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NEWUNUSUAL EIFFEL TOWER COIN

Eiffel Tower shaped 1 Dollar coinThis unusual Eiffel Tower shaped coin was issued by the British Virgin Islands to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the completion of the Tower.  Like the tower, the coin is very tall: 80.6mm (3.17 inches).  The “nickel-silver” 1 Dollar coin is dated 2014 and depicts Queen Elizabeth on the reverse.  The tower is named after Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower as the entrance of the 1889 Paris World’s Fair.  At the time it was built, the 324m (1063 foot) high structure was the tallest in the world.  The tower was criticized by many of France’s leading artists and intellectuals at the time, and was to be torn down after 20 years.  By 1909 it proved to be valuable for communications purposes, so was allowed to remain.  It has become a cultural icon of France and one of the most visited structures in the world. What connection it has with the British Virgin Islands is beyond me, however it is a unique design for a coin.
Item BVI-EIFFEL BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 1 DOLLAR 2014 EIFFEL TOWER BU $32.00


NEW2013 TRISTAN DA CUNHA COIN CONTAINS PIECE OF THE CONCORDE

TRISTAN DA CUNHA 1 CROWN 2013 INCLUDES A PIECE OF THE CONCORDETo celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the last flight of the supersonic Concorde, Tristan da Cunha issued this 38.6mm 1 Crown dated 2013. The gold-plated coin contains a small piece of the titanium alloy heat shield from Concorde aircraft. The design is similar to the 2009 issue that commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Concorde’s first test flight, but with different legends.  The obverse pictures Queen Elizabeth.  The reverse pictures the famous aircraft, along with its specifications and a small piece of the aircraft. It is an interesting coin commemorating a great aircraft from a tiny island where it never landed.
Item TDC-CONCORDE TRISTAN DA CUNHA 1 CROWN 2013 WITH PIECE OF THE CONCORDE BU $19.50



NEWBATTLE OF TEUTOBURG FOREST FEATURED ON THREE SQUARE COINS FROM PALAU 

Battle of Teutoburg Forest set of 3 square coins from Palau
The Battle of Teutoburg Forest in 9AD was a turning point in Roman and German history. The 25 year old Hermann, also known as Armanus, united the warring Germanic tribes to ambush and destroy the Roman army. The 16th, 17th and 18th Legions, plus three cavalry detachments and six cohorts of auxiliaries were completely annihilated. The devastating defeat effectively put an end to Roman expansion into northern Europe at the Rhine river. In later years the battle served as a rallying point for German nationalism and unification. In 2009 Palau, once a German colony, issued a series of three 35mm square 1 Dollar coins to commemorate the 2000th anniversary of the historic battle. One coin features a multi-color image of a doomed Roman legion in the forest, with the gold Legionary eagle above. The next features a multi-color German warrior holding a sword and shield. The third coin features the Walhalla monument and the Hermannsdenkmal, or Hermann monument. The design of the Walhalla monument in Regensburg, Germany is based on the Parthenon in Athens. The Hermannsdenkmal is near Detmold, Germany, and a copy of it is in New Ulm, Minnesota. The arms of Palau are on the obverse. The coins are silver-plated copper and are Proof. Only 2,500 of each coin was issued, most of which were distributed in Germany.
Item PW-FOREST  PALAU SET OF 3 SQUARE 1 DOLLAR COINS, TEUTOBURG BATTLE, 2009 PROOF $60.00


BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS SEAHORSE COIN IN TURQUOISE TITANIUM & COPPER NICKEL

British Virgin Islands $5 2014 Seahorse Turquois TitaniumBritish Virgin Islands $1 2014 Seahorse Copper-nickelCommon obverse for British Virgin Islands 2014 coin
The British Virgin Islands issued these attractive 2014 dated coin featuring a seahorse in both turquoise colored titanium and copper-nickel.  The turquoise titanium issue is denominated 5 Dollars. The lightweight metal is extremely difficult to strike, so no two coins are exactly the same.  Though the coin is 38.1mm in diameter, it weighs only 10 grams.  The Brilliant Uncirculated coin has a mintage of only 5000 pieces comes in a case with a certificate of authenticity.   The copper-nickel version is denominated 1 Dollar and is 38.6mm in diameter.   Both coins have similar designs.  The reverses features a beautiful seahorse with its tail entwined around some coral. There are 54 species of seahorses, ranging in size from 1.5cm to 35.5cm (.5 inches to 14 inches).    The Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverses. 
Item BVI-TIT14 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS 2014 SEAHORSE TITANIUM BU $69.00
Item BVI-SHORSE14 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2014 SEAHORSE COPPER-NICKEL BU $14.00


NEWPRISMATIC WILDLIFE COINS FROM TOGO

Set of 3 Togo prismatic bird coins: 100 Francs 2010Togo set of 3 100 CFA Francs 2011 featuring prismatic African Wildlifecommon reverse of Togo 100 Franc coins
These 100 Francs coins from the African nation of Togo incorporate a prismatic technology that causes the colors to change and sparkle as the coin is shifted in light.  The coins denominated 100 CFA Francs and are 38.6mm in diameter.  Each coin comes in its own capsule.  The arms of Togo is on the obverse of each coin.  The set of three 2010 dated coins feature three different species of  Sun Birds (Nectariniidae) and are copper-nickel.  The set of three 2011 coins are silver plated and feature African wildlife:  a lion, elephant and a zebra.
Item TG-SET10 TOGO SET OF 3 100 FRANCS, 2010 PRISMATIC SUN BIRDS, KM51-53 BU $45.00
Item TG-SET11 TOGO SET OF 3 100 FRANCS, 2011 PRISMATIC AFRICAN WILDLIFE, PROOF $59.00



Palau Scent of Paradise 2009 5 Dollar coinA SCENT OF NONSENSE Restocked

In an effort to come up with the next great "innovation" in coin technology, the Pacific Island of Palau has begun a series called the "Scent of Paradise". Each coin will have a different smell! Take the coin out of the capsule (they suggest rubbing your finger on the coconut - I do not) and smell the scent of fresh coconut! One side of this 38.6mm sterling silver 2009 dated 5 Dollar coin pictures has a multi-colored picture of a coconut and a palm tree next to the tropical blue ocean. In the background is the sailing ship The Bounty. The other side of the coin has the Palau arms. Only 2500 pieces were issued.  The coin has a Matte finish.
Item PW-COCO PALAU 5 DOLLARS 2009 COCONUT SCENTED COIN, KM179 BU $59.95


FIJI COSMIC FIREBALLS METEORITE COINS

Meteorites - Cosmic Fireballs: Branham meteorite coinMeteorites - Cosmic Fireballs: Chassigny Meteorite coin
Real meteorite tektites are enclosed in these silver Proof 10 Dollar coin of Fiji.  Each coin has a mintage of only 999 pieces.  Each coin is 40mm in diameter and contains 20 grams of .999 fine silver. The coins features a beautiful multi-color designs that includes the name of the meteorite and the year that it fell on one side. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of the 2012 issues, and the Fiji arms is on the obverse of the 2013 issue.  This attractive series, called “Meteorites – Cosmic Fireballs” is sold out at the mint, however we have the following pieces available: 2012 Brenham Meteorite, which was found in a field in Kansas.   2013 Chassigny meteorite, which fell over Chassigny France on October 3, 1815.  Each coin is individually numbered on the edge and comes in a capsule and case with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Item FJ-BRANHAM FIJI 10 DOLLARS 2012 BRANHAM METEORITE SILVER PROOF $145.00
Item FJ-CHASSIGNY FIJI 10 DOLLARS 2013 CHASSIGNY METEORITE SILVER PROOF $145.00



2013 PALAU SECRETS OF THE SEA PEARL COIN

Palau 2013 silver proof 5 dollar coin with embedded pearlPalau continued their annual series of coins containing a pearl in 2013 with this "Secrets of the Sea" 5 Dollar sterling silver Proof coin. .  The coin features a freshwater pearl attractively mounted on the coin in a multi-colored image of on oyster shell.  The obverse features the arms of Palau. The 38.6 mm coin weighs 25 grams and has a mintage of just 2500 pieces
Item PW-PEARL13 PALAU 5 DOLLARS 2013 WITH PEARL, PROOF $135.00


2012 COOK ISLANDS OFFICIAL PGA TOUR GOLF COIN Price Reduced

Cook Islands 5 Dollars 2012 PGA TOUR sterling silver Proof golf coinObverse of 2012 Cook Islands silver Proof 5 Dollar coinCook Islands PGA TOUR coin is packaged in a Golf Ball capsule
This officially licensed PGA TOUR coin from the Cook Islands features a three-dimensional golf ball inset and the inscription “Heritage - Sportsmanship - Respect“ .  The words define the values of the PGA TOUR and the game of golf.   The multi-colored coin depicts a golfer taking a shot from the fairway.  To the left is the official PGA TOUR logo.  The unique coin comes in an unusual golf ball shaped package with a Certificate of Authenticity.    The 5 Dollar Proof coin is 38.6mm in diameter and contains 20 grams of .925 fine (sterling) silver.   Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.   The unusually packaged coin would make an excellent gift to golfers and coin collectors.
Item CK-GOLF COOK IS. 5 DOLLARS 2012 PGA GOLF TOUR, SILVER PROOF $99.50

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NEW2013 MAPS & FLAGS SET FROM SOMALIA

Somalia 2013 map-shaped coins feature national flags of Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Russia and United StateReverse of Somalia 1 Dollar 2013 United States map
In their continuing their series of odd-shaped multi-colored coins, Somalia released a six coin set of map shaped coins for 2013.  Each coin is shaped in the outline of a country. It appears they picked the countries with the largest numbers of active coin collectors. Each map shaped coin is decorated with a design from the nation’s flag.  Included are Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Russia and United States (without Alaska and Hawaii). The multi-colored coins are approximately 38mm (1.5 inches) long.  The coins are dated 2013 and are denominated 1 Dollar.  The date, denomination and arms of Somalia are on the back.  It is quite a unique set!
Item SO-MAPSET SOMALIA 6 COIN MAPS & FLAGS COIN SET,  2013 BU $55.00
Item SO-MAP-AU SOMALIA 1 DOLLAR AUSTRALIA MAP COIN FROM ABOVE SET, BU $17.50
Item SO-MAP-CA SOMALIA 1 DOLLAR CANADA MAP COIN FROM ABOVE SET, BU $17.50
Item SO-MAP-CN SOMALIA 1 DOLLAR CHINA MAP COIN FROM ABOVE SET, BU $17.50
Item SO-MAP-DE SOMALIA 1 DOLLAR GERMANY MAP COIN FROM ABOVE SET, BU $17.50
Item SO-MAP-RU SOMALIA 1 DOLLAR RUSSIA MAP COIN FROM ABOVE SET, BU $17.50
Item SO-MAP-US SOMALIA 1 DOLLAR UNITED STATES MAP COIN FROM ABOVE SET, BU OUT Available only in set


2012 MULTI-COLORED GUITAR SHAPED COINS 

Somalia 2012 Set of 6 multi-colored guitar shaped coins.Obverse of Somalia 2012 Guitar coin
These six multi-colored coins are in the shape some of the wildest guitars around.  Included is a USA map guitar, which is similar to one believed to have been used by Rick Nelson of Cheap Trick and is based a guitar produced by Gibson.  The double-necked Gibson guitar is based on a style used by Jimmy Page.  The red rectangular guitar is based on a style used by Bo Diddley.  The Gretsch White Falcon was used by Neil Young and other.  The green Gibson reverse V was used by J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr.  The British Flag guitar is based on an instrument used by used by Noel Gallagher.  All six coins are legal tender issues are denominated as 1 Dollar and feature the arms of the Democratic Republic of Somalia, date and denomination on the obverse. The silver-plated coins are 50mm (2 inches) long.
Item SO-GUITAR12 SET OF 6 SOMALIA 2012 GUITAR COINS, Not Boxed, UNC. $55.00





2004 GUITAR COINS FROM SOMALI REPUBLIC 

Guitar coins featuring classic guitar designs.
The multi-colored silver-plated Guitar coins have proved unbelievably popular with coin collectors, guitar enthusiasts, Rock 'n Roll fans and the general public. These multi-color guitar coins are designed after famous electric guitars. The coins are dated 2004 and were issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Rock 'n Roll. The designs include the classic red and white Gibson Les Paul, an American Flag Stars and Stripes Gibson Flying V, a black Gibson Flying V, a pink star Guitar used by various rock stars including Gary Glitter and Abba, a blue Gibson X-Plorer and a yellow Klein.
The coins are 1 Dollar legal tender coins issued by the Somali Republic (though I seriously doubt any have ever circulated in Somalia). They are approximately 45mm (1.75 inches) long and are Brilliant Uncirculated
Item GUITAR04 SET OF 6 SOMALIA $1 GUITAR COINS, 2004 Silver-plated, BU $49.95


SOMALIA SPORTS CAR SHAPED COINS

Somalia famous fast sports car shaped coinsCommon obverse of Somalia automobile shaped coins
These 2010 multi-colored coins from Somalia are shaped like famous sports cars.  The coins build on Somalia's other popular series of guitar coins.  The six coin set includes a green 1965 Ford Mustang, red Ferrari, yellow Porsche, blue and orange car that the mint calls a Lamborghini, though some sources claim it is a Ford GT40, gray Aston-Martin DB-5, as used in the James Bond films, and a black Corvette. The obverse includes the Somali arms, date and denomination.  The coins are approximately 45mm (1.75 inches) long..  Perhaps they were issued because are so many of these fast sports cars have recently been purchased by the Somali pirates.  More likely however someone figured it they could sell them to collectors.  I expect the series to be popular with both automobile enthusiasts, sports car fanatics and coin collectors throughout the world.
Item SO-LAM-BLU SOMALIA 1 DOLLAR BLUE LAMBORGHINI (or maybe it is a Ford GT40), 2010  BU $12.50
Item SO-AM-GY SOMALIA 1 DOLLAR GRAY ASTON-MARTIN, 2010  BU $9.50
Item SO-MUST-GN SOMALIA 1 DOLLAR GREEN MUSTANG 2010, BU $13.50
Item SO-FER-RD SOMALIA 1 DOLLAR RED FERRARI, 2010 BU OUT
Item SO-PORS-YL SOMALIA 1 DOLLAR YELLOW PORSCHE, 2010 BU $13.50
Item SO-CORV-BK SOMALIA 1 DOLLAR BLACK CORVETTE, 2010 BU $12.50


SPELLING ERROR ON COIN FEATURING POSTAGE STAMP

Equatorial Guinea 1000 Francos "Basel Tauber" error coinEquatorial Guinea issued this 1000 Francos coin in 1995 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the famous and rare Basel "Taube" or Dove stamp.  The stamp was issued in 1845 by the Swiss canton of Basel with the denomination of 2 1/2 Rappen.   It featured a white embossed dove carrying a letter on a crimson shield with a blue background.   The extremely rare stamp was the first tri-color postage stamp in the world and the only stamp issued by Basel.  The 39mm copper-nickel coin features a multi-colored depiction of the stamp on one side and the arms of Equatorial Guinea on the other.  Unfortunately when the coin was first issued, the name of the stamp was misspelled.  It was labeled on the coin as the "Basel Tauber" rather than "Basel Taube".  Once the error was discovered, new dies were made and a corrected version of the coin was issued.  A total of 15,000 coins were authorized for the issue, of which only a few thousand were the error version.  It is an unusual spelling error on a multi-colored coin.
Item GQ-TAUBER EQUATORIAL GUINEA 1000 FRANCOS 1995 BASEL TAUBER ERROR KM84.2 UNC. $19.95


ACRYLIC COIN FROM THE COINGO FEATURES POPE JOHN PAUL II

Polished Acrylic coin featuring Pope John Paul II from the Congo Democratic RepublicThis 2005 dated 10 Franc from the Congo Democratic Republic is a most unusual and impressive coin. It is made from a large, thick (50mm in diameter, 21mm thick!) block of clear, polished acrylic. Within the acrylic block is the image of Pope John Paul II and the lion of the Congo. This unusual coin has a mintage of only 1000 pieces and until recently was unknown to most collectors and was not listed in most catalogs.  The coin comes in a box with a numbered certificate.
Item CD-ACRYL COINGO 10 FRANCS 2005 POPE JOHN PAUL II ACRYLIC COIN PROOF $55.00


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