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NEWCOINS OF KING ARTHUR?

British barbarous ancient Roman RadiatesThese small, ancient copper coins, called Barbarous Radiates, are found in hoards in England.  They are crude privately made, ancient copies of third century Roman coins.  They are not generally regarded as forgeries as they are smaller than the standard issues.  The designs are based on the Roman Antoninianus which features the emperor wearing a radiate crown.  Some sources attribute them to the Dark Ages or the Saxon period, a time when the legendary King Arthur is said to have ruled.  Other sources attribute them to the late third century, when Britain and Gaul were under the control of their own self-declared emperors. Either way they are fascinating ancient coins from ancient Britain.
Item GB-BARBx1 1 ANCIENT BRITISH BARBAROUS RADIATE, CRUDE $7.50
Item GB-BARBx5 5 of the above ANCIENT BARBAROUS RADIATES, CRUDE $32.50


RICHARD THE LIONHEART

Richard the Lionheart, 1169-1199AD silver DenierRichard the Lionheart was the King of England, Duke of Normandy, Aquitaine and Gascony and Lord of Cyprus. Though he was born in England he disliked the country and spent less than six months there throughout his entire reign.  He regarded it as little more than a source of tax revenue. Most of his reign was spent in France, on Crusade or as a prisoner of Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI who held him for ransom while he was attempting to return home from the Third Crusade.  Richard's knightly prowess made him a popular king and the subject of legends. During the Third Crusade he occupied Sicily and captured Cyprus with the aid of Levon of Armenia before arriving in the Holy Land in 1191. He sold Cyprus to the Knights Templar   In 1199 Richard died after being wounded while laying siege to a castle in an effort to get a hoard of gold that had been found by a peasant.  Richard’s coins from England are very scarce and pricy.  This Anglo-Gallic silver Denier of Richard the Lionheart is much more reasonable.  The coin has a simple design. One side has his name on it “RICA / DIUS” while the other has a cross and the name of the mint (Aquitaine or Poitou).  As is typical of coins of that era, it is crudely engraved and weakly struck.
Item LIONHEART RICHARD THE LIONHEART 1169-1199 SILVER DENIER VG-Crude $125.00



KING EDWARD III STARTS THE 100 YEARS WAR

Anglo-Gallic silver Denier of Edward III, 1327-77Edward III became King of England at age 14 in 1327 when his mother, Isabella of France and her lover, deposed his father, Edward II.  His 50-year reign was a transformational period of English history. In 1337, French King Philip VI confiscated Edward's possessions in France, which included the Duchy of Aquitaine.   In return Edward claimed the entire Kingdom of France, thus starting the Hundred Years War between France and England (which actually lasted 116 years).  In  In 1348 the Black Death (bubonic plague) hit England, killing more than a third of the population. The plague returned again in 1361, killing around 20 percent of the population.  King Edward was forced to turn to Parliament to raise taxes in order to pay for the war in France.   This, along with the shortage of labor caused by the plagues, strengthened and evolved the power of the English Parliament and helped to define the House of Commons.   King Edward III died of a stroke in 1377.  We are pleased to offer silver Denier of Edward II issued for their territories in France.  The coin Denier of King Edward III depicts a leopard within the legends on the obverse and a cross on the reverse.  The 18mm coins is not heavily worn, but is rather crudely struck.
Item EDW-III EDWARD III SILVER DENIER 1327-77, VG-CRUDE $75.00




QUEEN ELIZABETH CORONATION CROWN 

Great Britain Queen Elizabeth Coronation crown, 1953 KM894Great Britain issued this 1 Crown coin (5 Shillings) in 1953 to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.  The Queen is depicted on horseback on the obverse.  The reverse features the shields of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, along with the flowers of England (rose), Scotland (thistle), Ireland (shamrock) and Wales (leek).  In the center is the royal crown. The coin has a lettered edge "FAITH AND TRUTH I WILL BEAR UNTO YOU" The copper-nickel coin is 38.6mm in diameter
Item GB-CORON GREAT BRITAIN 1 CROWN 1953 QUEEN ELIZABETH CORONATION KM894 AU $8.00



THE FAMOUS CHURCHILL CROWN  

Great Britain 1 Crown 1965 Churchill KM910The 1965 British 5 Shilling coin (also known as a Crown) honored the death of Sir Winston Churchill. It was the first British coin to portray a commoner since the Cromwells in the 1650’s and it was the last 5 Shilling coin ever struck by Great Britain. Churchill is remembered for his leadership and courage during World War II. as well as being a talented author, historian, painter and horseman. He received the Nobel Prize in literature and was the first person to be made an honorary citizen of the United States. One side of the coin depicts Mary Gillick’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth. The other portrays a rough portrait of Churchill.
Item GB-CHURCH GREAT BRITAIN 1 CROWN 1965 WINSTON CHURCHILL KM910 XF-AU $3.00



QUEEN ELIZABETH & PRINCE PHILLIP SILVER WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Great Britain 25 Pence coin 1972 Silver (25th) Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, KM917In 1972 Great Britain commemorated the silver (25th) wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip with this 25 Pence coin.  The reverse features he crowned letters "EP" within a floral garland with the tiny naked figure of Eros at the center.The copper-nickel coin is 38.6mm in diameter and depicts Queen Elizabeth on the obverse.
Item GB-ANNV GREAT BRITAIN 25 PENCE 1972 25th WEDDING ANNIVESARY KM917 UNC. $3.00




CHARLES & DI ROYAL WEDDING CROWN FROM GREAT BRITAIN  

Great Britain Charles & Diana Royal Wedding coin, KM925The marriage of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer was called a fairytale wedding. Great Britain issued this 38.5mm copper-nickel 25 Pence coin in 1981 to commemorate royal wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana. Pictured on one side are the busts of Charles & Diana. The other side pictures Queen Elizabeth. The marriage, which started with such promise, ended in divorce and Diana’s subsequent death in a tragic automobile accident. The coin has always been popular with admirers of Lady Di as well as coin collectors.
Item GB-DI GREAT BRITAIN 25 PENCE 1981 CHARLES & DI WEDDING, KM925 AU-UNC. $4.00



MAJOR BRITISH WRONG PLANCHET ERRORS

Great Britain 2 Pence struck on 1 Pence blankThese British 2 Pence coins were struck on 1 Pence blanks! The coins are copper-plated steel and weigh 3.56 grams, which corresponds to the 1 Pence. The coins are slightly out of round and the edges are a bit irregular as is expected on a wrong planchet error. Most likely the 1 Pence blanks got stuck in some minting equipment or bins and did not shake loose until after production had been changed to 2 Pence.  The coins appear to have been struck between 1992 and about 2001.  As might be expected, each piece is different depending exactly how the dies hit the undersized planchet.   Most pieces have the date struck off the planchet.
Item GB-ERROR-ND GREAT BRITAIN 2 PENCE ON 1 PENCE, NO DATE AU $50.00
Item GB-ERROR-DATE GREAT BRITAIN 2 PENCE ON 1 PENCE, WITH DATE AU $75.00




BEATRIX POTTER – PETER RABBIT COINS FROM GREAT BRITAIN  

SEt of 5 Beatrix Potter 50 Pence coins from Great Britain
Great Britain issued five 50 pence coins in 2016 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter and her beloved story book characters.  The coins depict Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, Jemima Puddle-duck and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.  A fifth coin has the legend Beatrix Potter 1866 1943, a small image of Peter Rabbit and Potter’s head within a wreath.  Potter was a one of the world’s experts on fungi, however her works were not accepted by men who controlled academia.  She was only found a publisher for her stories after she published the first Peter Rabbit book herself.  She was one of the first to realize the value in licensing her characters.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of each coin.  The coins are Uncirculated.
Item GB-BEATRIX GREAT BRITAIN SET OF 5 BEATRIX POTTER 50 PENCE, 2016 UNC. $30.00




PADDINGTON BEAR COINS FROM GREAT BRITAIN

Great Britain Paddington Bear 50 Pence coins: Paddington Bear at Paddington Station, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, St. Paul's CathedralTo celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of the first Paddington Bear book the British Royal Mint started a series of circulating 50 Pence coins depicting that beloved bear at sites around London.  The two 2018 coins feature Paddington Bear at the train station and at Buckingham Palace. On the two 2019 coins he appears at the Tower of London and at St. Paul's Cathedral.  All three of the seven-sided copper-nickel coins depict Queen Elizabeth on the obverse. The coins are Uncirculated, though may have some minor nicks or bag marks.
Item GB-PADDINGTON4 GREAT BRITAIN SET OF 4 PADDINGTON 50 PENCE, 2018-19 Unc.-bagmarks $27.50



BREXIT 50 PENCE  Restocked

Great Britain 50 Pence 2020 Brexit - Departure from European UnionGreat Britain celebrated their leaving the European Union with this circulating 2020 50 Pence coin.  The Jody Clark portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of the seven-sided copper-nickel coin.  The reverse has just the legend "Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations 31 January 2020".  This was the third attempt to produce a Brexit coin.  The Royal Mint prepared Brexit coins expecting the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in March 1999 and again in October 1999.  Each time negotions delayed Great Britain leaving the European Union and the coins were scrapped.. The coin marks an historic event in modern British history.
Item GB-BREXIT GREAT BRITAIN 50 PENCE 2020 BREXIT UNC. $7.00



NEW2020 GREAT BRITAIN SILVER BRITANNIA

Great Britain 1 troy ounce silver Britannia 2020Britain issues the popular 1 troy ounce .999 fine silver coin called the Britannia on an annual basis.  The reverse features the helmeted figure of Britannia standing holding a trident and shield, her dress billowing in the wind.  The image of Britannia first appeared on the coins of Roman Emperor Hadrian in 119AD.  Since then it has appeared on numerous British coins.  The Jody Clark portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. The 38.6mm coin has the nominal value of 2 Pounds.  The coin is in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
Item GB-BRIT20 GREAT BRITAIN 2 POUNDS 1 TROY OUNCE SILVER BRITTANIA 2020 BU $28.50



NEWBRITISH ARMED FORCES CURRENCY

Great Britain Military Currency 1 Pound Notes
Great Britain Military Currency 50, 10 and 5 New Pence, PM47-PM49
To try to control black market activities and currency speculation where British troops were stationed overseas Great Britain paid troops with a special currency called British Armed Forces Special Vouchers. The notes were only to be used in military canteens.  They were first issued for use in occupied Germany following World War II.  We have two sets of these unusual banknotes.  A set of three 1 Pound notes, consisting of the Second Series 1 Pound note which was introduced in Germany in 1948, the Third Series 1 Pound note which was briefly used during the Suez Crisis in 1956 and the Fourth Series1 Pound note, which printed in 1962 at the height of the Cold War.  A set of three Sixth series notes consisting of 5, 10 and 50 New Pence notes were issued in 1972, after Great Britain went to the decimal system. (no Fifth Series exists). The notes were used in Berlin until December 31, 1979.
Item PM-BAF-3x1P BRITISH ARMED FORCES SET OF THREE 1 POUND NOTES PM22, PM29 & PM36 NOTES UNC. $9.75
Item PM-BAF-SER6 BRITISH ARMED FORCES 5, 10 & 50 PENCE NOTES PM47-PM49 UNC $4.00



BRITISH NAAFI POG SETS

NAAFI - EFI 2010 POGS, 5, 10 & 25 CENTS
NAAFI 2010 POGS: 5, 10 & 25 Cents

NAAFI - EFI 2011 POGS, 5, 10 & 25 CENTS
NAAFI 2011 POGS: 5, 10 & 25 Cents (same design on 2012 & 2013 issues)
NAAFI (The Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes) was organized by the British government to run shops, clubs, bars, supermarkets, restaurants, recreational facilities and other facilities for servicemen and their families on British military bases and aboard Royal Navy ships.  It serves basically the same function of as the AAFES Exchanges do for United States forces. In war zones NAAFI facilities are usually operated as Expeditionary Force Institutes (EFI), thus the POGS reference both acronyms.  These POG coins were created for use in on British bases in Afghanistan and are denominated in United States Dollars. Three denominations were issued:  a green 5 Cents, orange 10 cents and blue 25 cents, all printed on thin, coated cardboard.  The front has the denomination, date and the legends "NAAFI Gift Certificate” and "Valid and redeemable in any EFI facility trading in US Dollars".   The 2010 issue commemorates the 90th anniversary of NAAFI.  The back of 5 Cents shows a NAAFI wagon in Afghanistan, the 10 Cents shows a World War II NAAFI wagon and the 25 Cents has the NAAFI 90th anniversary emblem.  The 2011, 2012 and 2013 issues all have the same design on all three denominations featuring the NAAFI emblem on the back.  This series came to an end in 2013 with the withdrawal of the remaining British forces from Afghanistan. Most remaining NAFFI POGs were destroyed, making the difficult to find today. We offer the sets of NAAFI/EFI POGS by date.
Item NAAFI-10 SET OF 3 BRITISH NAAFI 2010 POGS: 5, 10 & 25 CENTS, XF-UNC $6.00
Item NAAFI-11 SET OF 3 BRITISH NAAFI 2011 POGS: 5, 10 & 25 CENTS, XF-UNC $4.00
Item NAAFI-12 SET OF 3 BRITISH NAAFI 2012 POGS: 5, 10 & 25 CENTS, XF-UNC $4.00
Item NAAFI-13 SET OF 3 BRITISH NAAFI 2013 POGS: 5, 10 & 25 CENTS, XF-UNC $7.00



ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND 1 POUND NOTE

Royal Bank of Scotalnd 1 Pound note 1981 P336a
The Royal Bank of Scotland is the second oldest bank in Scotland and one of the three note issuing banks in Scotland. It was founded in 1727.  In 1728 it was the first bank to offer overdrafts.  In the early 21st century it overextended itself in an attempt to expand internationally and in 2008 had to be bailed out by the British government, who still owns a majority of the bank. This 1 Pound note of the Royal Bank of Scotland is dated January 10, 1981.  To the right is a watermark of Adam Smith.  On the left is the bank's coat of arms.  The back pictures Edinburgh Castle. 
Item PM-SCOT-P336 SCOTLAND 1 POUND NOTE P336a 1981 UNC. $32.50



NEWLEWES LOCAL CURRENCY

Lewes 10 Pounds 2008 local currency note
The town of Lewes, England introduced their own local currency in 2008 in an effort to "stimulate the local economy and help the environment" (though I am not sure how printing money helps the environment).  Lewes was one of the early issuers in the local currency movement which has gained popularity in recent years.  The Lewes Pound was sanctioned by the town council and is accepted at par with the English Pound by many merchants in the town.  Lewes is a town of about 18,000 in East Sussex.  The front of the 2008 Lewes 10 Pound note depicts the Lewes Castle and Thomas Paine, who lived in Lewes from 1768 to 1774.  After leaving Lewes, Thomas Paine went to America where his writings helped inspire the American Revolution.  The back depicts the Linklater Pavilion, a town social hall that can be rented out for events.  
Item PM-LEWES LEWES 10 POUNDS NOTE, 2008 UNC. $12.50


OLD COINS OF THE OF BALIWICK OF GUERNSEY

Guernsey 4 & 8 Doubles and 3 Pence, KM15, KM16, KM17The Bailiwick of Guernsey is located off the coast of France.  It has been a British possession since the Norman Conquest in 1066.  For many years they used a coinage system called the "Double" that was based on the medieval French Double Tournois.  Eight Doubles was equivalent to a British Penny.  Guernsey issued three coins in 1956: a bronze 4 Doubles depicting a Guernsey lily, a bronze 8 Doubles with 3 lilies and a scalloped, copper-nickel 3 Pence picturing a Guernsey cow.  Guernsey’s next coin issue was in 1959, when they issued just the 8 Doubles and 3 Pence.  The 8 Doubles was the same as the 1956 issue.  The 3 Pence had the same design, but was thicker.  The obverses of all the coins Guernsey’s coat-of-arms which depicts three stylized lions. The coins are Uncirculated, though may be slightly toned.
 Item GG-SET56 GUERNSEY 1956 3 COIN SET: 4 & 8 Doubles and 3 Pence KM15-17 UNC.out
Item GG-SET59 GUERNSEY 8 DOUBLES & 3 PENCE 1959 KM16,18 UNC. $4.00



RECENT GUERNSEY COIN SET     

Guernsey 8 coin set: 1 pence - 2 Pounds
Guernsey is British a crown dependencies in the English Channel off the coast of France. Along with Jersey, it is one of the last remnants of the great medieval Dukedom of Normandy that once controlled much of France and England.    The 8 coin set from Guernsey includes the bi-metallic 2 pounds, the thick  1 Pound, the seven-sided 50 Pence that pictures Freesia flowers, the seven-sided 20 Pence depicting a map of the island, the 10 Pence depicting a tomato plant, the  5 pence pictures a sailboat, the  2 Pence features on one of the islands famed cows and the 1 Pence shows a crab.   Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The coins date from 1998 to 2012 and are Uncirculated.  It is an interesting set from an almost forgotten bit of Britain.
Item S-GG-SET8 GUERNSEY 8 COIN SET, 1 PENCE - 2POUNDS 1998-2012, UNC. $23.00

ISLE OF MAN SET FEATURES HISTORICAL LANDMARKS 

Isle of Man coin set 1 Pence - 2 Pounds
This attractive eight coin set from the Isle of Man features local historical landmarks. The bi-metallic 2 Pounds features the Round Tower at Peel Castle.  The tower dates back to the late 10th Century.  The tower was probably built as a refuge against Viking raiders.  It must not have been successful, as the surrounding Peel Castle was built a few years later by the Vikings.   St. John's Chapel and Tynwald Hill are on the 1 Pound.  Milner's Tower is on the seven-sided 50 Pence.  The tower was built in 1871 to honor William Milner, a safemaker who did much to help the fishermen and poor of the local community.  The tower's unusual shape represents a key.   The seven-sided 20 Pence pictures the Castle Rushen Clock.  The unusual one-handed clock was presented by Queen Elizabeth I in 1597.  The 10 Pence pictures the Chicken Rock lighthouse, located on the southernmost island administered by the Isle of Man.  The Tower of Refuge is on the 5 Pence.  The Tower It is a small castle located on a partially submerged reef in Douglas Bay.  It was built as a place where shipwrecked sailors could seek refuge while they awaited rescue.  The tower, completed in 1832, was kept stocked with fresh water and bread and offered shelter from the weather and the sea.  The 2 Pence pictures Albert Tower, which was built in 1847 to commemorate the visit Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. The 1 Pence pictures the Stanton War Memorial, built to commemorate those that died in World War I.   All eight coins are dated 2010, depict Queen Elizabeth on the obverse, and are Uncirculated. 
Item S-IOM-SET8 ISLE OF MAN 8 COIN SET 1 PENCE - 2 POUNDS, 2010 KM1253-1260 UNC. $29.50



KING CHARLES III ON COINS FOR  SCOTLAND & NORTHERN IRELAND

Scotland 2 Pounds pattern coin Northern Ireland 2 Pounds coin
Though Prince Charles is not yet King, undated, multi-colored unofficial pattern 2 Pound coins were issued for  Scotland and  Northern Ireland..  One side of the coins depicts the outline of the bust of Charles wearing the royal crown, his royal cipher and the arms of the country in color.  The other side depicts the national flower and a bird in color, along with the denomination. The Scotland coin depicts a Scottish thistle and a Golden Eagle. The Northern Ireland coin features a shamrock and a Eurasian wren.
Item SCOT2 SCOTLAND 2 POUNDS COIN (2016) PROOF $24.00
Item NO-IRE2 NORTHERN IRELAND 2 POUNDS COIN (2016) PROOF $24.00




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

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


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