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ARGENTINA COMMEMORATES OIL

Argentina 2 Pesos 2007 100th Anniversary of the discovery of oilArgentina issued this 2007  2 Pesos coin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the nations petroleum industry. One side pictures an oil well, the other side depicts an oil pump and the name of the province “Chubut” where oil was discovered and is the heart of the countries petroleum industry. Oil was discovered in 1907, when a crew drilling for water, struck oil instead. In recent years the country has turned from a net exporter of energy to a net importer. Government price controls on energy and expropriations have dried up exploration and investment in the petroleum industry despite the country having potentially huge energy reserves.   The 30mm copper-nickel coin is Uncirculated.
Item AR-07OIL ARGENTINA 2 PESOS 2007 100th ANNIVERSARY OF OIL INDUSTRY, KM145 UNC. $4.00



ARGENTINA CELEBRATES A NEW CONSTITUTION  

Argentina 2 & 5 Peso 1994 Constitutional ReformIn 1994 Argentina implemented a major constitutional reform. The new constitution was designed to end previous abuses by increasing the protection of political and consumer rights, adding sections dealing with public ethics, environmental protection and limiting the power and term of the President.  These pure nickel 2 and 5 Peso coins were issued to commemorate the event.  Both 1994 dated coins have the same design.  The obverse features the Argentine Coat-of-Arms, the names of the two cities that hosted the Constitutional Convention, Parana and Santa Fe, and the arms of the two cities.  The reverse represents the Constitution as an open book, with the first words of the preamble depicted.
Item AR-CONST ARGENTINA 2 & 5 PESO 1994 CONSTITUTION, KM114-115 XF-UNC. $6.00
 


BEAUTIFUL OLD BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED BOLIVIAN COINS

Bolivia 3 coin set: 5, 10 & 50 Centavos 1935-1939This Brilliant Uncirculated three coin set from Bolivia includes the copper-nickel 1935 5 Centavos, 1936 10 Centavos and the 1939 50 Centavos.  The obverses of the coins depict the Bolivian arms which feature the Potosi mountain silver mine and an alpaca.  The reverses have a caduceus, the denomination and date.  The 5 and 50 Centavos were struck only a single year. It is an attractive, old set in top condition.
Item BO-SET3 BOLIVIA 3 COIN SET 5, 10 & 50 CENTAVOS, 1935-1939 BU $19.50


BOLIVIA COMMEMORATES THEIR LOSS OF ACCESS TO THE PACIFIC

Set of 4 Bolivia 2 Bolivianos 2017, Loss of access to the Pacific
The War of the Pacific started as a dispute over the taxing of bird poop!  The war broke out in 1879 over a treaty dispute about Bolivia’s ability to raise taxes on a Chilean company mining bird guano in the Atacama Desert.  Chile defeated the combined forces of Bolivia and Peru.  Bolivia lost their corridor to the Pacific Ocean and Peru lost its southern tip to Chile. Since then the loss of the territories has been a rallying cry by politicians seeking to draw attention away from domestic problems.  In 2017 Bolivia released a set of four 2 Bolivianos commemorating the loss of their Pacific territory.  The 11-sided 2mm stainless steel coins have Bolivia’s arms on one side and the following designs on the other:  Genoveva Ríos was a young teen-age girl who bravely saved the Bolivian flag from Chilean troops.  Eduardo Abaroa is one of Bolivia’s foremost heroes in the war.  He died in the Battle of Topáter.  Outnumbered and low in ammunition, most of the Bolivian force withdrew, except for a small group of civilians led by Abaroa that fought to the end.  The Bolivian Colorados Regiment fought bravely in many of the battles of the war.   The Port of Cobija was Bolivia’s main seaport on the Pacific.  It was destroyed by an earthquake in 1868, destroyed again by a tsunami in 1877, annexed by Chile in 1884 and abandoned in 1907.  
Item BO-SET4 BOLIVIA SET OF FOUR 2 BOLIVIANOS 2017 UNC. $19.50

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BEAUTIFUL, BIG, OLD, BRAZIL RAILWAY COMPANY STOCK CERTIFICATE

Brazil Railway Company 1 Ordinary Share certificate, 1911
This big and beautiful Brazil Railway Company stock certificate features an attractive vignette of a passenger train crossing a bridge.  The 1 Ordinary Share $100 bearer certificate measures 14”x 9.5”(36 x 23cm) and includes an attached full sheet of 40 coupons.  The certificate is dated 1911 and is in both English and French.  The Brazil Railway Company, headquartered in Portland, Maine controlled almost half of the railways in Brazil prior to 1917.   It was part of an international consortium of companies operated by American financier Percival Farquhar which controlled railways, steel mills, cattle ranches, mines and other industries in the United States, Latin America and Russia that was largely financed by European investors.  His empire crumbled when World War I cut off his main source of financing and resources.  In 1917 most of the companies lines were nationalized.  Its last line was nationalized in 1938.  The certificate was printed by Waterloo & Sons, Ltd. in London and bears Farquhar’s facsimile signature.   It is an impressive and historic stock certificate.
Item STK-BRAZIL BRAZIL RAILWAY COMPANY STOCK CERTIFICATE, 1 SHARE, 1911 XF-AU $20.00




BRAZIL SET FEATURES PROFESSIONS

BRAZIL 4 COIN SET 1 - 50 CENTAVOS 1989-1990This short-lived 4 coin set from Brazil features Brazilians engaged in their daily work.  The 1 Centavo depicts a farmer and cows.  A fisherman and two fish is on the 5 Centavos.  A miner and three diamonds is on the 10 Centavos.  The 50 Centavos depicts what appears to be a weaver making cloth.  The coins were introduced in 1989 as part of a currency reform, in which 1000 of the old Cruzados became worth 1 Crozado Novo.  Inflation continued out of controll and the coins were soon worthless.  In 1990 Brazil introduced another reform and Cruzado Nova was replaced by the Cruzeiro.   All four coins are made of Stainless Steel and feature the denomination on the obverse. It is an inexpensive and attractive Brilliant Uncirculated set.
Item BR-SET89 BRAZIL 4 COIN SET 1 - 50 CENTAVOS 1989-90 KM611-614 BU $3.00


Brazil 1 Real Rio Olympic 16 coin setBRAZILIAN RIO OLYMPIC COINS

 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


SCARCE SILVER OLYMPIC COINS FROM BRAZIL

Brazil silver 5 Reais 2015 Olympic Rowing/OrchardsBrazil silver 5 Reais 2015 Olympic Beach Volleyball/Band
Brazil issued a series of beautiful sterling silver Proof 5 Reais coins to commemorate the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.  The 40mm coins have a mintage of only 25,000 each, contain .803 troy ounces of silver and come sealed in special capsules.  We have the following issues available: 2015 featuring rowing at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas on the obverse and orchids on the reverse. 2015 depicting beach volleyball on Copacabana on the obverse and a Chorinho band playing a guitar, tambourine, ukulele and flute on the reverse. They are popular, hard-to-find, host country silver Olympic coins.
Item BR-ORCHID BRAZIL SILVER 5 REAIS 2015 OLYMPIC ROWING / ORCHIDS, PROOF $50.00
Item BR-BAND BRAZIL SILVER 5 REAIS 2015 OLYMPIC BEACH VOLLEYBALL / BAND $60.00




CHE GUEVARA ON CUBA 3 PESO NOTE Restocked

Cuba 3 Pesos 2004 Che Guevera banknote P127a
Revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara is featured on both sides of this 2004 Cuban 3 Pesos banknote. His portrait is on the front, and an a picture of him harvesting sugar cane is on the back   Che was a close comrade to Fidel Castro and served in many rolls, including minister of industries, President of the National Bank, and deciding who gets executed by firing squads. It is an unusual denomination featuring a well-known communist hero.
Item PM-CU-3P CUBA 3 PESOS NOTE 2004 CHE GUEVERA P127a UNC. $7.50



NEWEARLY COIN OF THE AMERICAS - SANTO DOMINGO

Santo Domingo 4 Maravedis, Juana & Carlos (Joanna & Charles) 1506-1516 copper 4 MaravedisThis coin is one of the first coins struck for the Americas.  It was struck for the Spanish Colony of Santo Domingo (now the nations of Dominican Republic and Haiti) during the reign of Carlos and Juana.    Juana (Joanna) ruled Spain with her young son Carlos (Charles I) from 1506 until 1516.   The copper coin is approximately 22 to 25mm in diameter.  One side has the royal monogram, which looks like a crowned "Y", the other side has two crowned pillars, representing the Pillars of Hercules.  There is a debate about the original face value of the coin. Spanish references call it 2 Maravedis, English references call it 4 Maravedis. The coins are crudely struck and have corrosion.  It is a scarce, historically important coin.
Item DOMINGO SANTO DOMINIGO 4 MARAVEDIS 1506-1516 AG-G-Crude $39.00


HONDURAS COIN SET

Honduras coin set: 5 - 50 CentavosThis four coin set from the Central American nation of Honduras includes the brass 5 and 10 Centavos dated 2006, the 1999 20 Centavos and the 2005 50 Centavos, both made of nickel-plated steel.  The 5 and 10 Centavos depict the denomination on one side and the national arms on the other.  The 20 and 50 Centavos depict Chief Lempira one one side and the national arms on the other.  Lempira united some 200 villages to lead a brave but unsuccessful war against the Spanish conquistadors.  Honduras honored him by putting him on coins and naming their currency after him.  All four coins are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item S-HN-SET4 HONDURAS 4 COIN SET 5 - 50 CENTAVOS, BU $3.00



MEXICAN COINS AND BANKNOTES NOW HAVE THEIR OWN PAGE:

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NICARAGUA COIN FEATURES OLD NATIONAL EMBLEM

Nicaragua 50 Centavos 1954 KM19.1The emblem of the long defunct Central American Republic, featuring a radiant sun-face rising over five mountain peaks appears on the reverse of this 1954 Nicaragua 50 Centavos.  Nicaragua based their national arms on the emblem.  The obverse features Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, a Spanish conquistador who is the founder of Nicaragua and for whom their currency is named.  He established the Nicaraguan cities of Granada and León in 1524. The 26mm copper-nickel coin has a lettered edge and is Uncirculated.  It has a catalog value of $15.00, however, our price is MUCH less.
Item NI-19 NICARAGUA 50 CENTAVOS 1954 KM19a  BU $8.00



ODD DENOMINATION COIN FROM PANAMA  

Panama 1 1/4 Centesimos 1940 KM15In 1940 Panama introduced a 1 1/4 Centesimos coin called a "Quartillo".  The odd denomination was supposedly to help the poor make change for small purchases.  Most likely it only confused them and everyone else.  A 1 Centesimo coin had been  minted since 1935 and there was not a 1/4 Centesimo, so there was no way to make change. The 20mm bronze 1 1/4 Centesimos was the same weight and only 1mm larger than the bronze 1 Centesimo.  The obverse depicts Vasco Nunez de Balboa, the first European to cross Panama.  The reverse has the denomination in words. The coin was struck at the United States mint in Philadelphia.  It grades Very Fine though may have some minor spots.
Item PA-QUART PANAMA 1 1/4 CENTESIMOS 1940 KM15 VF $3.00



PANAMA 1953 50th ANNIVERSARY CENTESIMO  

Panama 1 Centavo 1953 KM17Panama celebrated the 50th Anniversary of its independence in 1953 with the striking of this commemorative 1 Centesimo coin. One side pictures native chief Urraca, who helped Panama gain its independence from Spain in 1821, before it joined the Colombian Federation. The reverse shows the date and denomination. Panama gained its independence from Colombia in 1903 with the help of the United States, after Colombia rejected a treaty with the United States to build a canal across the isthmus. The bronze 1 Centesimo has the same composition and dimensions as the United States cent and has a mintage of 1.5 Million. The coin is Uncirculated, though may be slightly toned.
Item PA-17 PANAMA 1 CENTESIMO 1953 KM17 UNC. $3.00



PANAMA’S MEDICAL COMMEMORATIVES  

Panama 1/4 Balboa 2008 Breast CancerPanama 1/4 Balboa 2008 Panama City Children's Hospital
Panama released two circulating commemorative 1/4 Balboa coins in 2008.  One is for Breast Cancer Awareness and features a ribbon.  The other commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Children’s Hospital in Panama City and pictures the hospital.  Both feature the Panamanian arms on the obverse.
Item PA-BRST PANAMA 1/4 BALBOA 2008 BREAST CANCER KM137 BU $2.00
Item PA-CHILD PANAMA 1/4 BALBOA 2008 CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL KM138 BU $2.00



PANAMA CELEBRATES CANAL

Panama quarter balboa 2016 - building the canalPanama 1 Centesimo 2000 KM132
Panama recently released a circulating multi-color quarter Balboa commemorating the nation's famous canal.  One side of the coin features a colorized circle depicting a pair of workers digging on the canal.  Massive steam shovels and their gear teeth also appear in the design. The obverse features Panama's coat-of-arms.  The coins, struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, are the same size and metallic composition as a United States quarter dollar.   We also have available the 2000 dated 1 Centesimo struck to commemorate the canal, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the beginning of the 21st century.  The 22.8mm aluminum coin depicts a ship passing through the canal on one side and the national arms on the other.
Item PA-25C-CANAL PANAMA 1/4 BALBOA 2016 CANAL (COLOR) BU $5.00
Item PA-1C-CANAL PANAMA 1 CENTESIMO 2000 CANAL-FAO, KM132 BU $3.00



NEWBI-METALLIC COLORED RED CROSS COINS FROM PANAMA

Panama 1 Balboa 2017 Red Cross coin - Red CrossPanama 1 Balboa 2018 Red Cross coin - Rescuer with Flag
Panama issued colored commemorative 1 Balboa coins in 2017 and 2018 to commemorate the Centennial of the Panamanian Red Cross.  The 2017 features a red cross against a white background.  The 2018 issue has a colorized image of a rescuer in a boat holding a Red Cross flag.  Both are 26.5mm bi-metallic coins featuring the arms of Panama on the obverse.  The National Bank of Panama is giving the profits from the issuance of the coins to the Panamanian Red Cross.
Item PA-17REDCROSS PANAMA 1 BALBOA 2017 RED CROSS - CROSS, COLOR COIN, UNC. $3.75
Item PA-18REDCROSS PANAMA 1 BALBOA 2018 RED CROSS - FLAG, COLOR COIN, UNC. $4.75



WITH HEROES LIKE THESE, WHO NEEDS VILLAINS 

Paraguay 7 coin set 1 - 1000 GuaraniThis seven coin set from Paraguay features some of the nations top heroes. With heroes like these it is little wonder that the country has suffered so greatly over the years. The 1000 Guaranies pictures Francisco Solano Lopez, a 19th century megalomaniac whose rule nearly destroyed his country. He ruled the country as his own personal property, at one time he transferred most land in the country to his mistress. Fearful of any potential opposition, ordered the executions of his own brothers and had his mother and sisters tortured. He ordered the executions of cabinet ministers, judges, bishops, priests and most of the civil officers. He also attempted to have himself canonized by the local bishops. He started wars with Brazil and Argentina, known as the War of the Triple Alliance, which resulted in the near total destruction of his country, loss of vast amounts of territory as well as the loss of over half of its population. Some have estimated that up to 90% of the male population died as a result of the war. The reveres pictures the National Heroes Pantheon. The 500 Guaranies pictures General Bernardino Caballero. In 1881 he organized a coup to become President. He fathered 90 children outside of marriage. In 1886 he rigged the elections to assure his favored candidate would be chosen, and founded the Colorado party. The reverse pictures the Central Bank of Paraguay. The 100 Guaranies pictures General Jose E. Diaz, a hero of the War of the Triple Alliance, who died in battle. He was promoted to General an hour before his death. The reverse pictures Ruins of Humaita, The 50 Guarani depicts Major General José Félix Estigarribia. A military hero for his victory over Bolivia in the Chaco War, he was elected President in 1939. Six months later he suspended the constitution, dissolved the legislature and granted himself broad powers. In 1940 he died in an airplane crash. The reverse pictures the Acaray River Dam. The 10 Guarani depicts General Eugenio Alejandrino Garay, who lead several successful battles in the Chaco War despite his advanced age, and who was an accomplished journalist. The reverse pictures a cow. A generic Paraguayan woman holding a pot is on the 5 Guarani and a Paraguayan soldier is on the 1 Guarani. The top four denominations are dated 2007 or 2008, while the lower three denominations are brass-colored and are dated 1992 to 1996. All seven coins are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item PY-SET7 PARAGUAY 7 COIN SET 1 - 1000 GUARANIES, 1992-2008, KM166a,192,178a,191b,177b,195a,198 BU $9.50


THE BIRD POOP TAX WAR  - THE WAR OF THE PACIFIC

It seems almost anything can trigger a deadly war.  The War of the Pacific, also known as "The Saltpeter War"  is an example of this.  In 1878 Bolivia decided to levy a new tax of 10 Centavo per hundred pounds on bird droppings (guano) mined by a Chilean company in Bolivia. Guano was an important source of nitrates used for fertilizer, gunpowder and explosives.  The tax violated an 1874 treaty between Bolivia and Chile, so Chile declared war on Bolivia in 1879.  Under the terms of a secret 1873 mutual defense pact Peru was obligated to come to the assistance of Bolivia.  By 1884 both Peru and Bolivia were defeated by the smaller, but better equipped and organized Chilean army. Over 25,000 men died in the conflict. As a result of the war Bolivia became a land-locked nation, losing its territory on the Pacific to Chile. Peru lost their southernmost territory to Chile and almost collapsed. The dispute between Chile and Peru was not finally settled until 1929, 50 years after the war started. Bolivia still today claims sovereignty over the territory it lost 140 years earlier.   The following  numismatic items are all related to The War of the Pacific.


PERUVIAN SILVER MEDAL CLAIMS PART OF CHILE!

Peru 1925 Recuperar El Morro (Recover El Morro Arica) MedalPeruvian dictator Augusto Bernardino Leguia issued this silver medalette as part of Peru’s Fiestas Patrias Great Military Parade Day in 1925.  The medalette calls for the return of El Morro Arica, which Peru lost to Chile, along with the surrounding territory, 45 years earlier in the War of the Pacific.  Since then the two nations had numerous unfruitful negotiations over the status of the territories.  Recovery of the lost territory had long been a rallying point for Peruvian politicians.  The obverse depicts the coastal mountain El Morro Arica. It is the most recognizable landmark in the area.  Above it is the legend "RECUPERAR EL MORRO"  (Recover El Morro) and "A.B.LEGUIA".    In exergue is the date of the event: "29 JULIO 1925"  The reverse has the legend "JUNTA PATRIOTICA NACIONAL".  In 1929 the two nations finally came to a formal agreement, El Morro and Arica province remained part of Chile.   The 22.8mm silver medal weighs 5.5 grams and was made with a small hole at the top in order to suspend it from a hanger or ribbon.  The medalette is Uncirculated, though may show some slight friction or bag marks.  It is an unusual and rarely seen piece.
Item PE-MEDAL PERU EL MORRO ARICA SILVER MEDALETTE, 1925 $9.50

ADMIRAL GRAU MONUMENT TOKEN FROM PERU

Peru 20 Centavos 1935 Admiral Grau Monument TokenAdmiral Miguel Grau is one of Peru's most honored heroes for his actions in The War of The Pacific.   Grau repeatedly attacked the vastly superior Chilean navy, severely disrupting the Chilean lines of supply and communication. He captured or damaging a number of Chilean vessels. He was called the "Gentleman of the Seas" for his chivalrous treatment of his enemies.  He was killed in action in October 1879. In 1934 Peru decided to build monuments honoring Admiral Grau in the cities of Lima and Piura, the city where he was born.  This copper 20 Centavos token was struck to help raise funds to build the monuments.  The 20mm token features the arms of Peru and the legend "FONDOS PRO MONUMENTOS GRAU" (Money for Grau Monument). The other side features the denomination and the date October 8, 1935. 
Item PE-GRAUTKN PERU 20 CENTAVOS GRAU MONUMENT TOKEN 1935 AU-UNC $7.50

ADMIRAL GRAU ON PERUVIAN COINS

Peru 6 coin set, 5 Centimos - 5 Initis 1985-1988 Admiral Grau
In 1985 Peru instituted a major monetary reform and introduced a new monetary unit called the Inti to replace the heavily inflated Sol at a rate of 1000 Soles to 1 Inti.   Inti was the name of the Inca sun god. This six coin set includes the 5, 10, 20, 50 Centimos 1 & 5 Intis dating between 1985 and 1988.  All six coins depict the same portrait of Admiral Grau. The coins did not last long. Due to continued inflation the Inti was replaced in 1991 at a rate of 1 Million Intis to 1 New Sol.
Item PE-SET85 PERU 6 COIN SET 5 CENTIMOS - 5 INTIS 1985-88 UNC. $7.50


BOLIVIA COMMEMORATES THEIR LOSS OF ACCESS TO THE PACIFIC

Set of 4 Bolivia 2 Bolivianos 2017, Loss of access to the Pacific
Ever since Bolivia's loss of its Pacific coast in the War of the Pacific in 1879, Bolivian politicians have have used it as a rallying cry  to draw attention away from domestic problems.  In 2017 Bolivia released a set of four 2 Bolivianos commemorating the loss of their Pacific territory.  The 11-sided 2mm stainless steel coins have Bolivia’s arms on one side and the following designs on the other:  Genoveva Ríos was a young teen-age girl who bravely saved the Bolivian flag from Chilean troops.  Eduardo Abaroa is one of Bolivia’s foremost heroes in the war.  He died in the Battle of Topáter.  Outnumbered and low in ammunition, most of the Bolivian force withdrew, except for a small group of civilians led by Abaroa that fought to the end.  The Bolivian Colorados Regiment fought bravely in many of the battles of the war.   The Port of Cobija was Bolivia’s main seaport on the Pacific.  It was destroyed by an earthquake in 1868, destroyed again by a tsunami in 1877, annexed by Chile in 1884 and abandoned in 1907.  
Item BO-SET4 BOLIVIA SET OF FOUR 2 BOLIVIANOS 2017 UNC. $19.50






400th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LIMA MINT

Peru 5 coin set, 5, 10, 25, 50 Centavos & 1 Sol, 1965, Lima Mint, KM
Peru issued this attractive five coin set in 1965 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Lima mint.  The mint, founded in 1565, produced thousands of tons of silver and gold coins, most of which were shipped to Spain or used in trade in the Orient.  The five coin set includes the 5, 10, 25, 50 Centavo and 1 Sol, all struck in brass.  The coins all bear the same design, with a representation of an early coin and the dates “1565 + 1965” on one side and the Peruvian arms and the denomination on the other.  It is an attractive and historic set.
Item PE-SETMINT PERU 400th ANNIVERSARY OF LIMA MINT 5 COIN SET: 5 CENTAVOS - 1 SOL, 1965 UNC-spots.$8.50




VENEZUELA 2008 REVALUATION COIN SET  Restocked

Venezuela 7 coin set, 1 Centavo - 1 Bolivar Y87-Y93 On January 1, 2008 Venezuela implemented a 1000 to 1 revaluation of their currency, replacing the Bolivar with the new Bolivar Fuerte (Strong).  Due to political and economic mismanagement and falling oil prices the Bolivar Fuerte has proved to be anything but strong and has lost almost all of its value.  We offer the now hard to find Bolivar Fuerte coins.  The seven coin set includes the 1, 5, 10, 12 1/2, 25 and 50 Centavos dated 2007 and a bi-metallic 1 Bolivar dated 2012.  The 1 Bolivar pictures national hero Simon Bolivar and has a lettered edge.  The other denominations show the denomination in large numerals on the reverse.  The 12 1/2 Centavos (1/8 Bolivar) is an unusual denomination that harkens back when Spanish Pieces-of-Eight circulated in the region.  Because of severe inflation in Venezuela the coins no longer circulate and are difficult to obtain.
Item S-VE-SET7 VENEZUELA 7 COIN SET, 1 CENTIMO - 1 BOLIVAR 2007-2012 Y87-Y93 UNC. $7.50





VENEZUELAN COMMEMORATIVE COINS


Venezuela 25 Centavos 2011 200th Anniversary of Act of IndependenceVenezuela 50 Centavos 2010 70th Anniversary of Central Bank
In 2011 Venezuela issued a 25 Centavos for the 200th anniversary of the signing of their Act of Independence.  In 2010 it issued a 50 Centavos commemorating the 70th anniversary of its Central Bank.  Considering the severe inflation and economic mismanagement the country has experienced it would not seem to be an event one would want to commemorate.  The standard reverses are used on the coins which have the denomination and eight stars.   Both coins are nickel-plated steel.  Due to Venezuela's inflation the coins circulated only briefly and are worth far more as scrap metal than their face value, making them hard to find today.
Item VE-SET2 VENEZUELA 25 Centavos 2011 & 50 Centavos 2010 COMMEMORATIVES, UNC. $4.50



2016 COINS OF VENEZUELA

Venezuela 2016 three coin set: 10, 50 amd 100 BolivareIn conjunction with the planned withdrawal 100 Bolivar note in December 2016, Venezuela introduced three new coins: the 10, 50 and 100 Bolivar dated 2016.  Also issued at that time were new high denomination banknotes. Due to of the inability of the government to get the coins to the banks and the rapid depreciation of the value of the Bolivar the withdrawal of the notes has been repeatedly postponed.  The three coins are struck in a magnetic alloy and have similar designs.   The obverses feature the Barre portrait of Simon Bolivar, which has been used on Venezuela's coins since 1873.  Behind him are three undulating lines representing the three stripes of Venezuela's flag.  The reverses have Venezuela's new coat-of-arms, the denomination and date.  Because of their lack of buying power and the economic collapse of Venezuela the coins rarely circulate and are difficult to obtain.  
Item VE-SET16 VENEZUELA 10, 50 & 100 BOLIVARES, 2016 UNC. $7.50


ATTRACTIVE & UNUSUAL VENEZUELAN BANKNOTES Restocked  Price Reduced!

Venezuela currency set: 2 - 100 Bolivares, FrontVenezuela currency set: 2 - 100 Bolivares, Back
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This full set recent banknotes from Venezuela is both attractive and unusual.  The notes are unusual in that they are issued in both the vertical and horizontal format.  The front of the note is vertical and features a national hero.  The back is horizontal and features native wildlife.  The 2012 2 Bolivares features Francisco de Miranda and a small vignette of a ship on the front. Miranda helped Venezuela to obtain its independence from Spain, only to be betrayed by fellow revolutionary Simon Bolivar. The back pictures two Tonijas, also known as Orinico River Dolphins.  The front of 2011 5 Bolivares features "Negro Primero", also known as Pedro Camejo.  Born a slave, he joined the revolution against Spain and became a brave and skillful army officer, until dying in battle in 1821.  The back of the note features two Giant Armadillo.  The 2014 10 Bolivares depicts Guaicaipuro, who led a coalition of tribes against the Spanish conquest of Venezuela in the 16th century. The back pictures an American Harpy Eagle with the Ucaima Falls in the background.  Luisa Cáceres de Arismendi, is on the 2013 20 Bolivares.  In 1814, at age 15, she married the 39 year old General Juan Bautista Arismendi, who was fighting for Venezuela’s independence from Spain. A few months later the pregnant Luisa was captured by the Spanish in order to exert pressure on her husband.  She was imprisoned in a dark dungeon and given poor food, but did not betray her husband.  Her child died at birth due to the poor prison conditions.  In 1816 Spanish put her on a ship to Spain, however the ship was attacked by privateers, and she and the other passengers were stranded in the Azores.  She was eventually taken to Spain.  All this time she had no communication with her husband, family or friends.  In 1818 she escaped to the United States and from there eventually made it back to Venezuela and to her husband.  She went on to have a total of eleven children. Quite an adventure!   The back depicts two Hawksbill turtles and the Macanao Mountains.  The 2016 50 Bolivares pictures Venezuelan philosopher and educator Simón Rodríguez.  A Spectacled Bear is on the back.  Simon Bolivar, who led the fight for the independence of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia depicted on the front of the 2015 100 Bolivares.  Venezuela’s currency is named after him.  The back features a pair of Red Siskin birds.  On December 12, 2016 the government suddenly demonetized the 100 Bolivares notes, giving citizens two days to redeem their currency.  It was the highest denomination and made up a majority of the value of currency in circulation. The banks of course were not prepared, creating vast chaos.  The government claimed the move was to stop speculators and smugglers.  In reality it mainly hurts the poor who are do most of their transactions in cash, keep what little savings they have in cash and are unable to invest in property, gold or foreign currency.  The notes all measure 69x157mm. 
Item PM-VE-SET6-11  VENEZUELA 6 NOTE SET: 2 - 100 BOLIVARES 2011-2015 P88-P93 UNC. $6.00



INFLATION NOTES FROM VENEZUELA   

Venezuela 2016 inflation currency set: 500 - 20,00 Bolivares, FronVenezuela 2016 inflation currency set: 500 - 20,00 Bolivares, Back
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By December 2016 Venezuela's inflation had spiraled out of control. In a desperate move the government suddenly demonetized the 100 Bolivares note, which was the highest denomination then in circulation.  The 100 Bolivares made up almost half of the value of currency in circulation. A new series of higher denomination notes, ranging from 500 to 20,000 Bolivares was introduced. Citizens were given 2 days to exchange their 100 Bolivar notes for higher denomination notes.  Unfortunately, the government did not have sufficient supplies of the new notes, resulting in chaos, confusion and hardships, especially for the poor who do their transactions in cash and had most of their meager savings in 100 Bolivares notes.  Those with close government or bank connections were spared the hardships.  The new notes utilized same designs as the notes that were already in circulation, but had higher denominations and different colors. The design of the 2 Bolivares was used on the 500 Bolivares, the 5 Bolivares design became the 1000 Bolivares, the 10 Bolivares design was used on the 2000 Bolivares,  the 20 Bolivares design was recycled on the new 5000 Bolivares, the 50 Bolivares design became the new 10,000 Bolivares and the 100 Bolivares design became the new 20,000 Bolivares. Even with the values increasing by 200 to 250 fold, the notes do not keep up with the rapidly increasing prices.   The notes are all dated August 18, 2016 and measure 69x157mm.  They represent a desperate measure by a desperate government that destroyed what was once one of the prosperous nations in South America.
Item PM-VE-SETINFLAT6 VENEZUELA 6 INFLATION NOTE SET: 500 - 20,000 BOLIVARES 2016 UNC. $12.00



VENEZUELA 100,000 BOLIVARES INFLATION NOTE  

Venezuela 100,000 Bolivares 2017 banknoteVenezuela 100,000 Bolivares 2017 banknoteVenezuela introduced a new high denomination 100,000 Bolivares banknote in November 2017 in response to the countries hyperinflation brought on by the governments economic and political mismanagement.  The Simon Bolivar is on the front of the note in a vertical format, and Red siskin birds are on the back in a horizontal format.  The same design was used on the previous 20,000 Bolivares and 100 Bolivares notes, but in a different color.  In an effort to disguise the galloping inflation, the denomination is spelled out in words, rather than the full numerical value. The notes are apparently in short supply "due to a shortage of paper" according to the government.  The note is expected to be replaced soon as Venezuela recently announced that it will revalue its currency.
Item PM-VE-100K VENEZUELA 100,000 BOLIVARES NOTE, 2017 UNC. $5.00



NEW 2018 VENEZUELA BOLIVAR SOBERANO COINS

Venezuela 50 Centimos & 1 Bolivar Soberano 2018 coinsIn August 2018 Venezuela introduced two new coins, a 50 Centimos and a bi-metallic 1 Bolivar Soberano as part of a 100,000 to 1 currency revaluation. The new 1 Bolivar Soberano is equivalent to 100,000 of the previous Bolivar Fuerte, which was introduced in 2008.  The Bolivar Soberano was supposed to be a stable currency, tied to a Venezuelan crypto-currency called the Petro, which was supposedly valued at 1 barrel of oil.  Instead the nation’s hyperinflation is increasing, with prices doubling every few days.  The new 1 Bolivar Soberano coin is very similar to the old 1 Bolivar Fuerte coin, but is worth 100,000 times more! Both the 1 Bolivar coins are 24mm bi-metallic coins depicting Simon Bolivar facing left on the obverse and have the national arms, denomination and date on the reverse and both have the same lettered edge. The coins were minted by the Venezuelan government mint in Maracay and tend to be poorly struck.  The mintmark for the Casa de la Moneda de Maracay is to the right of Bolivar's neck.
Item VE-SET18 VENEZUELA 50 CENTIMOS & 1 BOLIVAR COINS 2018 UNC. $4.00



VENEZUELA'S NEW CURRENCY

Fronts of Venezuela 2018 Bolivar Soberano banknotesBacks of Venezuela 2018 Bolivar Soberano banknotes
On August 20, 2018 Venezuela did a 100,000 to 1 revaluation, replacing the worthless Bolivar Fuerte (Strong Bolivar) with the Bolivar Soberano (Sovereign Bolivar).  The value of the Bolivar Soberano is supposedly tied to the a crypto-currency created by the government of Venezuela called the Petro, with 1 Petro being equivalent to 1 barrel of oil.  In reality the currency was not tied to anything.  The socialist government of Venezuela continued its disastrous political and economic policies, resulting in frequent blackouts. lack of running water, and continued hyper-inflation in Venezuela, which some estimate at a million percent per year.  Eight denominations of Bolivar Soberano notes were released.  Like previous issues the fronts are in a vertical  format and depict national heroes.  The backs are in a horizontal format and depict native wildlife and national parks.    The 500 Bolivars depicts Simon Bolivar and the Venezuelan Troupial, which is the national bird.  The 200 Bolivars features Francisco de Miranda and the Military Macaw. The 100 Bolivars depicts Ezequiel Zamora and a Brown Spider Monkey.   It was nominated for the Banknote of the Year award.  The 50 Bolivars pictures Antionio Jose de Sucre and an Oncilla (tiger cat or Cunaguaro). The 20 Bolivars portrays Simon Rodriguez and a Jaguar. The 10 Bolivars depicts Rafael Urdaneta and a Giant Anteater.  The 5 Bolivars pictures José Felix Ribas and a Veragua stubfoot toad (Atelopus cruciger).  The 2 Bolivars features Josefa Camejo and a Yellow-crowned Amazon Parrot.  The lower denomination notes are difficult to obtain as many people refuse to accept them due to their minimal buying power - the effort spent counting the notes is more than the notes are worth!  With increasing hyper-inflation,  political and economic instability in Venezuela the notes may not be around for long.
Item PM-VE-SOB8 VENEZUELA 8 NOTE BOLIVAR SOBERANO SET 2018 AU-UNC. $15.00



NEW2019 INFLATION NOTES OF VENEZUELA

fronts of Venezuela 50000, 20000 & 10000 Bolivares notes, 2019Backs of Venezuela 50000, 20000 & 10000 Bolivares notes, 2019
Venezuela released three new high denomination notes in June 2019.  The notes were badly needed as the existing notes were virtually worthless due to rampant inflation and payment by cards and electronic transfer was often difficult due to frequent blackouts.  The three notes released were the 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000 Bolivares Soberano. The situation is so bad in Venezuela that banks rationed notes to only a few per day per customer due to a shortage of banknotes. All three notes have the same design, with the front in a vertical format picturing Simon Bolivar, and the back in a horizontal format featuring Simon Bolivar Mausoleum in Caracas. The notes have a watermark depicting Simon Bolivar and measure 159 x 69mm.  
Item PM-VE-SET19 VENEZUELA 3 NOTE SET 10,000-50,000 BOLIVARES 2019 UNC, $35.00




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