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MYTHICAL CREATURES ON RECTANGULAR COINS RestockedPrice Reduced

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 MYTHICAL CREATURES, 2013 BU $49.50



NEW2015 3-DIMENSIONAL BUTTERFLY COIN

3-D Butterfly coin from Equatorial Guinea3 Dimensional butterfly coin from Equatorial GuineaEquatorial Guinea 3-D butterfly coin and box
This silver 2015 Proof multi-colored 1000 Francos from the Equatorial Guiana 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 the Common Swordtail (Graphium policenes) landing on a daisy. The butterfly is indigenous to all forest regions in sub-Saharan Africa. It has their wingspan of approximately 70 mm.  The obverse features the arms of Equatorial Guinea.  The 38.61 mm coin is struck in sterling 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 GQ-BUTTERFLY EQUATORIAL GUINEA 1000 FRANCOS 2015 3-D BUTTERFLY, PROOF $99.75



MECCA COMPASS COIN FROM NIGER

Niger 100 Francs 2012 Mecca Compass (Qiblah) coinMuslims pray five times a day facing the Kaaba in Mecca. A Qiblah compass is a modified compass used by Muslims to indicate the direction to face for these prayers.  This large (50mm) 2012 dated silver-plated copper 100 Francs coin from Niger contains a working Qibla compass, allowing one to find the direction of Mecca.  At the top there is an authentic Swarovski element to enrich the splendid Arabic design. The obverse features the national emblem of Niger.  The coin comes with directions of how to use it and an optional oversized (9cm x 9cm x 10cm, 3.5” x 3.5” x 3.9”) black presentation box.  The coin has a Prooflike finish and has a mintage of just 2500 pieces.
Item NE-MECCA-BX NIGER 100 FRANCS 2012 MECCA COMPASS COIN WITH BOX, PROOFLIKE $68.00
Item NE-MECCA-NB NIGER 100 FRANCS 2012 MECCA COMPASS COIN WITHOUT BOX, PROOFLIKE $59.00




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 $5.00


UNUSUAL EIFFEL TOWER COIN Restocked

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




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



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 

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-BIRD3 TOGO SET OF 3 100 FRANCS, 2010 PRISMATIC SUN BIRDS, KM51-53 BU out
Item TG-WILD3 TOGO SET OF 3 100 FRANCS, 2011 PRISMATIC AFRICAN WILDLIFE, PROOF $59.00


2014 3-D GEOMETRIC SHAPE COINS FROM SOMALIA RESTOCKED

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 and comes in a procective capsule.  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  $60.00
Item BVI-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-AU SOMALIA 1 DOLLAR AUSTRALIA MAP COIN FROM ABOVE SET, BU  OUT Available only in set
Item SO-MAP-CA SOMALIA 1 DOLLAR CANADA MAP COIN FROM ABOVE SET,  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



ANIMAL SHAPED COINS FROM SOMALIA Restocked Price Reduced

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




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 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 $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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