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HISTORIC OLD COINS

BEAUTIFUL BRITISH GOLD SOVEREIGN OF EDWARD VII

British gold sovereign of King Edward VIIThe British gold Sovereign has long been one of the most popular and beautiful gold coins in the world.  It was worth 1 Pound and was widely used in Great Britain until the time of the First World War.  For many years after that it continued to serve as a trade coin in the Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia.  The obverse bears the portrait of the British monarch, the reverse features Saint George slaying the Dragon.  The 22mm coin is struck in .917 fine gold (22 karat) and contains .2365 troy ounces of gold. Millions of the coins were melted after Great Britain left the gold standard in the 1920's.  This 1905 British Sovereign was struck at the Royal Mint in London.  It has a mintage of 5.91 million.  The obverse features King Edward VII.  
Item GB-SOV GREAT BRITAIN GOLD SOVEREIGN, 1905 KM805 AU $360.00


 SILVER COIN OF CHARLES V FROM BESANCON

Besancon silver Carlos picturing Charles V Charles was the eldest son of Philip the Handsome and Joanna the Mad.  As heir to three of Europe’s leading dynasties: The Hapsburgs, The House of Valois-Burgundy and the crown of Castile & Aragon he ruled over much of Europe as well as the Spanish colonies in the Americas and Asia.  He stopped Suleyman the Magnificent’s advance into Europe at the Siege of Vienna in 1529.  In an effort to try to limit further religious wars caused by the Protestant Reformation he encouraged the formation of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and the calling of the Council of Trent, which attempted to reform the Catholic Church and repudiate Protestantism.  Charles abdicated the throne in 1555, dividing his lands between his son, Phillip II, who was given Spain, and his brother Ferdinand, who was given the Hapsburg throne.  In 1526 Charles granted the Free Imperial City of Besancon the right to issue coins. At the time it was a French speaking city under nominal Hapsburg rule.  The city issued coins bearing the name and portrait of Charles V until 1673.  In 1674 French troops took the city and it has since remained part of France.  This silver coin, called a Carlos is named after Charles.  It has the Charles’s portrait on the obverse and the cities arms on the reverse. The coins date from about 1610 to 1622.
Item BESANCON BESANCON SILVER CARLOS 1610-1622 KM10 VG $39.95


NEWMEDIEVAL SILVER DENIER OF LOUIS I OF HUNGARY

Hungary silver Denier of Louis I 1342-1370Louis I ruled Hungary from 1342 and Poland from 1370 until his death in 1382.  An avid warrior, he spent most of his reign at war.  He had military successes against Venice, the Lithuanians, Bohemians and the Golden Horde Mongols.  He was the first European monarch to engage the Ottomans.  He implemented a number of political reforms, defining the rights, responsibilities and rules of inheritance for the nobility and peasants, many of which remained in force until the Revolution of 1848.   This silver Denier of Louis features his portrait on the obverse and the Patriarchal Cross, the symbol of Hungary, on the reverse.
Item HU-LOUIS HUNGARY SILVER DENIER, LOUIS I 1342-1370 VG $15.00


MEDIEVAL HUNGARIAN SILVER COIN OF SIGISMUND I 

Hungary: medieval silver Obols of Sigismund IThis small  (10mm) silver Obol (1/2 Denar) was issued in Hungary by Sigismund I.  Sigismund ruled Hungary from 1387 to 1437.  He also ruled Luxembourg and Bohemia and was one of three simultaneous claimants to The Holy Roman Empire.  (Each of which was supported by one of three simultaneous Popes).  Sigismund's long reign was less than a success.  He lost considerable portions of his land to the Turks and started the bloody Hussite wars by promising Jan Hus safety, then had him burned at the stake.  The coin features a cross and crowns on one side and coat-of-arms on the other.  The coin tends to be crudely struck, so part of the design is usually missing.
Item HU-SIGS HUNGARY SILVER OBOL OF SIGISMUND, 1387-1437 F-Crude $13.50



OLD COIN OF TRANSYLVANIA

Transylvania silver Denar of John Zapolya 1526-30ADFor hundreds of years Transylvania was a turbulent and bloody border region fought over by the Turks and Hungarians.  This silver Denar was issued by John Zapolya between 1526 and 1530.  John was appointed governor of Transylvania in 1511 by the King of Hungary, who nominally controlled the region.  John brutally suppressed peasant uprisings, which increased his popularity with the gentry, though not with the peasants.  In 1526 he was elected King of Hungary. Unfortunately another group of Hungarian nobles elected Ferdinand as King of Hungary as well.  Eventually they signed a secret treaty which gave Ferdinand control of Hungary and Transylvania upon John's death. The coin features the Madonna and Child on one side and the royal arms on the other.
Item TRANS TRANSYLVANIA SILVER DENAR OF JOHN ZAPOLYA 1526-30 $95.00



OLD POLISH SILVER COIN OF SIGISMUND III

Poland 3 Polker of Sigismund IIIThese silver 3 Polker coins of Poland  issued by king Sigismund III Vasa are dated between 1622 to 1624. Sigismund became king of Poland and Lithuania in 1587.  He was also king of Sweden from 1592 until he was deposed in 1599.  His efforts to unite Poland and Sweden caused sixty years of war between the two.  He invaded Russia in 1605, taking advantage of their Time of Troubles.  Despite occupying Moscow and proclaiming himself to be Czar, he was unable to control the country. His war in Russia continued until a peace treaty was finally signed in 1618.  One side of the coin has the crowned arms of united Poland and Lithuania.  The other side features the number 24 within an orb, indicating the coin was worth 1/24th of a Thaler. On either side of the cross and orb are the last two digits of the date.  Sigismund did not feel it necessary to include the first two digits.
Item PL-41-24 POLAND 3 POLKER 1624 KM41 Fine $13.50



SILVER COINS OF LEOPOLD THE HOGMOUTH

Silver 3 Kreuzer of Leopold the HogmouthLeopold I reigned as  Holy Roman Emperor from 1658 to 1705.  He had a rather pronounced lower lip, possibly brought on by his fathers marriage to his own cousin.  A Turkish traveler described him as a cultivated man of extreme ugliness, hence the name "The Hogmouth".  As Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (which was neither Holy, Roman, nor an Empire) he ruled a vast territory including Austria, Hungary, Bohemia, as well as parts of Germany. He claimed the throne of Spain, leading to War of Spanish Succession.  Leopold fought a number of wars against the Turks, who unsuccessfully sieged Vienna in 1683, and against France.  The engravers made no attempt to hide his ugliness on the coins, hence his protruding Hapsburg lip is plainly visible on the coin.  His coins tend to have have a slight curvature that was caused by the minting process which used "roller dies" rather the coin being struck flat.
Item AT-LEO-3K AUSTRIA SILVER 3 KREUZER LEOPOLD THE HOGMOUTH 1660-1698 VF-XF $59.00


OLD COIN OF AUSTRIA

Austria 1 Kreuzer 1851The Imperial Coat-of-Arms of Austria is featured on the obverse 1851 Austrian 1 Kruezer.  It was the first time the denomination had been struck since 1816, and was one of the first coins of Emperor Franz-Joseph I,  Franz-Joseph reigned for almost 68 years, until his death in 1916.  During his reign Austria lost its possessions in Italy in the Italian Wars of Independence in 1859 and 1866.  Its defeat in the Austro-Prussian War in 1866 lead to the unification of Germany under Prussia.  After this rocky beginning of his reign,  a forty-eight year period of peace then prevailed in Austria until the start of World War I in 1914.  The reverse of the 23mm copper coin features the denomination and date. 
Item AT-1KR AUSTRIA 1 KREUZER 1851 KM2185 VF $3.00

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OLD UNCIRCULATED 1911 COIN FROM GUERNSEY Back in stock

Guernsey 1 Double 1911 Heaton MintGuernsey is a British posession off the coast of France.  Their coinage is based on a Double, which is derived from the old French Double Tournois (2 Deniers).  At the time this 1911 Guernsey 1 Double was issued, the value of the Guernsey's currency was still tied to the French Franc, even though it was a British posession.  One side of the coin features Guernsey's arms, the other side has the date and denomination.  The famed "H" mintmark of then private Heaton mint in Birmingham is below the date.  The 19mm bronze coin has a mintage of only 45,000 pieces. The coin grades Uncirculated though may have some toning. It is quite reasonably priced for a low mintage Uncirculated coin that is over 100 years old 
Item GG-1D GUERNSEY 1 DOUBLE 1911-H KM10 UNC. $9.75

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OLD UNCIRCULATED COIN FROM THE KINGDOM BULGARIA

Bulgaria 1 Stotinka 1912This 1912 Uncirculated Bulgarian Bronze 1 Stotinka was found in the basement of a church in Sophia, Bulgaria. The coins were probably hidden there at the beginning of World War I, then forgotten. One side of the coin has the arms of the Kingdom of Bulgaria, the other has the denomination and date. Even after almost 100 years the coin still retains much of its original red luster. We are pleased to offer the coin at less than half of its $16.00 catalog value!
Item BG-22 BULGARIA 1 STOTINKA 1912 KM22 UNC. $7.00

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BLANCA OF PHILIP II OF SPAIN

Philip II of Spain copper BlancaPhillip II is one of the more powerful and colorful monarchs in history.  Upon the death of his father in 1556 he became King of Spain.  He also controlled much of Italy, the Spanish Netherlands, Spanish colonies in Africa and the New World and claimed the throne of France.  The Philippines are named after him. By virtue of his arranged marriage to Queen Mary of England, he was also the King of England, until the death of Mary in 1558.  In 1581 he incorporated Portugal into the Spanish Empire. An avid Catholic, he expanded the Spanish Inquisition and did his utmost to defeat Protestantism.  This caused a major revolt in the Netherlands which eventually led their independence from Spain.  In 1588 he sent the Spanish Armada to conquer England, however the fleet was heavily damaged in a storm and its remnants were defeated by the British.  Despite the vast wealth that flowed into Spain from her New World colonies, the country was perpetually short of funds and was bankrupt four times during his reign due to his lavish expenditures and military expeditions.  Philip died of cancer in 1598.  The crude undated copper Blanca of Philip II features his insignia on one side and a castle on the other.
Item SP-PHIL2  SPAIN BLANCA OF PHILIP II (1556-1598) F-CRUDE   $24.50


PIECES-OF-EIGHT FROM THE WRECK OF THE EL CAZADOR

Moderately corroded Piece-of-Eight of Carlos III
Few coins can match the history and romance of the Piece-of-Eight. Commonly known as the Spanish 8 Reales, or Spanish Milled Dollar, this large silver coin was widely used throughout the Americas. Its wide acceptance made it a favorite of both pirates and merchants. It was used throughout the colonies before the American Revolution, and was the basis of the United States Dollar. The coin continued to be legal tender in the United States until 1857. These original Pieces-of-Eight went down aboard the El Cazador in 1784 off the coast of Louisiana.
Some say that Spain's loss of the El Cazador changed the course of history. Spain had gained control of New Orleans and Louisiana from France by treaty in 1762, over objections of the residents who had nothing to say in the matter. Following the American Revolution there was increasing rebellion in the territory caused by restrictions Spain placed on trade with the United States, a deluge of unbacked paper currency, and the ideals of the American Revolution. King Carlos III of Spain dispatched the brig of war El Cazador, loaded with newly minted Pieces-of-Eight from the Mexico City mint to New Orleans, in an effort to redeem the paper currency and boost the local economy. Alas the ship was lost at sea. Perhaps it was attacked by pirates or lost in a storm. The loss was devastating to both Louisiana’s economy and Spain's ability to profit from the territory. Further efforts by the Spanish Crown to sustain Louisiana failed, and in 1800, Spain ceded Louisiana back to France in exchange for some minor European considerations. Three years later France sold Louisiana to the United States for $15 million dollars. The Louisiana Purchase opened the floodgates of westward expansion for the young United States.
We have had these exciting coins that helped bring about a turning point in the history of the United States for some time, however until recently, we have not been able to reveal the name of the ship that they came from due to marketing restrictions. We can now reveal the story behind these historic Pieces-of-Eight.
The coins bear the bust of Spanish King Carlos (Charles) III one side and the Spanish coat-of-arms between the Pillars of Hercules on the other. The coins were struck at the historic Mexico City Mint, and were on their way from Mexico to the then Spanish port of New Orleans when the ship was lost at sea. The coins were only recently recovered, and definitely show signs that they have been underseas for the last 200 or so years.  The moderately corroded coins are hand selected to show a readable date and a reasonable amount of the design details.
Item SP8RCAZ-MC PIECE-OF-EIGHT OF CARLOS III (1780-1783) MODERATELY CORRODED $159.50

NGC Certified Mexico City Mint 8 Reales from the wreck of El CazadorEL CAZADOR  PIECE-OF-EIGHT IN NGC SLAB

 Some Pieces-of-Eight recovered from the wreck of the El Cazador have been certified as genuine by the Numismatic Guarantee Corporation (NGC) and encapsulated in an official NGC hard plastic holder, commonly called a "slab" .  The coins are not graded by NGC, only certified as genuine.  The slabbed coins tend to be nicer than the heavily corroded El Cazador 8 Reales listed above, but not as nice as the Moderately Corroded coins. The coins are dated (usually 1783) and have the Mexico City mintmark.  Both the "slabbed" and "unslabbed" versions of the coin are genuine, however some people like their coins in a slab (it makes it easier to pass around and show off), so we now offer the coins both ways.
Item SP8RCAZ-SLAB PIECE-OF-EIGHT FROM EL CAZADOR IN NGC SLAB $99.50


THE WAR OVER BIRD POOP!

PERU 5 AND 10 CENTAVOS PROVISIONAL ISSUE 1879-1880From 1879 to 1884 Bolivia, Chile and Peru engaged in the War of The Pacific over control over huge piles of bird droppings (guano) which were mined to obtain nitrate.  Chile won, Bolivia became a land-locked nation, and Peru almost collapsed.  During the war Peru issued special copper-nickel coins, which they called provisional money, in place of their usual silver coins.  We offer the set of two historic Peru Provisional coins in Uncirculated conditions. The 5 Centavos is dated 1879 and the 10 Centavo is dated 1880.  The coins have the denomination on one side and a sun face on the other.  For Uncirculated coins over 125 years old with such an unusual background, they are quite a bargain.
Item PE-SET2 PERU 5 & 10 CENTAVOS PROVISIONAL ISSUE, 1879-1880 KM197-198 UNC $9.95


SCARCE COIN OF DEMAK SULTANATE

Demak Sultanate tin Pitas Raden Patah 1475-1518The Demak Sultanate was founded about 1475 by Sultan Pangeran al Patah, also known as Raden Patah. He was of Javanese nobility and his mother may have been a Chinese princess who had been exiled from China.  His Sultanate was the first Muslim state in Java.  He quickly expanded his Sultanate to include most of the northern coast of Java and southern Sumatra.  This was an important step in bringing Islam to what is now Indonesia. The Sultan ruled until his death in 1518.  The Sultanate lasted about another 30 years, until it collapsed in a dynastic feud. The Sultanate prospered through trade in spices, rice and its control over Javanese trading ports.   This Pitis of Sultan Pangeran al Patah is one of the few affordable coins of the Demak Sultanate.  The uniface tin coin is approximately 19mm to 20mm in diameter and grades Very Fine.
Item DEMAK DEMAK SULTANATE, TIN PITIS, PANGERAN AL PATAH 1475-1518 VF $19.50


SCARCE COINS OF PORTUGUESE MALACCA

Portuguese Malacca tin Dinheiro of John III 1521-1557Portugal took Malacca in 1511 and controlled it for the next 130 years, until it was conquered by the Dutch East India Company.  Today it is part of Malaysia.  The Malacca mint produced these tin Dinheiro coins for use in the territory.  John III (Joao III) ruled Portugal from 1521 to 1557. He expanded Portugal’s colonization of Brazil and Asia.  He was called the “Grocer King” due to his country’s rich profits from the spice trade.  His tin Dineiro features a Cross with the letters “ISMA” in the four quadrants, which stood for Ioanes Senhor MalaccA, meaning struck for King John at Malacca.  The other side depicts an armillary sphere, which was used in navigation.  Portuguese Malacca tin Dineiro of Sebastian 1557-1578He was succeeded by his young grandson, Sebastian I (Sebastio I).  Sebastian became king at age 3 in 1557.  Sebastian died in battle in a crusade against Morocco in 1578, before marrying or producing any heirs.  One side of his coin features three arrows with the letters “BA”, which may mean “Bazaruco, or bazaar money, indicating it was for local use. The other side has a crude representation of an armillary sphere on the other.  Both coins are about 16mm to 18mm in diameter.  They show little wear, but are crudely struck.
Item MALC-JOHN PORTUGUESE MALACCA DINHIERO JOHN III 1521-1557 VF $30.00
Item MALC-SEB PORTUGUESE MALACCA DINHIERO SEBASTIAN 1557-1578 VF $30.00



THE MYSTEROUS DEATH OF THE YOUNG KING OF THAILAND

Thailand 25 Satangs 1946 Child's head of King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII)Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII)  became the King of Siam at age 9 in 1935 upon the abdication of his Uncle.  He was attending school in Switzerland at the time.  He did not return to Siam until 1938.  In 1939 he formally changed the name of the country to Thailand.  He again left the country shortly before the outbreak of World War II and did not return until December 1945, after the end of the war.  On June 9, 1945 he was found dead in his bed in the royal palace with a bullet wound to his head. It is unclear if it was murder, suicide or an accident as details of his death have been suppressed.  Probably the last person to see him alive was Bhumibol Adulyadej, the present King of Thailand, who visited him some 20 minutes before the body was found.   This tin 25 Satang bears the child’s-head of Ananda Mahidol on one side and a mythical Garuda bird on the other.  The coin is dated BE2489 (1946).  The coin has virtually no wear, however it will be toned or tarnished as is typical of tin coins.
Item TH-66 THAILAND 25 SATANGS 1946 CHILD’S HEAD Y66 XF-AU-toned  $8.00



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