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NEWCUTTY SARK ON BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY COIN

British Indian Ocean Territory 2 Pounds 2019 Cutty SarkThe Cutty Sark was one of the last and fastest British Tea Clipper Ships ever built.  She was launched 1869, the same year the Suez Canal was opened.  The China - London Tea trade was intensively competitive.  The first ship to arrive received numerous accolades and a premium for her tea.  It was a long journey lasting over 100 days, crossing the Indian Ocean and rounding the Cape of Good Hope before returning to England.   Though steam ships had much higher fuel costs, they proved more reliable, had lower insurance costs, and had a substantially shorter journey by using the Suez Canal, which was not suitable for sailing ships. The Cutty Sark sailed just eight tea trips from China before being moved to the Australia wool trade, then to other cargos. In 1892 she was sold to a Portuguese firm. 1922 she was the last clipper ship operating in the world, though by then her condition had deteriorated.  She was spotted by a retired British sea captain who purchased her in order to preserve the historic ship.  Her rigging was restored to and the she was used as a training vessel until about 1950.  In 1954 she was transferred to a permanent dry dock and is now a popular museum ship. This 2 Pound coin of the British Indian Ocean Territories commemorates the 150th anniversary of the building of the Cutty Sark.  It depicts the ship in full sail and the route she took from China to England as she traveled near the British Indian Ocean Territory.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of the 38.6mm copper-nickel coin.  The coin has a mintage of just 10,000 pieces. It is a magnificent coin featuring a magnificent sailing ship that was the ultimate example of what was by then an obsolete technology.
Item BIOT-CUTTY19 BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2019 CUTTY SARK BU $14.00





NEWITALIAN SILVER 500 LIRE FEATURES COLUMBUS'S SHIPS

Italy 500 Lire KM98, 1958-1967One side of this silver 500 Lire from Italy features Christopher Columbus's ships: the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria.  The other side depicts Italia, the personification of Italy, in Renaissance dress. Along the rim are the shields of each of the Italian regions.  The date is on the edge of the coin in raised numbers. The 29.3mm coin is struck in .835 fine silver and with a silver content .2953 troy ounces. 
Item IT-500L ITALY 500 LIRE 1958-1967 KM98 VF $8.00



NEWVIKING SHIP ON ISLE OF MAN BANKNOTE

Isle of Man 50 Pence note (1979) P33a
A Viking ship is featured on the back of this undated 50 Pence note of the Isle of Man. The Vikings started raiding the island in 798AD and began to settle a few years later.  The Vikings ruled the island until 1275.  Queen Elizabeth and the triskeles emblem of Man is on the front. The note was issued 1979 and was printed by Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co.  It was the last 50 Pence not issued by the Isle of Man. 
Item PM-IOM-50P ISLE OF MAN 50 PENCE NOTE (1979)  P33a UNC. $29.75



NEWNETHERLANDS ANTILLES BANKNOTES FEATURE SHIPS, AIRPLANE

Netherlands Antilles 1 Gulden and 2 1/2 Gulden banknotes, 1970 P20a & P21a
The Netherlands Antilles consisted of the Dutch territories in the Caribbean, including Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Sint Maarten, Saba and Sint Eustatius. Though the Netherlands Antilles were officially dissolved in 2010, Curacao and Sint Maarten continue to use Netherlands Antilles coins and currency due to a disagreement over the details of a replacement currency.  These 1970 Netherlands Antilles 1 and 2 1/2 Guilden notes were the last notes of those denominations. The red 1 Gulden note depicts the  harbor at Willemstad, Curacao with a number of cargo ships. The blue 2 1/2 Gulden note pictures an ALM Antillean Airlines DC-9-15 jet in flight.  The jet, a hand-me-down from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines had entered the service for ALM in 1969, replacing propeller planes.  It was considered a sign of modernity, hence its placement on the banknote.  The airline went bankrupt and ceased operations in 2001. The back of both notes features the coat-of-arms and a geometric pattern.
Item PM-AN-1G NETHERLANDS ANTILLES 1 GULDEN 1970 P20a UNC. $9.75
Item PM-AN-2.5G NETHERLANDS ANTILLES 2 1/2 GULDEN 1970 P21a UNC. $12.50




NEWLAND AND SEA BATTLES OF THE NAPOLEONIC WARS

Saint Helena Set of 6 25 Pence, 2013, land battles of the Napoleonic WarsSaint Helena Set of 6 25 Pence, 2013, Naval Battles of the Napoleonic WarsSt. Helena 25 Pence 2013 Napoleonic War coins depict Queen Elizabeth on the obverse
Saint Helena, the island where Napoleon was exiled and died, released a series of gold-plated, multi-colored 25 Pence coins in 2013 commemorating the naval and land battles of the Napoleonic Wars.  The Napoleonic Wars was a world war before the World Wars, with battles fought on land and sea in Europe, Africa and the Americas. The wars ended with the defeat of France in 1815.  The Napoleonic Wars brought about the supremacy of the Britain as a world power for the next 100 years.  Spain lost her Empire, with the nations of Latin America gaining their independence. The map of Europe was redrawn. The Holy Roman Empire was dissolved and many tiny Germany states were consolidated. The coins come in two six coin sets, one set depicting land battles, and one depicting naval battles.  Each of the 38.6mm gold-plated 25 pence coins depicts a different battle scene in color, along with a portrait of Napoleon  The six coins depicting land battles feature the Battle of the Pyramids in 1798, Battle of Austerlitz in 1805, Battle of Jena in 1806, Battle of Borodino in 1812, Battle of Leipzig in 1813 and Napoleons final defeat in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Below the battle scene is a depiction of Napoleon and his troops.   The six coins depicting naval battles feature the Battle of the Nile in 1798, Battle of Diamond Rock in 1805, Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, Battle of San Domingo in1806, Battle of Basque Roads in 1809 and the Battle of Grand Port in 1810. Sailing ships are featured below each battle scene. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of each coin. They are reasonably priced, historical sets depicting the battles that brought about a transformation of the world. 
Item SH-NAP-LAND ST. HELENA SET OF 6 25 PENCE, 2013 LAND BATTLES OF THE NAPOLEONIC WARS, PROOF $49.50
Item SH-NAP-SEA    ST. HELENA SET OF 6 25 PENCE, 2013 NAVAL BATTLES OF THE NAPOLEONIC WARS, PROOF $55.00
Item SH-NAP-BOTH   BOTH OF THE ABOVE ST. HELENA NAPOLEONIC WAR SETS (12 COINS) PROOF $99.50




NEWCHAFARINAS ISLANDS COIN FEATURES SPANISH GALLEONS

Chafarinas Islands 1000 Pesetas 2019The Chafarinas Islands are a group of three small islands; Isla Isabel II, Isla del Congreso, and Isla del Rey, located about 2 miles (3km) off the coast of Morocco.  They were unclaimed and uninhabited in 1848 when France decided to send troops to occupy the islands.  Spain found out about the plan and sent their troops to the island.  The Spanish force arrived first and the islands have been under Spanish control ever since, though Morocco also claims the islands. The total area of the three islands is only about .2 square miles (.525 sq.km.).  Isla de Congreso was inhabited in Neolithic times around the 5th millenium BC. In the early 1900's the islands had a population of almost 1000.  Today only Isla Isabel II is inhabited, with a population of about 50 troops and scientists.    This unofficial eight-sided 40mm 1000 Peseta silver-plated Proof coin of the Chafarinas Islands is dated 2019.  The obverse of the coin features the coat-of-arms of the islands which features Queen Isabella II, a sailing ship and a lighthouse, representing the thee islands in the group.  The reverse includes two galleons and Spanish coat-of-arms.  The coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item CHAFARINAS CHAFARINAS ISLANDS 1000 PESETAS 2019 PROOF $19.95



NEWODD SHAPED RODRIGUES COIN

Rodrigues 5 Rupees 2018 Proof coinRodrigues is an autonomous outer island of the Republic of Mauritius. It lies about 375 miles (600 km.) east of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.  It is about 11 miles (18 km.) long and 5 miles (8 km.) at its widest. It has a population of less than 50,000.  The island was uninhabited but periodically visited by Arab traders and Portuguese exploders.  It was named after Portuguese explorer Diogo Rodrigues in February 1528.  During the 18th Century the French made several attempts to settle the island.  They imported African slaves who are ancestors of the present population. In 1809 the British occupied the island and in 1834 abolished slavery.  Rodrigues was joined with Mauritius in 1968 when they obtained independence from Great Britain.  This unofficial, odd-shaped 2018 5 Rupees coin commemorates the 50th anniversary of independence from Britain and joining with Mauritius.  One side features the coat-of-arms of the Outer Islands of Mauritius and the dates "1968",  "2018".  The other side features a boat sailing near the island and the logo of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  The silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item RODRIGUES RODRIGUES 5 RUPEES 2018 PROOF $22.00



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 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



POLAND HONORS HER NAVY

Poland recently started a series 2 Zlote coins honoring famous shops of the Polish Navy.   The 27mm "Nordic Gold" (aluminum-bronze) coins depict the Polish arms on one side and the ship on the other.

Poland 2 Zlote 2013 ORP Generał Kazimierz PulaskiThe guided-missile frigate ORP Generał Kazimierz Pulaski is the latest Polish Naval vessel to be featured on a 2 Zlote coin of Poland.  The ship was commissioned by the United States Navy as the USS Clark in 1980.  In 2000 she was transferred to Poland, who renamed her after the hero of both Poland’s and the United States’ independence.  General Pulaski was one of the leading military commanders of the Bar Confederation that fought against Russian domination of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.  He was a brilliant and heroic commander, however he often acted independently, disobeying or ignoring orders.  Following the defeat of the Confederation in 1772 he ended up in debtors’ prison in France.  In 1777 he was recruited by the Marquis de Lafayette and Benjamin Franklin for service in the American Revolutionary War.  In the Battle of Brandywine his cavalry actions most likely saved George Washington’s life and saved the Continental Army from annihilation.  He was awarded the rank of Brigadier General and set about to reform the Calvary.  He became known as "father of the American cavalry". He used his own funds in order to assure his forces had proper equipment and to assure their personal safety.  In 1779 he died from wounds received during a Calvary charge during the Siege of Savannah. 
Item PL-PULASKI  POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2013 FRIGATE GENERAL PULASKI BU $3.50



NEWCHINA CELEBRATES ITS HIGH SPEED RAIL

China 10 Yuan 2018 High Speed Rail bi-metallic coinChina has the world's longest and most extensive high speed rail network, covering almost 17,000 miles (27,000 km.).  China issued this 2018 dated 27mm bi-metallic 10 Yuan to commemorate the nation's high speed rail network.  The reverse of the coin depicts a "Fuxing" high-speed train, Dashengguan Yangtze River Bridge and the Beijing South Railway Station.  The Fuxing trains run at speeds of 155 to 215 mph (250 to 350 km/h).  The obverse features the arms of the People's Republic of China and the date.
Item CN-RAIL18 CHINA 10 YUAN 2018 HIGH SPEED RAIL, BI-METAL BU $7.00


BRITISH HEROES COINS INCLUDE MULTI-COLORED BRITISH FLAG Wholesale prices available to dealers

British Heroes coin set from Tristan da CunhaCommon obverse to British Heroes coins feature Queen Elizabeth
Heroes of Great Britain are featured this five coin set from the tiny British possession of Tristan da Cunha.  Each of the five gold-plated 38.6mm 1 Crown coins includes an embedded red, white and blue Union Jack of the United Kingdom. The 5 coin set contains a coin featuring “The Lone Soldier”, a memorial to the fallen.  Battle of Britain pilots Douglas Badar and Keith Parks, along with their airplanes, are each featured on their own coin.  British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, along with World War II aircraft is on the fourth coin.  Horatio Nelson, hero of the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, and his ship, is on the fifth coin.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of each of the 2010 dated coins. The coins are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item TDC-HEROES TRISTAN DA CUNHA 5 COIN BRITISH HEROES SET, BU $39.50


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