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AFRICAN BI-METALLICS CELEBRATE VISITS BY POPE JOHN PAUL II  

Cameroon bi-metallic 4500 Franc coin 2007 Pope John Paul II visitCentral African Republic bi-metallic 4500 Francs Pope John Paul II visitChad bi-metallic 4500 Francs 2007 Pope John Paul IICongo Republic bi-metallic 4500 Francs Pope John Paul II visitGabon bi-metallic 4500 Francs Pope John Paul II
In 2007 five African nations:  Cameroons, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Republic and Gabon, each issued a bi-metallic 4500 Franc coins to commemorate a visit that Pope John Paul II made to their country.  The coins were made by the Africa Mint, which had questionable authority to issue the coins.  The coins have a mintage of only 2007 pieces of each coin.  Due to a fortunate purchase we are able to offer these scarce coins far below their original issue price of 50 Euros ($60) each.  Each coin pictures the Pope and lists the date of his visit   The Central African Republic and Congo issues also show an airplane, while the Chad issue also shows the Popemobile.  The reverse of the coins all show a map of Africa and an elephant head. Because these nations use the common currency of the Central African Monetary Union they issue few coins of their own.
Item CM-POPE07  CAMEROON 4500 FRANCS 2007 PAPAL VISIT Br.X32 UNC. $15.00
Item CF-POPE07  CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 4500 FRANCS 2007 PAPAL VISIT Br.X13 UNC. $15.00
Item TD-POPE07 CHAD 4500 FRANCS 2007 PAPAL VISIT Br.X28 UNC. $20.00
Item CG-POPE07 CONGO REP. 4500 FRANCS 2007 PAPAL VISIT Br.X49 UNC $15.00
Item GA-POPE07 GABON 4500 FRANCS 2007 PAPAL VISIT Br.X17 UNC $20.00
Item AFRICA-POPESET5  SET OF ABOVE FIVE 4500 FRANC COINS, 2007 UNC. $75.00



SCARCE BI-METALLIC COINS FROM AFRICA    Wholesale prices available to dealers

2005 bimetal coins of Benin, Cameroons, Chad, Gabon and Niger
Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Gabon, and Niger recently released a series of low-mintage bimetallic coins.  Because the nations are members of the Central African Monetary Union or the West African Monetary Union, they issue few coins of their own.  Like the Euro coins, they have a common reverse.  The reverse features an elephant head superimposed on a map of Africa.  The Benin bi-metallic 6000 Francs of 2005 commemorates the 2008 Olympic games and shows figures participating in various Olympic sports. The bi-metallic Cameroon 4500 Franc commemorates the Pope Benedict XVI and has a horrible picture of the new Pope.  It has a mintage of 2005 pieces.  The Chad 2005 bi-metallic 4500 Francs features a lamb, cotton, Acacia flowers and a barrel of oil. The Gabon 2005 bi-metallic 4500 Francs commemorates the nations oil riches by featuring a drop of oil.  Due to corruption and mismanagement the oil wealth has virtually destroyed the nation's economy and making its capital Libreville one of the most expensive cities in the world.  The Niger 2005 bimetallic 6000 Francs has a mintage of only 1200 pieces.  Its theme is "Stop Malaria" and features a large mosquito.    All five coins are quite rare.  The 4500 Franc coins have a mintage of only 2005 pieces each, while the 6000 Franc coins have a mintage just 1200 pieces.  Just a few individuals control the entire mintage of the coins,  making them hard for collectors to obtain.  All five coins are Uncirculated.
Item BJ-05OLY  BENIN 6000 FRANCS 2005 OLYMPICS, KM45 UNC.out
Item CM-24 CAMEROON 4500 FRANCS 2005 BENEDICT XVI, KM24 UNC. $19.50
Item TD-18 CHAD 4500 FRANCS 2005 LAMB, BIMETAL, KM18 UNC. $49.95
Item GA-16  GABON 4500 FRANCS 2005 OIL, BIMETAL, KM15 UNC  sold out
Item NE-16 NIGER 6000 FRANCS 2005, STOP MALARIA KM16 UNC. $49.95



SCARCE BI-METALLIC AFRICAN PRESIDENTS COINSWholesale prices available to dealers


African Presidents on coins of Benin, Cameroon, Niger and TogoIvory Coast bimetallic 6000 Francs 2003 President Gbagbo
In an effort to improve relations with top African leaders, (and perhaps secure contracts to issue more coins), the Africa Mint issued a series of coins in 2003 honoring the Presidents of various African nations. Each of the four bi-metallic coins are 28mm in diameter and bear the denomination of 6000 Francs.  Included are Mathieu Kerekou of Benin,  Paul Biya of Cameroon, Mamadou Tandja of Niger and Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo.  Each coin pictures the respective president, the national flag superimposed upon a map of the nation, along with the dates President’s term in office.  Only one President (Kerekou of Benin) actually retired when his term was up.  The reverse of the coins picture an elephants head on a map of Africa, along with an inscription honoring the President.  Only 500 of each coin was issued.
Item BJ-PRES BENIN 6000 FRANCS 2003 Br.X41 PRES. KEREKOU UNC. $29.50
Item CM-PRES CAMEROON 6000 FRANCS 2003 Br.X27 PRES. BIYA UNC. $29.50
Item NE-PRES NIGER 6000 FRANCS 2003 Br.X14 PRES. TANDJA UNC. $59.95
Item TG-PRES TOGO 6000 FRANCS 2003 Br.X22 PRES. EYADEMA UNC. out
 Item CI-PRES IVORY COAST 6000 FRANCS 2003  Br.X7 PRES. GBAGBO  UNC. $39.50


TRI-METALLIC COINS OF THE ARCTIC TERRITORIES FEATURE POLAR BEAR 

Artic Territories 10 Dollars 2011 Polar BearArtic Territories 10 Dollars 2011 trimetallic coin
Two versions were struck of this 2011 tri-metallic 10 Dollar coin of Arctic Territories. Both have the same design. A walking Polar Bear is on one side. The other side depicts a map of the Arctic with the name Arctic Territories in the languages of the nations of the region. Like the 1926 Greenland 25 Ore, it comes in two versions. One version was issued with a center hole, and one was issued without the hole. Both coins are 27mm in diameter. The holed version is the only holed tri-metallic coin that I have ever seen.
Item ARCTIC-NO ARCTIC TERRITORIES TRI-METALLIC 10 DOLLARS 2011 WITHOUT HOLE UNC. $29.50
Item ARCTIC-HOLE ARCTIC TERRITORIES TRI-METALLIC 10 DOLLARS 2011 WITH HOLE UNC. $25.00
Item ARCTIC-BOTH Both of the above ARCTIC TERRITORIES 10 DOLLARS 2011 WITH and WITHOUT HOLE UNC. $49.50

TRI-METALLIC COIN OF MARIE BYRD LAND HONORS POPE JOHN PAUL II Reduced PriceWholesale prices available to dealers

10 Dollar coin of Marie Byrd Land commemorates beatification of Pope John Paul IIBecause of its remoteness in Antarctica, most of Marie Byrd Land has not been claimed by any sovereign nation, though it has been claimed by various micro-nations. It was named by explorer Admiral Richard E. Byrd in 1929 after his wife. I am sure she deserved it for putting up with his numerous explorations and adventures. In 2011 a trimetallic 10 Dollar was issued for this remote area. One side of the 27mm coin pictures Pope John Paul II and commemorates his beatification on May 1, 2011. There is a certain irony in a coin being issued honoring the Pope for the only continent that the Pope never visited. The other side shows a map of the territory and a penguin. 
Item BYRD MARIE BYRD LAND TRI-METALLIC 10 DOLLARS 2011 UNC. $9.50




Brazil 1 Real Rio Olympic 16 coin setBRAZIL RIO OLYMPIC COIN SET   

 Brazil released a series of circulating commemorative bi-metalic 1 Real coins to commemorate the 2016 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.  Sixteen  1 Real coins depicting various Olympic and Paralympic sports were released starting in 2014.  The four 2014 issues depict track, swimming, golf and the para-triathalon.  Eight coins were released in 2015 featuring basketball, swimming, rugby, Paralympic canoeing, soccer, volleyball, judo and Paralympic track.  Four 2016 coins have been released, depicting boxing, Paralympic mascot Tom, Olympic Mascot Vinicius and Paralympic swimming.   All the coins have a common reverse which includes the date, denomination and a motif from the Brazilian flag that features the Southern Cross constellation.    The 27mm bi-metallic coins have a stainless steel center and a bronze-plated steel outer ring.   All coins are Brilliant Uncirculated.
 Item BR-SET16 BRAZIL SET OF 16 OLYMPIC 1 REAL COINS, 2014-2016, BU $65.00



NEW60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY

British Antarctic Territory 2 Pounds 2022, 60th Anniversary of formation of territoryThe British Antarctic Territory issued this 2022 bi-metallic 2 Pound coin to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the formation of the British Antarctic Territory.  The territory comprises the region south of 60°S latitude and between longitudes 20°W and 80°W, forming a wedge shape that extends to the South Pole.  It includes the Antarctic Peninsula and much of the Weddel Sea and overlaps claims by Argentina and Chile.  The 28.4mm coin has a copper-nickel center within a nickel-brass ring.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  A map of Antarctica highlighting the British territory and the territorial arms are on the reverse.  The coin has a mintage of 1,950 and comes in a descriptive package.
Item BAT-2P22 BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2022 60th ANNIVERSARY PROOFLIKE $19.95



BI-METALLIC 2011 COINS FROM CABINDA AND REDONDA  Wholesale prices available to dealers

Cabinda bi-metallic 3 Reis 2011Redonda bi-metallic 2 Dollars 2011
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the World Wide Fund for Nature, also known as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), bi-metallic coins have been issued for the unrecognized states of Cabinda and Redonda by a firm in China. Cabinda is a former Portuguese colony in West Africa that is controlled by Angola. The bi-metallic 2011 Cabinda 3 Reis features a variety of wildlife along the edge, including a lion, lizard. butterfly, fish, elephant, squid, ostrich and a frog. The other side features the Panda logo of the WWF and the seal of the Banco de Cabinda. Representatives of Cabinda claim that its issues are not authorized by them. The bi-metallic 2 Dollar coin from Redonda features a Manatee one side. The arms of the Kingdom of Redonda and the Panda logo of the WWF are on the other side. Redonda is a small island in the Caribbean that was discovered by Columbus in 1493.. During the late 19th century it was heavily mined for its rich guano deposits. The mining operations ceased during the First World War, and it has been uninhabited since then. The Kingdom of Redonda was first mentioned in the novels of West Indian author M.P. Shiel, who claimed to be King Felipe of Redonda. Since then there have been various claimants to the throne. Both coins are Uncirculated.
Item CABINDA-WWF CABINDA 3 REIS 2011 WWF UNC. $15.00
Item REDONDA-WWF KINGDOM OF REDONDA 2 DOLLARS 2011 WWF UNC. $15.00
Item WWF-SET2 Above 2 bi-metallic coins: CABINDA & REDONDA WWF, 2011 Unc. $25.00




POPE BENEDICT HONORED ON BI-METALLIC COIN Price Reduced

Cameroon bimetal 4500 Francs 2005, Pope Benedict XVI bi-metallic coin Br.X24This unofficial bi-metallic 4500 Franc coin was issued for Cameroons shortly after the ascension of Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.  The coin features a terrible, toothy portrait of  Pope Benedict XVI.  It makes the Pope look like a vampire.   A map of Africa and an elephant's head is on the reverse.
Item CM-POPE05  CAMEROON 4500 FRANCS 2005 BENEDICT XVI Br.X24  UNC-minor spots. $9.50



NewCANADA HONORS ARTIST JEAN-PAUL RIOPELLE

Canada 2 Dollars 2023 Jean-Paul RiopelleCanada commemorated the 100th anniversary of the birth of artist Jean-Paul Riopelle with 2023 colored and non-colored 2 Dollar coins.  The reverses of the coins depict elements from panel 29 of his 132 foot long (40.39m) 1992 work L’Hommage a Rosa Luxemburg. The spray-paint and acrylic work was done as a tribute to American painter Joan Mitchell, which whom he had a close relationship.  Rosa Luxemburg was a communist who was executed in 1919 after attempting to overthrow the German government.  Canada has not yet approved a portrait of Charles III so the Susanna Blunt portrait of Queen Elizabeth along with the dates 2023 1952 +  2022 is on the obverse.
Item CA-2D23COL-RIOPELLE CANADA 2 DOLLARS 2023 JEAN-PAUL RIOPELLE, COLOR VERSION $7.00
Item CA-2D23REG-RIOPELLE CANADA 2 DOLLARS 2023 JEAN-PAUL RIOPELLE, REGULAR VERSION $7.00


CANADA BLACK RING TOONIE HONORS QUEEN ELIZABETH

Canada 2 Dollars 2022 Black ring in tribute to Queen ElizabethCanada issued a special 2 Dollar coin with a black outer ring in solemn tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II.  The bi-metallic 2022 dated coin bears all the design elements of a standard 2 Dollar coin but has a distinctive black outer ring reminiscent of a mourning armband.  Susanna Blunt effigy of Her Late Majesty on the obverse and the Brent Townsend polar bear design is on the reverse.
Item Item CA-2D-BLACK CANADA BLACK RING 2 DOLLAR COIN IN HONOROF QUEEN ELIZABETH, 2022 UNC. $7.00



CANADA REMEMBERS THE SUMMIT HOCKEY SERIES

Canada 2 Dollars 2022 50th Anniversary of Summit Series ice hockey victoryCanada issued both color and non-colored circulating bi-metallic 2 Dollar coins in 2022 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their victory in the Summit Series ice hockey games against the Soviet Union held in September 1972.  Both nations considered themselves to be the best in the world.  The Summit Series was set to prove it. It was a series of eight games, the first four held in Canada and the last four in the Soviet Union. This was during the Cold War.  Both fans and players had intense feelings of nationalism.  Canada went into the series confident they would sweep the series, but it was not to be.  The Soviets were a lot better than they expected.  Going into the final game of the series the games were evenly split, with three wins and a tie.  The Soviets led in the number of goals scored.  An estimated 15 out of 22 million Canadians tuned into the final game.  It was a tense and dramatic game, with Team Canada overcoming a two-goal Soviet lead after two periods. Canada scored the final game winning goal with just 34 seconds left to play.  The coin depicts two Team Canada players in their distinctive red and white uniforms.  The coaches’ initials and the players’ jersey numbers surround the inner core.   The Royal Canadian Mint pledged that the net proceeds from the sale of the coins will be donated to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
Item CA-2D-COL-SUMMIT CANADA COLOR 2 DOLLARS 2022 SUMMIT SERIES ICE HOCKEY BU $5.00
Item CA-2D-REG-SUMMIT CANADA NON-COLOR 2 DOLLARS 2022 SUMMIT SERIES ICE HOCKEY BU $7.00
Item CA-2D-BOTH-SUMMIT BOTH OF THE ABOVE CANADA 2 DOLLAR 2022 SUMMIT SERIES ICE HOCKEY BU $12.00


CANADA COMMEMORATES 100th ANNIVERSARY OF DISCOVERY OF INSULIN

Canada 2 Dollars 2021 100th Anniversary of the discovery of insulinCanada issued two circulating bi-metallic two-dollar coins in 2021 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin.  The collaboration of Canadian scientist Frederick Banting, Charles Best, James Collip and John Macleod led to the isolation and purification of insulin, which offered a life-saving treatment to those with diabetes. The designs of the coins include an insulin monomer, scientific instruments used in the early formulation of insulin (vial, mortar and pestle, and Erlenmeyer flask) overlaid on a maple leaf, as well as red blood cells, glucose, and insulin molecules.   Two versions of the coin were issued, one with the insulin monomer in blue, the color used to raise diabetes awareness, the other without color.  The obverse features the Susanna Blunt portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. 
Item CA-2D21-COL-INS CANADA COLOR 2 DOLLARS 2021 INSULIN UNC. $7.00
Item CA-2D21-REG-INS CANADA REGULAR 2 DOLLARS 2021 INSULIN UNC. $7.50




CANADA 2020 WORLD WAR II VICTORY 2 DOLLAR COIN

Canada color 2 Dollars 2020 75th Anniversary of World War II VictoryCanada commemorated the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II with this multi-color 2020 2 Dollar coin.  The coins have similar reverse designs which were adapted from Canada's World War II era Victory 5 cent coins.  The designs feature a torch and a large "V" in the center. On the outer ring is the inscription "WE WIN WHEN WE WORK WILLINGLY" in Morse code and the words Victory and Remember are in English and French.  At the top are two shifting images of a maple leaf within the line pattern.  The obverse depicts the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
Item CA-2D-COL-VICT CANADA COLOR 2 DOLLARS 2020 WWII UNC. $7.00



CANADA 2020 COLOR BI-METALLIC 2 DOLLAR COIN CELEBRATES HAIDA ART AND CULTURE  Restocked

Canada multi-color 2 Dollar 2020 Haida Art & Culture - Biill ReidCanada recently released a circulating multi-color, bi-metallic 2 Dollar coin to celebrate Haida art and culture.  Haida art is a distinctive art form created by tribes of north-western Canada.  It includes a range of objects including Totem Poles, stone carving, baskets, blankets and drawings.   The reverse of this 2020 dated coin features "Xhuwaji, Haida Grizzly Bear".  The red, black and white design was originally painted by renowned Haida artist Bill Reid (Iljuwas) on a ceremonial drum in 1988.  Reid was a gifted artist, writer and broadcaster who championed Haida causes. The coin also celebrates the 100th anniversary of the artist's birth. The obverse depicts the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Canadian artist Susanna Blunt.
Item CA-2D-HAIDA CANADA 2 DOLLARS 2020 HAIDA ART UNC. $7.00


CAPE VERDE CELEBRATES 200 YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES

Cape Verde 200 Escudos bi-metallic coin, 200 Years of Friendship with United StatesCape Verde issued this circulating bi-metallic commemorative 200 Escudos coin to honor 200 years of friendship with the United States.  The obverse of the 28mm coin depicts the flags of the European Union and the United States and the legend  "200 YEARS OF HISTORIC TIES AND FRIENDSHIP".  The legend on the reverse "200 ANOS DE LAÇOS HISTÓRICOS E DE AMIZADE" which means the same thing in Portuguese.  Also on the reverse is a small map of the United States superimposed on to a map of the Cape Verde Islands and the dates "1818-2018".  In the late 18th and 19th century thousands of Cape Verde residents immigrated to the United States to escape the droughts, volcanoes and neglect by the Portuguese government which controlled the islands at that time. Cape Verdean men, noted for being "hardworking, honest seamen" were frequently hired by New England whaling captains.  Many thousands  eventually made their homes in New Bedford, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island and elsewhere in New England where large Cape Verdean communities still exist today.  The coin is Uncirculated, but has tiny bag marks from being shipped loose in bank bags.
Item CV-USA CAPE VERDE 200 ESCUDOS 2018 FRIENDSHIP WITH USA, UNC.-tiny bagmarks $10.00



CAPE VERDE CELEBRATES 40th ANNIVERSARY WITH BI-METALLIC

Cape Verde 250 Escudos 2015 40th AnniversaryCape Verde is a group of ten islands located 350 miles (570 km.) off the coast of Western Africa.  It gained independence from Portugal in 1975.  To celebrate the 40th anniversary of independence, and the 40th anniversary of its central bank it issued this circulating 28.5mm bi-metallic 250 Escudos dated 2015.  One side, commemorating 40 years of development and features a school teacher, windmills, a family and other images.  The other side commemorates the 40th anniversary of Banco de Cabo Verde.  It includes the national arms and various monetary and financial symbols (looks like the designer had fun with the wingdings fonts).
Item CV-250E CAPE VERDE 250 ESCUDOS 2015 40th ANNIVERSARY, KM55 UNC. $12.00




CHINA YEAR OF THE MONKEY 2016 BI-METALLIC 10 YUAN

China 10 Yuan 2016 Year of the Monkey bi-metallic coinChina released this 2016 dated bi-metallic 10 Yuan coin to commemorate the Year of the Monkey.  The 27mm coin depicts a monkey, a peach-shaped lantern, and plum flowers 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. These features, along with an unusual edge pattern, make it one of the most difficult to counterfeit coins in the world today.
Item CN-MONKEY16 CHINA 10 YUAN 2016 YEAR OF THE MONKEY BI-METALLIC COIN KM A2255 BU $8.00



CHINA CELEBRATES YEAR OF THE TIGER

China bi-metallic 10 Yuan 2022 Year of the TigerChina commemorated the Year of the Tiger with this attractive 27mm bi-metallic 2022 dated 10 Yuan coin. The reverse depicts a traditional artistic paper-cutting of a tiger, a palace lantern and tree branches.  The obverse features the denomination surrounded by an intricate etched floral design. The large number 10 contains latent images which change from "R M B" to "10 10 10" when the coin is moved. The design also features micro-letters and other anti-counterfeiting devices.
Item CN-TIGER22 CHINA 10 YUAN 2022 YEAR OF THE TIGER, BI-METALLIC BU $8.00




CHINA 2024 YEAR OF THE DRAGON COIN AND BANKNOTE

China 20 Yuan 2024 Year of the Dragon banknoteChina 10 Yuan 2024 Year of the Dragon bi-metallic coinChina released a 2024 dated bi-metallic 10 Yuan coin and a colorful 2024 20 Yuan polymer banknote to commemorate the Year of the Dragon.  The 27mm coin depicts a dragon, a traditional lantern, and flowers 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.  The note is the first in an annual series commemorating the Chinese zodiac.  The front features a gold, green and red Chinese dragon, a clear window and a SPARK Optical.  Three children performing the dragon dance with traditional lanterns are on the back with legends in Chinese, Mongolian, Tibetan, Uyghur and Zhang text.  The vertical note is 70 x 145mm.  According to Chinese lore those born in the Year of the Dragon are vigorous, ambitious, fearless, unrestrained, honest, and with strong self-awareness. They are born to be leaders. On the other hand, they can be emotional and irritable, arrogant, overconfident, and stubborn.
Item CN-DRAGON24 CHINA 10 YUAN 2024 YEAR OF THE DRAGON BI-METALLIC COIN BU $7.00
Item PM-CN-20Y-24 CHINA 20 YUAN 2024 YEAR OF THE DRAGON BANKNOTE, UNC. $15.00




BIMETALLIC 2010 COOK ISLAND DOLLAR 

Cook Islands bimetallic 1 Dollar 2010The reverseo of this 2010 bi-metallic 1 Dollar coin from Cook Islands features the very well-endowed fertility God Tangaroa. The design is a perennial favorite with both coin collectors and non-collectors. The 15 stars along the edge represent the 15 Islands that make up the Cook Islands. The Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of the 26mm Brillian Uncirculated coin.   
Item CK-762 COOK ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR TANGAROA, BIMETALLIC 2010, KM762 BU $9.75



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CROATIAN ASSOCIATION OF TECHNICAL CULTURE 75th ANNIVERSARY 

Croatia 25 Kuna 2021 Croatian Associatin of Technical CultureCroatia commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Croatian Association of Technical Culture  (CATC) with this 2021 dated 12-sided bimetallic 25 Kuna coin.  The CATC is an association of technical, technical-hobbyist and local associations throughout Croatia with over 60,00 members. Member associations cover a wide range of endeavors including amateur radio, aeronautics, astronomy, canoeing, diving, photography, rocketry, ship modeling, sailing and many more.  It supports numerous science and technology related activities for youth.  One side of the coin depicts a cube from the CATC emblem superimposed on a printed circuit board and the dates 1946 2021.  The other side features the denomination with an image of a marten superimposed in the "25".   The denomination Kuna is derived from an old Croatian term for a marten pelt, which was used as money during medieval times.  The 32mm coin has a mintage of only 50,000 pieces. 
Item HR-25K21-TECH CROATIA 25 KUNA 2021 CROATIAN ASSOCIATION OF TECHNICAL CULTURE UNC. $12.00



NEWCROATIA 2021 CHILDREN'S DAY COIN

Croatia 25 Kuna 2021 Children's Day 12-sided bi-metallic coinCroatia celebrated International Children's Day, November 20, 2021 with this 32mm, 12-sided bi-metallic 25 Kuna coin.  The design is done in with child-like art and lettering.  The obverse includes a marten and the arms of Croatia.  The denomination Kuna is derived from the term for a marten pelt, which was used as money in medieval times. The reverse features a circle of children connected together around the outer rim, symbolizing their cooperation and togetherness.  The center includes the date, a house, an apple, the sun, a butterfly and flowers, symbolizing some of the needs of the child: a safe home, food and playing freely in the nature.   It is one of the few coins that is dated the exact day of issue.   It has a mintage of only 50,000 pieces.
Item HR-25K21-CHILD CROATIA 25 KUNA 2021 CHILDREN'S DAY UNC. $12.00



New2021 EGYPTIAN CIRCULATING COMMEMORATIVE COINS

Common obverse design on bi-metallic Egyptian 1 Pound coinsEgypt recently released a number of circulating commemorative coins in an effort to bolster support of the government.  The coins have a common obverse which includes the name of the country in Arabic, the denomination in Arabic and English and both the AD and AH dates.  The 1 Pound coins are 25mm bi-metallic with a brass-plated steel center in a nickel-plated steel ring.  The 50 Piastres are 23mm brass-plated steel coins.  


Egypt 1 Pound 2021 Police Day bi-metallic coinThe 69th anniversary of National Police Day is commemorated on a 2021 1 Pound coin.  Police Day is in remembrance of the 50 police officers of the Ismaila Police Station that were killed or wounded when the British attacked the police station with tanks on January 25, 1952 after the police refused abandon the station and hand over their weapons.  January 25 was declared a national holiday in 2009 by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to recognize the efforts of Egyptian police to maintain security and stability. On Police Day in 2011 widespread protests against police brutality and corruption led to a revolution which overthrew President Mubarak. The bi-metallic coin features a winged eagle emblem and the Arabic numbers 69. 
Item EG-POLICE EGYPT 1 POUND 2021 POLICE DAY UNC. $4.00


Egypt 1 Pound and 50 Piastres 2020/2021 Medical TeamsEgyptian Medical Teams are honored on 50 Piastre and 1 Pound coins.  The coins feature four doctors.  In order to avoid offending conservative Muslims, the doctors have no facial features.  The coin is triple dated, bearing the date 2020 beneath the doctors, and AD 2021 and AH 1442 on the obverse.
Item EG-MED EGYPT 50 PIASTRE & 1 POUND 2020/2021 MEDICAL TEAMS UNC. $5.00


Egypt 1 Pound and 50 Piastres 2021 Decent Life coins"Decent Life" is an initiative of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi's improve rural areas of Egypt.  The multi-year project, started in 2019, aims to improve sewer, water, electricity, natural gas and internet access in villages, improve housing, as well as health and education projects.  The Decent Life 50 Piastre and 1 Pound coins both feature a female farmer, wheat ears, and the Decent Life emblem, which looks like a smile in a box. The coins are dated 2021. 
Item EG-DECENT EGYPT 50 PIASTRE & 1 POUND 2021 DECENT LIFE UNC. $5.00


BI-METALLIC EURO COIN FROM THE FLEMISH REPUBLIC 

Flanders Euro coinFor over a year, Belgium has not been able to create a national government because of disagreements between the French speaking portions and the Dutch speaking portions of the country. Despite the lack of a national government (or maybe because of a lack of a national government), Belgium is doing better economically than most of Europe. A number Belgians have advocated breaking the country into two separate nations. Flanders is the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. This 2010 1 Euro coin was created for the Flemish Republic, which does not yet exist. One side has a map of Flanders with the legend Vlaams €uro (Flemish Euro). The other side features a Flemish lion.
Item FLANDERS FLEMISH REPUBLIC 1 EURO 2010 UNC. $12.00



HUNGARIAN BI-METALLIC 200 FORINT FEATURES CHAIN BRIDGE  

Hungary 200 Forint 2009 bi-metallic coin picturing the Chain BridgeHungary introduced this new bimetallic 200 Forint coin in 2009 in order to replace the 200 Forint banknote in circulation.  The banknote will cease to be legal tender.  The coin pictures the famed Széchenyi Chain Bridge one one side and has the date and denomination on the other.  The chain suspension bridge, completed in 1849, was the first permanent bridge across the Danube to join Buda with Pest. In 1873 the two cities were united to form the Hungarian capital of Budapest. At the time the bridge was built, its center span of 202 meters (663 feet) was one of the largest in the world and was considered by some to be a "Wonder of the World".
Item HU-200FT-09 HUNGARY 200 FORINT 2009 BIMETALLIC COIN KM826 BU $4.50



HUNGARIAN BIMETALLIC COMMEMORATES 175th ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR MILITARY

Hungary bi-metallic 100 Forint 2023 Defense ForcesHungary issued this circulating 2023 bi-metallic 100 Forint to commemorate the 175th anniversary of their Defense Forces.  The Defense Forces were first organized by Lajos Kossuth during the unsuccessful 1848 Hungarian Revolution.  The obverse of the 23.8mm coin features the emblem of the Hungarian Defiance Forces: a Turul, a mythical bird of prey, holding the sword of Stephen I of Hungary in its claws, and the shield of the Hungarian Defense Forces.   The denomination is on the reverse.
Item HU-100F-23DEF HUNGARY 100 FORINT 2023 DEFENSE FORCES UNC. $7.00



BI-METALLIC 2012 INDIA 10 RUPEE

India bi-metal 10 Rupees coinThis bi-metallic 2012 dated 10 Rupees coin from India was struck at the Noida mint. The mintmark is a dot below the date.  Nodia is short for the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority.  It is a modern planned city located near New Delhi that came into administrative existence in 1976. The obverse features the national emblem of the three lions from the Pillar of Asoka.  The Pillar of Asoka is a sandstone monument from the third century BC.  The reverse of the coin features 10 rays, representing “connectivity and information technology”.  Beneath the rays is the new Rupee symbol and the number 10.  The coin is Uncirculated, but like most modern Indian coins, may not be well struck.
Item IN-10R-12 INDIA 10 RUPEES 2012(N) KM400, UNC. $3.00


DAY OF YOGA COMMEMORATED ON BI-METAL INDIAN 10 RUPEES  

India 10 Rupees 2015 International Yoga DayThe United Nations declared that June 21, 2015, the summer solstice, to be the First International Day of Yoga. Yoga is an ancient Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India.  To commemorate the event India issued a bi-metallic 10 Rupees coin.  The coin is dated June 21, 2015 and features the International Day of Yoga emblem along with the legends "INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA" and "YOGA FOR HARMONY & PEACE" in English and Hindi.  The standard 10 Rupee design featuring the ancient Pillar of Asoka is on obverse. Because we received requests for multiple pieces from those that wanted to hand them out at their Yoga class, we now offer the coin in groups of 10 at a discounted price.
Item IN-YOGA INDIA 10 RUPEES YOGA DAY, 2015 UNC. $4.00
Item IN-YOGAx10 10 Pieces of INDIA 10 RUPEES YOGA DAY, 2015 UNC. $29.75



INDIA CELEBRATES NATIONAL ARCHIVES WITH BI-METALLIC COIN 

India bi-metallic 10 Rupees 2016 National ArchivesIndia recently released this 2016 dated bi-metallic 10 Rupee coin to commemorate the 125th anniversary of its national archives. The archives were founded in 1891 as the Imperial Records Department.   The coin depicts the National Archives building in New Delhi on the reverse.  The obverse of the 27mm coin features the Lion Pillar of Ashoka and the denomination. The coin is Uncirculated, but like most modern Indian coins, is poorly struck.
Item IN-ARCHIEVE INDIA 10 RUPEES 2016 NATIONAL ARCHIVES UNC.-poor strike $8.00



ATTRACTIVE BI-METALLIC COIN OF ISLAMIC IRAN

Iran 500 Rials coin SH1383=2004AD KM1269One side of the bi-metallic 500 Rials of the Islamic Republic of Iran shows a traditional Persian design featuring a stylized bird and flower.  The other side has the denomination and date in Persian within a traditional floral pattern.   The coin is dated SH1383 which corresponds to 2004AD.  When it was minted it was the highest denomination in circulation, but because of inflation the coin soon became virtually valueless and disappeared from circulation.
Item IR-500R IRAN 500 RIALS SH1383=2004AD KM1269 UNC $4.00




NewITALY GOOFS ON GEOGRAPHY

Italy 1000 Lire 1997 Map Error and Corrected Map
Very rarely does a country make as big of an error as Italy did when they introduced their new bi-metallic 1000 Lire coin in 1997. The new coin was to celebrate the growing unification of Europe by showing a map of Europe.  Unfortunately, there were many errors on the map. The map shows the pre-unification boundaries of Germany - leaving out East Germany.  Denmark and Netherlands were shown as part of Germany. And Luxembourg was left off completely!  After receiving diplomatic protests, Italy introduced a corrected version of the coin. 
Item IT-1000L-ERR ITALY 1000 LIRE 1997 MAP ERROR KM190 UNC. $4.50
Item IT-1000L-CORR ITALY 1000 LIRE 1997 CORRECTED MAP KM194 UNC. $4.50



LESOTHO 50th ANNIVERSARY BI-METALLIC COIN

Lesotho bi-metallic 5 Maloti 2016 50th AnniversaryThe Kingdom of Lesotho celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence from Great Britain with this 2016 bi-metallic 5 Maloti coin.  An unflattering portrait of King Letsie III is on the obverse.  Beneath him is the date and a small basotho hat, which serves as an emblem of the nation.  The reverse features the arms of Lesotho.
Item LS-5M-16 LESOTHO 5 MALOTI 2016 50th ANNIVERSARY UNC. $7.50



LITHUANIAN 2012 BIMETALLICS HONOR RESORT TOWNS 

Lithuania set of 4 2 Litai Resort Town circulating commemorative coinsCommon obverse to Lithuania 2 Litai features Vytas the white knight.
In 2012 Lithuania released four circulating commemorative coins honoring four of their resort towns: Birstonas, Druskininkai, Neringa and Palanga.  Each coin depicts the town’s arms on one side and features Vytas, the white knight, who is Lithuania’s national emblem.  Birstonas is a town of about 3000 people that is noted for its mineral water. Druskininkai is a spa town in the southern part of the country.  While Lithuania was part of the Soviet Union it would attract some 400,000 visitors a year from the Soviet Union.  With the collapse of the Soviet Union it has faced difficult economic times due to the lack of Soviet tourists.  Neringa is a municipality on the Baltic Sea separated from the rest of Lithuania by the Curonian Lagoon.  It is accessible from Lithuania only by ferry.  Though it has a population of less than 3000, it attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every summer.   Palanga is a popular seaside resort town on the Baltic Sea with a population of about 18,000.    Lithuania hoped the coins will boost tourism in the towns by spreading knowledge of the resorts around the world.  I must admit, until now, I did not know of any resorts in Lithuania.   The bi-metallic coins are 25mm in diameter and have a mintage of 100,000 each.
Item LT-SET12 LITHUANIA SET OF 4 RESORT TOWN 2 LITAI COINS, 2012 KM183.1-KM186.1 UNC. $9.75



MEXICO CELEBRATES 100th ANNIVERSARY OF ITS CONSTITUTION

Mexico 20 Pesos 2017 100th Anniversary of Constitution KM989Mexico celebrated the 100th anniversary of its 1917 Constitution with this 2017 bi-metallic 20 Pesos coin.  The document marked an end to the violent and chaotic Mexican Revolution.  It was a revolutionary document for the time, setting out social rights and serving as a model for the 1918 Russian Constitution and 1919 Weimar Constitution.  It severely restricted the Catholic Church, provided mandatory free education and included major labor reforms and land reforms.  The obverse depicts the original cover of the constitution and portrays Pastor Rouaix, Venustiano Carranza, Francisco J. Múgica and Heriberto Jara.  The obverse depicts the Mexican arms which features an Eagle eating a snake. The 32mm coin has a copper-nickel center and a bras ring.
Item MX-20P-17 MEXICO 20 PESOS 2017 CONSTITUTION KM989 UNC. $6.00


NEWBI-METALLIC MOLDOVA 10 LEI COMMEMORATIVES

Moldova commemorative 10 Lei: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021Moldova started an annual series of circulating bi-metallic 10 Lei coins in 2018.  The 2018 issue commemorates the 25th anniversary of the national currency - the Leu, which translates as lion.  The coin features a lion, the Moldova national arms and the emblem of the national bank.  The 2019 issue commemorates the 30th Anniversary of the adoption of the Latin alphabet (as opposed the Cyrillic alphabet used in Russia) and the state language laws.  The obverse depicts the emblem of the national language that features the mythological Charmed Bird.  The reverse includes the Latin alphabet in lower case letters.  The 2020 issue commemorates the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the State flag.  The 2021 issue commemorates the 30th anniversary of the National Bank. The design includes the national arms, the national bank emblem and the number '30'.  The reverses of all the coins bear the denomination.  At the top is a latent image that changes from R to M (for "Republica Moldova") as the coin is shifted.  "BNM", the initials of the national bank, is micro-engraved on the surface of the "1". 
Item MD-10L18 MOLDOVA 10 LEI 2018 25th ANNIVERSARY OF CURRENCY, KM157 BU. $4.00
Item MD-10L19 MOLDOVA 10 LEI 2019 30th ANNIVERSARY OF ALPHABET & LANGUAGE LAWS, KM171 BU $4.00
Item MD-10L20 MOLDOVA 10 LEI 2020 30th ANNIVERSARY OF STATE FLAG, KM186 BU $4.00
Item MD-10L21 MOLDOVA 10 LEI 2021 39th ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL BANK, KM196 BU $4.00
Item MD-SET10L ALL 4 OF THE ABOVE MOLDOVA 10 LEI BU $15.00


NewMODERN PALESTINE BI-METALLIC PATTERN COIN

Palestine 1 Dinar 2010 Unofficial pattern coin Br.X10This 2010 bi-metallic Palestine 1 Dinar coin is an unofficial pattern coin.  Palestine did not gain independence, and the coin never circulated.  One side of the 25mm coin features an Argali, which is a type of mountain sheep.  The Palestinian national emblem, which features the Eagle of Saladin in on the obverse.  The legends on the coin are in both Arabic and English.
Item PS-1DIN PALESTINE 1 DINAR 2010 Br.X10 UNC. $7.50


PANAMA CELEBRATES ORATORIO SAN FELIPE NERI

Panama 1 Balboa Oratorio San Felipe Neri bi-metallic coinThe Oratorio San Felipe Neri (San Felipe Neri Oratory) was built in 1688 for the Congregation of Oratorian Fathers in Panama. The church is named for Philip Neri, who founded the Oratorians in 1575.  It is one of the oldest churches in Panama City.  It is featured on this 2019 dated 26.5mm bi-metallic 1 Balboa of Panama.  The other side of the coin depicts the arms of Panama.
Item PA-ORATORIO PANAMA 1 BALBOA 2019 ORATORIO SAN FELIPE NERI KM167 UNC. $5.00



2019 PANAMA WORLD YOUTH DAY COINS

Panama 1 Balboa 2019 World Youth Day colored and non-color coinsPanama celebrated World Youth Day with regular and colored bi-metallic 1 Balboa coins.  The 2019 World Youth Day was held in Panama City in January 2019.  The event was organized by the Catholic Church and featured a visit by Pope Francis.  It drew thousands of young people from around the world.   Both coins feature the logo of the event on one side and the Panamanian arms on the other.  The logo was designed by a 20-year-old college student. The logo, which is rich in Catholic symbolism. It incorporates a silhouette of the Panamanian Isthmus and the Panama Canal, a Pilgrim Cross, silhouette of the Virgin Mary, the five points of the crown of Mary, also symbolizing the five continents.  The logo has both the shape of a heart and the letter 'M'.
Item PA-COL-YOUTH PANAMA 1 BALBOA 2019 WORLD YOUTH DAY - COLORED KM169 UNC. $5.00
Item PA-REG-YOUTH PANAMA 1 BALBOA 2019 WORLD YOUTH DAY - NON-COLOR KM168 UNC. $5.50
Item PA-BOTH-YOUTH BOTH of the above PANAMA 1 BALBOA 2019 YOUTH DAY - COLOR & NON-COLOR UNC. $9.75


RECENT BI-METALLIC COINS FROM POLAND

Poland 5 Zlotych 2015 Pozan Town HallPoland 5 Zlotych 2016 Priest's Mill, LodzPoland recently introduced a series of circulating bi-metallic 5 Zlotych coins with the theme "Discover Poland".  Each coin features  historic, but often not well known places.  The 24.5mm coins have a copper-nickel ring around an aluminum-bronze center. The arms of Poland are on the obverse.    Poland honored the Poznan Town Hall (Ratusz) on this 2015 bi-metallic 5 Zlotych.  The mannerist style building was completed in 1560 and served as the seat of local government until 1939.  Today it houses a museum.  Each day at noon two mechanical goats come out from the clock tower and butt heads.   The coin depicts the town hall.  The two goats can be seen in the shaded are next to the town hall.  The 2016 5 Zlotych features The Priest's Mill (KSIĘŻY MŁYN) in Lodz.  The mill is a vast housing and industrial complex built in the 1870's on land which originally belonged to the Rector of the Parish of Lodz. The almost completely preserved complex includes a spinning mill, factory buildings, shops, two hospitals, a school, workers housing and owners and directors estates covering over 1200 acres (500 ha).   Today it is a monument to 19th century industrial designs and company towns.    
Item PL-5Z-15POZAN  2015 POZNAN TOWN HALL BU $6.00
Item PL-5Z-16LODZ POLAND 5 ZLOTYCH 2016 PRIEST'S MILL, LODZ, BU $6.00


BI-METALLIC RUSSIAN COINS HONOR HISTORICAL TOWNS

Russia bi-metallic 10 Rubles 2002 Hisotric towns.Russia set of 4 bi-metallic 10 Rubles 2003 TownsRUSSIA 2004 Historic Cities bi-metal 10 Ruble coinsRussia 2005 set of 4 Historic towns bimetallic 10 RublesRUSSIA 2006 Historic towns bi-metal 10 Ruble coinsRussia 10 Rubles, 2008 set of 3 historic townsRussia 2008 Historic Cities coin setSet of 4 Russian 10 Rubles 2009 Historical TownsRussia 2010 Historic Towns coin setSet of 2011 Russian historic towns 10 Ruble coins2012 Russian historic cities 10 Ruble coin2014 Russian historic cities 10 Ruble coinRussia 2016 Historic Towns commemorative 10 Rubles: Rzhev,Velikie Luki and ZubsovRussia Historic towns 10 Ruble coin 2017: OlonetsRussia Historic towns 10 Ruble coin 2018: GorokhovetsRussia Historic towns 10 Ruble coin 2017: Klin and Vyzama
In 2002 Russia began an annual program that each year commemorates some of their historical towns on bi-metallic 10 Ruble coins. The coins picture the city and its arms on one side and has the standard Russian 10 Ruble obverse on the other. Anywere betwen zero and four coins are issued each year. Though Russia has discontinued issuing bimetalic 10 Rubles for general circulation, the bi-metalic 10 Ruble has continued to be used for the Historic Towns series.
The 2002 series was the first in the series. It honored the towns Kostroma, Starya Russa and Derbent. The 2003 series consists of 4 coins, commemorating the historic cities of Kasimov, Dorogobuzh, Murmom and Pskov. The 2004 series consists of 3 coins and honored the towns of Dmitgrov, Kemy and Riyazhsk. The 2005 series honors the towns of Mcensk, Kazan, Borovsk and Kaliningrad. The 2006 Series honored the towns of Torzhok, Kargopol and Belograd. The 2007 series pictured the towns of Gdov, Veliky Ustyug and Vologada. The 2008 Historic towns are Azov, Prioziorsk, Smolensk and Vladimir. The 2009 series includes the towns of Galich, Kaluga, Veliky Novogorod and Vyborg. The 2010 series includes two coins, depicting the historic towns of of Bryansk and Yuryevets. The 2011 set includes only two coins, featuring the towns of Yelets and Solikamsk. Only one coin was issued in the series for 2012: Belozersk.  No coins were issued in 2013.  One coin was issued in 2014 for the historic town of Nerekhta. No coins were issued for 2015.  Three towns were commemorated in 2016: Rzhev, Velikie Luki and Zubsov.  One coin was issued in 2017 for the historic town of Olonets.  One coin was issued for 2018 for the town of Gorokhovets.  The 2019 issues were for the historic towns of Klin and Vyzama.
Item RU-TOWN02 2002 SET OF 3 RUSSIAN HISTORIC TOWNS 10 RUBLES, UNC. $28.00
Item RU-TOWN03 2003 SET OF 4 RUSSIAN HISTORIC TOWNS 10 RUBLES, UNC. $22.00
Item RU-TOWN04 2004 SET OF 3 RUSSIAN HISTORIC TOWNS 10 RUBLES, UNC. out
Item RU-TOWN05 2005 SET OF 4 RUSSIAN HISTORIC TOWNS 10 RUBLES, UNC. out
Item RU-TOWN06 2006 SET OF 3 RUSSIAN HISTORIC TOWNS 10 RUBLES, UNC. out
Item RU-TOWN07 2007 SET OF 3 RUSSIAN HISTORIC TOWNS 10 RUBLES, UNC. $15.00
Item RU-TOWN08 2008 SET OF 4 RUSSIAN HISTORIC TOWNS 10 RUBLES, UNC. out
Item RU-TOWN09 2009 SET OF 4 RUSSIAN HISTORIC TOWNS 10 RUBLES, UNC. out
Item RU-TOWN10 2010 SET OF 2 RUSSIAN HISTORIC TOWNS 10 RUBLES, UNC. $8.00
Item RU-TOWN11 2011 SET OF 2 RUSSIAN HISTORIC TOWNS 10 RUBLES, UNC. out
Item RU-TOWN12 2012 RUSSIA HISTORIC TOWN 10 RUBLES: BELOZERSK,UNC.$4.00
Item RU-TOWN14 2014 RUSSIA HISTORIC TOWN 10 RUBLES: NEREKHTA,UNC.$4.00
Item RU-TOWN16 2016 SET OF 3 RUSSIA HISTORIC TOWN 10 RUBLES UNC. $12.00
Item RU-TOWN17 2017 RUSSIA HISTORIC TOWN 10 RUBLES: OLONETS UNC. $4.00
NEWItem RU-TOWN18 2018 RUSSIA HISTORIC TOWN 10 RUBLES: GOROKHOVETS UNC. $4.00
Item RU-TOWN19 2019 SET OF 2 RUSSIA HISTORIC TOWN 10 RUBLES: KLIN & VYAZMA UNC. OUT



BI-METALLIC RUSSIAN COINS CELEBRATE REGIONS

Russia 10 Ruble Regions coins - 2005
Russia 10 Rubles Regions coins - 2006Russian 10 Rubles 2007 Regions Series set of 6
Russia 2008 set of 4 Regional 10 Rubles
Set of 5 2009 Russian Regions 10 Ruble commemorative bi-metallic coinsRussian Regions 10 Rubles, 2011 Russian Regions 10 Rubles, 2013, Regions seriesRussian Regions 10 Rubles, 2014 Regions SeriesRUSSIA SET OF 3 2016 REGIONS 10 RUBLES: Amur, Belgorod, and Irkutsk regionsRUSSIA SET OF 2 2017 REGIONS 10 RUBLES: Tambov and UlyanovskRUSSIA 2018 REGIONS 10 RUBLES: KurganRUSSIA 2019 REGIONS 10 RUBLES: Kostroma Oblast
In 2005 Russia started a new series of bi-metallic 10 Ruble coins honoring the regions of Russia. In many ways it is similar to the very successful State Quarters program of the United States. Each year various regions will be honored. The coins feature the regions arms on one side and the denomination on the other. The coins are 27mm in diameter with a brass ring around a copper-nickel center.  The obverse features the denomination with a shifting image within the “0” that changes from "10" to "РУБ" (Ruble) as the coin is turned.  Anywhere between zeor and six coins are issued each year.  Though Russia has discontinued issuing bimetalic 10 Rubles for general circulation, the bi-metalic 10 Ruble has continued to be used for the Region series.
The first six coins, dated 2005, include Leningrad, Tver, Oryol, Krasnodar, Republic of Tartarstan and Moscow. In 2006 coins were issued for the Regions of Chita, Sakhalin, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Republic of Altari and the Maritime Region. The 2007 series feature Arkhangelsk Region. Republic of Bashkortostan, Republic of Khakasia, Lipetsk Region, Novosibirsk Region and Rostov region. The 2008 regions coins honors Astrakhan Region, Kabaradan-Balkar Republic, Svedolovsk Region and Udmurt Region. The 2009 regions coins features The Republic of Adygeya, The Jewish Autonomous Region, the Republic of Kalmykiya, the Kirovsk Region and the Republic of Komi.  The 2010 regions coins were issued in very limited quantities and we have not been able to acquire them at a reasonable price.  The 2011 regions coins honor Republic of Butyatiya and Voronezh Region.   No coins in the regions series were issued in 2012.  Two coins were issued in the series in 2013. One for the Republic of Dagestan and the other for the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania.  Five coins were issued in 2014 commemorating Chelyabinsk Region, The Republic of Ingushetia, Penza Region, Saratov Region and Tyumen Region.  No coins were issued in this series in 2015.  In 2016 the Amur, Belgorod and Irkutsk Regions were commemorated.  In 2017 the Tambov and Ulyanovsk regions were commemorated.  In 2018 Kurgan was honored.  The 2019 issue featjured Kostroma Oblast.   
Item RU-REG05 RUSSIA, 2005 SET OF 6 REGIONAL 10 RUBLES, UNC. out
Item RU-REG06 RUSSIA, 2006 SET OF 5 REGIONAL 10 RUBLES, UNC. out
Item RU-REG07 RUSSIA, 2007 SET OF 6 REGIONAL 10 RUBLES, UNC. $24.00
Item RU-REG08 RUSSIA, 2008 SET OF 4 REGIONAL 10 RUBLES, UNC. out
Item RU-REG09 RUSSIA, 2009 SET OF 5 REGIONAL 10 RUBLES, UNC. out
Item RU-REG11 RUSSIA, 2011 SET OF 2 RUSSIAN REGIONAL 10 RUBLES, AU-UNC. out
Item RU-REG13 RUSSIA 2013 SET OF 2 RUSSIAN REGIONAL 10 RUBLES, UNC. out
Item RU-REG14 RUSSIA 2014 SET OF 5 RUSSIAN REGIONAL 10 RUBLES, UNC. $20.00
Item RU-REG16 RUSSIA 2016 SET OF 3 RUSSIAN REGIONAL 10 RUBLES, UNC. $12.00
Item RU-REG17 RUSSIA 2017 SET OF 2 RUSSIAN REGIONAL 10 RUBLES, UNC. $8.00
NEWItem RU-REG18 RUSSIA 2018 RUSSIA KURGAN REGION 10 RUBLES, UNC. $4.00
NEWItem RU-REG19 RUSSIA 2019 RUSSIA KOSTROMA OBLAST 10 RUBLES, UNC. $3.00



SCARCE BI-METALLIC COINS OF SAHARAWI

Saharawi bi-metallic 500 Pesetas Fennec FoxesSaharawi bi-metallic 500 Pesetas Independence commemorativeSaharawi bi-metallic 500 Pesetas 2004 common obverseThe Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, also known as Saharaui, is what used to be the Spanish Sahara or Western Sahara.  In 2004 Saharawi issued two bi-metallic 500 Peseta coins.  One coin features a cute pair of Fennecs, a long eared desert fox that is native to Saharawi. The other commemorates the 28th anniversary of nation’s independence (though in reality it is largely controlled by Morocco) and features a map of the country.  The obverse of both coins features the arms of Saharawi, which includes a pair of rifles.  The coins are 26mm in diameter and have a mintage of only 5000 pieces each.
Item EH-FEN SAHARAWI 500 PESETAS 2004 FENNEC FOXES KM51 UNC. $29.95
Item EH-IND SAHARAWI 500 PESETAS 2004 INDEPENDENCE KM52 UNC. $29.95

SAHARAWI ARAB DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC 2010 BI-METALLIC HONORS ARAB CULTURE Wholesale prices available to dealers

Saharawi 500 Peseta bimetallic coin, 2010This 2010 dated bi-metal 500 Peseta coin of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic honors Arab culture.  The coin was issued in conjunction with the Namur Expo in 2010.  One side depicts  the national arms which feature a pair of crossed rifles holding flags.  The other depicts traditional Arab hospitality, with one man preparing tea over a small fire while the other plays a flute.  Saharawi, formerly known as Spanish Sahara, declared independence in 1976, however Morocco controls most of its territory.   The 26mm coin has a mintage of only 2500 pieces and is Uncirculated.
Item EH-ARAB SAHARAWI 500 PESETAS 2010 BIMETAL UNC. $9.75



ATTRACTIVE SAN MARINO BI-METALLIC COINS

San Marino 1000 Lire 1999 Exploration, 2000 Swallow, 2001 circle of birdsSan Marino 1000 Lir3 1999-2001
San Marino bimetallic 500 Lire coin setL 1990-1999San Marino bimetal 500 Lire coins
Until it converted to the Euro in 2002, the tiny Republic of San Marino would issue two well-designed bi-metallic coins each year: a 500 Lire and a 1000 Lire.  New designs would be used each year, making the coins popular with collectors.  We offer two sets of these attractive coins.  The set 1000 Lire coins feature San Marino’s last three 1000 Lire coins. The 2001 issue depicts a circle of doves on the reverse and the famous three towers of San Marino on the obverse.  The 1999 and 2000 dated 1000 Lire coins both depict “the Child of the Universe” on the obverse. The “Child of the Universe” is a bust with a map of the earth superimposed on its head. The child is holding a flame and is flanked by the moon, stars and planets. The 2000 issue has a Swallow flying over the earth on the reverse.    The 1999 issue has an exploration theme featuring a compass rose and symbols for the wind and sun.  The set of seven 500 Lire coins includes the 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998 and 1999 issues.  The 1990 issue commemorates the history of San Marino, depicting the Three Towers on one side and birds and a postage stamp on the other.  The 1992 honors Columbus. It shows his ship being blown by the winds on one side and the 3 Towers on the other.   The 1993 issue shows a sprout coming out of a broken tree stump, signifying new beginnings.   The 3 Towers are on the obverse.  The 1994 issue pictures St. Marin on both sides of the coin. He was a Christian stone cutter who founded San Marino in 301AD in order to escape Roman persecution.  The 1996 issue honors German philosopher G.W.F. Hegel, the 1998 issue honors Chemistry and the 1999 issue pictures the Moon, Saturn and planets.  All three have the “Child of the Universe” on the obverse.
Item SM-SET1000L SAN MARINO SET OF 3 BIMETAL 1000 LIRE 1999-2001 BU $19.95
Item SM-SET500L SAN MARINO SET OF 7 BIMETAL 500 LIRE 1990-99 UNC. $25.00



COMMEMORATIVE BI-METALLIC 5 RAND FROM SOUTH AFRICA  

South Africa 5 Rand 2017 O. R. TambaoSouth Africa 5 Rand 2015 Griqua Town coinsSouth Africa 5 Rand 2014 20th Anniversary of Freedom
South Africa regularly issues circulating bi-metallic 5 Rand coins.  The 2017 issue commemorates the Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambao.   The Order is presented by the President of South Africa to foreign citizens who have promoted South African interests.  The order includes a suspended medal and a carved wooden walking stick, both of which are depicted on the coin.  The coin was issued on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Oliver Reginald Tambao.   Tambao, was a founding member of the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League in 1943 and was President of the ANC from 1967 to 1991.    The 2015 issue commemorates the 200th Anniversary of the Griqua town coinage.  The coins were the first local currency of South Africa.  The coin depicts the obverse and reverse of the 1815 silver Griqua town 5 pence.  Griqua town, now called Griekwastad is located in Northern Cape Province of South Africa.  It was settled primarily by descendents of European male colonists and indigenous Khoikhoi women who called themselves Bastaards.  The London Missionary Society established a mission there in 1805.  The Society thought the name was offensive and convinced them to change it to Griqua, which was a corruption on the name of the native group that once inhabited the area.   The Griquas were formidable traders and held formal trade fairs, though most commerce was done by barter owing to a lack of money.  Around 1815 the London Missionary Society arranged for the Griqua coins to be struck and shipped to South Africa. It is unclear how widely the coins actually circulated.   The 2014 issue commemorates “20 Years of Freedom”.  In 1994 South Africa implemented a new constitution and held its first general election with universal suffrage.  The election was won by the African National Congress, which has been in power ever since.  The design features a line of people waving a South African flag.  The coins all are 26mm with a brass center and copper-nickel ring.  The arms of South Africa and the name of the country in one or two of its official languages is on the reverse.
Item ZA-5R-17 SOUTH AFRICA 5 RAND 2017 ORDER OF THE COMPANIONS OF O.R. TAMBAO UNC. $10.00
Item ZA-5R-15 SOUTH AFRICA 5 RAND 2015 GRIQUA TOWN COINS UNC. $10.00
Item ZA-5R-14 SOUTH AFRICA 5 RAND 2014 20th ANNIVERSARY OF FREEDOM UNC. $10.00


TOPLESS WOMAN ON LOW MINTAGE BIMETALLIC TOGO COIN

Togo bi-metallic 6000 Francs coin pictureing a topless woman This scarce unofficial bi-metallic 6000 Francs coin of Togo features a topless Guin woman.  The Guin are one of the major tribes in Togo.  The reverse features the head of an elephant and a map of northern Africa.  From the 16th to 18th Centuries Togo was a major slave trading center, thus earning the name "Slave Coast".  It was claimed by Germany in 1884, transferred to France after World War I, and became independent in 1960. The 2003 dated coin is 28mm in diameter, has a mintage of only 1,200 pieces and a catalog value of $35.00
Item TG-GUIN TOGO 6000 FRANCS 2003 GUIN WOMAN BIMETAL Br.X 21 UNC $15.00



BI-METALLIC OF MOLDAVIAN REPUBLIC OF DNIESTR FEATURES POPE JOHN PAUL II 

Transdniestra bi-metallic 100 Rubles picturing Pope John Paul IIThis unofficial bi-metallic 100 Ruble coin picturing Pope John Paul II was issued for The Moldavian Republic of Dniestr, also known as Transniestria or Transdniestra. The national arm featuring a hammer and sickle and a star is on the back of the 2011 dated coin.  The small, communist state bordering the Dniester river declared independence from Moldova in 1990.  Though its independence is not widely recognized, it operates as a sovereign nation.  The 26mm coin has a mintage of only 2500 pieces and is Uncirculated.
Item TNS-100R MOLDAVIAN REPUBLIC OF DNIESTR 100 ROUBLES 2011 POPE JOHN PAUL II, UNC. $9.75



BI-METALLIC COINS TURKISH COINS DEPICT WILDLIFE Restocked Price Reduced

Turkey 2009 1 Lira bimetallic animal coins: Elephant and TurtleObverse 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 Loggerhead Sea Turtle  on the other. They have a mintage of only 5000 of each coin. 
Item TR-ZOO-09 TURKEY SET OF 2 BIMETAL 1 LIRA ELEPHANT & SEA TURTLE 2009 KM1263 & KM1264 Unc. $12.00





TURKEY CONVERTS MUSEUM INTO A MOSQUE

Turkey 1 Lira 2020 Grand hagai Sophia MosqueTurkey issued the bi-metallic 1 Lira coin in 2020 to commemorate the conversion of Hagai Sophia into the Grand Hagai Sophia Mosque.  The Hagai Sophia was built between 532 and 537 when Constantinople was the capital of the Byzantine Empire. It was the architectural marvel of its age.  For almost 1000 years it was the world's largest cathedral..  It converted to a Mosque after the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans in 1453.  In 1935 Turkey converted it to a museum and it became Turkey's most visited tourist attraction.  In 2020 the Islamic government of Turkey converted it back to a mosque despite opposition of many international organizations and many Turkish citizens.  The coin depicts the mosque on one side and the denomination and date on the other.
Item TR-SOPHIA TURKEY 1 LIRA 2020 GRAND HAGAI SOPHIA MOSQUE UNC. $3.00



2022 BI-METALLIC FROM TURKEY COMMEMORATES NEW BRIDGE Price Reduced!

Turkey 1 Lira 2022 Canakkale Dardanelles Bridge KM1548Turkey 1 Lira 2022 common obverse Turkey commemorated the recently completed  "1915 Canakkale Bridge" that spans the Dardanelle on this 2022 bi-metallic 1 Lira coin.  1915 is part of the official name of the bridge and refers to an important Ottoman naval victory against the navies of the United Kingdom and France during World War I.  The bridge  is depicted on the obverse of the coin.  It iis the longest suspension bridge in the world with a main span of 1.257 miles (2.023 km).  The coin is 26.15mm in diameter and has the standard Turkish 1 Lira reverse.
Item TR-1L-BRIDGE TURKEY 1 LIRA 2022 BRIDGE KM1548 UNC. $2.50



NewTURKEY CELEBRATES ITS 100th ANNIVERSARY

Turkey 5 Lira 2023 100th Anniversary of RepublicThe 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey is commemorated on this 2023 bi-metallic 5 Lira from Turkey.  One side depicts Mustafa Kemal Atatürk who was the founding father and first president of the Republic.  Below him is the 100th anniversary emblem.  The other side has the denomination and an emblem within an eight-pointed Seljuk star. 
Item TR-5L-REP TURKEY 5 LIRA 2023 100th ANNIVERSARY OF REPUBLIC UNC. $3.00
Item TR-5L-REPx10 10 of the above TURKEY 5 LIRA 2023  UNC. $15.00




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