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AUSTRALIA 2018 YEAR OF THE DOG

Australia silver 1 Dollar 2018 Year of the DogAustralia honored the Chinese "Year of the Dog" with this 1 troy ounce .9999 fine silver 2018 dated 1 Dollar coin from the Perth mint.  The reverse depicts a German Shepherd dog and pup lying in grass with Chinese peony flowers in the background. The design also incorporates the Chinese character for dog., the inscription "Year of the Dog" and The Perth Mint's traditional "P" mintmark.  The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth.  The large, 45.6mm coin has a mintage of only 300,000 pieces and has a beautiful "reverse proof" finish with bright devices and frosted fields.
Item AU-DOG18 AUSTRALIA 1 DOLLAR 2018 YEAR OF THE DOG, 1 TROY OUNCE SILVER BU $32.00



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 $30.00
Item AU-50CMONK AUSTRALIA 50 CENTS 2016 YEAR OF THE MONKEY, 1/2 TROY OUNCE SILVER BU $18.00



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 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.  It was the first in an annual series featuring Australian wildlife.
Item AU-CROC AUSTRALIA SILVER 1 DOLLAR 2014 SALTWATER CROCODILE  BU $29.75




ANIMALS ON ATTRACTIVE AUSTRALIAN COIN SET

Australia 6 coin set 1-50 cents 1978-80 KM62-66, KM68
This six coin set from Australia features that nation’s unusual native wildlife.  The 12-sided 50 cents features a kangaroo and emu supporting the nation’s arms.  A duckbill platypus is on the 20 cents.  The 10 cents features a lyrebird.  A spiny anteater, also known as an echidna, is on the 5 cents.   A frill-necked lizard is on the 2 cents. The 1 cent depicts the tiny feather-tailed glider.  All six coins date between 1978 and 1980 and feature the Arnold Machin portrait of Queen Elizabeth on the obverse.  The coins are Uncirculated.
Item AU-SET6 AUSTRALIA COIN SET 1-50 CENTS 1978-80 KM62-66,68 UNC. $9.00


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AUSTRIA 2018 EASTER BUNNY 5 EURO

Austria 5 Euro 2018 Easter Bunny - 300th Anniversary of Porcelain manucfacturing in ViennaThis 2018 5 Euro coin from Austria celebrates both Easter and the 300th anniversary of porcelain manufacturing in Vienna.  The coin features a porcelain Easter Bunny designed by Michael Powony around 1930 and produced by Vienna’s famous Augarten Porcelain Manufactory.  Porcelain manufacturing was established in Vienna in 1718 by Claudius Innocentius du Paquier, a Dutchman who stole the secret of how to make Porcelain from Meissen. The nine-sided copper coin is 28.5mm and has a mintage of 200,000 pieces.  The obverse features the arms of each of the nine Austrian federal states and the denomination. 
Item AT-5E-EAST18 AUSTRIA 5 EUROS 2018 COPPER EASTER BUNNY UNC. $15.00


AUSTRIA 2018 LION 5 EURO HONORS NATIONAL LIBRARY  

Austria 5 Euro 2018 copper National Library - New Year coinAustria recently released this attractive 2018 5 Euro coin featuring the smiling head of a lion.  The coin commemorates the 650th anniversary of the founding of the Austrian National Library.  The design is taken from the oldest book in the library: a transcription of the four Gospels of the New Testament, written in gold and encrusted with jewels, done in 1368.  The nine-sided copper coin is 28.5mm and has a mintage of 200,000 pieces.  The obverse features the arms of each of the nine Austrian federal states and the denomination. 
Item AT-5E-LION18 AUSTRIA 5 EUROS 2018  LION, COPPER UNC. $15.00


BRASS ELEPHANT COIN FROM THE BELGIAN CONGO 

Belgian Congo brass 1 Franc picturing an elephant This brass 1 Franc coin of the Belgian Congo (now the Congo Democratic Republic) features a striding elephant.  First issued in 1944, during World War II, it was also struck in 1946 and 1949.   It is 19.2mm in diameter.   The coin is always popular with coin collectors and elephant lovers.
Item BECON1F BELGIAN CONGO 1 FRANC 1944-49 ELEPHANT KM26 Fine $3.00


NEW2018 BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY COIN DEPICTS BLUE PETRELS

British Antarctic Territory 2 Pounds 2018 copper-nickel coin depicting Blue PetrelThe Blue Petrel (Halobaena caerulea) is a small seabird that inhabits southern oceans. It is about 11 inches (30cm) in length and can weight up to about 7 ounces (200 grams).  It has an extraordinary ability to produce a foul smelling oil which they store in a special section of their stomach; they then eat this oil to feed themselves during long flights!  Except for breeding, they spend their life at sea and can dive to about 20 feet (6 meters).  This 2018 38.6mm copper-nickel 2 Pound coin of the British Antarctic Territory features a Blue Petrel diving into the Antarctic Ocean to catch a fish.  Above are two more Blue Petrels ready to join in the feast.  The coin has a mintage of only 10,000 pieces.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.
Item BAT-CN-PETREL18 BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2018 BLUE PETREL BU $14.00





2017 SEALS FROM BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY

Common obverse on British Antarctic Territory 2017 coinsBritish Antarctic Territory 2 Pounds 2017 Crabeater Seal, blue titaniumBritish Antarctic Territory 2 Pounds 2017 Crabeater Seal, copper-nickel
A Crabeater Seal is featured on a copper-nickel 2 Pounds and a blue titanium 2 Pounds 2017 coins of the British Antarctic Territory.  Both coins have the same design featuring a mother seal and her pup resting on the pack ice while the father leaves to hunt..   Despite its name does not feed on crabs. Its diet does include other crustaceans such as Krill which the seal, with their specially adapted sieve like teeth, are very proficient at hunting. The Crabeater Seal is by far the world’s most abundant seal and there are well over 7 million individuals.  They can reach speeds of 16 mph (26kph) on land over short distances. In the water they can swim at speeds of up to 7mph (12kmh)  and cover over 37 miles (60km) in a day. They congregate on the ice in groups of up to 1,000 individuals and in the water can be found swimming in unison in groups of several hundred.
The copper-nickel 2 Pound coins are 38.6mm in diameter and have a mintage of 10,000 each.  The titanium 2 Pounds is 36.1mm, has a mintage of 7,500 pieces and comes in a presentation box with a Certificate of Authenticity.  
Item BAT-TI-SEAL17 BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2017 CRABEATER SEAL BLUE TITANIUM, BU $59.00
Item BAT-CN-SEAL17 BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2017 CRABEATER SEAL COPPER-NICKEL, BU out



2015 BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY DOLPHIN COIN 

British Antarctic Territory 2 Pounds 2015 Hourglass DolphinThe Hourglass Dolphin is named for its distinctive black and white pattern.  The small, compact dolphin inhabits the waters around Antarctica.  It is a keen bow-wave rider and often approaches boats from a distance at great speed.  A pair of Hourglass Dolphins is depicted on this copper-nickel 2 Pounds coin issued for the British Antarctic Territory The Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The 38.6mm coin has a mintage limit of 50,000 coins and is Brilliant Uncirculated.  The stunning coin continues the series of coins showing the wonderful animals of this frozen Territory.
Item BAT-DOL15 BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2015 HOURGLASS DOLPHIN, BU $14.00




2017 BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY GREEN TURTLE COIN

BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2017 GREEN TURTLE - COPPER NICKE A pair of Green Turtles swimming beneath the waves are featured on this 2017 2 Pound coins of the British Indian Ocean Territory. The British Indian Ocean Territory consists of the 55 islands of the Chagos Archipelago. It is the home of a large United States military base which is located on Diego Garcia.   The copper-nickel coin is 38.5mm and has a mintage of 10,000 pieces.  It is Brilliant Uncirculated and features Queen Elizabeth on the obverse.
Item BIOT-CN-TURT17 BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2017 TURTLE COPPER-NICKEL BU $14.00



BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY SEA LIFE COINS IN TITANIUM & COPPER-NICKEL

British Indian Ocean Territory 2 Pounds 2018 Blue Titanium Manta RayBritish Indian Ocean Territory 2 Pounds 2018 cupro-nickel Manta RayBritish Indian Ocean Territory 2 Pounds 2018 Golden Brown Titanium Coconut CrabBritish Indian Ocean Territory 2 Pounds 2018 cupro-nickel Coconut CrabBritish Indian Ocean Territory common obverse features Queen Elizabeth
The British Indian Ocean Territory consists of the 55 islands of the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It is the home of some of the world’s cleanest oceans and has a vast array of marine wildlife.  In 2018 the British Indian Ocean Territory featured two giant species, the Manta Ray and the Coconut Crab, on coins struck in both titanium and copper-nickel.  The Manta Ray is a gentle giant of the ocean, reaching as much as 23 feet (7 meters) across and weighing almost 3000 pounds (1350 kg.).   They are harmless to humans and feed on microscopic zooplankton. The coin shows a Manta Ray skimming above the coral covered ocean floor followed by a group of Remoras. The Coconut Crab is the world’s largest Land Arthropod and an incredibly impressive looking crab.  It can weigh over 9 pound (4kg.) and its leg span can reach over 3 feet (1 meter).  It can live over 60 years. They are found throughout Indonesia, Indian Ocean and parts of the Pacific. Although their name suggests that they primarily feed on Coconuts, this is not the case and coconuts make up as small proportion of their diet. They can however be found climbing the Coconut Palms and occasionally using a broken coconut shells as protection. Recent footage has shown a coconut crab hunting a Sea bird! Once they get hold of the bird, their powerful claws easily break the bird’s wings and then more crabs that smell the kill will descend on the defenseless bird! Coconut crabs have been extensively hunted on islands where there is a human population as their flesh is considered both a delicacy and an aphrodisiac. When the tables are turned and they manage to pinch a human, they can cause considerable pain and will not release their grip for a long time. One technique used to free someone from their powerful grip is to tickle their underbelly!  The coin shows two large coconut crabs, one on the ground feasting on the flesh of a coconut and the other climbing a coconut palm.  The 2018 dated coins are denominated as 2 Pounds and come in two metals.  The Titanium coins are 36.1mm, weigh just 10 grams (about a third of an ounce), have a mintage of 7,500 pieces each and come in a capsule in a presentation box with a Certificate of Authenticity.  The Manta Ray titanium coin is dark blue, while the Coconut Crab is struck in golden-brown titanium..  Because of the way the metal reacts and technical difficulty in striking titanium, the color of each coin is slightly different.  The copper-nickel coins are 38.6mm, weigh 28.28 grams and have a mintage of 10,000 each.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of all the coins.
Item BIOT-TIT-RAY18 BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2018 DARK BLUE TITANIUM MANTA RAY BU $59.00
Item BIOT-CN-RAY18 BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2018 COPPER-NICKEL MANTA RAY BU $14.00
Item BIOT-TIT-CRAB18 BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2018 BROWN TITANIUM COCONUT CRAB BU $59.00
Item BIOT-CN-CRAB18 BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2018 COPPER-NICKEL COCONUT CRAB BU $14.00


FLAMINGO COIN FROM BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

British Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2015, Flamingo, copper-nickelObverse of 2015 British Virgin Islands coins features Queen Elizabeth II
The British Virgin Islands released a 2015 dated copper-nickel 1 Dollar coin featuring flamingos. The attractive coin depicts a flamingo wading in shallow water, with some of its favorite snacks shown just below the surface.  A flock of flamingos is in the background and the bright sun overhead.  The 38.6mm copper-nickel coin depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.
Item BVI-CN-FLAMINGO BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2015 FLAMINGO, COPPER-NICKEL, BU $14.00


BEAUTIFUL BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 2017 WILDLIFE COINS

British Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2017 hummingbird, copper-nickelBritish Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2017 marlin, copper-nickelBritish Virgin Islands 2017 coins feature Queen Elizabeth on the obverse
The British Virgin Islands released attractive new 2017 1 Dollar coins featuring native wildlife.  One depicts a hummingbird.  The other features a Marlin leaping from the ocean.   The 38.6mm copper-nickel coins have a mintage of just 10,000 each.   Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. The coins are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item BVI-CN-HUMM17 BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 1 DOLLAR 2017 COPPER-NICKEL HUMMINGBIRD, BU out
Item BVI-CN-MARLIN17 BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 1 DOLLAR 2017 COPPER-NICKEL MARLIN, BU $14.00



SHARKS ON 2016 TITANIUM COINS OF BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

British Virgin Islands 5 Dollars 2016 Lemon Shark yellow titanium coin       British Virgin Islands 5 Dollars 2016 Great White Shark turquoise titanium coin   
The British Virgin Islands released 2016 coins depicting two different sharks: the Lemon Shark and the Great White Shark. The Lemon Shark is a stocky and powerful animal often found in shallow subtropical waters.  The shark’s yellow coloring serves as a perfect camouflage when swimming over the sandy sea floor of its coastal habitat.  The Great White Shark is a species of large shark which can be found in the coastal waters of all the major oceans.  The lifespan of great white sharks is estimated to be as long as 70 years or more making it one of the longest lived fish currently known.  It has no natural predators other than the Orca.  The coin shows an underwater scene looking up at the Great White Shark.  Both designs were struck in colored titanium. The titanium coins are denominated as 5 Dollars, are 36.1mm in diameter, but weigh only 10 grams (about a third of an ounce).  They have a mintage of only 5000 pieces each and come in a capsule and presentation box with a Certificate of Authenticity.  The Lemon Shark coin is struck in yellow titanium.  The Great White Shark is struck in Turquoise Titanium. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. 
Item BVI-TI-LEM16 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS LEMON SHARK 2016 YELLOW TITANIUM BU $59.00
Item BVI-TI-WHITE16 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS GREAT WHITE SHARK 2016 TURQUOISE TITANIUM BU $59.00




NEWBRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS TITANIUM & COPPER-NICKEL CLOWNFISH

British Virgin Islands 5 Dollars 2018 Clownfish orange titaniumBritish Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2018 Clownfish copper-nickel
The Clownfish also known as Anemonefish are one of the most recognizable fish in the sea.  There are thirty different species of Clownfish of varying size and color.  Made popular by the Disney film “Finding Nemo” this little fish has a big character both in the film and on the reef!  The British Virgin Islands portrayed this popular fish on 2018 coins struck in both orange titanium and copper-nickel.  The orange titanium is denominated as 5 Dollars, is 36.1mm, has a mintage of 7,500 pieces and comes in a case with a Certificate of Authenticity.  The copper-nickel version denominated as 1 Dollar, is 36.8mm, and has a mintage of 10,000 pieces.  Both depict Queen Elizabeth on the obverse and are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item Item BVI-TIT-CLN18 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS 2018 ORANGE TITANIUM CLOWNFISH, BU $59.00
Item Item BVI-CN-CLN18 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2018 COPPER-NICKEL CLOWNFISH, BU $14.00



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



DOGS & MULTI COLOR CANARY ON CANARY ISLANDS COIN

Canary Islands 200 Pesetas 2017 multi-color proof coinThe Canary Islands is a Spanish possession in the Atlantic Ocean about 60 miles (100km.) west of Morocco.  The name of the islands is derived from its Latin name "Canariae Insulae", meaning "Islands of the Dogs".  The song bird is named after he islands.  One side of this 2017 dated 200 Pesetas coin features a multi-color Atlantic Canary (Serinus canaria), which is native to the islands.  The other side features the islands' coat-of-arms supported by two dogs and the names of the major islands in the chain.  This silver-plated Proof coin is 40mm in diameter and has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item CANARY CANARY ISLANDS 200 PESETAS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $25.00





CHINA CELEBRATES YEAR OF THE DOG WITH BI-METAL 10 YUAN

China 10 Yuan 2018 Year of the Dog bi-metallic coinChina recently released this 2018 dated bi-metallic 10 Yuan coin to commemorate the Year of the Dog.  The 27mm coin depicts a dog, a peach-shaped lantern, and plum flowers on the obverse.  The denomination surrounded by an intricate etched design is on the reverse. The large number 10 contains latent images, which change from Western to Chinese characters as the coin is moved.
Item CN-DOG18 CHINA 10 YUAN 2018 YEAR OF THE DOG, BI-METAL BU $6.75



ODD MULTI-COLOR COINS OF CATO ISLAND & DIANE BANK

Cato Island 10 Dollars 2017Diane Bank 10 Dollars 2017
Cato Island and Diane Bank are Australian territories in the Coral Sea.  Unofficial 10 Dollar multi-color quarter-circle wedge shaped Proof coins dated 2017 were issued in 2018 for these remote locations.  The obverses portray Queen Elizabeth.  The reverses depict multi-color images of native sea life. These odd-shaped silver-plated Proof coins are 46mm x 34mm and have a mintage of only 150 pieces each.
Cato Island is at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef.  In 2004 it was declared to be the capital of the "Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands", a micronation that that was created in response to Australia's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages. The Kingdom declared war on Australia and was ignored by Australia.  The Kingdom dissolved in November 2017 after Australia recognized same-sex marriages.  The coin has a color image of a Sea Goldie (Pseudanthias squamipinnis).  The Sea Goldie is a protogynous hermaphrodite; a male retains a harem of five to 10 females, but when the male dies, one of the females will undergo sex reversal and take the place of the missing male. 
The uninhabited Diane Banks is a mostly sunken atoll that is popular with divers and fishermen due to the abundance of sea life.  The coin pictures a Great Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna mokarran).  The shark is heavily fished for its large fins, which are extremely valuable on the Asian market as the main ingredient of shark fin soup. As a result, Great Hammerhead populations are declining substantially and it has been classified as an endangered species.   
Item CATO CATO ISLAND 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF out
Item DIANE DIANE BANKS 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $22.00



UNUSUAL MULTI-COLOR COINS FROM CORAL SEA REEFS

Bougainville Reef 10 Dollars 2017 Laced Moray EelCoringa Islets 10 Dollars 2017 Longnose butterflyfishFlora Reef 10 Dollars 2017 Blue-girdled angelfishShark Reef 10 Dollars 2017 NautilusCommon obverse for Coral Sea Reef coins
Bougainville Reef and Flora Reef are Australian territories in the Coral Sea.  They are popular with divers and recreational fishermen.  Bougainville Reef is the home of an unmanned lighthouse and weather station.  Flora Reef is a 4.6 sq. mile (12 sq.km.) submerged atoll.  Unofficial 10 Dollar coins were issued for these uninhabited locations dated 2017.  Both are multi-color quarter circle wedge shaped coins.  A laced moray eel (Gymnothorax favagineus) in depicted on the Bougainville coin.  The Flora Reef coin features a blue-girdled angelfish (Pomacanthus navarchus).  The obverses of the coins depicts Queen Elizabeth  The odd-shaped silver-plated Proof coins are 46mm x 34mm and has a mintage of only 200 pieces each.
Item BOUGAINVILLE BOUGAINVILLE REEF 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $25.00
Item CORINGA CORINGA ISLETS 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $25.00
Item FLORA FLORA REEF 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $25.00
Item SHARK SHARK REEF 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $25.00
Item CORALSEA4 ALL 4 of the above 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF COINS $95.00



NEWKINGDOM OF ENCLAVA CUT-OUT COIN

Kingdom of Enclava cutout coin 2018The Kingdom of Enclava was founded in 2015 by a group of Polish tourists on what they believed to be an unclaimed bit of land on the Danube River between Slovenia and Croatia.  Slovenia has since then claimed jurisdiction over tiny, 1075 square foot  (100 sq.m.) territory.  This 2018 coin of Enclava features a cutout image of a stork and a cattail reed.  The obverse includes the emblem of the Kingdom of Enclava.  The reverse includes a stork in flight, the national motto and the denomination: 25 Bitcoin Cash  (a derivative of the Bitcoin).  The 40mm silverplated coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item ENCLAVA KINGDOM OF ENCLAVA 25 BITCOIN CASH 2018 BU $24.00


YOUNG DEER ON ESTONIAN COIN 

Estonia 5 Krooni 1993 picturing a deerEstonia issued this 26.2mm brass 5 Krooni in 1993 not long after regaining independence from the Soviet Union.  It commemorates the 75th anniversary of Estonia's initial 1918 Declaration of Independence.  In 1939 the Soviet Union invaded and forciably annexed it into the U.S.S.R.  Germany occupied Estonia during most of World War II.  Estonia finally regained its independence upon the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The coin pictures a young deer on one side and the Estonian arms that feature three stylized lions on the other. The coin catalogs $7.50, however our price is MUCH less.
Item EE-29 ESTONIA 5 KROONI 1993 DEER KM29 BU $3.00



UNUSUAL CUT-OUT COIN FROM GAGAUZ REPUBLIC FEATURES WOLF

Gagauz Republic 100 Lei 2017 with cutout wolf coinThe Gagauz are Turkish-speaking Orthodox Christians living in southern Moldava.  There are numerous theories concerning their origins. After the collapse of the Soviet Union the Gagauz Republic attempted to become independent from Moldava.  They were eventually granted a large degree of autonomy within Moldava, though there are still many Gaguz who strive for full independence.  This 2017 dated 100 Lei of the Gagauz Republic is a most unusual coin.  The design features a cut out of a wolf, the national symbol of Gagauzia, howling at the moon. The national arms are depicted on one side, and the denomination is on the other.  The 40mm silver-plated coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces.  It is a highly unusual coin from a little-known location.
Item GAGAUZ GAGAUZ REPUBLIC 100 LEI 2017 WOLF CUTOUT BU $27.00


PIGS & CHICKENS FROM IRELAND

Ireland 1/2 & 1 Penny KM10 & KM11This two-coin set from Ireland includes the 1/2 Penny depicting a sow and her piglets and a Penny depicting a hen and her chicks. Both coins are bronze and both feature an Irish Harp on the obverse.  The designs were selected by a committee headed by Irish poet William Butler Yeats.  The 1/2 Penny is dated 1966 and the Penny is dated 1964.  Both are Uncirculated.
Item IE-SET2 IRELAND 1/2 & 1 PENNY 1964-66 KM10 & KM11 UNC. $4.50



KITTY CATS ON PARADE

Isle of Man 1 Crown 2016 Havana Brown cat & kittenIsle of Man 1 Crown 2015 Selkirk Rex cat & kittenIsle of Man 2013 Snowshoe cat and kittenIsle of Man 2013 Siberian cat and kittenIsle of Man 2012 Manx cat and kittenIsle of Man 1 Crown 2011 Turkish Angora CatsIsle of Man 1 Crown 2009 Abyssinian cat and kittenIsle of Man 1 Crown 2009 Chinchilla CatIsle of Man 1 Crown 2008 Burmilla CatIsle of Man 1 Crown 2007 Ragdoll CatISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 2006 EXOTIC SHORTHAIR KITTENSIsle of Man 2005 Himalayan Cats coin Isle of Man 2004 Tonkinese Cat coin Isle of Man 2003 Balinese Cat coin ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 2002 BENGAL CAT & KITTEN KM1111Isle of Man 2001 Somali Cat coinIsle of Man 2000 Cat coinIsle of Man 1999 British Blue Cat coinIsle of Man 1 Crown 1998 Birman Cat coinIsle of Man 1997 Long Haired Smoke Cat coinIsle of Man 1 Crown 1996 Burmese Cat KM621 ISLE OF MAN, MAINE COON CAT CROWN 1993 KM355Isle of Man 1993 Japanese Bobtail Cat 1 Crown coinIsle of Man 1993 Maine Coon Cat coinISLE OF MAN 1992 1 CROWN SIAMESE CAT KM332Isle of Man 1 Crown 1991 Norwegian Cat KM292Isle of Man 1991 Alley Cat 1 Crown KM275Isle of Man 1 Crown 1989 Persian CatIsle of Man 1 Crown 1988 Manx Cat KM245
From 1988 to 2016, the Isle of Man (home of the Manx cat) issued a 1 Crown coin featuring a different breed of cat. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of the coins.  The series apparently came to an end in 2016 when the Pobjoy Mint lost the contract to strike coins for the Isle of Man.  The 38.6mm copper-nickel coins are popular with both cat lovers and coin collectors.    The coins are pictured in order starting with the latest issue in the top left going down to the the first 1988 issue at the bottom. Hold your pointer over the coin to see which the cat and the year.
Item IOM-CAT16 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 2016 HAVANA BROWN CAT & KITTEN, BU $14.00
Item IOM-CAT15 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 2015 SELKIRK REX CAT & KITTEN, BU $14.00
Item IOM-CAT14 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 2014 SHOWSHOE CAT & KITTENS, BU $14.00
Item IOM-CAT13 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 2013 SIBERIAN CAT & KITTEN, BU $14.00
Item IOM-CAT12 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 2012 MANX CAT & KITTEN, BU $14.00
Item IOM-CAT11 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 2011 TURKISH ANGORA CATS KM1440 BU $14.00
Item IOM-CAT10 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 2010 ABYSSINIAN CAT & KITTEN, KM1426 BU $16.00
Item IOM-CAT09 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 2009 CHINCHILLA CAT & KITTEN, KM1378.2 BU $14.00
Item IOM-CAT08 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 2008 BURMILLA CAT & KITTEN, KM1424 BU $14.00
Item IOM-CAT07 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 2007 RAGDOLL CATS BU  KM1307.1 BU $14.00
Item IOM-CAT06 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 2006 EXOTIC SHORTHAIR KITTENS KM1290a BU $16.00
Item IOM-CAT05 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 2005 HIMALAYAN CATS KM1266 BU $16.00
Item IOM-CAT04 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 2004 TONKINESE KITTENS KM1246 BU $14.00
Item IOM-CAT03 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 2003 BALINESE KITTENS KM1165 BU $14.00
Item IOM-CAT02 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 2002 BENGAL CAT & KITTEN KM1111 BU $14.00
Item IOM-CAT01 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 2001 SOMALI KITTENS KM1072 BU $14.00
Item IOM-CAT00 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 2000 SCOTTISH KITTEN PLAYING WITH WORLD KM1056 BU $14.00
Item IOM-CAT99 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 1999 BRITISH BLUE CAT KM966 BU $14.00
Item IOM-CAT98 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 1998 BIRMAN CAT KM857 BU $14.00
Item IOM-CAT97 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 1997 LONG HAIRED SMOKE CAT KM774 BU $14.00
Item IOM-CAT96 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 1996 BURMESE CAT KM621 BU $14.00
Item IOM CAT95 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 1995 TURKISH CAT KM446 BU $14.00
Item IOM-CAT94 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 1994 JAPANESE BOBTAIL CAT KM380 BU $16.00
Item IOM-CAT93 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 1993 MAINE COON CAT KM355 BU $14.00
Item IOM-CAT92 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 1992 SIAMESE CAT KM332 BU $14.00
Item IOM-CAT91 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 1991 NORWEGIAN CAT KM292 BU $14.00
Item IOM-CAT90 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 1990 ALLEY CAT KM275 BU $14.00
Item IOM-CAT89 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 1989 PERSIAN CAT KM250 BU $14.00
Item IOM-CAT88 ISLE OF MAN 1 CROWN 1988 MANX CAT KM245 BU $14.00

SPECIAL - GET ALL 29 OF THE ABOVE ISLE OF MAN CAT COINS AND SAVE!
(The set is not packaged, each coin comes in its own envelope)
Item IOM-CATALL29  SET OF ALL 29 ISLE OF MAN CAT CROWNS, 1988-2016 BU $375.00



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


2017 BI-METALLIC MALDIVES COIN FEATURES SEA-SHELL  

Maldive Islands 2 Rufiayaa 2017Maldives recently released a redesigned 2017 dated 2 Rufiyaa coin featuring a Triton’s Trumpet shell.  The large shell can reach up to 2 feet (60cm) in length. The 25.5mm bi-metallic coin has a nickel-plated steel center and a nickel-brass ring.  Maldives is a chain of 26 low lying atolls spanning about 115 square miles (300 sq.km.) in the Indian Ocean.  It is one of the world’s lowest countries.  Its highest point is less than 8 feet (2.4 meters) above sea level. 
Item MV-2R MALDIVES 2 RUFIYAA 2017, UNC. $4.50



PRETTY MULTI-COLOR SILVER COIN DEPICTS AN UGLY ANIMAL

Mongolia 500 Tugrik 2011 KM315This sterling silver Proof Mongolian 500 Tugrik depicts a multi-color image of a Mongolian Saiga Antelope (Saiga Tatarica Mongolica).  The horned animal features an overly-large distinctive nose.  During summer the huge nose helps filter out dust and cools the animal's blood. In winter it heats up the frigid air before it is taken to the lungs.  The animal has had vast swings in its population.  During the last ice-age it ranged from the British Isles, through Central Asia and into Alaska and the Yukon.  By the 1920’s it was almost exterminated, however it was able to recover by the 1950’s.  The population collapsed again after the fall of the Soviet Union due to uncontrolled hunting and the demand for its horns in Chinese medicine.  Disease has taken a further toll and today it is Critically Endangered.   The 2011 dated coin features the arms of Mongolia and the denomination on the obverse.  The 38.61mm coin weights 25 grams and has a mintage of just 2500 pieces.  It comes in a capsule with a certificate of Authenticity.   It is an attractive coin depicting an ugly animal.
Item MN-SAIGA MONGOLIA 500 TUGRIK 2011 MONGOLIAN SAIGA KM315 PROOF $49.75



NEW2018 MOOREA DOLLAR FEATURES RED LIONFISH

Moorea (French Polynesia) 1 Dollar 2018 depicting Red LionfishMoorea is one of the Society Islands in French Polynesia located 11 miles (17km.) northwest of Tahiti.  It is a popular tourist and honeymoon destination because of its spectacular scenery and accessibility.  This unofficial 27mm brass 2018 Moorea Dollar coin features a Red Lionfish on the reverse. A native pattern is on the obverse.
Item MOOREA MOOREA 1 DOLLAR 2018 UNC. $9.00


RARE KAGU BIRD ON FIRST COIN OF NEW CALEDONIAWholesale prices available to dealers

New Caledonia 50 Centiimes 1949In 1949 the French colony of New Caledonia issued its first coins.  France took possession of the Pacific islands in 1853, after the natives ate a group of French missionaries and members of a French survey team.  The following year France established a penal colony there.  The first coins for New Caledonia were not until almost 100 years late, in 1949.  One of the first coins issued was this aluminum 50 Centimes. The coin features a seated figure of Maranne, the national symbol of France on the reverse, and a Kagu bird on the obverse.  The Kagu is a rare, nearly flightless bird that is only found in New Caledonia.  
Item NC-1 NEW CALEDONIA 50 CENTIMES 1949 KM1 UNC. $3.00



COINS OF NEW ZEALAND'S OUTLYING ISLANDS

Native wildlife is featured on these unusual unofficial rectangular coins from each of New Zealand's nine outlying islands. The coins are all denominated 10 Dollars and are dated 2017.  Queen Elizabeth, the name of the territory and the date is on the obverse.  The silver-planted coins measure 40mm x 25mm and are Proof.  They have a mintage of only 150 or 200 pieces each.


Antipodes Islands 10 Dollars, Parakeet 2017The coin from the Antipodes Islands pictures an Antipodes parakeet (Cyanoramphus unicolor). It one of two parrot species found on the islands, and one of only five ground-dwelling parrots in the world. The Antipodes Islands are located about 350 miles (560 km) southeast of the South Island of New Zealand.  The islands were first charted in 1800 by Captain Henry Waterhouse.  In 1803 his brother-in-law received a fishing monopoly for the islands, sailed for them and was never heard of again.  There was a major sealing boom at the islands between 1805 and 1807 which lead to a battle between gangs of American and British led sealers.  One ship carried 80,000 seal skins, worth the equivalent of millions of dollars today, to Canton.  After 1807 the seal population was largely wiped out. Today the islands are uninhabited.  The coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item ANTIPODES ANTIPODES ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, PARAKEET PROOF $22.00


Auckland Islands 10 Dollars 2017 rectangular coinThe Auckland Islands are uninhabited possession of New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean hundreds of miles south of New Zealand.  They are windy, wet, cool and cloudy.  They were discovered in the early 19th century and immediately became bases for seal hunting, until the seals were all killed off.  Whalers also used the islands during the 19th century. In 1842 a group of Maori and their slaves taken from the Chatham Islands migrated to Auckland Island and survived there for 20 years. In 1849 a group of British colonists attempted to settle on Auckland Island, however the settlement was abandoned less than three years later due to the harsh climate and poor whaling. The coin depicts two New Zealand Sea Lions (Phocarctos hookeri). It has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item AUCKLAND AUCKLAND ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, SEA LIONS PROOF $22.00


Bounty Islands 10 Dollars, Albatross 2017This Bounty Islands 10 Dollar coin features the Southern Royal Albatross (Diomedea epomophora).  The bird is one of the largest species of Albatross with a wingspan of about 10 feet (3 meters).  The Bounty Islands are a small group of 13 uninhabited granite islets and numerous rocks, that are about 416 miles (670 km) east-south-east of the New Zealand's South Island and about 133 miles (214km) north of the Antipodes Islands.   They were discovered by Captain William Bligh on his return from Tahiti in 1778 just months before the famous mutiny and named after his ship, HMS Bounty. The coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item BOUNTY BOUNTY ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, ALBATROSS PROOF $22.00


Campbell Islands 10 Dollars 2017 rectangular coinThe Campbell Islands are uninhabited possession of New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean hundreds of miles south of New Zealand.  They are windy, wet, cool and cloudy.  They were discovered in the early 19th century and immediately became bases for seal hunting, until the seals were all killed off.  Whalers also used the islands during the 19th century. An attempt was made to farm sheep on Campbell island from 1896 until 1931, when it was abandoned because of the Great Depression.  A manned weather station operated on Campbell Island until it was replaced by an automated station in 1995.  The reverse of the coin features a pair of Black Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo).   It has a mintage of 200 pieces.
Item CAMPBELL CAMPBELL ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, CORMORANTS PROOF $22.00


Chatham Islands 10 Dollars 2017 Australian CrawfishNEWThe Chatham Islands were settled about the 16th Century by a predecessor to the Maoris known as Moriori.  After generations of warfare, the Moriori created a peaceful society in which bloodshed was virtually unknown.  The islands were named after the ship HMS Chatham which landed there in 1791 and claimed the islands for Great Britain.   In 1835 a group of about 900 Maori forced an English captain to take them to the Chatham Islands.  They attacked, slaughtered and enslaved the Moriori, wiping out most of the population.   Today about 600 people inhabit the islands.  The islands are the breeding grounds to huge flocks of seabirds and is home to about fifty endemic plants adapted to the islands cold and windy climate.   A Spiny Lobster, also called an Australian Crawfish (Sagmariasus verreauxi) is on the reverse of the coin.  The lobster is one of the chief exports the Chathams. The coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces..
Item CHATHAM CHATHAM ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, SPINY LOBSTER PROOF $22.00


Kermadec Islands 10 Dollars, Leafy Seadragon 2017The Kermadec Islands rectangular 10 Dollar coin depicts the odd looking Leafy Seadragon (Phycodurus eques). The sea-horse like creature has long leaf-like protrusions coming from all over the body, which serve as camouflage, giving it the appearance of seaweed.  The Kermadec islands are 500 to 600 miles (800-1000 km.) northeast of New Zealand's North Islands.  They may have been settled as early as the 10th century, and were settled by Polynesians around the 14th century, however were uninhabited when Europeans visited the area in 1788. The islands are uninhabited except for a New Zealand government station on the northernmost island in the chain.  The coin has a mintage of 200 pieces.
Item KERMADEC KERMADEC ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, LEAFY SEADRAGON PROOF $22.00


Snares Islands 10 Dollars, Penguin 2017The Snares Islands, also known by their Maori name of Tina Heke are about 124 miles (200km) south of New Zealand's South Island.  Captain George Vancouver named the islands "The Snares" because he considered them a shipping hazard.  The uninhabited islands remain one of the last pristine areas of New Zealand.   The coin pictures the Snares Penguins (Eudyptes robustus),  Only 200 pieces were minted.
Item SNARES SNARES ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, PENGUINS PROOF $22.00



Solander Islands 10 Dollars 2017, Glaucus marginatus (small blue sea slug)NEW The Solander Islands are a small chain of uninhabited islands just south of New Zealand.  They were sighted by Captain Cook in 1770 and named after Dr. Daniel Solander, a Swedish naturalist who was part of the crew.  The islands have had only been briefly inhabited shipwrecks or marooning.  It is the home to a number of rare plants and birds.  The unoffical Solander 10 Dollar coin depicts a Glaucus marginatus, which is a species of small, blue sea slugs.  They float upside down on the surface of tropical seas and eat Portuguese man o’ wars.  The coin has a mintage of  just 150 pieces.
Item SOLANDER SOLANDER ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, SEA SLUG PROOF $22.00



Three Kings Islands 10 Dollars 2017, Australian Spotted JellyfishNEWThe Three Kings Islands are a New Zealand territory consisting of 13 islands about 34 miles (55km) northwest of Cape Reinga, New Zealand. They measure about 1.9 square miles (4.86 km2).  The islands have been uninhabited since 1840.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of this unofficial silver-plated Proof 25mm x 40mm 10 Dollar coin.  The reverse depicts a Phyllorhiza punctate, a species of jellyfish that is commonly called the floating bell, Australian spotted jellyfish or the white-spotted jellyfish. They are an invasive species having spread from their native habitat around Australia to the Mediterranean Sea, Hawaiian Islands, Gulf of Mexico, Southern California, Greater Antilles and western Atlantic.  Each jellyfish can filter as much as 13,000 gallons (50,000 liters) of seawater per day, ingesting plankton that native species need, as well as ruining fishing gear and damaging boat intakes.  The coin has mintage of only 150 pieces.  It is the last in the series of rectangular 10 Dollar coins for the New Zealand Outlying Islands.   The coin has a mintage of  just 150 pieces.
Item 3KINGS THREE KINGS ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, JELLYFISH PROOF $22.00





ATTRACTIVE NIUE DOLLAR DEPICTS SWORD FISH

Niue 1 Dollar 2010 picturews swordfishThis attractive 38.6mm copper-nickel 1 Dollar coin from the Pacific Island nation of Niue depicts a Sword Fish on the reverse and Queen Elizabeth on the obverse.  Captain James Cook named the island Savage Island in 1774, because of the hostility of the natives.  British missionaries began to arrive in the 1830’s and eventually the islanders were converted to Christianity.  Today Niue is a self-governing nation that is in association with New Zealand, which handles its defense and foreign affairs. The British monarch is the head of state. It has a population of less than 3000 and an area of about 100 square miles. 
Item NU-1D10 NIUE 1 DOLLAR 2010 BU $12.00



20th ANNIVERSARY PAPUA-NEW GUINEA MINT SET FEATURES WILDLIFE

Papau New Guinea 1995 Mint set features wildlife
The Bank of Papua New Guinea released this official 6 coin packaged mint set to celebrate the countries 20th anniversary of independence in 1995.  The 1995 dated coins feature native wildlife.  The 1 Kina features Sea and River Crocodiles swimming around the center hole of the coin.  A Cassowary, a large flightless bird, is on the 20 Toea.  The 10 toea shows a cuscus, a large marsupial "monkey".  A Plateless Turtle is on the 5 Toea.  The 2 Toea shows the ornate butterfly cod fish and a Butterfly is on the 1 Toea. The reverse of each of the coins features an outstretched Bird of Paradise, which is the natinal emblem of the country. The Brilliant Uncirculated coins were struck Royal Canadian Mint and come in a descriptive folder.
Item PNG-SET95 PAPUA NEW GUINEA OFFICIAL 1995 SIX COIN WILDLIFE MINT SET $14.00

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NEWPERU 2018 COIN FEATURES ANDEAN TAPIR

Peru 1 Sol 2018 coin depicting TapirPeru continued their ongoing series of circulating 1 Sol coins featuring native wildlife with this 2018 issue depicting an Andean Tapir (Tapirus pinchaque), also called the Mountain Tapir.  They are have distinctive  small, stubby tails and long, flexible proboscises.  The endangered species lives in a narrow band of the high mountains of Northern Peru, Ecuador and Columbia.  The 25.5mm copper-nickel-zinc coins features the Peruvian arms on the obverse.
Item PE-TAPIR18 PERU 1 SOL 2018 ANDEAN TAPIR, UNC. $4.00




POPULAR POLAND WILDLIFE COINS

Poland 2 Zlote 2014 Konik Horse KM896 Poland 2 Zlote 2013 European Bison KM878Poland 2 Zlote 2011 European BadgerPoland 2 Zlote 2010 Lesser Horseshoe BatPoland 2 Zlote 2009 Green Lizard

Poland regularly issues  a 27mm “Nordic gold” (brass alloy) 2 Zlote honoring native endangered wildlife.  The attractive coins are always popular with collectors.The 2014 issue features the Konik Horse. The Konik Horse is a small, hardy, semi-feral horse that originated in Poland.  The European Bison (Zubr)  is on the 2013 issue. . The European Bison was hunted to extinction in the wild in the early 20th Century.  Since then it has been reintroduced from captivity.  In the past, especially during the Middle Ages, it was commonly killed for its hide, and to produce drinking horns.  No wildlife coins were issued for 2012.  The 2011 issues featurew the European Badger.  The 2010 issues feature the Lesser Horse-shoe Bat.  It is one of the world’s smallest bats, weighing only 5 to 9 grams (less than a third of an ounce) and is less than a 44mm long (under 2 inches). Both the coins picture the bat in flight.   The 2009 issues feature the Green Lizard. The arms of Poland featuring a stylized crowned eagle is on the obverse of each coin.
 Item PL-2Z14-HORSE POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2014 KONIK HORSE, KM896 UNC. $3.00
Item PL-2Z13-BISON POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2013 EUROPEAN BISON, KM878 UNC. $3.00
Item PL-2ZBADG11 POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2011  BADGER Y762 BU $3.00
Item PL-2ZBAT10 POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2010 HORSESHOE BAT Y723 BU $3.00
Item PL-2ZLIZ09 POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2009 GREEN LIZARD Y678 BU $3.00




DANCING ELEPHANTS & KISSING GIRAFFES FROM RHODESIA & NYASALAND

Rhodesia and Nyasaland 1/2 and 1 Penny KM1 & KM2Great Britain issued a joint coinage for their African colonies of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.  The attractive coins feature native wildlife.  The 1958 1/2 Penny shows two giraffes that appear to be kissing, while the 1962 1 Penny features a pair of dancing elephants! The reverses have the name of the colonies, denomination and date.  Both coins are bronze and have a center hole so they could be strung together by natives who often did not have pockets. Rhodesia & Nyasaland is now the independent countries of Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabawe.  Both coins are Uncirculated.
Item R+N-SET2 RHODESIA & NYASALAND 1/2 & 1 PENNY 1958,1962 UNC. $9.50



NEWUNUSUAL MULTI-COLOR COIN OF SAUMAREZ REEF FEATURES OCTOPUS

Saumarez Reef 10 Dollars 2017 multi-color "pie slice" shaped coinSaumarez Reef is a large system of reefs in the Coral Sea with sand cays located on the north-east and south-west ends.  The Australia territory is popular with divers and recreational fishermen.  An unusual 2017 dated unofficial multi-colored "pie slice" shaped 10 Dollar coin was issued for this tiny entity. The reverse features a multi-colored image of a Blue-ringed octopus (Hapalochlaena).  The small octopus (5 to 8 in, 12 to 15 cm.) is one of the world's most venomous marine animals.  Its bite is tiny and often painless, however can cause death in a human within minutes from suffocation due to paralysis of the diaphragm.  There is no antivenom.  The obverse depicts Queen Elizabeth  The odd-shaped silver-plated Proof coin is 46mm x 34mm and has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item SAUMAREZ SAUMAREZ REEF 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $25.00



NEWNEW COINS OF ST. THOMAS & PRINCE FEATURE BIRDS

St. Thomas and Prince (São Tomé and Príncipe) 2017 four coin setObverse of St. Thomas and Prince 20 Centimos 2017
On January 1, 2018 St. Thomas and Prince (São Tomé and Príncipe) did a 1000 to 1 revaluation of their currency. New coins dated 2017, were issued.  Included is the 10, 20, 50 Centimos and 1 Dobras. The coins feature the coat-of-arms on the obverse and native birds on the reverse.
Item ST-SET17 ST. THOMAS & PRINCE 4 COIN BIRD SET, 10 CENTIMOS - 1 DOBRAS 2017 UNC. $7.50


WILDLIFE FEATURED ON OBSOLETE COINS OF SLOVENIA

Slovenia 8 coin set set features animals, birds and fish.
With the introduction of the Euro, Slovenia's attractive wildlife coins are now obsolete and are being withdrawn from circulation. All six of the Tolar denominated coins feature native wildlife. The 10 Stotinov pictures an Olm salamander, an unusual blind aquatic salamander found in the caves of Slovenia. A barn owl is on the 20 Stotinov. A bee is on the 50 Stotinov. The 1 Tolar features salmon, the 2 Tolar shows a swallow in flight, an ibex is on the 5 Tolar, the 10 Tolar shows a horse,and  the 20 Tolar pictures a stork.  It is an attractive animal coin set. The coins date from 1992 to 2005 and are Uncirculated.
Item S-SI-SET8 SLOVENIA 8 COIN ANIMAL SET 10 STOTINOV - 20 TOLAR, 1992-2005 UNC $8.75



ELEPHANT COIN FROM ITALIAN TRUST TERRITORY OF SOMALIA  

Somalia - Italian Trust Territory, 5 Centesimi 1950 KM2From 1950 to 1960 Italy administered the United Nations Trust Territory of So>a. It consisted of the former Italian Somaliland, which is now the southern and eastern portions of the Federal Republic of Somalia.  This 25mm copper 5 Centesimi was minted in 1950 for use in the territory.  The obverse features an elephant head.  The reverse has the date, denomination and mint name “ROMA” in unusually large letters for a mint mark.
Item SO-2 SOMALIA 5 CENTESIMI 1950 KM2 BU $10.00



SEA LIFE ON SOUTH GEORGIA & SO. SANDWICH ISLANDS 2017 TITANIUM AND COPPER-NICKEL COINS

South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Elephant Seal - Green TitaniumSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Elephant Seal - copper-nickelSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Blue whale - Blue TitaniumSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Blue whalel - copper-nickelSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Colossal squid - Blue TtaniumSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Colossal squid - copper-nickelSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands coins feature Queen Elizabeth on the obverse
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands released attractive 2017 dated 2 Pound coins featuring native sea life.  One coin features a male and female Elephant Seal sitting on a beach. The seal gets its name from its great size and the large inflatable proboscis of the adult males, which is used to make extraordinarily loud roaring noises, especially during the mating season.  The coin was struck green titanium and copper nickel.  Another coin features a Blue Whale mother and her calf.  Blue whales are the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth. These magnificent marine mammals rule the oceans at up to 100 feet long and upwards of 200 tons. Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant. Their hearts can be as large as an automobile.  A third issue features a Colossal Squid.  The squid is known from only a few specimens.  It is believed to reach a maximum size of over 40 feet (12 meters) and weigh as much as 1,650 pounds (750kg.).  .  The copper-nickel versions of the coins have a mintage of 10,000 pieces and are 38.6mm in diameter.  The titanium has a mintage of 7,500 pieces, is 36.1mm in diameter, weighs 10 grams, and come in a box with a Certificate of Authenticity.  All the coins portray Queen Elizabeth on the obverse and are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item SGI-TIT-SEAL17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 GREEN TITANIUM ELEPHANT SEAL BU $59.00
Item SGI-CN-SEAL17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 COPPER-NICKEL ELEPHANT SEAL BU $14.00
Item SGI-TIT-BWHALE17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 BLUE TITANIUM BLUE WHALE BU $59.00
Item SGI-CN-BWHALE17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 COPPER-NICKEL BLUE WHALE BU $14.00
Item SGI-TIT-SQUID17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 BLUE TITANIUM COLOSSAL SQUID BU $59.00
Item SGI-CN-SQUID17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 COPPER-NICKEL COLOSSAL SQUID BU OUT



PILOT WHALES ON 2017 SOUTH GEORGIA & SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS COIN

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Pilot WhalePilot Whales are large, robust members of the dolphin family, which can weigh as much as 7000 pounds (3,200kg.) and reach a length 24 feet (7.2 meters). These intelligent marine mammals form close social bonds and live in tight-knit pods.  The Pilot Whale received its name due to a belief that the pod always follows a single leader.  This may be the reason why entire pods of Pilot Whales often strand themselves on beaches – they follow their leader even when it makes a fatal mistake.   This 2017 copper-nickel 2 Pound coin of South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands shows Pilot Whale in the foreground in the Antarctic waters with the head of a second whale appearing above the water. The top of a third whale can be seen just above the waterline in the background.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The coin is 38.6mm in diameter and is Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item SGA-PILOT17 SOUTH GEORGIA & SOUTH SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 PILOT WHALE BU $14.00



SOUTH GEORGIA & SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS 2016 MINKE WHALE COIN

South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2016 Minke WhaleA Minke Whale swimming beneath the ocean with icebergs floating above is featured on this 2016 dated 2 Pounds coin from South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands.  The Minke Whale usually measures about 23 to 26 feet (7-8m) long and can weight as much as 10 tons.  It can dive for as long as 20 minutes and can swim as fast as 24mpg (38 km/h).  The obverse of the coin features Queen Elizabeth.  The copper-nickel coin is 38.6mm in diameter.
Item SGA-MINKE16 SOUTH GEORGIA & SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS 2 POUNDS 2016 MINKE WHALE BU $14.00


RARE SPECTACLED PORPOISE ON SO. GEORGIA & SO. SANDWICH ISLANDS COIN

South Georgia & South Sandwaich Islands 2 Pounds 2014 Spectacled PorpoisThe threatened and rarely seen Spectacled Porpoise is featured on this 2014 copper-nickel 2 Pound coin from South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands. The porpoises are fast, active swimmers that they normally avoid boats. The dark rings around their eyes gives them the appearance of wearing glasses, hence the name. They live in the cool sub-Antarctic  waters and have occaisionally been spotted near South Georgia.  Little is known about their behaviour as most of the information has been gleaned from stranded individuals.  The 38.6mm coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth on the obverse.
Item SGA-PORPOISE SOUTH GEORGIA & SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS 2 POUNDS PORPOISE 2014, BU $14.00




WADDELL SEAL PUP ON SOUTH GEORGIA & SOUTH SANDWICH ISLAND COIN

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2013 Waddell Seal PupA cute Waddell Seal Pup is pictured on this 2013 dated 2 Pound coin from South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands.  The Weddell Seal is native to Antarctica and lives further south than any other mammal.  It was discovered and named by British sealing Captain James Waddell, during his expeditions to the Waddell Sea.  When born the pups are around half the length of their mother (ouch!) and weigh 25 to 30 kilograms.  The Weddell Seal is remarkable for its ability to survive the bitter Antarctic winters where they spend most of their time in the water to avoid blizzards with only their heads poking through breathing holes in the ice.  It can remain underwater for as long as 80 minutes.    The obverse of the 38.6mm copper-nickel coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
Item SGA-SEAL13 SOUTH GEORGIA & SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS 2 POUNDS WADDELL SEAL 2013, BU $14.00




WILDLIFE COINS OF TANZANIA   

Tanzania coin set: 5 Senti - 1 Shilling Animals are featured on this high-catalog value set from Tanzania.  Tanzania, located on the coast of Africa, was founded when Tanganyika, formerly German East Africa, merged with Zanzibar in 1964. The set includes the multi-sided1976  5 Senti which shows a sailfish, the scalloped 1979 10 Senti which shows a Zebra, the 1979 20 Senti which shows an Ostrich, the  1989 50 Senti which shows a rabbit and the 1992 1 Shillingi features an outstretched arm holding a torch.  the coins are Brilliant Uncirculated and together catalog for over $14.00.  Our price is MUCH less..
Item S-TZ-SET5 TANZANIA 5 COIN WILDLIFE SET 5 Senti - 1 Shilling, 1975-1992 BU out



RECENT TANZANIA COIN SET FEATURES WILDLIFE

Tanzania 500, 200, 100 & 50 Shillings - Reverses depicting wildlifeTanzania 500, 200, 100 & 50 Shillings - Obverses
This Tanzanian coin set includes the four denominations currently in circulation, including the recently released 500 Shilling coin.  All four coins feature native wildlife on the reverse and a politician on the obverse. The reverse of the recent 500 Shillings features an African Buffalo along with a shifting image that changes from the numeral "500" to "BOT" as the coin is moved.    A pair of lions is on the reverse of the 200 Shillings.  Both coins depict Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume, the first President of Zanzibar on the obverse and are dated 2014.   Four running impalas are on the reverse of the 100 Shillings.  The obverse features Julius Nyerere, who led Tanganyika to independence, and became the first President of Tanzania after it was unified with Zanzibar.   The seven-sided 50 Shilingi features a rhinoceros and her calf.  An oxpecker bird sits atop the rhino.  Ali Hassan Mwinyi, the second President of Tanzania is on the obverse.  The 100 and 50 Shillings are dated 2015.
Item S-TZ-SET4 TANZANIA 4 COIN SET 50 - 500 SHILLINGS, 2014-2015 UNC. $8.50


KINGDOM OF TAVOLARA

Kingdom of Tavolara 100,000 Lire 2017Tavolara is a small island off the north-east coast of Sardinia with a population of about 50 and is the home of a NATO radio base.  In 1836 Giuseppe Bertoleoni claimed to be the first king Tavolara, which was said to be the smallest kingdom in the world.  Since then members of the Bertoleoni family have carried on the tradition of the self-proclaimed kingdom and operates two seasonal restaurants on the island.  One side of the coin features the arms of the Kingdom of the Tavolara.  The other side depicts a Mouflon ram and kid.  At one time the island was famous for its wild goats, however they were alblll removed when the NATO station was built in 1962.  The 40mm silver plated-Proof Tavolara coin is denominated 100,000 Lire and dated 2017.  It has a mintage of just 200 pieces.
Item TAVOLARA TAVOLARA 100,000 LIRE 2017 PROOF $22.00


TOKELAU SILVER COLOR COIN FEATURES KILLER WHALES 

Tokelau 5 Dollars 2012 multi-color coin depicts Orcas.The small Pacific island nation of Tokelau features the Orcas or Killer Whales, on this multi-colored sterling silver 2012 5 Dollar coin. Two Orcas, one in full color, are shown leaping from the ocean. The obverse depicts Queen Elizabeth, and a Tuluma bearing a cross.  The Tuluma, the national symbol of Tokalu, is a traditional wooden tackle box used by fisherman.  Tokelau, once known as the Union Islands, consists of 3 small atolls with a population of only about 1,400.  Though governed by New Zealand, it occasionally issues coins for collectors.  The attractive 38.6mm coin weighs 20 grams and has a mintage of only 2500 pieces.
Item TK-ORKA TOKELAU 5 DOLLARS 2012 ORCA SILVER PROOF $89.95



NEWTRANSNISTRIA DOUBLE DATED DOG COIN

TRANSNISTRIA 1 RUBLE 2017/18 YEAR OF THE DOG COINTransnistria (Transdnietra) commemorated the Chinese Year of the Dog on this 1 Ruble coin.  One side of the coin features a cute puppy and the date 2018, which corresponds to the Year of the Dog.  The other side features the national arms, denomination and the date 2017.  The 22mm coin is struck in nickel-plated steel.
Item TRNS-DOG TRANSNISTRIA 1 RUBLE 2017/18 YEAR OF THE DOG BU $5.00


BI-METALLIC COINS TURKISH COINS DEPICT WILDLIFE

Turkey 2009 1 Lira bimetallic animal coins: Elephant and TurtleTurkey 2012 1 Lira bimetallic animal coins: Deer and LeopardTurkey 2015 1 Lira bimetallic animal coins: Mouflin and Desert LizardObverse of Turkey 2011 bimetal coins
Turkey issues an annual series of two bimetallic 1 Lira coins, each depicting an animal.  The coins are all 26.15mm in diameter and have the denomination and date on the obverse. The 2009 issues depict an mother elephant and her calf on one coin and a sea tortoise on the other. The 2009 issues have a mintage of only 5000 of each coin. A Red Deer and a Leopard appear on the 2012 issues.   The 2015 issues depict an Anatolian Wild Sheep or Mouflon on one coin and a desert lizard on the other.  The 2015 issues have a mintage of only 50,000 each.
Item TR-ZOO-09 TURKEY SET OF 2 BIMETAL 1 LIRA ELEPHANT & SEA TURTLE 2009 KM1263 & KM1264 BU $15.00
Item TR-ZOO-12 TURKEY SET OF 2 BIMETAL 1 LIRA DEER & LEOPARD 2012 KM1283 & KM1284 BU $15.00
Item TR-ZOO-15 TURKEY SET OF 2 BIMETAL 1 LIRA MOUFLON & LIZARD 2015 BU $12.00


ISLES TUBUAI COIN DEPICTS HUMPBACK WHALES  

Isles Tubuai 500 Francs 2014Tubuai is a French possession in the South Pacific that consists of seven islands with a population of 2200.  It has been inhabited since pre-historic times.  In 1789 the mutineers of the HMS Bounty attempted to settle there, After numerous skirmishes with the natives over women and property, the mutineers abandoned their settlement and departed. The diseases they left, however, apparently decimated the native population. The reverse of this unofficial pattern 2014 dated 500 Francs coin depicts a humpback whale and her calf. Above them is a native sailing boat against the rising sun.  The standard French territorial obverse featuring Marianne, the national symbol of France, and cargo ships is on the other side.  The 40mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item TUBUAI TUBUAI 500 FRANCS 2014 PROOF $22.00



NEWTURKS & CAICOS COINS FEATURE CRITTERS

Turks and Caicos 1 Crown 1969 KM1Turks and Caicos 1/4 Crown 1981 KM51
Turks and Caicos Islands is a British overseas territory in the West Indies. It has a population of only about 35,000.   It was discovered by Ponce de Leon in 1512 and settled by royalist sympathizers from the United States after the American Revolution. In 1969 the colony struck its first coin, a 38.5mm copper-nickel 1 Crown featuring the islands coat of arms on the reverse.  The arms include a conch shell, lobster and cactus, supported by a pair of flamingos with a pelican as its crest.  The coin has a mintage of only 50,000 pieces.  In 1981 it issued a 24mm copper-nickel Quarter Crown coin depicting a Spiny Lobster on the reverse.  It is the lowest denomination issued by the tiny island nation which primarily uses the United States dollar.  Both coins have the young head of Queen Elizabeth on the obverse.
Item TC-1CR TURKS & CAICOS 1 CROWN 1969 KM1 UNC. $7.50
Item TC-1/4CR TURKS & CAICOS 1/4 CROWN 1981 KM51 UNC. $5.00



RECENT URUGUAY COIN SET FEATURES ANIMALS AND BIMETALLIC  Restocked  Price Reduced

Uruguay 4 coin wildlife set., KM134-137Native wildlife is featured on this set of the current coins of Uruguay.   The 2015 bi-metallic 10 Pesos features a Puma.  The design was first used on Uruguay’s 10 Centavo of 1930 and then later on the 1942 1 Peso.  The 2014 5 Pesos pictures a Rhea (Nandu), which is a  large flightless bird, related to the ostrich.  A capybara (carpincho), which is the largest rodent in the world, is on the 2014 2 Pesos.  The  2012 1 Peso depicts an armadillo..  The national arms is on the reverse of each coin.  
Item S-UY-SET4 URUGUAY 4 COIN WILDLIFE SET 1 - 10 PESOS 2012-15 UNC. $6.00


NEWZAMBIA 1992 WILDLIFE SET 

Zambia 25 Ngwee, 50 Ngwee, 1 Kwacha, 5 Kwacha 1992 wildlife coins Obverse Zambia 5 Kwacha 1992 KM31
This attractive four coin set from Zambia features four species of their native wildlife. An Oryx is on the 21mm brass 5 Kwacha, a pair of eagles is on the 19.2mm brass 1 Kwacha, a rare Kafue Lechwe is on the 22.5mm nickel-plated steel 50 Ngwee and a crowned hornbill bird is on the20mm nickel-plated steel 25 Ngwee.  The arms of Zambia is on the obverse of each coin. All four coins are dated 1992, the only year these coins were issued. All four coins are Uncirculated. They make an excellent addition to any collector's "zoo".
Item S-ZM-SET4  ZAMBIA  4 COIN WILDLIFE SET, 25 NGWEE - 5 KWACHA 1992 UNC. $5.00

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