coins recovered from the Nicobar.  The 4 Daler is the largest size that is generally available and affordable (only about ten of the 10 Daler coins are known – and most are in museums).  Both of these coins show signs of significant corrosion, however they still make an impressive addition to any collection.
One piece is a 4 Daler coin of King Frederick, who reigned from 1720 to 1751.  3 of the 4 corner stamps are still partially visible, one clearly showing the crowned FRS monogram of King Frederick and the last digit of the date (6).  The center stamp is partially visible.  The coin weighs 4 pounds, 4 ounces (1.9 kg.) and is approximately 8.5 inches by 10 inches (21.5cm x 25cm).
The other piece is a 4 Daler coin of King Adolph Frederick who reigned from 1751 to 1771.  It has a reasonably clear center stamp "4 DALER SIMF MYNT" (4 Daler silver money) and one visible corner stamp with the AFRS monogram of the King.  It weighs 3 Pounds 6 ounces (1.5kg.) and is approximately 9 inches x 8 inches (23cm. x 20cm.)
Item PLATE-FRS SWEDISH COPPER PLATE MONEY, 4 DALER, FREDERICK 1720-1751, CORRODED $395.00
Item PLATE-AF SWEDISH COPPER PLATE MONEY, 4 DALER, ADOLPH FREDERICK 1751-1771, CORRODED $375.00



PISMO CLAM MONEY

Pismo Beach Clam Money
During Roosevelt’s “Bank Holiday” in March 1933, many communities faced a severe shortage of coins and currency.  One of these was Pismo Beach, California. At that time Pismo Clams were plentiful, but money was not.  Due to the shortage of small change, local merchants started to issue local scrip written on Pismo clam shells, which could be redeemed at a later date. The clam shell money proved both popular and profitable.  Pismo clam money saw limited circulation in the local area; however most were kept by tourists as souvenirs rather than redeemed. About a dozen merchants in all issued Pismo clam shell money, with denominations from 25 cents to 20 Dollars.   Original Pismo clam shell money is now a collector’s item, with pieces selling for hundreds of dollars. Recently three merchants in the Pismo Beach, California area revived the historic series with new issues of Pismo clam shell money: The Shell-ebration Beach House, which is located next to Pismo State Beach in Oceano, The Girl’s Restaurant located in Arroyo Grande and Games Exchange of Grover Beach. All three issues are denominated "Good for $5.00 in Trade". Like the original clam shell money, each was created by hand, hand signed and individually numbered, so each is slightly different. The shells are approximately 4.5 inches (11.5cm) wide.  We offer examples of this unusual Pismo clam shell money dated 2013.
Item PISMO-SHELL $5 PISMO CLAM MONEY, SHELL-EBRATION BEACH HOUSE, OCEANO  $8.00
Item PISMO-GIRLS $5 PISMO CLAM MONEY, THE GIRL'S RESTAURANT, ARROYO GRANDE  out
Item PISMO-GAMES $5 PISMO CLAM MONEY, GAMES EXCHANGE, GROVER BEACH  out

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AFRICAN COINS FEATURE TRADITIONAL AFRICAN MONEYPrice Reduced Wholesale prices available to dealers


Africa 1500 Franc coins of 2005 Common reverse of African 1500 Franc 2005 issues
Six member nations of the African Development Bank issued a series of coins, each of which features a form of traditional money used in the member nation.  Each coin bears the denomination of 1500 CFA Francs. The coins are 27mm nickel-plated steel and are dated 2005.  One side features an Elephant’s head and a map of Africa while the other features a form of traditional money.  The Cameroon issue features a Mambila. Three pieces of Spear Money is shown on the coin of the Central African Republic.  A Manilla is shown on the Chad issue.  A Katanga Cross is on the coin from the Congo Republic.  A pair of Cowrie shells is on the Equatorial Guinea coin.  The Gabon coin shows a piece of Throwing Knife Money. Each coin has a mintage of only 2005 pieces!  Individually they are interesting coins.  As a set they display the wide range of items used for money in Africa prior to the introduction of coins and currency.
Item CM-PRIM CAMEROON 1500 FRANCS 2005 Mambila Br.X26 Unc. $9.50
Item CF-PRIM CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 1500 Francs 2005 Spear Money Br.X12 Unc. $9.50
Item TD-PRIM CHAD 1500 Francs 2005 Manilla Br.X19 Unc.$17.50
Item CG-PRIM CONGO REPUBLIC 1500 Francs 2005 Katanga Cross Br.X46 Unc. $9.50
Item GQ-PRIM EQUATORIAL GUINEA 1500 Francs 2005 Cowries Br.X124 Unc. $9.50
Item GA-PRIM GABON 1500 Francs 2005 Throwing knife Money Br.X16 Unc. $9.50
Item AFRICA-PRIM SET OF ABOVE 6 AFRICAN COINS PICTURING PRIMITIVE MONEY Unc. $59.00


A GREAT BOOK ON PRIMITIVE MONEY: 

Book: An Ethnographic Study of Traditional Money by Charles J. Opitz AN ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY OF TRADITIONAL MONEY  by Charles Opitz. This is the best book available on Odd and Curious Money.  It is a comprehensive listing of odd and curious money from around the world. Includes lots of pictures, cross references to other books, an extensive bibliography plus a separate price guide. Though the title is rather daunting, the book is well written, with a brief description, information and pictures of hundreds of types of primitive money. 411 pages, hardcover, plus 32 page softcover price guide.
Item BOOK-OPITZ AN ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY OF TRADITIONAL MONEY by Charles Opitz $80.00


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