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NEW2017 BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY GREEN TURTLE COINS IN TITANIUM & COPPER-NICKEL

BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2017 GREEN TURTLE - COPPER NICKEBRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2017 GREEN TURTLE - GREEN TITANIUM
A pair of Green Turtles swimming beneath the waves are featured on these 2017 2 Pound coins of the British Indian Ocean Territory. The British Indian Ocean Territory consists of the 55 islands of the Chagos Archipelago. It is the home of a large United States military base which is located on Diego Garcia.  The coin was struck in 2 metals, both with the same design.  The green titanium version is 36.1mm in diameter, weighs 10 grams, come2 in a box with a Certificate of Authenticity and has a mintage of 7500 pieces. It is the first Titanium coin issued for the British Indian Ocean Territory.  The copper-nickel version is 38.5mm and has a mintage of 10,000 pieces.  Both are Brilliant Uncirculated and feature Queen Elizabeth on the obverse.
Item BIOT-TIT-TURT17 BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2017 TURTLE GREEN TITANIUM BU $59.00
Item BIOT-CN-TURT17 BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2017 TURTLE COPPER-NICKEL BU $14.00




NEWUNITED STATES CAPITOL SHAPED COIN FROM THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

U.s. Capitol Dome shaped building of the British Virgin IslandsThe British Virgin Islands issued this unusual 2017 dated 1 Dollar coin shaped like the dome of the United States Capitol building. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The nickel-silver coin measures 55mm x 41mm and has a mintage of just 5,000 pieces.  It comes in a red, white and blue faux leather pouch.  A competition was held in the spring of 1792 with a prize of $500 to see which architect could propose the best design for the Capitol building. A late entry from amateur architect William Thornton was the source of the iconic shape that we see today. Thornton, born in the British Virgin Islands, was well travelled and gained inspiration for the frontage of the building from east front of the Louvre and the Paris Pantheon.  The first cornerstone of the Capitol was laid by George Washington in 1793 and construction of the 16 acre building continued until 1800. The Capitol was partially burned by the British during the War of 1812 and subsequently rebuilt.   The dome we see today was built in the 1850's and is three times as tall as the original.  The dome is cast iron, carefully painted to match the stone of the main capitol building. 
Item BVI-CAPITOL BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 1 DOLLAR 2017 U.S. CAPITOL DOME SHAPED COIN, BU $24.00



NEWSEA LIFE ON SOUTH GEORGIA & SO. SANDWICH ISLANDS 2017 TITANIUM AND COPPER-NICKEL COINS

South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Elephant Seal - Green TitaniumSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Elephant Seal - copper-nickelSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Blue whale - Blue TitaniumSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Blue whalel - copper-nickelSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Colossal squid - Blue TtaniumSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Colossal squid - copper-nickelSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands coins feature Queen Elizabeth on the obverse
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands released attractive 2017 dated 2 Pound coins featuring native sea life.  One coin features a male and female Elephant Seal sitting on a beach. The seal gets its name from its great size and the large inflatable proboscis of the adult males, which is used to make extraordinarily loud roaring noises, especially during the mating season.  The coin was struck green titanium and copper nickel.  Another coin features a Blue Whale mother and her calf.  Blue whales are the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth. These magnificent marine mammals rule the oceans at up to 100 feet long and upwards of 200 tons. Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant. Their hearts can be as large as an automobile.  A third issue features a Colossal Squid.  The squid is known from only a few specimens.  It is believed to reach a maximum size of over 40 feet (12 meters) and weigh as much as 1,650 pounds (750kg.).  .  The copper-nickel versions of the coins have a mintage of 10,000 pieces and are 38.6mm in diameter.  The titanium has a mintage of 7,500 pieces, is 36.1mm in diameter, weighs 10 grams, and come in a box with a Certificate of Authenticity.  All the coins portray Queen Elizabeth on the obverse and are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item SGI-TIT-SEAL17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 GREEN TITANIUM ELEPHANT SEAL BU $59.00
Item SGI-CN-SEAL17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 COPPER-NICKEL ELEPHANT SEAL BU $14.00
Item SGI-TIT-BWHALE17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 BLUE TITANIUM BLUE WHALE BU $59.00
Item SGI-CN-BWHALE17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 COPPER-NICKEL BLUE WHALE BU $14.00
Item SGI-TIT-SQUID17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 BLUE TITANIUM COLOSSAL SQUID BU $59.00
Item SGI-CN-SQUID17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 COPPER-NICKEL COLOSSAL SQUID BU $14.00


NEWBEAUTIFUL BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 2017 WILDLIFE COINS IN TITANIUM AND COPPER-NICKEL

British Virgin Islands 5 Dollars 2017 Seahorse struck in Turquoise TitaniumBritish Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2017 Seahorse, copper-nickelBritish Virgin Islands 5 Dollars 2017 Hummingbird struck in green titaniumBritish Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2017 hummingbird, copper-nickelBritish Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2017 marlin, copper-nickelBritish Virgin Islands 2017 coins feature Queen Elizabeth on the obverse
The British Virgin Islands recently released 2017 wildlife coins in both titanium and copper-nickel.  One set of coins depicts a hummingbird, another features a beautiful image of an adult and baby seahorse with their tails entwined around seaweed.  A third coin features a Marlin leaping from the ocean.  The titanium hummingbird coin is struck in green titanium.  The titanium seahorse coin is struck in turquoise titanium. Due to the difficulty of striking titanium coins and the fact that titanium reacts differently with every strike, each coin is technically different from all others. The titanium coins are denominated 5 Dollars, have a mintage of 7,500 pieces each, are 36.1mm in diameter, weigh 10 grams, and come in a box with a Certificate of Authenticity.  The copper-nickel coins are denominated 1 Dollar, have a mintage of 10,000 pieces each and are 38.6mm in diameter.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of all the coins and all are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item BVI-TIT-HORSE17 BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 5 DOLLARS 2017 TURQUOISE TITANIUM SEAHORSE, BU out
Item BVI-CN-HORSE17 BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 1 DOLLAR 2017 COPPER-NICKEL SEAHORSE, BU $14.00
Item BVI-TIT-HUMM17 BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 5 DOLLARS 2017 GREEN TITANIUM HUMMINGBIRD, BU out
Item BVI-CN-HUMM17 BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 1 DOLLAR 2017 COPPER-NICKEL HUMMINGBIRD, BU $14.00
Item BVI-CN-MARLIN17 BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 1 DOLLAR 2017 COPPER-NICKEL MARLIN, BU $14.00


NEWUNUSUAL 2017 YEAR OF THE ROOSTER LOCK CHARM SHAPED COIN

British Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2017 Year of the Rooster bronze Lock Charm shaped coin
This unusual coin is in the shape of a traditional Chinese lock charm.   This type of charm is based on the traditional Chinese device used to safeguard possessions and property.  The charm is believed to protect a person from evil and to bring good luck, fortune, official rank and long life.   The reverse of the coin features a strutting rooster and branches of cherry blossoms. The cherry blossom is a symbol of good luck. The obverse depicts Queen Elizabeth.  The coin comes in a traditional Lycee Pack (money gift pack) with Certificate of Authenticity and a red ribbon, allowing the coin to be worn. The bronze 2017 dated 1 Dollar coin is a legal tender issue of the British Virgin Islands.  The coin is 46mm x 32.86mm and has a limited mintage of only 5000 pieces.  
Item BVI-ROOSTER BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2017 LOCK CHARM SHAPED YEAR OF THE ROOSTER COIN, BU $19.95



ODD SHAPED BI-METALIC COIN FOR QUEEN ELIZABETH’S 90th BIRTHDAY

British Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2016, Queen's 90th BirthdayThe British Virgin Islands released this unusual bi-metallic 1 Dollar coin in 2016 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday. The coin is struck in the shape of the numeral "90".  Both sides of the coin feature portraits of the Queen.  One portrait is surrounded by bouquet made up of the Rose of England, the Thistle of Scotland, the Daffodil of Wales and the Shamrock of Ireland.  The flowers represent the four countries that make up the United Kingdom.  The other side includes a different portrait of the Queen and the royal crown surrounded by a bouquet.  The strangely shaped coin measures 62.28mm x 38.60mm and is struck in nickel-bronze with two bronze center plugs, one in the "9" and one in the "0".  The coin comes in a special presentation box with a Certificate of Authenticity.   Though the Queen’s actual birthday was April 21, the coin was not released until July due to problems in minting such an unusual coin.  The coin has a maximum authorized mintage of only 5,000 pieces.
Item BVI-90 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2016 "90" SHAPED COIN BU $48.00



BEER BOTTLECAP SHAPED COIN CELEBRATES GERMAN BEER PURITY LAW

German Beer Purity Law coin from PalauThis unusual multi-colored silver bottlecap shaped coin was issued by Palau to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Bavarian Beer Purity Law or Reinheitsgebot.  The original law limited the ingredients of beer to just barley, hops and water and set the prices that could be charged for beer.  The law has changed over the years, but still dictates the ingredients used in German beers today.   The 1 Dollar coin features a colored image of a pair of beer steins against the Bavarian flag on one side.  The other side has the arms of Palau.  The coin comes in a custom metal box with a Certificate of Authenticity printed on a beer coaster.  The 2016 dated coin is struck in .999 fine silver, weighs approximately 2.5 grams and is approximately 32mm in diameter.  It has a mintage of only 2500 pieces.  This unusually shaped coin  is sure to be popular with coin collectors and beer drinkers throughout the world.
Item PW-BEER PALAU 1 DOLLAR 2016 BEER PURITY LAW, PROOFLIKE $75.00


UNUSUAL MULTI-COLORED GREEN TREE PYTHON SILVER COIN  Restocked

Nikue 2 Dollars 2016 multi-colored Green Tree Python, 1 troy ounce .999 fine silver
This unusual oblong coin features a vivid depiction of a Green Tree Python with a lentricular flip eye that seems to blink as the coin is moved.  A special minting technique using digital printing on relief gives the snake’s skin a rough feel.  The coin is issued under the authority of the Government of Niue and depicts Queen Elizabeth on the obverse.  It is dated 2016 and is denominated 2 Dollars.  The coin is 54mm x 32mm, made of 1 troy ounce .999 fine silver, and has an antique finish.  Only 700 pieces were minted.  The Green Tree Python is found in New Guinea and parts of Indonesia and Australia.  It can reach over 6 feet (200 cm) in length.  It is a colorful, low mintage silver coin featuring an unusual design.
Item NU-PYTHON NIUE 2 DOLLARS 2016 GREEN TREE PYTHON, Antique Finish Unc. $125.00


UNUSUAL MONGOLIAN OWL COIN 

Mongolia 500 Togrog 2016 OwlThis unusual coin depicts the cutout image of a powerful Eagle Owl perched high on a branch, watching a full moon rising.  Unlike most coins, the image is cut through the metal rather than impressed onto the metal.   The obverse of this 2016 Mongolian 500 Togrog coin includes the date, denomination and arms of Mongolia.  The 38.61mm coin is struck in sterling silver and is gold plated.  The coin has a mintage of just 2500 pieces and is sold out at the mint.  The attractive coin comes in a custom metal box with a Certificate of Authenticity. The coin is an interesting piece of minimalist modern art coin design.
The Eagle-Owl (Bubo bubo) is one of the world's largest species of owl and is widely found in Mongolia. The owl is easily recognizable by its ear tufts, its plumage in shades of brown and its orange-yellow eyes. Making almost no sound as it flies, the Eagle-Owl hunts small rodents, like rats and mice, but also pigeons and other birds at night. Sat on branches or in caves, the animals spend their days mostly asleep. Eagle Owls find nesting sites in rock crevices, sometimes also in eyries that have been vacated by other birds. There, they hatch up to 5 eggs and take care of the offspring for a period of 5 months. For the young birds, foxes and martens are particularly dangerous, while the adult birds have virtually no natural enemies. For centuries humans persecuted Eagle-Owls, which were regarded as hunting rival. Today, however, its population remains stable thanks to comprehensive protective measures.
Item MN-OWL MONGOLIA 500 TOGROG 2016 OWL "CUTOUT" COIN BU $99.50



2016 HIGH RELIEF SILVER CANNABIS COIN FROM BENIN

Benin 1000 Francs 2016 Cannabis Sativa, concave high relief 31.1 grams .999 fine silverA bright, green Cannabis Sativa leaf is featured on this 2016 1 troy ounce, .999 fine silver  1000 Francs coin from Benin.   The high relief concave Proof coin is partially colored.  With a mintage of only 999 pieces it is expected to sell out quickly.  Cannabis Sativa is commonly known as marijuana, Mary Jane, pot, grass, weed and many other names as well.   Cannabis has long been used for making fiber, rope, oil, paper and medicines. It is now most widely used as a recreational drug.  The attractive coin is 38.61mm in diameter and comes in a capsule with a certificate and box.  The obverse features the arms of Benin.   It is a highly recommended high relief coin. 
Item BJ-MJ16 BENIN 1000 FRANCS 2016 CONCAVE HIGH RELIEF SILVER CANNABIS COIN, PROOF $139.00


CANNABIS LEAF SHAPED COIN FROM BENIN

Benin 100 Francs 2011 Marijuana leaf coinIn 2011 the West African nation of Benin issued this attractive colored legal tender coin shaped like marijuana leaf!  Cannabis Sativa, commonly known as marijuana, pot, grass, weed and many other names as well has long used for making fiber, rope, oil, paper and medicines.  It is now most famous for its use as a recreational drug.   The 44mm silver-plated copper-nickel coin looks like a green cannabis leaf on one side and has the arms of Benin and the denomination on the other.  It will will supposedly smell like cannabis when rubbed.  I have not tested that claim and do not recommend it if you wish to keep your coin pristine. The coins are denominated as 100 Francs CFA and is Proof.   It has a limited mintage of just 2,500 pieces and comes in a capsule with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.  I expect this unusual coin will be popular with collectors and potheads throughout the world, that is of course, if they remember to order it.  
Item BJ-MJ11 BENIN 100 FRANCS 2011 CANNABIS SHAPED COIN, PROOF $75.00



2016 PALAU "MIRACLE OF THE SEA" PEARL COIN

Palau 5 Dollars 2016 with a real embedded pearlA blue freshwater pearl is embedded in this beautiful 2016 1 ounce .999 fine silver 5 Dollar coin from Palau. The coin, called the “Miracle of the Sea” features a multi-colored Triton’s Trumpet in high relief. The arms of Palalu is on the other. The coin is part of Palau’s Marine Life Protection series.   The coin is struck using a new technology called “smartminting” which allows the colored image to rise appreciably above the surface of the coin, making the sea shell seem almost lifelike.   Triton’s trumpets (Charonia tritonis) have a length of up to 2 feet (60 cm) and are found in the Indian and southern Pacific Oceans.  The Proof coin is 38.61mm in diameter and has a mintage of just 2500 pieces.  It comes in a capsule in an attractive wooden box with a certificate of authenticity.
Item PW-PEARL16 PALAU 5 DOLLARS 2016 WITH PEARL, PROOF $125.00



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 $110.00




FIJI CELEBRATES THE GREAT CITIES OF THE WORLD

Fiji $1 2015 Great Cities of the World coin set
Fiji recently released a series of six gold-plated, rectangular, multi-colored coins featuring “Great Cities of the World”.  Each coin features an iconic picture of the city on the obverse and the Fiji coat-of-arms on the reverse.  The 2015 dated coins are denominated 1 Dollar.  Included are Berlin, London, Moscow, New York, Sydney and Tokyo (somehow Grover Beach was not included). The obverses depict the coat-of-arms of Fiji and the date. The coins are 45mm x 26mm and are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item FJ-CITY FIJI SET OF SIX 1 DOLLAR GREAT CITIES COINS, BU $75.00


2015 METEORITE COIN FROM COOK ISLANDS

Cook Islands 5 Dollars 2015 silver coin with piece of Chondrite Meteorite NWA 4037An actual piece of Meteorite NWA 4037 is embedded in this high relief 2015 dated 5 Dollar silver coin from Cook Islands.  NWA 4037 is Chondrite meteorite that broke up over North West Africa.  Pieces were found in Morocco in 2005.  Chondrites are stony meteorites formed from dust and grains that were present in the early solar system.  The reverse features a real piece of the meteorite in the center of a partially colored deep crater-like impact.  The obverse features the bust of Queen Elizabeth.  The 38.61mm coin contains 1 ounce of .999 fine silver and was struck with an antique finish.  Only 2500 pieces were minted.  The coin comes in a capsule with a metal box and Certificate of Authenticity. 
Item CK-MET15 COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS 2015 METEORITE COIN $110.00


SHARKS ON 2016 TITANIUM & COPPER-NICKEL COINS OF BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

British Virgin Islands 5 Dollars 2016 Lemon Shark yellow titanium coinBritish Virgin Islands 5 Dollars 2016 Lemon Shark copper-nickel coin       British Virgin Islands 5 Dollars 2016 Great White Shark turquoise titanium coinBritish Virgin Islands 5 Dollars 2016 Great White Shark copper-nicke coin   Common obverse on British Virgin Islands 2016 coins depicts Queen Elizabeth I
The British Virgin Islands recently released 2016 coins depicting two different sharks: the Lemon Shark and the Great White Shark. The Lemon Shark is a stocky and powerful animal often found in shallow subtropical waters.  The shark’s yellow coloring serves as a perfect camouflage when swimming over the sandy sea floor of its coastal habitat.  The Great White Shark is a species of large shark which can be found in the coastal waters of all the major oceans.  The lifespan of great white sharks is estimated to be as long as 70 years or more making it one of the longest lived fish currently known.  It has no natural predators other than the Orca.  The coin shows an underwater scene looking up at the Great White Shark.  Both designs were struck in colored titanium and in copper-nickel.  The titanium coins are denominated as 5 Dollars, are 36.1mm in diameter, but weigh only 10 grams (about a third of an ounce).  The titanium coins have a mintage of only 5000 pieces each and come in a capsule and presentation box with a Certificate of Authenticity.  The Lemon Shark coin is struck in yellow titanium.  The Great White Shark is struck in Turquoise Titanium.  The copper-nickel coins are 38.6 in diameter, weigh 28.28 grams, and are denominated 1 Dollar.  All the coins feature Queen Elizabeth on the obverse and are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item BVI-TI-LEM16 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS LEMON SHARK 2016 YELLOW TITANIUM BU $65.00
Item BVI-CN-LEM16 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR LEMON SHARK 2016 COPPER NICKEL BU out
Item BVI-TI-WHITE16 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS GREAT WHITE SHARK 2016 TURQUOISE TITANIUM BU $65.00
Item BVI-CN-WHITE16 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR GREAT WHITE SHARK 2016 COPPER-NICKEL BU out


A REALLY BIG COIN 

Palau 5 Dollars 2015 180mm bronze coin, The Treasure of The Cruel Captain
Reduced size image - Actual size 180mm
This Palau 2015 5 Dollar "Game Coin" is a REALLY BIG COIN.  The high relief bronze coin is 180mm (7 inches) in diameter and weighs 680 grams (1 1/2 Pounds).  One side consists of a treasure hunt game titled "The Treasure of the Cruel Captain". Two players toss a dice to move their markers across the game coin to see who can get to the treasure first; however there are hazards on the way! The game can be enjoyed by players of any age.  The other side features the arms of Palau.  The coin has an attractive antique finish and comes with a dice and game pieces
Item PW-GAME PALAU 5 DOLLARS 2015 LARGE SIZED GAME COIN, UNC. $85.00


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