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NEWSILVER COIN FROM THE ITALIAN OCCUPATION OF ALBANIA

Albania silver 5 Lek 1939 KM33After Hitler annexed Austria and invaded Czechoslovakia, Mussolini wanted to show the Italy could also conquer nations, so he invaded Albania in April 1939.  His force of some 100,000 men, 137 ships and 600 airplanes quickly overwhelmed the Albania.. Italian King Victor Emmanuel III was proclaimed King of Albania and a puppet government under Italian control was created.  This 1939 silver 5 Lek was struck to help mark the occasion.  The bust of Victor Emmanuel is on the obverse.  The reverse features the traditional Albanian Eagle flanked by a pair of fasces.  The coin was struck only a for single year. The 23.1mm coin weighs 5 grams, and is struck .835 fine silver.
Item AL-5L ALBANIA-ITALIAN OCCUPATION: SILVER 5 LEK 1939 KM33 XF $27.00


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AUSTRALIA 2016 YEAR OF THE MONKEY SILVER COINS 

Australia 50 Cents 1/2 troy ounce and 1 Dollar 1 Troy ounce 2016 Year of the Monkey coinsThe Perth Mint of Australia celebrated the Year of the Monkey with these two attractive 2016 dated silver coins.  Both coins feature the same design.   The reverses depict an adult monkey and a baby monkey sitting in a peach tree. The baby is holding a peach, which is symbolic of longevity and immortality. The Chinese character for ‘monkey’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Monkey’ also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.  The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.   The 1 troy ounce 1 Dollar coin is 45mm in diameter.  The troy ounce 50 cent coin is 36mm in diameter.  Both are struck in .999 fine silver and come in a capsule.
Item AU-$1MONK AUSTRALIA 1 DOLLAR 2016 YEAR OF THE MONKEY, 1 TROY OUNCE SILVER BU $29.50
Item AU-50CMONK AUSTRALIA 50 CENTS 2016 YEAR OF THE MONKEY, 1/2 TROY OUNCE SILVER BU $22.00


AUSTRALIA 2014 CROCODILE DOLLAR

Australia 1 Dollar 2015 CrocodileThe Australian Saltwater Crocodile is featured on the reverse of this 2014 Australian silver dollar coin.  The Australian Saltwater Crocodile is one of the largest reptiles in the world.  Males can reach over 20 feet (6.3m) in length and weigh over 3000 Pounds (1360 kg). It is capable of taking almost any animal that enters its territory, including humans. Despite its name, it can be found in fresh, brackish or ocean water. The obverse features the Ian-Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.  The 40.6mm coin contains 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver.  The coin features a beautiful reverse frosted matte finish.  The Queen and the Crocodile have a brilliant finish while the background areas have a frosted finish.  The coin was struck at the Perth Mint in Australia and has a mintage of 1 million pieces.  
Item AU-CROC; AUSTRALIA SILVER 1 DOLLAR 2014 SALTWATER CROCODILE BU $29.75



THE BEAUTIFUL AND FAMOUS MARIA THERESA THALER 
 

Maria Theresa Thaler 1780 RestrikeMany consider the Maria Theresa Thaler to be one of the most beautiful coins in the world. It is certainly one of the most popular. This silver coin is larger than a United States silver dollar. The veiled "fat lady" on the coin was considered the epitome of beauty in much of the Middle East, so for many years it was the standard trade coin in the region. Since troops and traders from many nations needed the coins to operate in the middle east it has been restruck in mints throughout the world, including Prague, Milan, London, Paris, Brussels, Kremintz, Rome, Bombay and Florence. It is still being struck today in Vienna. Despite where and when it was struck, it is always dated 1780, the year Maria Theresa died. The 41mm coin is struck in .833 fine silver and contains slightly over 3/4 of a troy ounce of silver. Maria, as Empress of the Holy Roman Empire was noted both for her diplomatic skills and for giving birth to 16 children, thus making her a direct ancestor of most of the royal houses of Europe.
Item AT-MTT MARIA THERESA THALER, 1780 (restrike) BU $25.00



SCARCE SILVER OLYMPIC COINS FROM BRAZIL

Brazil silver 5 Reais 2015 Olympic Rowing/OrchardsBrazil silver 5 Reais 2015 Olympic Beach Volleyball/Band
Brazil issued a series of beautiful sterling silver Proof 5 Reais coins to commemorate the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.  The 40mm coins have a mintage of only 25,000 each, contain .803 troy ounces of silver and come sealed in special capsules.  We have the following issues available: 2015 featuring rowing at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas on the obverse and orchids on the reverse. 2015 depicting beach volleyball on Copacabana on the obverse and a Chorinho band playing a guitar, tambourine, ukulele and flute on the reverse. They are popular, hard-to-find, host country silver Olympic coins.
Item BR-ORCHID BRAZIL SILVER 5 REAIS 2015 OLYMPIC ROWING / ORCHIDS, PROOF $50.00
Item BR-BAND BRAZIL SILVER 5 REAIS 2015 OLYMPIC BEACH VOLLEYBALL / BAND $60.00


BEAUTIFUL BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 2017 PEGASUS PROOF DOLLAR

British Virgin Islands 2017 Pegasus .999 fine 1 troy ounce silver coin, Reverse ProofThe Pobjoy Mint recently released this beautiful .999 fine 1 troy ounce Reverse Proof Pegasus 1 Dollar coin on behalf of the British Virgin Islands.  The 2017 dated coin has a mintage of just 50,000 pieces.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. Each has been struck four times to produce a stunning frosted-finish background with the design sculpted in striking relief.  The story of Pegasus begins when Perseus is sent to kill Medusa, who had writhing snakes instead of hair.  It was said that anyone unfortunate enough to gaze on her face would turn to stone.  The God Hermes and the Goddess Athena came to aid Perseus with special gifts, including a shield which Perseus used as a mirror so he did not look directly at Medusa.  When Perseus beheaded Medusa it is said that Pegasus was born from the blood of the Gorgon.  After Pegasus had helped Perseus rescue Andromeda, he was carried to Mount Helicon where he was entrusted to the care of the Muses.  Another hero, Bellerophon, wanted to capture Pegasus but could not work out how to tame such a magnificent creature.  After being advised to sleep in the temple of Athena, Bellerophon saw the goddess before him holding a golden bridle.  When he awoke he was alone but the bridle remained.  He ran from the temple and found Pegasus drinking at a spring.  Bellerophon put the charmed bridle on the winged horse’s head with little difficulty and, with the bridle in place, Pegasus became gentle and tame and Bellerophon became his master. 
Item BVI-PEGASUS BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2017 PEGASUS PROOF $32.50



2018 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS SILVER PEGASUS DOLLAR 

British Virgin Islands 1 troy ounce .999 silver Pegasus dollar, 2018In response to the success of the 2017 British Virgin Island reverse frosted Proof Pegasus 1 troy ounce .999 fine silver dollar, Pobjoy Mint issued a new 2018 design for the coin. The design shows Pegasus, the mythical horse, rearing up with his wings spread. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The attractive 38.6mm Proof coin has a maximum mintage of only 50,000 pieces.
Item BVI-PEGSIL18 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2018 PEGASUS SILVER PROOF $27.00


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NEWBEAUTIFUL BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS UNA AND THE LION SILVER DOLLAR

British Virgin Is. 1 Dollar 2019 Una and the lion, 1 troy ounce .999 silver coinUna and the Lion is one of the most beautiful, popular and expensive of all British coins.  The gold 5 Pound coin was struck for the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1839. The design, created by sculptor William Wyon, was based on Edmund Spenser’s poem Faerie Queene which tells the tale of Princess Una after St. George had slayed the dragon and rescued her. During the course of her travels, Una met a lion who was so mesmerized by her beauty he became her companion and protector.  On the coin Una was modeled after 19-year old Queen Victoria.  The Lion is a traditional symbol of Britain. The legend ‘DIEU ET MON DROIT’ meaning ‘God on my Right’ is the motto of the British monarchy.  The British Virgin Islands recreated this beautiful design on this 2019 dated 1 troy ounce .999 fine silver 1 Dollar coin to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria.  The obverse features Queen Elizabeth, the great, great granddaughter of Queen Victoria.  The 38.6mm reverse frosted Brilliant Uncirculated coin has a mintage of only 50,000 pieces. It is an attractive coin, at an attractive price.
Item BVI-UNA BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 1 DOLLAR 2019 UNA & THE LION, BU $24.00



SILVER EIGHT DOLLAR COIN FROM CANADA FEATURES POLAR BEAR

Canada 8 Dollars 2013 Polar Bear, 1.5 troy ounce .9999 file silverCanada issued this silver 8 dollar coin in 2013.  The unusual denomination coin contains 1.5 troy ounces of .9999 fine silver.  The thick, 38mm coin depicts a polar bear walking on an ice flow on one side and Queen Elizabeth on the other.  It is an attractive, odd denomination coin.
CA-$8 CANADA 8 DOLLARS 2013, POLAR BEAR KM1535 BU  $59.50


CANADA 2015 SILVER 5 DOLLAR FIVE CHINESE BLESSINGS COIN

Canada 5 Dollars 2015 5 Chinese BlessingsThis intricately designed 2015 Canadian silver 5 Dollar coin features images representing the traditional five blessings of Chinese culture: a bat for happiness, a deer for career success, two cranes for long life, a magpie for joy, and the Chinese symbol for good fortune.  The obverse of the coin features Queen Elizabeth II. The 38mm coin is struck in .9999 fine silver.  Because most of the mintage was distributed in Asia, it has been difficult to American and European collectors to obtain this coin.
Item CA-BLESSINGS CANADA 5 DOLLARS 2015 5 CHINESE BLESSINGS, BU $33.00



NEWOLD CAMBODIAN SILVER COIN

Cambodia silver 1 Fuang 1847 with Hamsa birdThis silver Fuang (1/8 Tical) was issued by the Kingdom of Cambodia about 1847.  The mythical Hamsa bird is pictured on this unusual, undated, uniface coin. The mythical Hamza bird represents knowledge, so the coin is both smart and lucky.  They were good skills for Cambodia to have at that time as both Vietnam and Thailand were trying to gain control the country through members of its royal family.  The hand-struck coin is approximately 13mm in diameter and is probably the least expensive South-East Asian silver coin of that era.
Item KH-FUANG CAMBODIA SILVER FUANG (circa 1847) KM32.2 Fine $7.50




NEW2019 CHINESE SILVER PANDA

China 2019 30 gram .999 fine silver Panda
China continued their popular silver Panda series with this attractive 2019 issue featuring a mother Panda cuddling her cub.  Each year features a different design featuring the cute giant Panda.  The obverse features the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, a Taoist temple complex constructed in the early 1400's.  Each coin contains 30 grams of .999 silver.  The 40mm coin Brilliant Uncirculated, comes in a protective capsule and has a nominal face value of 10 Yuan.

Item CN-PANDA19 CHINA 10 YUAN 2019 SILVER PANDA BU $29.00


NEWSILVER COIN OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST COIN COLLECTOR

Egypt 2 Piastres KM365 1937King Farouk of Egypt was probably the world's greatest coin collector.  Having nearly unlimited funds he amassed thousands of rarities, including the only legal 1933 Double Eagle.  This 1937 silver Egyptian 2 Piastres (2 Qirsh) features the king wearing a traditional Egyptian hat.
Item EG-2P EGYPT SILVER 2 PIASTRES 1937 KM365 AU-UNC. $13.00



NEWWORLD WAR I SILVER COIN OF THE GRAND DUCHY OF FINLAND

Finland 25 Pennia 1915-1917 KM6.2This silver 25 Pennia struck by Finland was struck during World War I.  From 1809 to 1917 Finland was called the Grand Duchy of Finland.  The title Grand Duke of Finland was held by the Czar of Russia,  Though ruled by Russia, Finland  had a high degree of autonomy and its own coinage.  This 16mm silver coin is dated from 1915 to 1917.  The denomination and date within a wreath is on the reverse.  The obverse features the crowned Czarist double-headed eagle with the arms of Finland on its breast. The coin was struck by the Helsinki mint. An "S", for mintmaster, Isac Sundell is below the eagle.  Sundell, was quite a survivor.  He managed to hold his office for 35 years, from 1912 to 1947 through World War I, Finland's War of Independence, and World War II.
Item FI-25P FINLAND-GRAND DUCHY 25 PENNIA 1915-1917 KM6.2 XF-AU $5.00



FRENCH INDO-CHINA SILVER COIN FEATURE STATUE OF LIBERTY Restocked

French Indo-China 10 Cents 1937 KM16.2 Seated Liberty, based on The Statue of Liberty, is featured on this attractive 1937 silver 10 Cents of French Indo-China.  In addition to the Statue of Liberty that France presented to the United States, France erected a smaller version in Hanoi the same year. The Hanoi statue was destroyed in 1945 by supporters of Ho Chi Minh.  The reverse of the coin includes the denomination and silver content of the coins.  The 10 Centimes contains 2.7 grams of .680 fine silver.  The attractive coin was designed by famed French sculptor and medalist Jean Auguste Barre.  French Indo-China later became the independent nations of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Item FIC-10C37 FRENCH INDO-CHINA 10 CENTS 1937 KM16.2 VF-XF $5.00



NEWLAST COIN OF ANHALT CELEBRATES SILVER WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Anhalt silver 3 Mark 1914 KM30In 1914 the German Duchy of Anhalt issued what would be one of its last coins.  The silver 3 Mark coin celebrated the 25th Wedding anniversary of Duke Frederick II of Anhalt to Princess Marie of Baden.  The coin depicted both of them on the obverse and the German Imperial Eagle on the reverse.  The 33mm coin contains 16.67 grams of .900 fine silver and has a lettered edge "GOTT MIT UNS" (God with us). It was struck at the Berlin mint and had a mintage of 200,000 pieces. Anhalt was a non-contiguous state located between along the Elbe river near the Harz mountains. Portions of it were surrounded by Prussia and Saxony.     Frederick was of the House of Ascania, which was first documented in 1036 and controlled Anhalt since the 13th century. Catherine the Great of Russia was of the House of Ascania.  Frederick died in April 1918, a few months before Germany’s defeat in World War I.  
Item ANHALT-WED ANHALT 3 MARK 1914 KM30 SILVER WEDDING ANNIVERSARY UNC. $120.00


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This collection includes a number of rarely seen coins issued after the unification of Germany.



NEWPRUSSIA COMMEMORATES A UNIVERSITY IN POLAND

Prussia 3 Mark 1911 Breslau University KM531Prussia issued this commemorative silver 3 Mark in 1911 for the 100th anniversary of the University of Breslau.  The University was founded by King Friedrich Wilhelm III in 1811 by combining a Catholic and a Protestant University together on what was then Prussian territory. One side of the coin depicts the heads of Friedrich Wilhelm III and Wilhelm II, who was King of Prussia when the coin was struck.  The other side features a modernistic version of the traditional German Eagle.  Following World War II, Breslau became Polish territory, the German residents were expelled and the city was renamed Wroclaw.  The University was re-founded as the University of Wroclaw.   The 33mm coin is struck in .900 fine silver, has a lettered edge and a mintage of only 400,000 pieces. It is an interesting reminder of shifting national boundaries in Europe.
Item PRUS-BRESLAU PRUSSIA 3 MARK 1911 BRESLAU UNIVERSITY KM531 UNC. $99.00



NEWOLD, UNCIRCULATED SILVER KREUZER OF WURTTEMBERG

Wurttemberg silver 1 Kreuzer KM612This silver 1 Kreuzer of the Kingdom Wurttemberg is in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. The small, attractive coin mintage is remarkably reasonably priced for its condition and low mintage.  Similar United States coins go for many times these prices.  The obverse of the 14mm coin depicts the arms of Wurttemberg, the reverse has the date and denomination within a wreath.  The coin was struck during the reign of Karl I, shortly before Wurttemberg became part of the German Empire in 1871.
Item WURT-1KR-68 WURTTEMBERG 1 KREUZER 1868, Mintage only 118,000 KM612 BU $25.00
Item WURT-1KR-70 WURTTEMBERG 1 KREUZER 1870, Mintage only 126,000 KM612 BU $30.00
Item WURT-1KR-71 WURTTEMBERG 1 KREUZER 1871, Mintage unknown KM612 BU $30.00




FIRST SILVER MARK OF THE GERMAN EMPIRE

Germany 1 Mark 1873-1887 KM7This silver 1 Mark was introduced in 1873, shortly after Germany was unified under Kaiser Wilhelm.  One side of the coin had the denomination and date within an oak wreath.  The reverse featured the crowned German Eagle.   The 24mm coin was struck in .900 fine silver and contains .1606 troy ounces of silver.  It was minted until 1887, when the reverse design was revised.
Item DE-1M GERMAN EMPIRE 1 MARK 1873-1887 KM7 VG-Fine $8.00




LAST SILVER COINS OF THE GERMAN EMPIRE  

German Empire silver 1/2 & 1 Mark KM17 & KM14German Empire silver 1/2 & 1 Mark KM17 & KM14With Germany’s defeat in World War I, the German Empire, also known as the 2nd Reich, came to an end. This set includes the two last silver coins issued by the German Empire: the 1/2 Mark and 1 Mark. Both feature the crowned Germanic Eagle on one side and the denomination on the other. The 1 Mark was minted from 1873 to 1916.  The 1/2 Mark was minted from 1905 until 1919. The 1/2 Mark is about the size of a nickel, the 1 Mark is about the size of a quarter. Both are struck in .900 fine silver.  We offer the set in two grades: Circulated and Uncirculated.  The coins in circulated sets grade Very Fine to Extra Fine and date from about 1900 to 1919.  The Uncirculated coins date from the war years of 1914 to 1918. With the outbreak of World War I, the coins were extensively hoarded, thus are available today at reasonable prices.
Item DE-SSET2U GERMANY SILVER 1/2 & 1 MARK 1914-1918 KM17 & KM14 UNC. $27.50
Item DE-SSET2C GERMANY SILVER 1/2 & 1 MARK 1914-1919 KM17 & KM14 VF-XF (CIRCULATED) $16.00



NAZI GERMANY SILVER COINS

Nazi German silver 2 Reichsmark & 5 Reichsmark coins
These four silver coins serve as a memento of the horrors of the Third Reich. The 2 Reichsmark was issued from 1936 to 1939. It pictures Paul von Hindenburg on one side and an eagle holding a wreathed swastika on the other. It is 25mm in diameter and contains .1607 troy ounces of silver.  Nazi Germany used three different designs on their regular issue 5 Reichsmark coins. The first pictured the Potsdam Military Church, also called the Potsdam Garrison Church, on one side and an eagle and two small swastikas on the other. It was struck only from 1934 to 1935. The Church was built by Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm I between 1730 and 1735. Adolf Hitler was sworn in a Chancellor of Germany by Paul von Hindenburg at the Church in 1933. It burned down in the fires caused by the Allied bombing in 1945. The second type was struck during only during the last part of 1935 and the first part of 1936. It pictured Paul von Hindenburg on one side and an eagle on the other. Starting in 1936 the Eagle reverse was replaced with an eagle holding a wreathed swastika, similar to the 2 Reichsmark. The Eagle and Swastika 5 Reichsmark was struck from 1936 to 1939. The silver 5 Reichsmark coins are each 29mm in diameter and contains .4016 troy ounces of silver. Because of the war, no Nazi silver coins were struck after 1939. Coins grade Very Fine.
Item DE-93 NAZI GERMANY SILVER 2 REICHSMARK HINDENBURG/SWASTIKA 1936-39 KM93 VF $12.00
Item DE-83 NAZI GERMANY SILVER 5 REICHSMARK MILITARY CHURCH 1934-35 KM83 VF $24.00
Item DE-86 NAZI GERMANY SILVER 5 REICHSMARK HINDENBURG/EAGLE 1935-36 KM86 VF $19.00
Item DE-94 NAZI GERMANY SILVER 5 REICHSMARK HINDENBURG/SWASTIKA 1936-39 KM94 VF $25.00
Item DE-SSET4 SET OF ABOVE 4 NAZI GERMAN SILVER COINS $79.00


NEWBRITISH EAST INDIA RUPEE STRUCK IN THE NAME OF THE MUGHAL EMPEROR

East India Company, Bengal Presidency, 1 Rupee, Yr. 45 (1805) Farrukhabad KM68This silver rupee was struck by the Bengal Presidency of the British East India Company.  In order to increase acceptance of the coin, the design and legends on the coin followed that of the Mughal coins then in circulation, rather than mention the East India Company. Persian legend on one side of the coin translate as "The auspicious coin of the victorious Emperor Shah Alam" and on the other side "Struck at Farrukhabad in the 45th year of his tranquil reign".  In reality Shah Alam was neither victorious nor his reign tranquil. His territory was repeatedly under attack. Though proclaimed Mughal Emperor in 1760 he was forced to flee the capital due to other rivals to the throne. In 1761 the Jats defeated the Mughal forces in Agra, plundered the city and carried off the silver doors of the Taj Mahal, which they then melted. 1n 1764 Shah Alam's army of 40,000 men was defeated by a much smaller British East India Company force in the Battle of Buxar. As part of the peace treaty the East India Company was exempted from paying all taxes and was granted rights to collect taxes in Bengal. In return the Emperor was granted an annual pension.  Shah Alam finally returned to his throne in Delhi in 1772 under the protection of the forces of the Maratha Confederacy.  The Sikhs repeatedly raided Mughal territory, extracting bounty and tribute.  In 1788 Ghalam Qadir and his Sikh army forced the Emperor to appoint him as Grand Vizar.  He then ravaged the palace in search of wealth, disrespected the Emperor and his family and forced his daughters to dance naked before him (after which they jumped into the river to drown).  Unable to find the great legendary wealth of the palace he blinded the Emperor. After some weeks Maratha forces returned, killed Ghalam Qadir and restored the emperor, however he was now under Maratha control.  In 1803 the British defeated the Marathas putting the Emperor under British control.  By the time of Shah Alam's death in 1806, the blind emperor controlled little more than the area around Delhi and was a pawn of the British. The position of Mughal Emperor however was still widely respected despite having little political power.  The British continued to strike this Rupee dated the 45th year of the Reign of Shah Alam (which corresponds to 1805) for many years because of respect and sentiment the Emperor commanded.
Item IN-BENGAL69 BRITISH EAST INDIA CO. BENGAL RUPEE, FARRUKHABAD  sHAH ALAM Yr.45 KM69 VF $25.00


SILVER KORI OF KUTCH FROM SHORT REIGN OF EDWARD VIII

Kutch silver Kori of Edward VIII KM65This silver 1 Kori coin was issued by the semi-independent Indian state of Kutch.  Due to its geographical isolation in western India, Kutch had a monetary system unlike most of the rest of India. This silver Kori was issued jointly in the name of Khengarji III, who ruled Kutch for some 67 years, and British king Edward VIII, who reigned for less than a year in 1936, before abdicating the throne in order to marry an American divorcee.  The coin is dated both AD 1936 and VS1992 or VS1993  in the Vikrama Samvat calendar.   The thick, 17mm silver coin features the three symbols of Kutch: a trisul, a dagger, and a crescent moon, weighs 4.7 grams and grades Very Fine or better.
Item IN-KUTCH-65 INDIA, KUTCH SILVER KORI EDWARD VIII AD1936 Y65 VF-XF $30.00



SILVER COINS OF THE KINGDOM OF ITALY

Italy silver 1 Lire Victor Emmanuel II 1863-67 KM5aItaly silver 5 Lire Victor Emmanuel II 1869-78 KM8Italy silver 1 Lire Umberto I 1884-1900 KM24Italy silver 1 Lire Victor Emmanuel III 1908-13 KM45
Italy was formally declared a Kingdom under King Victor Emmanuel II (Vittorio Emanuele II) of Sardinia in 1861. He decided to continue his title as Victor Emmanuel II instead of Victor Emmanuel I of Italy, thus Italy's first king is titled The Second.  His son, Umberto I, became king upon Victor Emmanuel's death in 1878.  Umberto added Italy's African colonies of Somalia and Eritrea, however, his forces were defeated in Ethiopia.  He was assassinated by an anarchist in 1900.   These silver coins of the first two kings of Italy have similar designs.  The obverse features the head of the king.  The reverse has the crowned emblem of Italy within a wreath.  Victor Emmanuel III (Vittorio Emanuele III) ascended to the throne upon the death of his father, Umberto.  Victor Emanuel III was an avid numismatist which may explain why he issued such attractive coins.  The reverse design of this silver 1 Lire is based on the ancient silver coins of Sicily.  It features a quadriga (an ancient 4 horse carriage) pulling a helmeted woman holding an olive branch and a shield.  The obverse depicts the head of the king. The coin was issued from 1908 until 1913. He abdicated in 1946 following Italy's defeat in World War II.  These coins were all struck to the standards of the Latin Monetary Union, attempted to unify the currencies of Europe more than a century before the Euro was established.  The 1 Lire is 23mm, weighs 5 grams, is struck in .835 fine silver and contains .1342 troy ounces of silver.  The 5 Lire is 37mm, weighs 25 grams, is struck in .900 fine silver and contains .7234 troy ounces of silver. They are all historic silver coins of the Kingdom of Italy.
Item IT-VE2-1L ITALY 1 LIRA VICTOR EMMANUEL II, KM5a 1863-67 Good $6.00
Item IT-VE2-5L ITALY 5 LIRE VICTOR EMMANUEL II, KM8 1869-78 F-VF $32.00
Item IT-UM-1L ITALY 1 LIRA UMBERTO I, KM24 1884-1900 Good-VG $6.00
Item IT-VE3-1L ITALY 1 LIRA VICTOR EMMANUEL III, KM45 1908-13 VG-Fine $7.00




BEAUTIFUL WORLD WAR I  ERA ITALIAN SILVER COIN OF VICTOR EMMANUEL III Restocked

Italy silver 2 Lire KM55Victor Emmanuel III (Vittorio Emanuele III) became King of Italy in 1900.  His reign lasted 45 years, spanning both World War I and World War II.   He was an avid numismatist, which may explain why he issued such attractive coins.  The designs of his coins reflect that of ancient Italy.  From the World War I era we have this wonderful silver 2 Lire coins issued from 1914 to 1917.   The reverse features a quadriga (an ancient 4 horse carriage) pulling a helmeted woman holding an olive branch and a shield. The design is based on ancient silver coins of Sicily.  The obverse has the bust of King Victor Emmanuel III.    The 2 Lire is struck to the standards of the Latin Monetary Union.  It is 27mm, weighs 10 grams and is struck in .835 fine silver.  It is a beautiful and historic silver coin from World War I.  We completely sold out the last time we offered this gorgeous coin.
Item IT-VE3-2L ITALY SILVER 2 LIRE 1914-1917 KM55 XF-AU $25.00




NEWFASCIST ITALY SILVER COIN OF VICTOR EMMANUEL III

Italy silver 5 Lire KM67 Victor Emmanuel IIIThis silver 5 Lire of Fascist Italy dates from 1927 to 1930.  King Victor Emmanuel III (Vittorio Emanuele III) is on the obverse.  An eagle and fasces, the emblem of Fascist Italy is on the reverse.  By 1927 Mussolini had turned Italy into a dictatorship and the king was largely a figure head. The 23mm coin weighs 5 grams and contains .1342 troy ounces of silver.  It is an  historic silver coin of Fascist Italy.
Item IT-VE3-5L ITALY SILVER 5 LIRE, 1927-30 KM67 VF $6.00


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MULTI-COLOR SILVER DINOSAUR COIN FROM JAPAN

Japan 1000 Yen 2011 Y164 Fukui Prefecture - T-Rex dinosaur coinA fierce multi-colored Tyrannosaurus rex is featured on this silver Proof 2011 Japanese 1000 Yen coin honoring Fukui Prefecture.  The coin was struck as part of a series commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Japan's Local Autonomy Law that honor each of the 47 prefectures of Japan.  Many dinosaur fossils have been found in Fukui and it is the home of the only dedicated dinosaur museum in Japan.  It is one of the largest museums in Japan and is one of the "World's Three Great Dinosaur Museums".  The reverse features cherry blossoms, snowflakes and a crescent moon. The 1 troy ounce 40mm coin is struck in .999 fine silver and has a mintage of 100,000 pieces.  The coin comes in a custom hard plastic case.
Item JP-FUKUI JAPAN 1000 YEN 2011 FUKUI, T-REX Y164 SILVER PROOF $89.75



NEWSCARCE SILVER COINS OF THE KATHIRI STATE OF SEIYUN AND TARIM

Kathiri State of Seiyun & Tarim 12 Khumsi AH1315=1897AD KM216Kathiri State of Seiyun & Tarim 6 Khumsi AH1315=1897AD KM215The Kathiri Sultans controlled the towns of Seiyun and Tarim in what is now Yemen. After loosing much of their territory to rival tribes they agreed to become a British Protectorate. Seiyun was the capital, and Tarim is a major center of Islamic learning.  In 1897 they had these silver 6 and 12 Khumsi coins struck at the Heaton Mint for their territory.  The coins are all in Arabic, except for the Heaton mintmark and are dated AH1315. The 6 Khumsi is 10mm and the 12 Khumsi is 18mm.  12 Khumsi was equivalent to 1/10 Riyal.  They are rarely seen coins from a now forgotten nation.
Item SEIYUN-12K KATHIRI STATE OF SEIYUN & TARIM 12 KHUMSI AH1315=1897AD KM216 F-VF $45.00
Item SEIYUN-6K KATHIRI STATE OF SEIYUN & TARIM 6 KHUMSI AH1315=1897AD KM215 F-VF $25.00
Item SEIYUN-BOTH BOTH OF THE ABOVE COINS 6 & 12 KHUMSI KM215 & 216 F-VF $65.00



ATTRACTIVE OLD MEXICAN SILVER COINS  

Mexico silver 50 Centavos & 1 Peso, 1920-1945, KM 447 & KM455This two coin set features the silver 50 Centavos and 1 Peso of Mexico dating 1920 to 1945.  Both coins have a similar design.  One side features the Mexican eagle on a cactus eating a snake.  The numerals “0.7 20”, indicating the silver content of the coin (.720 fine silver) is on either side of the head of the eagle.  The other side has the denomination within a wreath and a rayed liberty cap above.  The 50 Centavos is 27mm in diameter and contains .1929 troy ounces of silver.  The Peso is 34mm and contains .3857 troy ounces of silver.  The coins grade Very Fine or better.  It is an attractive old set of silver coins.
Item MX-SSET2 MEXICO SILVER 50 CENTAVOS & 1 PESO, 1920-45, KM447&455 VF $18.00



1950's MEXICAN SILVER COIN SET  

Mexico set of 3 silver coins 25 & 50 Centavos & 1 Peso, KM4443, KM449, KM457In 1950 Mexico introduced three new silver coins: a 1 Peso, 50 Centavos and 25 Centavos.  The coins were struck in .300 fine silver. Unlike the previous Mexican silver coin, the coins do not display their weight and fineness, possibly because they had such a low silver content.  The 1 Peso features Morelos, one of the leaders of the Mexican War of Independence.  It was struck only for a single year: 1950.  The coin 32mm coin contains .1286 troy ounces of silver.  The 50 Centavo depicted the last Aztec Emperor: Cuauhtemoc.  The 26mm coin contains .064 troy ounces of silver.  It was struck only two years, 1950 and 1951.  The 25 Centavos was re-introduced for the first time since 1892.  The design was based on that of the 19th Century 25 Centavos, featuring the “balance of justice”.  The 21.5mm coin contained .032 troy ounces of silver. It was issued only four years from 1950 to 1953.  The reverse of the coins feature the Mexican Eagle eating a snake on the obverse. 
Item MX-SET50 MEXICO 25, 50 CENTAVOS & 1 PESO 1950-53 KM443, KM449 & KM457 VF-XF $9.50



AZTEC BALL PLAYER ON MEXICAN OLYMPIC SILVER COIN  Restocked

Mexico 25 Pesos 1968 XIX Olympic Summer Games, KM465Mexico issued this silver 25 Pesos dated 1968 to celebrate the XIX Summer Olympic Games held in Mexico City that year.  The coin depicts an Aztec or Mayan playing a Meso-American ball game called Ollamaliztli. Behind the player is the outline of the game court.  The game was played with a hard rubber ball that weighed as much as 9 pounds (4 kg.).  The ball was not allowed to touch the ground and was to be kept in play.  The goal was to knock the ball through one of two stone hoops without using hands. It rarely happened, so points could be scored or penalties given by other play as well.  It was a fast paced game in which players had to throw themselves against the surface of the court to keep the ball from hitting the ground. As might be expected injuries were common. The stakes were high due to extensive wagering (people would wager themselves or their children into slavery), and in some cases, the losing team would be sacrificed to the gods.  Beneath the ball player are the five interlocking Olympic rings.  The obverse features the Mexican eagle eating a snake.  The 38mm coin is struck in .720 fine silver and contains .5175 troy ounces of silver.
Item MX-25P MEXICO SILVER 25 PESOS 1968 OLYMPICS KM479 UNC. $16.00


NEWRUSSIAN NUCLEAR ICEBREAKER ON ULTRA-HIGH RELIEF SILVER COIN

Niue silver 2 Dollars coin 2019, Russian Arktika class Nuclear powered IcebreakerThis impressive, ultra-high relief, 1 troy ounce silver 2 Dollar coin of Niue depicts a Russian Arktika class nuclear powered icebreaker. Russia is the only nation to have built nuclear icebreakers. The huge ships are designed to break through the polar ice along the Northern Sea Route, from the Barents Sea to Bering Strait, clearing the way for cargo and other ships.  The ships were the first surface vessels to North Pole.  Since 1989, some of the icebreakers have been used for Arctic tourist cruises. The 40mm .999 fine, 1 troy ounce silver coin had an authorized mintage of 999 pieces of which only 750 were struck. The coin has a satin-antique finish.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  I am not sure what the connection is between the tropical island of Niue and a Russian nuclear icebreaker, but it is a very nice coin with an attractive ship design. 
Item NU-ICE NIUE 2 DOLLARS 2015 NUCLEAR ICEBREAKER, ANTIQUE FINISH UNC $69.50



EARLY DATED SILVER COIN OF POLAND-LITHUANIA

Poland - Lithuania silver 1/2 Grossus (Groschen) of Sigismund II AugustusUntil the 1600's most nations did not put dates on coins. These silver 1/2 Grossus (Groschen) coins of Sigismund II Augustus from the 1500's are some of the earliest affordable coins bearing an AD date.  Sigismund was both the King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania.  In 1569 he formally united the two countries with the Treaty of Lublin to form the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.  His coins reflect this dual nationality.  One side features his titles as Grand Duke of Lithuania, and Vytas, the White Knight, which is the national symbol of Lithuania.  Below Vytas is the date.  The other side features the Polish Eagle and his titles as King of Poland.  The 19mm silver coins date from 1547 to 1572.  In 1572 Sigsmund died childless, despite having three wives (two of which were first cousins) and carrying on affairs with "two of the most beautiful of his countrywomen".  He was the last of the powerful Jagiellonian dynasty controlled much of central Europe for almost 200 years.
Item PL-LT POLAND-LITHUANIA 1/2 GROSSUS, SIGISMUND II AUGUSTUS 1547-1572 F-VF $29.75
Item PL-LTx5 5 DIFFERENT DATES OF POLAND-LITHUANIA 1/2 GROSSUS 1547-1572 F-VF $129.75



NEWOLD POLISH SILVER COIN OF SIGISMUND III

Poland 3 Polker (1/24 Thaler) KM41 1620-1628This silver 3 Polker coins of Poland  issued by king Sigismund III Vasa is dated between about 1620 to 1628. Sigismund became king of Poland and Lithuania in 1587.  He was also king of Sweden from 1592 until he was deposed in 1599.  His efforts to unite Poland and Sweden caused sixty years of war between the two.  He invaded Russia in 1605, taking advantage of their Time of Troubles.  Despite occupying Moscow and proclaiming himself to be Czar, he was unable to control the country. His war in Russia continued until a peace treaty was finally signed in 1618.  It was during the later part of his reign that the 30 Years War started. The war was one of the most destructive conflicts in human history.   One side of the coin has the crowned arms of united Poland and Lithuania.  The other side features the number 24 within an orb, indicating the coin was worth 1/24th of a Thaler. On either side of the cross and orb are the last two digits of the date.  Sigismund did not feel it necessary to include the first two digits.
Item PL-3POLK POLAND 3 POLKER 1620-28 KM41 VG $12.00



SERBIA HONORS TESLA ON  SILVER COINS

Serbia Silver Tesla coins - 2018 Alternating Current, Induction Motor, 2019 Remote Control
Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, physicist, and futurist.  He is said to have over 300 patents covering a wide range of technologies including alternating current, electric motors, remote control, television, radio, x-rays, cell phones, robotics, lasers, turbine engines, magnetic propulsion, drones, solar power, weather manipulation, particle beams and electromagnetic energy (the Tesla coil).  Recently Serbia instituted a series of  100 Dinara coins honoring Tesla and his many inventions.  The 39mm coins each contain 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver and are struck by the Serbian Mint.  The obverses of the coins depict Tesla.   The Serbian arms, weight, purity, silver content, date, denomination and one or more of his inventions are on the reverses.  I expect the series to be popular due to Tesla's fame and the automobile named in his honor. 
   The first issue in the series honors his contributions to the design of the alternating current (AC) electricity supply system and features one of Nikola Tesla’s greatest inventions: the Induction Motor.  Only 50,000 pieces were struck in Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) and 3327 pieces in Proof. The Proof issue comes in a case with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
   The second coin in the series is a 2019 dated coin commemorating the 120th anniversary of his invention of remote control and wireless transmission.  In 1898 Tesla demonstrated the technology with a radio-controlled four-foot long stealth boat, which is depicted on the coin.   He expected the technology to be picked up by the United States Navy, but the Navy brass would have none of it.  Ironically, less than two decades later the German navy used remotely controlled boats loaded with explosives to attack Allied ships during World War I.  Only recently has the United States Navy started serious work with remote control ships.   The coin has a mintage of 75,000 pieces in Brilliant Uncirculated.  We have not yet received examples of the coin in Proof.
Item RS-TESLA-AC-BU SERBIA 100 DINARA 2018 TESLA-ALTERNATING CURRENT-MOTOR BU $34.00
NEW Item RS-TESLA-AC18-PF SERBIA 100 DINARA 2018 TESLA-ALTERNATING CURRENT-MOTOR PROOF $49.95
NEW Item RS-TESLA-REMOTE-BU SERBIA 100 DINARA 2019 TESLA-REMOTE CONTROL BU $29.95


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PIECE-OF-EIGHT FROM THE WRECK OF THE EL CAZADOR   Restocked

Piece-of-Eight of Carlos III (Charles III ) from the El Cazador shipwreck Few coins can match the history and romance of the Piece-of-Eight. Commonly known as the Spanish 8 Reales, or Spanish Milled Dollar, this large silver coin was widely used throughout the Americas. Its wide acceptance made it a favorite of both pirates and merchants. It was used throughout the colonies before the American Revolution, and was the basis of the United States Dollar. The coin continued to be legal tender in the United States until 1857. These original Pieces-of-Eight went down aboard the El Cazador in 1784 off the coast of Louisiana.   Some say that Spain's loss of the El Cazador changed the course of history. Spain had gained control of New Orleans and Louisiana from France by treaty in 1762, over objections of the residents who had nothing to say in the matter. Following the American Revolution there was increasing rebellion in the territory caused by restrictions Spain placed on trade with the United States, a deluge of unbacked paper currency, and the ideals of the American Revolution. King Carlos III of Spain dispatched the brig of war El Cazador, loaded with newly minted Pieces-of-Eight from the Mexico City mint to New Orleans, in an effort to redeem the paper currency and boost the local economy. Alas the ship was lost at sea. Perhaps it was attacked by pirates or lost in a storm. The loss was devastating to both Louisiana’s economy and Spain's ability to profit from the territory. Further efforts by the Spanish Crown to sustain Louisiana failed, and in 1800, Spain ceded Louisiana back to France in exchange for some minor European considerations. Three years later France sold Louisiana to the United States for $15 million dollars. The Louisiana Purchase opened the floodgates of westward expansion for the young United States.
      
The coins bear the bust of Spanish King Carlos (Charles) III on one side and the Spanish coat-of-arms between the Pillars of Hercules on the other. The coins were struck at the historic Mexico City Mint between 1780 and 1783.  They were on their way from Mexico to the then Spanish port of New Orleans when the ship was lost at sea. The coins show significant signs that they have been under the ocean for over 200 years.  They are heavily corroded and do not have a readable date.  The coin comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.  This is your chance to own a genuine Piece-of-Eight from this important shipwreck.
Item ELCAZ-CORR PIECE OF EIGHT OF CARLOS III (1780-83), from El Cazador Heavily Corroded $49.75





SILVER SIAMESE COIN FEATURES 3-HEADED ELEPHANT

Thailand 1/4 Baht (Salung) Y43a 1917-1925King Rama VI (Vajiravudh) is on the obverse and Erawan, the mythological three-headed elephant, on the reverse of this silver Salung (1/4 Baht) of Siam (now Thailand). The 20.15mm, .500 fine coin was minted from 1917 to 1925.  Rama VI had a difficult time following up on the successful modernization reforms of his father King Chulalongkorn (Rama V).  His "Westernization" reforms included founding the first University in Thailand, introduction of Scouting in Thailand, introducing compulsory education, and having Thai's adopt last names (Previously only first names were used). Being a gifted writer he even invented last names for his citizens.
Item TH-SALUNG25 SIAM SILVER 1/4 BAHT (SALUNG) 1917-25 Y43a VG-Fine $5.00



ONLY SILVER 10 SATANG OF THAILAND  Restocked  Price Reduced

Thailand silver 10 Satang 1941 KM56In 1941 Thailand issued its only silver 10 Satang coin.  The 19mm coin had a center hole. One side has the denomination and name of the country in Thai, the other side has a geometric floral design and the date in Thai using the Buddhist Era calendar: year 2484 which corresponds to 1941 AD.  Japan invaded Thailand on December 8, 1941. Thailand surrendered in 5 hours. It allowed the Japanese free passage to invade Malaya and Burma, but kept control of its internal affairs and armed forces.  The following year the coin was replaced with a tin 10 Satang utilizing a similar design.
Item TH-10S THAILAND SILVER 10 SATANG 1941 KM56 VF $4.00




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