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SILVER 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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NewAUSTRALIA'S ONLY SILVER 1 CROWN COIN

Australia silver 1 Crown 1937 KM34Australia's only silver 1 Crown was introduced in 1937 to commemorate the coronation of King George VI.  The 38mm coin was struck in sterling silver at the Melbourne mint.  George VI is on the obverse and the royal crown, date and denomination is on the reverse. The coin was discontinued in 1938, making it Australia's only silver 1 Crown coin.
Item AU-1CR AUSTRALIA 1 CROWN 1937 KM34 XF $39.50



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 ½ 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



NewBEAUTIFUL BAHAMAS SILVER PROOF COINS

Bahamas silver dollarBahamas silver flamingo 2 dollars
These silver Proof coins from the Bahamas have long been considered some of the most beautiful and artistic coins of that era. The 1 Dollar features a Conch shell.  It is 34mm in diameter and contains .4666 troy ounces of silver.  The popular 2 Dollars features two flamingos, the national bird of the Bahamas.  It is 40mm and contains .8862 troy ounces of silver.  All three were designed by famed British artist, sculptor and coin and stamp designer Arnold Machin. The coins dating from 1970 to 1973 depict Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The 1974 and 1975 issues have the Coat of Arms of the Bahamas on the obverse.
Item BS-1D-QUEEN BAHAMAS SILVER CONCH 1 DOLLAR 1970-73, QUEEN OBVERSE, PROOF $18.00
Item BS-1D-ARMS BAHAMAS SILVER CONCH 1 DOLLAR 1974-75, COAT OF ARMS OBVERSE, PROOF $18.00
Item BS-2D-QUEEN BAHAMAS SILVER FLAMINGO 2 DOLLARS 1970-73, QUEEN OBVERSE, PROOF $32.00
Item BS-2D-ARMS BAHAMAS SILVER FLAMINGO 2 DOLLARS 1974-75, COAT OF ARMS OBVERSE, PROOF $32.00




NEW1964 SILVER CROWN FROM BERMUDA

Bermuda silver 1 Crown 1964 KM2Bermuda struck this silver 1 crown in 1964. It was the last coin they struck before switching to the decimal system in 1970.  Because Bermuda is a British colony, Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.   The nations arms on the reverse features a wrecked ship in a storm.  Bermuda was first settled by a group of colonists bound for Virginia that were shipwrecked on the island. Shakespeare's The Tempest may have been based upon this incident.  The 36mm silver crown contains .3636 troy ounces of silver.
Item BM-1CR BERMUDA SILVER 1 CROWN 1964 KM14 UNC $15.00



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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BEAUTIFUL 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 $25.95




Canada 1958 British Columbia Silver Dollar KM55NewTHE CANADIAN DEATH DOLLAR

To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of British Columbia in 1958 the Canadian mint issued this silver dollar featuring a native totem pole.  The totem pole is a widely used by many native tribes of British Columbia. Unfortunately the designer used a death totem pole.  This created an uproar with the public, and the coin became known as the "Death Dollar".  A young portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The 36mm coin is struck in .800 fine silver and contains .6 troy ounces of silver. We offer this attractive silver dollar in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
Item CA-DEATH CANADA 1 DOLLAR 1958 BRITSH COLUMBIA DEATH TOTEM KM55 BU $19.95



NewCANADIAN SILVER DOLLAR CELEBRATES PILE O'BONES

Canada Regina 1982 silver dollar KM133Pile O' Bones was the name of a hunters' camp located in central Canada.  It was so named because heaps of bones were left there from skinning and cutting buffalo.   In 1882 the Canadian Pacific Railroad came through, and it was renamed Regina, to honor Queen Victoria.  It was the administrative headquarters of the Northwest Territories from 1882 until 1905, when it became the capital of the newly formed province of Saskatchewan.  To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formal founding of the City of Regina, Canada issued a commemorative Proof silver dollar in 1982.  One side features the provincial capitol building and a cattle skull, which is an acknowledgement to the city's origin.  The other side features Queen Elizabeth.  The coin is 36mm in diameter and contains .3750 troy ounces of silver.  It comes in its original mint box and capsule.
Item CA-REGINA CANADA 1 DOLLAR 1982 REGINA KM133 SILVER PROOF IN BOX $13.50
Item CA-REGINAx5 5 of the above CANADA 1 DOLLAR 1982 REGINA KM133 SILVER PROOF $65.00


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



OLD 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


NewDEATHSTALKER SCORPION ON CHAD SILVER COIN

Chad silver 500 Francs coin, 2017 Deathstalker ScorpionA Deathstalker Scorpion is depicted on the reverse of this attractive 2017 silver 500 Francs coin from the African nation of Chad. Though only about 2 inches (5 cm) long, its sting can kill a human. Its venom however has shown promise in treating cancer and diabetes, which are two of the major causes of death in humans. There seems to be a bit of a paradox in that.  The obverse depicts the national arms of Chad.  The 39mm legal tender coin is struck in .999 fine silver and has a mintage of only 50,000 pieces.  The coin has a beautiful Proof-like finish and comes in a protective capsule.
TD-SCORPION CHAD 500 FRANCS 2017 DEATHSTALKER SCORPION, PROOFLIKE $32.50



RECENT SILVER COINS OF THE EAST CARIBBEAN STATES

2 Dollar silver coins of Anguilla, Antigua & Baruda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines:
The East Caribbean Central Bank recently issued coins for each of its member nations.  The tiny island nations all utilize a common currency called the Eastern Caribbean Dollar.  The Proof-like 1 troy ounce .999 fine, 39mm legal tender coins are denominated two Eastern Caribbean Dollars.  The coins have a common reverse depicting Queen Elizabeth within a wreath.  Each nation has a distinctive obverse reflecting a unique aspect of that country. Only 25,000 of each were minted.  Anguilla depicts a stylized lobster.  Antigua and Barbuda features a rum runner and his sailing ship.  Dominica shows a woman watching Boeing 314 Clipper "Flying Boat".  The design was derived from an old Pan-Am travel poster for Tahiti.  Grenada depicts divers exploring a shipwreck and coral reefs. The Montserrat coin incorporates the coat-of-arms of Montserrat along with portions of the British and American flags.  Montserrat is called "The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean" both for its resemblance to coastal Ireland and for the Irish ancestry of many of its inhabitants.   Because of volcanic activity the southern half of the island, including its former capital and main airport, have been abondened. St. Kitts & Nevis features a pellican and sail boats.  St. Lucia depicts two flamingos.  St. Vincent and The Grenadines depicts a a seaplane landing.  They are attractive coins from nations that rarely issue their own coins.
 Item ANGUILLA18 ANGUILLA 2 DOLLARS 2018 LOBSTER PROOFLIKE $33.50
 Item ANTIGUA19 ANTIGUA & BARBUDA 2 DOLLARS 2019 RUM RUNNER, PROOFLIKE OUT
 Item DOMINICA18 DOMININCA 2 DOLLARS 2018 FLYING BOAT, PROOFLIKE out
 Item GRENADA18 GRENADA 2 DOLLARS 2018 DIVERS, PROOFLIKE  $33.50
 Item MONTSERRAT18 MONTSERRAT 2 DOLLARS 2018 COAT OF ARMS, PROOFLIKE $33.50
 Item ST.KITTS18 ST. KITTS & NEVIS 2 DOLLARS 2018 PELICAN, PROOFLIKE $33.50
 Item ST.LUCIA18 ST. LUCIA 2 DOLLARS 2018 FLAMINGOS, PROOFLIKE $33.50
 Item ST.VINCENT ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES 2 DOLLARS 2018 SEA PLANE, PROOFLIKE $33.50




WORLD 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  $5.00



FRENCH INDO-CHINA SILVER COIN FEATURE STATUE OF LIBERTY 

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 $6.00




SCARCE SILVER COINS FROM STATES OF THE GERMAN EMPIRE

Common reverse of German States 5 MarkCommon reverse of German States 2 MarkThe German Empire, also called the Second Reich or the Kaiserreich, lasted from the unification of Germany under Kaiser Wilhelm I in 1871 until the abdication of Wilhelm II in 1918 when Germany was defeated in World War I.  The formerly independent German states were allowed to issue coins in denominations of 2 Marks or higher.  The coins were all struck to the same standards.  The 2 Mark was 28mm and contained .3215 troy ounces of silver, the 3 Mark was 33mm and contained .4823 ounces of silver, the 5 Mark was 38mm and contained .8037 troy ounces of silver.  The coins were all struck in .900 fine silver. Most had a common reverse featuring the crowned imperial German Eagle and a lettered edge "GOTT MIT UNS" (God with us).  The smaller states issued only a few coins, most with low mintages, marking special events.  Many coins were melted during World War I, the German Inflation and World War II, making them scarce today.

LAST 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.   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


NEWBAVARIA COMMEMORATES 90th BIRTHDAY OF PRINCE REGENT LUITPOLD

Bavaria 2, 3 & 5 Mark 1911, 90th Borthday of Prince Regent Luitpold KM997-KM999Bavaria commemorated the 90th birthday of Prince Regent Luitpold with 2, 3 and 5 Mark coins in 1911.  All three coins have the same design featuring the bust of Luitpold.  Luitpold was the regent for Bavarian King Otto.  King Otto who was the younger brother of "The Mad" King Ludwig II.  On June 10, 1886 the Bavarian cabinet declared Ludwig unable to rule and appointed his uncle Luitpold as Regent.  Three days later Ludwig died under mysterious circumstances and Otto became king.  King Otto was never able to rule as he was immediately declared "melancholic" and Luitpold continued as regent.  It is unclear if Otto's problem was Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from his service in the Franco-Prussian War, the ravages of Syphilis, an inherited disorder or if Luitpold and others just wanted him out of the way.  The King was kept locked up and there was no apparent effort to treat him. In 1912 Luitpold died and his son succeeded him as regent.
Item BAV-5M-LUITPOLD BAVARIA 5 MARK 1911 LUITPOLD 90th BIRTHDAY, KM999 UNC $160.00
Item BAV-3M-LUITPOLD BAVARIA 3 MARK 1911 LUITPOLD 90th BIRTHDAY, KM998 UNC $70.00
Item BAV-2M-LUITPOLD BAVARIA 2 MARK 1911 LUITPOLD 90th BIRTHDAY, KM997 UNC $65.00
Item BAV-SET3-LUITPOLD ABOVE 3 BAVARIAN COINS: 2, 3 & 5 MARK LUITPOLD 90th BIRTHDAY, KM997-999 UNC $275.00

NEWHESSE COMMEMORATES 400th ANNIVERSARY OF PHILIP THE MAGNANIMOUS

Hesse 2 & 5 Mark 1904, 400th Anniversary of birth of Philip the MagnanimousHESSE commemorated the 400th anniversary of the birth of Philip the Magnanimous with 2 and 5 Mark coins dated 1904.  The coins portray the busts of Philip and Ernst Ludwig, who was the Grand Duke of Hesse.  Below the busts is the date of Philip's birth, November 13, and the years 1504 - 1904.  Phillip met Martin Luther when he was 17 at the Diet of Worms. He was a strong supporter of the Protestant Reformation.  Martin Luther did not approve of Philip's lifestyle however, stating that he lived "constantly in a state of adultery and fornication", which was probably true as he had two wives.   Ernst Ludwig was the grandson of the Queen.   His first marriage to his first cousin, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, turned out badly.  Though they were famous for their parties for their young friends (anyone over 30 was too old), they did not get along well.  They would have loud, physical arguments. She went on to spend vast sums in expenses and at the card-tables in Monte Carlo. He was homosexual and it was said that "no boy was safe, from the stable hands to the kitchen help. He slept quite openly with them all."  Victoria did not approve of divorce, so they remained married until shortly after Victoria died in 1901.  His second marriage however was successful.  The 2 Mark has a mintage of 40,000 pieces, the 5 Mark a mintage of only 40,000 pieces.  They are some of the few coins issued by Hesse after the unification of Germany.
Item HESSE-5M-PHIL HESSE 5 MARK 1904 PHILIP THE MAGNANIMOUS KM373 UNC. $250.00
Item HESSE-2M-PHIL HESSE 2 MARK 1904 PHILIP THE MAGNANIMOUS KM372 UNC. $120.00

NEWSAXE-WEIMAR-EISANACH HONORS 350th ANNIVERSARY OF JENA UNIVERSITY

Saxe-Weimar-Eisanach silver 2 & 5 Mark coins 1908 Jena Universit, KM219 & KM220.Saxe-Weimar-Eisanach commemorated the 350th anniversary of the founding of Jena University with 2 and 5 Mark coins in 1908.  The university, which is officially named Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena had approximately 1100 students and 112 professors at that time. Today it has almost 19,000 students.  During the 19th century its teaching staff included Gottlieb Fichte, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Friedrich Schelling, Friedrich von Schlegel and Friedrich Schiller. Karl Marx, Carl Zeiss and Ernst Haeckel are noted alumni.   Both coins depict Johann Freidrich I the Magnanimous holding a sword. Johann Freidrich was a strong supporter of Martin Luther. He conceived the university in 1547 while he was being held prisoner by Emperor Charles V. The university was formally established in 1558 by his sons, four years after his death. The 2 Mark has a mintage of 50,000.  The 5 Mark has a mintage of only 40,000.  The coins are unusual in that they have both raised and incused legends.
Item SWE-5M-JENA SAXE WEIMAR-EISENACH 5 MARK 1908 JENA UNIVERSITY KM220 UNC. $295.00
Item SWE-2M-JENA SAXE WEIMAR-EISENACH 2 MARK 1908 JENA UNIVERSITY KM219 UNC. $130.00

NEWSCHWARZBURG-SONDERHAUSEN HONORS PRINCE KARL GUNTHER

Schwarzburg-Sonderhausen silver 3 Mark coin 1909, death of Prince Karl Gunther KM154Schwarzburg-Sonderhausen was a small, non-contiguous principality in what is now Thuringia.  It had a total area of about 332 sq. miles (862 km²) and a population of 85,000.  In 1909 it issued one of its few coins; a 3 Mark to commemorate the death of Prince Karl Gunther. The prince suffered a serious hunting accident in 1906 and was confined to bed until his death in 1909.  The coin portrays the head of the prince along with the years of his birth and death.  It has a mintage of 70,000 pieces. 
Item SCHWARZBURG SCHWARZBURG-SONDERHAUSEN 3 MARK 1909 KM154 UNC. $195.00


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OLD, 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



FIRST SILVER COINS OF THE GERMAN EMPIRE

Germany 20 Pfennig coin KM5Germany 50 Pfennig coin KM6Germany 1 Mark coin 1873-1887 KM7
For most if its history Germany was little more than a loose collection of independent and semi-independent states.  The country was finally unified in 1871 under Prussian King Wilhelm I as emperor of Germany.  The first three silver coins of the German Empire were the 20 Pfennig, 50 Pfennig and 1 Mark.   The three coins had similar designs, with the denomination and date on the obverse and the crowned imperial German eagle on the reverse. The 20 Pfennig was struck for only five years, 1873 to 1877. Its small size, it was only 16mm, made it unpopular as it was easy to loose.   The 50 Pfennig was struck only three years, from 1875 to 1877 (and 1877 is rare).  It was also unpopular as it was easily confused with the copper-nickel 10 Pfennig which had the same reverse design, a similar obverse design, and was only 1mm different in size.  The 1 Mark was struck from 1873 until 1887, after which the reverse was revised with a larger imperial eagle. It was 24mm and contained .1606 troy ounces of silver. All three coins were struck in .900 fine silver. 
Item DE-1M GERMAN EMPIRE 1 MARK 1873-1887 KM7 VG-Fine $7.50
Item DE-50P GERMAN EMPIRE 50 PFENNIG 1875-1877 KM6 Fine-VF $12.50
Item DE-20P GERMAN EMPIRE 20 PFENNIG 1873-1876 KM5 VG-Fine out



UNCIRCULATED WORLD WAR I SILVER COINS OF GERMANY 

German 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 issued during World War I. . Both feature the crowned Germanic Eagle on one side and the denomination on the other. 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.  Because the silver coins were extensively hoarded during the war we can offer these coins in Uncirculated condition at a very reasonable price for mint state silver coins that are over a century old..   
Item DE-SSET2U GERMANY SILVER 1/2 & 1 MARK 1914-1918 KM17 & KM14 UNC. $27.50



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


NewWEST GERMANY SILVER 5 MARK HONORS POLISH ASTRONOMER COPERNICUS

Germany (Federal Republic) 5 Mark 1973J Copernicus KM136Though Nicolas Copernicus is most noted for his theory of a heliocentric universe, he was also a physician, mathematician, diplomat, economist and numismatist.  He wrote three essays about coins. He was born to a German family living in Poland, so is claimed by both nations.  In 1973 West Germany issued a commemorative silver 5 Mark marking the 500th anniversary of his birth.  One side of the coin depicts a model of his heliocentric theory.  The other has a stylized German Eagle. 
Item DE-COPERN WEST GERMANY SILVER 5 MARK 1973 COPERNICUS KM136 UNC. $10.00


NEWFIVE UNLUCKY KINGS OF GREECE

Greece silver 30 Drachmai 1963 Five Kings - Centennial of Glucksburg DynastyIn 1963 Greece issued this attractive silver 30 Drachmai commemorating the centennial of the rule of the Royal Family.  One side of the coin depicts the five kings of Greece of the House of Glücksburg.  The other side features a map of Greece and an ancient sailing ship.   The 34mm coin is struck in .835 fine silver and contains .4832 troy ounces of silver.  The Royal Family of Greece had a difficult century.  George I, the Prince of Denmark, was only 17 when he was selected to be the King of Greece by Great Britain, France and Russia, with the approval of the Greek National Assembly, which had deposed the previous king.  He was assassinated in 1913.  His son, Constantine I, served two terms as King.  He reigned from 1913 until he abdicated in 1917 over Greek involvement in World War I.  His second son Alexander, ruled from 1917, until he died of a monkey bite in 1920.  Constantine I returned to the throne from 1920 until 1922, when he abdicated again after Greece lost the Greco-Turkish war of 1919-1922.  His eldest son, George II, assumed the throne, but was deposed in 1924 and a Republic was proclaimed.  The Republic had never had a stable government.   Between 1924 and 1935 there were 23 changes of government, including 13 coups.  George II and the monarchy were restored by a plebiscite held in 1935. The king was again forced into exile in 1941 after the country was invaded by Mussolini and Hitler in World War II.  George II returned to Greece in 1946, and died the following year.  His younger brother Paul, assumed the throne in 1947, and was king when this coin was struck in 1963.  He died the following year and his son, Constantine II became king.  Constantine II fled the country in 1967 after a coup led by the military.  In 1973 Greece officially abolished the monarchy.  It is an interesting coin commemorating an ill-fated royal family.

Item GR-30D GREECE 30 DRACHMAI 1963 FIVE KINGS KM86 XF $18.00


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 KM24
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.  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-rim nicks $32.00
Item IT-UM-1L ITALY 1 LIRA UMBERTO I, KM24 1884-1900 Good-VG $6.00



SILVER 2 LIRE COINS OF THE KINGDOM OF ITALY

Italy 2 Lire 1863 Victor Emmanuel II, KM6a & KM16Italy 2 Lire Umberto IKM23Italy 2 Lire Umberto IKM23
The Kingdom of Italy was united by Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia in 1861.  From 1863 until the end of World War I Italy's coins were struck to the standards of the Latin Monetary Union. The 2 Lire is 27mm, weighs 10 grams, is struck in .835 fine silver and contains .2685 troy ounces of silver. The king of Italy is on the obverse.  The coins have a lettered edge which includes the letters "FERT" which is the motto for the House of Savoy.    Two types of 2 Lire were struck for Victor Emmanuel II with the same obverse but different reverses.  One type has the Arms of Savoy on the reverse, the other has the denomination and a wreath. Both are dated 1863. The coins of his son, Umberto I, has the star of Italy atop the arms of Savoy on the reverse. Victor Emmanuel III became king upon the assassination of his father Umberto 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 coin was minted during World War I, from 1914 to 1917, after which  Italy ceased making silver 2 Lire coins. 
Item IT-VE2-ARMS-2L ITALY SILVER 2 LIRE VICTOR EMMANUEL II 1863 COAT OF ARMS KM6a VG-F $15.00
Item IT-VE2-DEN-2L ITALY SILVER 2 LIRE VICTOR EMMANUEL II 1863 DENOMINATION IN WREATH KM16 VG-F $15.00
Item IT-UM-2L ITALY SILVER 2 LIRE UMBERTO I 1881-87 KM23 VG-F $15.00
Item IT-VE3-2L ITALY SILVER 2 LIRE VICTOR EMMANUEL III 1914-1917 KM55 VF-XF $20.00





FASCIST 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 $7.00

 
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ATTRACTIVE AND HISTORIC SILVER JAPANESE 50 SEN 

Japan silver 50 sen 1922-1938This attractive silver 50 Sen coin was the last silver coin issued by Japan before World War II.  It was struck from 1922 to 1938.  The design is rich in Japanese symbolism.  One side depicts two Phoenix, or Hō-ō.  According to legend they appear very rarely, in order to mark the beginning of a new era, or to indicate a period of peace and prosperity.  Above the birds is a chrysanthemum or kiku in Japanese.  The chrysanthemum is the Imperial seal. The Imperial office itself is known as the Chrysanthemum Throne, and is the oldest monarchy in the world. It is said that the Empire of Japan was founded in 660 BC by the Emperor Jimmu Tenno, and that his descendents continue to reign to this day; the current Emperor Akhito (Heisei Tenno) is the direct 125th descendant of Jimmu.   Beneath the birds are the Kiri, or Paulownia leaves. They are the emblem of the government of Japan. Thus the symbols of both the Imperial and civilian government of Japan are represented on the coin.  The stems of the leaves form a karakusa - a winding-stem pattern that was often used in traditional Japanese artistry.  The reverse features a sunburst flanked by two cherry blossoms within an ancient sacred bronze mirror.  The mirror, known as the Yata no Kagami is part of the Imperial Regalia and is considered an essential possession for a new emperor to claim the Chrysanthemum Throne.  Cherry blossoms symbolize innocence, simplicity, and rebirth.  Their annual spring bloom is widely celebrated in Japan. The sun is the national symbol of Japan and is used on their flag.  Japan is known as the “Land of the Rising Sun”.  The characters that make up Japan's name mean "sun-origin", which is why it is known as the “Land of the Rising Sun”.    The 23.5mm coin is struck in .720 fine silver
Item JP-50SEN JAPAN SILVER 50 SEN 1922-1938 VF $8.50



LAST CIRCULATING SILVER COIN OF JAPAN  Restocked

Japan 100 Yen coin1959-1966 (Showa 34 - 41) Y78Japan released a new silver 100 Yen coin in 1959.  The obverse depicts a sheaf of rice.  The denomination is featured on the reverse.  The coin was minted only seven years, until 1966, when the rising price of silver forced Japan to remove silver from their circulating coins. The coins are dated year 34 to year 41 of the Showa era in the imperial Japanese calendar. The 22.5mm coin is struck in .600 fine silver and contains .0926 troy ounces of silver. 
Item JP-100Y-66 JAPAN 100 YEN  1959-66 Y78 VF-XF $4.00




NEWJAPAN SILVER 1000 YEN 1964 OLYMPIC COIN

Japan 1000 Yen 1964 Olympics Y80Mount Fuji is featured on this attractive 1964 silver 1000 Yen coin.  The coin was issued to commemorate the Olympic Games that were held in Tokyo that year.  The reverse includes the denomination and the Olympic rings flanked by cherry blossoms.  The coin is dated Year 39 of the Showa era, which corresponds to 1964.   With the Olympics returning to Tokyo in 2020 it is expected that there will be an increased demand for this beautiful coin. The 35mm coin contains .5948 troy ounces of silver.
Item JP-1000Y-64 JAPAN 1000 YEN 1964 OLYMPICS Y80 UNC.-toned $24.00



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



SCARCE SILVER COIN OF THE KATHIRI STATE OF SEIYUN AND TARIM

Kathiri State of Seiyun & Tarim 12 Khumsi AH1315=1897AD KM216The Kathiri Sultans controlled the towns of Seiyun and Tarim in what is now Yemen. After losing 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 this silver 12 Khumsi coins struck at the Heaton Mint for their territory.  The coin is all in Arabic, except for the Heaton mintmark and are dated AH1315.   12 Khumsi was equivalent to 1/10 Riyal. The coin is 18mm in diameter. It is a rarely seen coin from a now forgotten nation.
Item SEIYUN-12K KATHIRI STATE OF SEIYUN & TARIM 12 KHUMSI AH1315=1897AD KM216 F-VF $45.00



NEWATTRACTIVE OLD MEXICAN SILVER PESO

Mexico silver 1 Peso coin 1922-1945 KM455This silver Peso was the workhorse of the Mexican economy from 1920 until 1945.  It was during this period that Mexico recovered from the upheavals of the Mexican Revolution and went on to establish new political and economic institutions. 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 34mm and contains .3857 troy ounces of silver.
Item MX-1P455 MEXICO SILVER 1 PESO 1922-1938 KM455 VF $13.50
Item MX-1P455X3 3 DIFFERENT DATES MEXICO 1 PESO 1922-1938 KM455 VF $39.75




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



NEWLARGE UNCIRCULATED HIDELGO SILVER 5 PESOS

Mexico 5 Pesos Hidalgo 1951-1953 KM467Miguel Hidalgo was a Catholic Priest. In 1810 his famous speech, “The Cry of Dolores” instigated Mexico’s War of Independence from Spain.  He led an army of peasants until he was captured and executed by the Spanish in 1811.  This silver 5 Pesos coin depicts the head of Hidelgo within a wreath. The other side has the Mexican Eagle and snake, date, denomination, weight and fineness of the coin.  The coin has a lettered edge “COMERCIO AGRICULTURA INDUSTRIA”.  The 40mm coin is struck in .720 fine silver and contains .6389 troy ounces of silver. 
Item MX-HIDL5P MEXICO LARGE 5 PESOS HIDALGO 1953 KM467 UNC. $19.75


NEWNETHERLANDS CELEBRATES OF LIBERATION FROM THE NAZIS

Netherlands 10 Gulden coin, 1970 KM195Netherlands commemorated the 25th Anniversary of their liberation from Nazi Germany in 1970 with this silver 10 Gulden coin.  The obverse of 38mm coin depicts Queen Juliana, who was queen when the coin was issued.  The reverse depicts her mother, Queen Wilhelmina, who was the queen when the country was liberated in 1945. During the war the Queen Wilhelmina headed the Dutch government-in-exile from England.  She made frequent radio broadcasts to the Dutch people and was a symbol of the Dutch resistance.  The 38mm coin contains .5787 troy ounces of silver.
Item NL-10G NETHERLANDS 10 GULDEN 1970 KM195 PROOFLIKE $29.75


NEWNIGER "FLIRT" SILVER COLOR COIN INCORPORATES A JEWEL

Niger 1000 Francs 2012 silver color coin with jewel KM21This sterling silver 1000 Francs coin of Niger includes a color image of "The Flirt" by Alphonse Mucha and a small heart-shaped amethyst gemstone.  The image, featuring a man and women in formal 19th century clothing, is from an Art Nouveau advertising poster created for Flirt Biscuits in France in 1899 by Mucha.   The inscription   "L'AMOUR NE VOIT PAS AVEC LES YEUX, MAIS AVEC L'ÂME" translates as "Love does not see with the eyes but with the soul".  The obverse includes the coat of arms of Niger and the denomination.  The 2012 dated coin is 38.61mm was minted by the Helvetic Mint in Switzerland.  It has a mintage of just 1000 pieces and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.  It is an unusual coin from a country that has produced few coins. 
Item NE-FLIRT NIGER SILVER 1000 FRANCS 2012 "THE FLIRT" KM21, PROOF-LIKE $69.50



RUSSIAN 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 icebreakers and the tropical island of Niue, 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



OLD 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



NEWSCARCE SILVER SAN MARINO 5 LIRE

San Marino silver 5 Lire 1935-1938 KM9San Marino, officially named The Most Serine Republic of San Marino, is a tiny, mountainous country completely surrounded by Italy. It was founded in 301AD by a Christian stonecutter as a refuge for Christians escaping Roman persecution.  Giuseppe Garibaldi allowed San Marino to remain independent when he unified the rest of Italy as a reward for providing him refuge. Its constitution, dating back to 1600, is the world's oldest still in effect. Its armed forces include the Crossbow Corps, which has been in continuous existence since 1295. This silver 5 Lire coin was only struck from 1931 until 1938. It was one of the last coins issued by San Marino until 1972.  The 23mm coin weighs 5 grams, is struck in .835 fine silver and contains .1342 troy ounces of silver.  The obverse has a helmeted female personification of the Republic.  The reverse includes an olive branch, plow and fasces.
Item SM-5L SAN MARINO 5 LIRE 1935-1938 KM9 AU $19.75

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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 is a 2019 coin honoring his contributions to the design of the alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.  The coin 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
Item RS-TESLA-AC18-PF SERBIA 100 DINARA 2018 TESLA-ALTERNATING CURRENT-MOTOR PROOF $49.95
Item RS-TESLA-REMOTE-BU SERBIA 100 DINARA 2019 TESLA-REMOTE CONTROL BU $29.95


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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




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