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NEWPRISMATIC COINS FROM ANDORRA FEATURE NATIVE BIRDS

Andorra 1 Dinar 2012 CapercailleAndorra 1 Dinar 2012 Robinobverse of Andorra 1 Dinar coins shows Andorra coat-of-arms
The Principality of Andorra is situated in the Pyranees Mountains on the border between France and Spain.  It consists of only 181 square miles (453 sq.km.) and has a population of only 80,000.  These two attractive copper-nickel 1 Dinar coins utilize a special prismatic technology that causes the colors to change and sparkle as the coin is shifted in light. The coins feature native birds, one depicts the Cappercaille bird and the other depicts a Robin. The snow-capped Pyranees are in the background.  The obverse of each coin has the arms of Andorra.  The 2012 dated coins have a mintage of only 2500 pieces each and are Proof-like.  The coins are 38.61mm in diameter come in capsules.
Item AD-CAPPER ANDORRA 1 DINAR 2012 CAPPERCAILLE, PROOFLIKE $15.00
Item AD-ROBIN ANDORRA 1 DINAR 2012 ROBIN, PROOFLIKE $15.00


NEWPRISMATIC COINS FROM PALAU FEATURE WILDLIFE

Palau $1 2009 Gecko multi-colored prismatic coinPalau $1 2009 Swallow multi-colored prismatic coinCommon obverse to Palau 2009 1 Dollar coins
These two attractive 2009 copper-nickel 1 Dollar coins from the Pacific island nation of Palau feature wildlife.  The coins utilize a special prismatic technology that causes the colors to change and sparkle as the coin is shifted in light.  One coin depicts a Gecko.  In Asia it is believed to be a lucky charm and a fertility symbol.   The other features a barn swallow.  The barn swallow breeds in the temperate zones of the Northern Hemisphere, then flies thousands of miles to the south. In many cultures the swallow represents good fortune and fertility. The obverse features the arms of Palau. The 38.61mm Proof-like coins come in capsules and have a mintage of only 2500 pieces each.
Item PW-GECKO PALAU 1 DOLLAR 2009 GECKO, PROOFLIKE $15.00
Item PW-SWALLOW PALAU 1 DOLLAR 2009 SWALLOW, PROOFLIKE $15.00



PALAU 2014 BEAUTY OF THE SEA PINK PEARL

Palau 2014 Beauty of the Sea Pink Pearl coinPalau continued their popular pearl coin series with the 2014 Beauty of the Sea pink pearl.  The unusual pearl comes from the Queen Conch.  These animals can grow up to a remarkable size of 30 cm (1 foot), with a shell of over 2.5 kg (5.5 pounds).  They are considered a delicacy in the Caribbean and its population has declined dramatically in recent years.  We also have available the 2013 Palau “Secrets of the Sea” freshwater pearl coin.  Both coins have are denominated as 5 Dollars and feature the arms of Palau on the obverse.  The Proof coins are 38.61 mm in diameter, weigh 25 grams and are struck in .925 fine (sterling) silver.  Both have a mintage of just 2500 pieces.  The coins come in a capsule with a Certificate of Authenticity. 
Item PW-PEARL14 PALAU 5 DOLLARS 2014 WITH PEARL, PROOF $110.00



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 $120.00


BATTLE 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


2013 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



TRISTAN DA CUNHA WAR PROPAGANDA POSTER COINS

Trisdan da Cunha set of 6 1 Crown coins, 2014 World at War recruiting and motivational poster coinsTristan da Cunha rectangular 1 Crown, 2014This set of six rectangular 1 Crown coins from Tristan da Cunha features famous Allied propaganda posters of World War I and World War II.  Included is the James Montgomery Flagg’s “I WANT YOU FOR THE UNITED STATES ARMY” featuring Uncle Sam.   The poster was developed in World War I and versions of it continued to be used in World War II and later.  It was based on Great Britain’s 1914 “YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU” poster featuring Secretary of State for War: Lord Kitchener.  “THE TRUMPET CALLS” was created by Australian artist Norman Lindsey.  It features an Australian soldier blowing a trumpet with other soldiers with guns at his feet.  In the background are grey images of various Australian men.  “WE CAN DO IT” is an American motivational poster produced by J. Howard Miller in 1943 for Westinghouse Electric.  It was issued at the time when large numbers of women were entering the workforce for the first time.  The original poster was used only within Westinghouse for about a month during the war.  Since its rediscovery in the 1980’s versions of it have been used to promote a wide variety of causes.  “KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON” was produced by the British Government in the summer 1939 as part of a series of motivational posters intended to be distributed in event of a wartime disaster.  The program cancelled in October 1939 following criticism of its cost and impact and the poster was never publicly displayed.  It was rediscovered in 2000 and has been widely commercialized since then.   “WERE YOU THERE THEN” was an Australian recruiting poster by Harry Weston published in 1916.  It features a woman pointing to a damaged Australia flag.  “There” probably refers to the Battle of Gallipoli.  The poster is intended to appeal to the guilt of the viewer and their feelings of patriotism.  The gold-plated base metal coins are 45mm by 26mm.  The 2014 dated coins feature Queen Elizabeth on the obverse. The coins are Brilliant Uncirculated and come in individual capsules.It is an attractive set with historical significance. 
Item TDC-POSTERS TRISTAN DA CUNHA SET OF 6 WAR POSTER COINS, BU $89.50



PRISMATIC WILDLIFE COINS FROM TOGO

Togo 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 2011 coins are silver plated and feature African wildlife:  a lion, elephant and a zebra.
Item TG-SET11 TOGO SET OF 3 100 FRANCS, 2011 PRISMATIC AFRICAN WILDLIFE, PROOF $59.00


2014 3-D GEOMETRIC SHAPE COINS FROM SOMALIA

Somalia coins in five geometric shapes
In the quest for something totally different in the way of coins, Somalia issued a set of 3-Dimensional coins in the five basic geometric shapes: The coins are in the shape of a cone, sphere, cube, pyramid and cylinder. Each coin is embossed with the arms of the Somali Republic, dated 2014 and is denominated 1 Dollar. Each coin is approximately 20mm to 25mm in each dimension. Only 1000 sets were issued. It is a most unusual and unique set that are obviously intended to sell to collectors rather than enter circulation.
Item SO-GEOMETRY SOMALIA SET OF 5 GEOMETRIC SHAPE 1 DOLLAR COINS, 2014 UNC. $89.50


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 BK-BVI-TIT14 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS 2014 SEAHORSE TITANIUM PROOF out
Item BVI-SHORSE14 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2014 SEAHORSE COPPER-NICKEL BU $14.00



UNUSUAL BLUE TITANIUM COIN FEATURES BLUE WHALE 

South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2013 Blue Titanium Blue Whale coinSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2013 Blue Titanium Blue Whale coinSouth Georgia and South Sandwich Islands issued this unusual blue titanium coin depicting are a Blue Whale and her calf.  The Blue Whale is the largest animal ever to exist.  The largest Blue Whale ever measured was found near South Georgia in 1909.  She was 33.85 meters (111 feet) long.   Titanium is prized in the aerospace industry due to its strength and light weight.  It has rarely been used in coinage due to the expense and difficulty in working with the metal. The islands are located off the southern tip of South America,  The 2013 dated blue titanium coin is 39.1mm in diameter, has a nominal value of 2 Pounds and a mintage limit of only 5000 pieces.  The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth struck in reverse Proof (bright portrait, frosted background).  The coin comes in a case with a Certificate of Authenticity
Item BK-GS-TIT13 SO. GEORGIA & SO. SANDWICH IS.  2 POUNDS 2013 BLUE TITANIUM BLUE WHALE PROOF $65.00



2013 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, B OUT Available only in set
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 BU $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 GUITAR04SET OF 6 SOMALIA $1 GUITAR COINS, 2004 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


ACRYLIC COIN FROM THE CONGO 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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