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What strange coins will they come up with next?
Odd shapes, odd sizes, embedded objects, design errors and other unusual stuff.


NEWUNUSUAL YEAR OF THE MONKEY LOCK CHARM SHAPED COIN

British Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2016 bronze lock charm shaped coin for Year of the MonkeyThis 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 monkey walking along a branch surrounded by 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 2016 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-MONKEY BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2016 LOCK CHARM SHAPED COIN, BU $29.75


NEWFIJI 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



NEWCANNABIS COINS FROM BENIN

Benin 100 Francs 2011 Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana) coin Benin 100 Francs 2011 Marijuana leaf coin
The West African nation of Benin issued two colored legal tender coins featuring Cannabis Sativa, commonly known as marijuana, pot, grass, weed and many other names as well.   Though long used for making fiber, rope, oil, paper and medicines, Cannabis Sativa is now most famous for use as a recreational drug.  The 2010 issue is a 38.61mm gold plated copper-nickel coin depicting a green marijuana leaf on the reverse and the arms of Benin and the denomination on the obverse.  The 2011 issue is shaped like a marijuana leaf.  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.  Both coins 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 are Proof.  Each coin has a limited mintage of just 2,500 pieces and comes in a capsule.  I expect these unusual coins be popular with collectors and potheads throughout the world, that is of course, if they remember to order it.  We also offer a joint deal if you get both coins.
Item BJ-MJ10 BENIN 100 FRANCS 2010 CANNABIS, ROUND COIN, PROOF $49.75
Item BJ-MJ11 BENIN 100 FRANCS 2011 CANNABIS SHAPED COIN, PROOF $75.00
Item BJ-JOINT JOINT DEAL:  BOTH OF THE ABOVE BENIN 100 FRANCS 2010 & 2011 CANNABIS COINS, PROOF $120.00



NEW2015 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



NEWPINK FLAMINGO COIN FROM BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

British Virgin Islands Pink Flamingo Coin, 2015British Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2015, Flamingo, copper-nickelObverse of 2015 British Virgin Islands coins features Queen Elizabeth II
The British Virgin Islands released a 2015 dated 5 dollar coin featuring flamingos struck on pink titanium.  The attractive coin depicts a flamingo wading in shallow water, with some of its favorite snacks shown just below the surface.  A flock of flamingos is in the background and the bright sun overhead.   Titanium is a light weight metal, the 36.1mm coin weighs only 10 grams.  The coin has a mintage of only 5000 pieces and comes in a case with Certificate of Authenticity. Because of the difficulty in minting titanium, the pink shading varies on each coin.  The Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The same attractive design was also used on the 38.6mm copper-nickel 1 Dollar coin.
Item BVI-TIT-FLAMINGO BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS 2015 FLAMINGO, PINK TITANIUM, BU $65.00
Item BVI-CN-FLAMINGO BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2015 FLAMINGO, COPPER-NICKEL, BU $14.00


TRANSNISTRIA ISSUES FIRST CIRCULATING PLASTIC COINS  Restocked

Transdniestra plastic composite coins   Backs of Transdniestra plastic composite coins
In August 2014 Transnistria (Trans-dniester, Transdniestra) released the first circulating plastic coins issued by a national government.  Each of the four composite plastic coins is a different color and a different shape.    The coins issued are the round yellow-brown 1 Ruble depicting General Alexander Suvorov.  The square green 3 Rubles portrays F. P. De Volan.  The blue 5 Rubles is five-sided and depicts Count Pyotr Rumyantsev.  Russian Empress Catherine the Great is on the six-sided pink 10 Rubles. The logo of the Trans-Dniester Republican Bank and the date is repeated across the reverse of each of the coins.  The coins are 26mm to 28mm in diameter luminance when exposed to infrared or ultraviolet rays.   It is an interesting and highly unusual coin set.
Item TRNS-SET14 TRANSDNIESTRA SET OF 4 COMPOSITE PLASTIC COINS, 1 - 10 RUBLES 2014 UNC. $9.00




Cook Island Television CoinTELEVISION COIN - WITH A MOVING IMAGE! Restocked

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the first television, the Cook Islands issued this 39mm copper-nickel 1 Dollar coin in 2006. Pictured on the coin is a black and white picture of John L. Baird, the first successful inventor of electronic television, and a moving recreation of his first broadcast; a hand moving in front of a puppet. As the coin is tilted the image moves!  The obverse pictures Queen Elizabeth. It is an interesting and unusual crown size coin at an very reasonable price and less than half of its $12.00 catalog value!
Item CK-TV COOK IS. 1 DOLLAR 2006 TV COIN, KM1428 BU $5.75



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. Out More expected in a few weeks.




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



TRISTAN DA CUNHA WAR 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 CW-TDC-POSTERS TRISTAN DA CUNHA SET OF 6 WAR POSTER COINS, BU $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 36.1mm in diameter, it weighs only 10 grams.  The Brilliant Uncirculated coin has a mintage of only 5000 pieces and comes in a protective capsule (no case).  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-TIT-SHORSE14 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS 2014 SEAHORSE TITANIUM BU  OUT
Item BVI-CN-SHORSE14 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2014 SEAHORSE COPPER-NICKEL BU $14.00


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-CHINA SOMALIA CHINA MAP & FLAG COIN from the above set, 2013 BU $9.00
Item SO-MAP-GERMANY SOMALIA GERMAN MAP & FLAG COIN from the above set, 2013 BU $9.00
Item SO-MAP-RUSSIA RUSSIAN CHINA MAP & FLAG COIN from the above set, 2013 BU $9.00



ANIMAL SHAPED COINS FROM SOMALIA  

Animal shaped coins from SomaliaBack of Somalia 2008 Animal coin
Somalia issues some of the wildest coins around.  In 2008 they released a set of six multi-colored coins depicting North American wildlife - in the shape of the animals.  The silver-plated coin 1 Dollar coins include a Polar Bear, wolf, buffalo, moose, mountain lion and Grizzly Bear The animals are depicted in color on one side of the coins. The denomination, date and arms of the Federal Republic of Somalia is on the other.
Item SO-SETWILD  SET OF 6 SOMALIA ANIMAL SHAPED COINS, 1 DOLLAR 2008, BU $25.00



MULTI-COLORED AMERICAN FLAG GUITAR COIN FROM SOMALIA 

Somalia American Flag Guitar coin: 1 Dollar 2014This multi-color 1 Dollar coin from Somalia is in the shape of an American Flag “Stars and Stripes” Gibson Flying V guitar.  It was issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Rock ‘n Roll. The reverse features the arms of Somali Republic. The 2004 dated coin is 45mm (1.75”) long.  This scarce un-plated copper-nickel version of the coin was one of the first produced.  Due to production difficulties the mint switched to silver-plated coins after the initial production run. The un-plated version is much scarcer and is not listed in most catalogs.  We got a small batch at a good price that were leftover at the mint, so we can offer them at a discounted price.
Item SO-CNFLAG SOMALIA AMERICAN FLAG GUITAR COIN 1 Dollar 2004 copper-nickel BU $8.00




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 out
Item SO-FER-RD SOMALIA 1 DOLLAR RED FERRARI, 2010 BU out
Item SO-PORS-YL SOMALIA 1 DOLLAR YELLOW PORSCHE, 2010 BU out
Item SO-CORV-BK SOMALIA 1 DOLLAR BLACK CORVETTE, 2010 BU out


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 CONGO 10 FRANCS 2005 POPE JOHN PAUL II ACRYLIC COIN PROOF $55.00


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