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Odd shapes, odd sizes, embedded objects, design errors and other unusual stuff.


NEWBEER BOTTLECAP SHAPED COIN

German Beer Purity Law coin from Palau This 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 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



NEW2016 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




NEW2016 3-DIMENSIONAL BUTTERFLY COIN FROM TANZANIA

Tanzania 1000 Shillings 2016 3-D Hobart's Red Glider 3-D butterfly coinTanzania 1000 Shillings 2016 3-D Hobart's Red Glider 3-D butterfly coin
This 2016 multi-colored silver Proof 1000 Shillings from Tananzania is unusual in that it includes a model of a butterfly whose wings are actually above the surface of the coin.  It looks as if a real butterfly had just landed on the coin.   The coin features a Hobart’s Red Glider (Cymothoe hobarti).  The bright red butterfly  is indigenous to the tropical forests of Tanzania and nearby nations.  The obverse features the arms of Tanzania.  The 38.61 mm coin is struck in .999 fine silver, weighs 25 grams and has a mintage of just 2500 pieces.  The coin comes in a capsule in an attractive custom wooden box with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Item TZ-BFLY16 TANZANIA 1000 SHILLINGS 2016 3-D BUTTERFLY, PROOF $99.75



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



MYTHICAL CREATURES ON RECTANGULAR COINS Restocked

Mythical Creatures 6 coin setCommon obverse to Somalia Mythical Creatures coins
Somalia issued this set of six attractive gold-plated multi-colored rectangular coins featuring mythical creatures.  Somalia has issued so many coins they probably ran out of real animals to depict on coins so they decided to use mythical ones instead.   Included are a dragon, centaur, fairy, mermaid, unicorn and phoenix.  The coins are 45mm x 26mm and come in individual capsules.  The 2013 coins are denominated 25 Shillings and have the Somali Republic coat-of-arms on the obverse.
Item SO-MYTH SOMALIA 6 COIN SET RECTANGULAR  MYTHICAL CREATURES COINS, 2013 BU $75.00



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


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 with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.  I expect these unusual coins will 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



NEWEMPEROR PENGUINS ON 2016 TITANIUM & COPPER-NICKEL COINS OF BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY

British Antarctic Territory 2 Pounds 2016 Emperor Penguin blue titanium coinBritish Antarctic Territory 2 Pounds 2016 Emperor Penguin copper-nickel coinCommon obverse of British Antarctic Territory 2 Pounds 2016 coins depicts Queen Elizabeth
Emperor Penguins are featured on these 2016 dated copper-nickel and blue titanium 2 Pound coins of the British Antarctic Territory.  The Emperor Penguin is the largest penguin species, up to 48 inches (122 cm.) tall and weighing up to 100 pounds (45kg.).  The remarkable penguin treks 30 to 75 miles (50 – 100km.) over the Antarctic ice to breeding colonies.  It can dive as deep as 1750 feet (535m.) and remain submerged up to 18 minutes.  Both the copper-nickel and blue titanium versions have the same design featuring a group of Emperor Penguins swimming in the Antarctic waters with other penguins sliding into the ocean from an ice pack.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The copper-nickel version is 38.6mm in diameter.  The blue titanium version is 36.1mm in diameter, has a mintage of only 5000 pieces, and comes in a capsule in a presentation box with a Certificate of Authenticity. 
Item BAT-TI-PENG16 BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2016 EMPEROR PENGUIN BLUE TITANIUM, BU $65.00
Item BAT-CN-PENG16 BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2016 EMPEROR PENGUIN COPPER-NICKEL, BU $14.00


NEWSHARKS 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 TITANIUM, BU $14.00
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 $65.00

PINK 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



TEUTOBURG FOREST BATTLE ON THREE SQUARE COINS FROM PALAU Restocked

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 calvary 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 coins are silver plated and have a Proof-like finish.  Only 2,500 of each coin was issued, most of which were distributed in Germany.
Item PW-TEUT PALAU SET OF 3 SQUARE 1 DOLLAR  COINS, TEUTOBURG BATTLE, 2009, PROOF-LIKE $75.00



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 RESTOCKED

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


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



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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