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NEWSIR WALTER RALEIGH & SHIP ON BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS DOLLAR

British Virgin Islands 1 Dollar coin 2018 Sir Walter RaleighThe British Virgin Islands commemorated the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Raleigh on this 2018 copper-nickel dollar. The beautifully frosted coin depicts Raleigh and his ship Ark Raleigh.  The ship was purchased by Queen Elizabeth and renamed Ark Royal in exchange for a reduction of the debts Raleigh owed the Queen.  Sir Walter Raleigh was a writer, explorer, courtier and favorite of Queen Elizabeth I. He helped popularize tobacco in England.  He was granted a charter to colonize Virginia, however his Roanoke colony disappeared by the time the supply ships arrived three years later.  His exaggerated accounts of his exploration of what is Guyana and eastern Venezuela gave rise to the El Dorado legends.  The Queen had him imprisoned in the Tower of London for secretly marrying one of her ladies in waiting, though was later released.  After the Queen's death in 1603 he was again imprisoned in The Tower by James I for treason, where he did much of his writing.  In 1617 he was pardoned by King James and granted permission to conduct a second expedition to Venezuela in search of El Dorado.  Against his orders and against the terms of his pardon, a detachment of his men attacked a Spanish outpost that resulted in the death of his son.  Upon his return to England in 1618 he was beheaded at the demand of the Spanish ambassador and for violating his pardon.  Despite all his ups and downs he remains one of the most popular and famous Englishmen of all times. The 38.6mm coin has a mintage of only 10,000 pieces and depicts Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.
Item BVI-RALEIGH BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2018 SIR WALTER RALEIGH, BU $14.00



SWEDEN COMMEMORATES DELAWARE SETTLEMENT WITH SILVER COIN  Restocked

Sweden 2 Kronor silver coin, New Sweden (Delaware) KM807Sweden struck this silver 2 Kronor in 1938 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the first Swedish settlements in America.  In 1638 Sweden established Fort Christina in what is now Wilmington, Delaware.   It was named after the reigning Swedish Queen Christina, was the start of New Sweden.  In 1655 the Dutch captured New Sweden and incorporated it into New Netherlands.  The reverse of the 31mm silver coin depicts the ship Kalmar Nyckel, which brought the first Swedish settlers to America.  The legend, in Latin, translates as “Sweden remembers New Sweden”.  It was the first time Latin had been used on a Swedish coin since the 18th Century. The obverse features Swedish King Gustaf V.  It is an attractive coin commemorating the forgotten early Swedish settlements of America. The last time we offered this attractive and historic we sold out in a matter of days.  Recently we were fortunate enough to be able to obtain some additional pieces.
Item SE-2KR38 SWEDEN 2 KRONOR 1938 SWEDISH SETTLEMENT OF DELAWARE KM807 AU $18.50



DIEGO GARCIA DOLLAR PICTURES USS NIMITZ & F/A-18 HORNET

Diego Garcia 1 Dollar 2016This unofficial 1 Dollar coin for Diego Garcia depicts a F/A-18 Hornet taking off from the USS Nimitz.  Diego Garcia is the only inhabited island of the British Indian Ocean Territory and is the home United States Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia. The atoll was uninhabited until the late 18th century. After several unsuccessful attempts, the French and British established plantations on the island using imported labor.  Between 1968 and 1973 the inhabitants were forcibly removed from the island and it was turned into a major United States military base.  The F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine supersonic combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft (hence the F/A designation). The USS Nimitz is a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and is one of the largest warships in the world.  The 2016 dated silver-plated Proof coin is 40mm in diameter and has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item DIEGO DIEGO GARCIA 1 DOLLAR 2016 PROOF $22.00


GUANTANAMO BAY DOLLAR FEATURES BATTLESHIP MAINE

Guantanamo 1 Dollar 2016The battleship USS Maine exploded in Havana Harbor in February 1898, during the Cuban revolt against Spain.  The United States quickly blamed Spain and went to war against Spain. The Spanish defeat resulted in Cuba gaining its independence and the United States getting possession of Puerto Rico and the Philippines.  In 1903 Cuba signed a perpetual lease with the United States allowing it to maintain a naval base at Guantanamo Bay, located at the eastern end of Cuba.  In 2002 the United States established a detention camp to hold and interrogate captured terrorists. Using rather convoluted logic that the camp is both not part of the United States and is part of the United States, thus it is somehow not subject to either national or international law.  President Obama promised that one of the first things he would do upon being elected in 2008 would be to close the detention camp, however it is still in use.  This unofficial 1 Dollar coin was issued for the Guantanamo Naval Base in 2016.  One side depicts the Battleship Maine. The other side features an emblem that includes an eagle holding a shield that shows a map of Cuba. The 40mm silver plated coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces and is Proof.
Item GUANTANAMO GUANTANAMO 1 DOLLAR 2016 PROOF $22.00



OKINAWA DOLLAR FEATURES BATTLESHIP USS MISSOURI

Okinawa 1 Dollar 2016 depicting battleship USS MissouriThis unofficial Okinawa one dollar coin depicts the famed battleship USS Missouri.  The Missouri was the last battleship commissioned by the United States and was the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended World War II. Okinawa was captured by United States forces in World War II after extremely fierce fighting.  Today Okinawa is a prefecture of Japan and is the home of some 32 United States military bases that occupy about a quarter of the island.  The reverse of the coin has the legend "MARINE CORPS BASE, OKINAWA, JAPAN" and a coat-of-arms.  The 40mm silver plated coin has a mintage of only 250 pieces and is Proof.
Item OKINAWA OKINAWA 1 DOLLAR 2016 PROOF $22.00



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 coin China 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



JAPAN CELEBRATES THEIR BULLET TRAINS

Japan bullet train coin setJapan celebrated the 50th anniversary of their famed bullet (Shinkensen) trains with a series of nine 100 Yen coins featuring the trains.   The coins were issued over a two year period.  The first line, the Tokaido, opened in 1964, running Tokyo and Kyoto.  The network now covers over 1700 miles (2765km.) with trains running as fast as 200 mph (320km/h).  Each coin depicts one of the uniquely shaped trains along with the name of the line on which it is used in Japanese and English. The 2015 issues feature the Tokaido, Sanyo, Tohoku, Joetsu and Hokuriku lines.  The 2016 issues include the Kyusho and the recently opened Hokkaido lines, as well as two “mini shinkensen” lines; Akita and Yamagata, which operate at lower speeds  The 22.6mm copper-nickel coins have a common reverse depicting a head on view of the original Tokaido train.  The coins have a planned mintage of only 300,000 each.  All coins are Uncirculated.
Item JP-TRAIN JAPAN SET OF 9 100 YEN, 2015-2016, BULLET TRAIN, UNC. $49.50


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



2017 SINT MAARTEN COIN FEATURES BOEING 747

Sint Maarten 25 Guilder 2017Sint Maarten is the Dutch portion of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. In 1648 the French and Dutch decided the island was not worth fighting over, so divided it, with the northern portion going to France and the southern portion to the Netherlands.  In 2010 Sint Maarten became a constituent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  This unofficial 2017 Sint Maarten 25 Guilder is the first modern coin of Sint Maarten.  It depicts Netherlands King Willem-Alexander and Princess (formerly Queen) Beatrix on the obverse.  The reverse depicts a low flying KLM airlines Boeing 747-400 over Maho Beach.  Planes fly only about 100 feet (35 meters) over the public beach when landing at the adjacent Princess Juliana International Airport.  The 40mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item SX-25G SINT MAARTEN 25 GUILDER, 2017, PROOF $22.00



NEW2019 ASCENSION FIRST MAN ON THE MOON CROWN

Ascension 1 Crown 2019 Man on the moon.Ascension Island commemorated the 50th anniversary of Man’s first step on the moon with 2019 dated copper-nickel 1 Crown coin.  The coin depicts Neil Armstrong saluting the American flag on the surface of the moon.  Behind him are the Eagle Lunar Module and the planet earth.  The coin incorporates the official NASA logo which is used by special permission.   Ascension was the site of one of the tracking stations used in the Apollo project and other space missions.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The 38.6mm copper-nickel coin has a limited mintage of 25,000 pieces.
Item ASC-MOOON ASCENSION 1 CROWN 2019 MAN ON THE MOON COPPER-NICKEL BU $14.00


COIN OF SARK  

Sark 5 Pounds 2016Sark is a small island off the north coast of France with a population of about 600. It is a royal fief of the Queen of England, who is paid an annual rent of 1.79.  Though part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, it has its own laws based on Norman law and its own parliament.  It maintains many medieval customs and does not cars or street lamps.  In 2016 this unofficial 5 Pounds coin was issued for Sark.  One side depicts a horse carriage next to a medieval tower and wall.  The other side features a young woman, the arms of Sark and a small bust of Queen Elizabeth.   The 40mm silver plated coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces and is Proof.
Item SARK SARK 5 POUNDS 2016 PROOF $22.00


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