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HISTORIC OLD COINS

 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


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 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.  This silver 3 Kreuzer was minted in Silesia between 1660 and 1698.  It has a wonderful portrait of Leopold the Hogmouth.
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



PIECES-OF-EIGHT FROM THE TREASURE SHIP EL CAZADOR

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.  These exciting coins helped bring about a turning point in the history of the United States.
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 definitely show signs that they have been underseas for the last 200 or so years, however they will have a readible date.
Item SP8RCAZ-HC PIECE-OF-EIGHT OF CARLOS III 1780-1783 CORRODED WITH READIBLE DATE $99.50

HIGH GRADE PIECE-OF-EIGHT FROM TREASURE SHIP EL CAZADORIN IN NGC SLAB

NGC Certified Mexico City Mint 8 Reales from the wreck of El Cazador

This attractive 1783 Piece-of-Eight was recovered from the wreck of the El Cazador and has been officially certified as genuine by the Numismatic Guarantee Corporation (NGC) and encapsulated in an official NGC hard plastic holder, commonly called a "slab" .  The coin shows minimal corrosion for having been sitting in the ocean for over 200 years.  The coin shows a clear bust of Carlos (Charles) III on the obverse and the Spanish Arms and Mexico City mint mark on the reverse.  
Item SP8RCAZ-SLAB+  HIGH GRADE PIECE-OF-EIGHT FROM EL CAZADOR IN NGC SLAB $165.00


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


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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