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NEWSOUTH GEORGIA & SO. SANDWICH IS. HONORS THE ENDURANCE EXPEDITON

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 2 PoundsSir Ernest Shackleton departed South Georgia on December 5, 1914 aboard the ship Endurance in an attempt to be the first to traverse Antarctica.   The expedition, formally known as The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, quickly turned into an epic feat of endurance.  The ship soon became trapped in pack ice, was crushed and sunk.  After camping on the ice, the 28 man crew took lifeboats to inhospitable and uninhabited Elephant Island.  From there Shackelton and five companions took a lifeboat some 800 miles (1300km.) across open sea to reach South Georgia.  They then had to cross the rugged terrain on foot to get to civilization on the other side of the island arriving in May 1916.  It took four attempts for Shackelton to rescue the crew members stranded in Elephant Island, but he finally reached them in August 1916.  Remarkably the entire expedition returned from the long ordeal without a loss of life.   South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands commemorated the 100th anniversary of The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition on this 38.6mm copper-nickel 2 Pounds coin.  The coin portrays the Endurance stuck in the ice in the background with the crew pulling a lifeboat on a sled over the ice pack in the foreground. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.The coin has a mintage of only 10,000 pieces and is Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item SGA-ENDURANCE17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 SHIP ENDURANCE  BU $14.00




NEWTHE GOLDEN AGE OF PORTUGUESE DISCOVERIES COIN SET

Portugal 100 Escudos KM639, KM640, KM641, KM642 1987-1988 depicting ships and explorers
Portugal celebrated it rich history of ships and explorers on these attractive 33.5mm copper-nickel 100 Escudos coins.  Each coin features ships and honors a different explorer.  Gil Eanes was honored in 1987 with a coin depicting his small sailing ship.  In 1434 Eanes was the first to sail beyond Cape Bojador on the west coast of Africa, thus opening the Golden Age of Portuguese Discoveries.  The cape had been impassible with the knowledge and equipment then available due to the changes of winds in the area, extensive underwater reefs and ferrous rocks that made compasses erratic.    Nuno Tristao’s 1446 voyage to the Gambia River is honored on the 1987 coin depicting his caraval. Tristao, a slave trader, went searching for a settlement to raid on the river, but was ambushed and killed by the natives.   A compass rose, sailing ship, banners, and map of the west coast of Africa are depicted on the 1987 coin honoring Diogo Cao.  Cao made two voyages along the west coast of Africa exploring the Congo River and the coasts of present day Angola and Namibia.  Bartolomeu Dias is honored on this 1988 100 Escudos depicting two ships and a map of Africa.  Dias and his two ships were the first Europeans to round the Cape of Good Hope, thus opening European sea trade to India.   The obverse of each coin features a different rendition of the Portuguese coat-of-arms. 
Item PT-SET4 PORTUGAL SET OF 4 SHIP & EXPLORER 100 ESCUDOS, 1987-88 KM639-642 BU $10.00



LAST COINS OF BRITISH SOUTH AFRICA DEPICT SAILING SHIP

British South Africa 1/2 and 1 Penny, 1960The bronze 1960 1/2 and 1 Penny were two of the last coins of British ruled South Africa.  In 1961 the white minority government of South Africa declared itself a republic, withdrew from the British Commonwealth and replaced the South African Pound with the Rand.  Both coins have a similar design.  The obverses depicts the young head of Queen Elizabeth.  The reverses features the Dutch East India Company sailing ship Dromedaris.  The ship, under the command of Jan van Riebeeck, brought the first white settlers to South Africa in 1652.  Both coins are Uncirculated.
Item ZA-SET2 SOUTH AFRICA 1/2 & 1 PENNY, 1960 KM45-46 UNC. $4.00



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



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


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