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ULTRA-LOW MINTAGE & LOW MINTAGE COINS

These issues have very limited mintages, of anywhere from  2500 pieces to just 5 pieces, making them extremely difficult to find.  Due to a fortunate purchase we are able to offer these very scarce coins at very good prices.  

NewCOIN OF FIUME

Fiume 200 Lire 2022Fiume gained autonomy for the first time in 1719 when it was proclaimed a free port of the Holy Roman Empire.  The port city was later transferred to the Kingdom of Hungary, but given a special separate status. After World War I its status was disputed between Italy, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (later Yugoslavia) and the Great Powers (Great Britain, France and the United States).  In 1919 it proclaimed itself the independent state of Italian Regency of Carnaro (Reggenza Italiana del Carnaro) under a fascist government with a plan unite with Italy.  Under pressure of the Great Powers Italy did not take control of the territory and it was proclaimed the Free State of Fiume.  Control of the city remained unstable, with control passing between fascist, communists and nationalists until 1924 when the Treaty of Rome awarded the city to Italy.  Following World War II another attempt was made to set up an independent free state, but instead it was incorporated into Yugoslavia.  Fiume is now the city of Rijeka in Croatia.   The obverse of the unofficial 2022 dated 200 Lire features the two-headed eagle symbol of the city, whose use was forbidden by both the Italian and Yugoslavian governments.  The reverse features a statue of the Archangel of Justice and the emblem of Regency of Carnaro depicting an ouroboros.  The 40mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of just 130 pieces.
Item FIUME FIUME 200 LIRE 2022 PROOF $22.00



NewKNIGHT ON BRITTANY COIN

Brittany 100 Francs 2022Brittany is the northwest region of France. During the Middle Ages, Brittany was a vassal duchy of France, while maintaining almost complete independence.  Control frequently passed between England and France during their many wars.  In 1963, the Brittany Liberation Front was created, which began the struggle for the independence of Brittany.  The obverse of the unofficial 2022 dated Brittany 100 Franc coin features the previous arms of Brittany surrounded by the arms of the bishoprics and  regions of Brittany: Leon, Tregor, Cornuay, the Vannes Rennes, Nantes, Dol, Malouin and Penthievre.   The reverse depicts a knight on horseback with a dog and the Tanti tower.  The 39mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item BRITTANY BRITTANY 100 FRANCS 2022 PROOF $22.00



NewSAILING SHIP ON WATER ISLAND COIN

Water Island 1 Daler coin 2021Water Island is just south of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  When the rest of the U.S. Virgin Islands were acquired by the United States from Denmark, Water Island was excluded.  The United States purchased Water Island from Denmark in 1944.  From 1944 to 1950 it was controlled by the Department of Defense which used it to test chemical warfare agents.  In 1996 it was formally transferred to the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The 491.5 acre (1.989 sq.km.) island has a population of less than 200.  This unofficial 2021 coin of Water Island commemorates the 25th anniversary of transferring Water Island to the Virgin Islands. The coin depicts a sailing ship on one side and the coat of arms on the other.  The 40mm silver-plated Proof coin is denominated 1 West Indian Daler and has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item WATER WATER ISLAND 1 DALER 2021 PROOF $22.00



NewTRIANGULAR COIN FOR NEUTRAL MORESNET

Moresnet 5 Francs 2022 triangular coinAfter the end of Napoleon’s occupation of the Netherlands in 1816, Prussia and the Netherlands could not agree on the borders around Moresnet due to a valuable zinc spar mine in the territory.  AS a compromise it was made a neutral area, jointly ruled by both nations.  Belgium replaced Netherlands after gaining independence in 1830. The territory was just a mile (1.5km) wide and 3 miles long (5km.).  The mine was the territories major employer. It operated shops, a hospital, bank and residences.  Residents were considered stateless and had no vote, but did have low taxes and low prices due to the lack of import duties.  After World War I Moresnet became part of Belgium.  This unofficial 2022 5 Franc coin of Moresnet depicts the arms of Moresent on the obverse.  The reverse features a representation of freedom.  The 40mm triangular silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 130 pieces.
Item MORESNET MORESNET 5 FRANCS 2022 PROOF $19.95



NewARGOS COIN FEATURES ANCIENT ACHAEAN WARRIOR

Argos 200 Drachm 2022Argos was first settled about 7,000 years ago in the late Neolithic era, making it one of the oldest continiously inhabited cities in the world.  It was a major Greek city-state until 494BC when it suffered a crushing defeat by Sparta.  In 1821 it declared independence in the Greek War of Independence but later joined Kingdom of Greece.  The obverse of this unofficial 2022 dated 200 Drachm features the Greek arms and a wolf, a symbol of Argos that was used on their coins in ancient times. The reverse depicts an ancient Achaean warrior.  The 39mm silver plated coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item ARGOS ARGOS 200 DRACHM 2022 PROOF $19.95



NewGOTLAND COIN FEATURES VALKYRIE

Gotland 100 Kronor 2022Gotland is a Swedish island in the Baltic Sea.  In Viking times it was a wealthy and important trading center.  Numerous treasure hoards contining many thousands of Arabic coins, some originating as far away as Afghanistan have been found in Gotland.  The coins came in the Viking trade that went through the rivers of Russia. In medieval times its capital city of Visby was the most important Hanseatic city in the Baltic Sea..  In 1394 The Victual Brothers, a band of German pirates, occupied and set up a stronghold on the island.  In 1398 the island was awarded to the Teutonic Knights for driving out the pirates.  In 1409 the Knights sold the island to Queen Margaret of Denmark, Norway and Sweden.  The island has remainded under Swedish rule since 1645.  The obverse of this unofficial 2022 Gotland 100 Kronor features the arms of Gotland on the obverse.  The reverse depicts a standing valkyrie. Valkyries were females who guide dead Viking warriors to the afterlife in Norse mythology.  The 39mm silver-plated coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item GOTLAND GOTLAND 100 KRONOR 2022 PROOF $19.95


NewMACHU PICCHU COIN FEATURES BUTTERFLY

Machu Picchu 100 Soles 2021 depicts butterflyMachu Picchu is located high in the Peruvian Andes.  It is believed to have been constructed as an Incan royal estate around 1450 and abandoned about a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. The obverse of this unofficial Machu Picchu 100 Soles coin depicts the ruins of the city and the arms of Peru.  The reverse depicts a native Sylphina Angel butterfly (Chorinea sylphina).  The butterfly has unusual transparent wings.  The silver-plated proof coin is dated 2021 and a mintage of just 145 pieces. 
Item MACHU MACHU PICCHU 100 SOLES 2021 PROOF $19.95



NewARARAT REPUBLIC

Ararat (Armenian) Republic 500 Drams 2021The Ararat Republic was an independent Armenian state proclaimed May 28, 1918 during the Russian revolution and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.  It included most of the Kars region, the city of Van and Mount Ararat.   In 1920, following the Turkish-Armenian War and the invasion by the Red Army the territory was divided between U.S.S.R. and Turkey.  Mount Ararat and the cities of Kars and Van, all of which are of great historical and cultural importance to Armenians were given to Turkey.   The obverse of this unofficial 2021 dated 500 Dram of the Ararat Republic includes the nation’s coat of arms.  The reverse features the Church of the Twelve Apostles in Kars as it appeared in the early 20th century, with Mount Ararat in the background. The church was built during the 10th century as an Armenian Apostolic Cathedral, then abandoned after the Seljuks conquered Kars in 1065. It was converted to a mosque in 1579 after Kars became part of the Ottoman Empire.  The Russians conquered Kars in 1877 and converted it into a Russian Orthodox Church.  The Turks captured Kars in 1918 and converted it back into a mosque.  The Ararat (Armenian) Republic gained control of the city in 1919 and made it into an Armenian Church.  The following year Turkey took control of Kars, briefly operated it as a mosque before selling it to the municipality of Kars which planned to demolish it.  Luckily that never happened.  In the 1950’s the city used it as a petroleum depot.   From 1964 to 1978 it was the site of the Kars museum.   In 1993 it was again converted into a mosque called Kumbet Mosque.  The five-sided silver-plated Proof coin is 37mm and has a mintage of 145 pieces.
Item ARARAT ARARAT REPUBLIC 500 DRAMS 2021 PROOF $19.95



NewTHE COLOSSUS OF RHODES

Rhodes 500 Dracmas 2021The Colossus of Rhodes is featured on this unofficial 2021 500 Drachma of Rhodes.  The Colossus was a statue of the Greek sun god Helios that was erected in 280BC at the mouth of the harbor of Rhodes.  It was some 108 feet(33m) high, approximately the height of the Statue of Liberty from head to feet.  It was one of the seven ancient wonders of the world.  It collapsed during an earthquake in 226BC.  The broken statue remained in place until the Arab conquest of Rhodes in 653AD, and it was sold for scrap metal.    Rhodes is an island off the coast of Turkey.  In 1309, the Knights Hospitaller took over the island and made it their headquarters until it was conquered by Suleyman the Magnificent in 1522 after a long siege.  Italy seized the territory in 1912 and in 1947 it was united with Greece.   The obverse of the eight-sided silver-plated brass Proof coin features the Rhodes coat of arms.  The coin has a mintage of only 145 pieces.
Item RHODES RHODES 500 DRACHMAS 2021 PROOF $19.95



NewODD SHAPED COIN FROM JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLANDS

Juan Fernandez Islands 5000 Pesos 2022The Juan Fernandez islands are three volcanic islands located in the South Pacific some 416 miles (670km) off the coast of Chile.  They were discovered in 1574 by Spanish sailor Juan Fernandez.  An attempt by the Spanish to populate the islands with 600 Indians, who were given goats and chickens, ended in failure.  After that the islands were occasionally inhabited by pirates or sealers.  The islands most famous inhabitant was Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk who lived alone on the main island from 1704 to 1709 after quarreling with the captain of his ship.  Writer Daniel Defoe used his story as the basis for his novel Robinson Crusoe.  In 1970 Chile renamed the main island Robinson Crusoe Island in an effort to promote tourism.  Fighters for Chile’s independence lived in caves on the islands during the early 19th century.  A penal colony existed on the main island in the 1830’s, until the prisoners rose up, killed their guards and fled to the mainland where they were later hunted down and shot.  Today the islands are a UNESCO biosphere reserve.  They have a population of about 926 that depend on tourism and fishing for a living.   This odd-shaped unofficial Juan Fernandez Islands 5000 Pesos is dated 2022 features the coat of arms and the denomination the obverse.  The reverse depicts Juan Fernandez and his ship.  The 49mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 145 pieces.
Item JUAN JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLANDS 5000 PESOS 2022 PROOF $19.95



NewFLAMINGOS ON COIN OF NUEVA ESPARTA

Nueva Esparta 500 Bolivars 2021Nueva Sparta is an archipeligo of three islands; Margarita, Coche and Cubagua; located off the coast of Venezuela.   They were discovered in 1498 during the third voyage of Columbus.   Rich pearl deposits were discovered on Cubagua it was soon settled by Europeans that exploited the pearls.  By 1537,less than 40 years after the islands were discovered the oyster population had been decimated, the pearl industry collapsed and the island largely abandoned. most of the remaining residents moved to Margarita.  Even today Cubagua remains largely uninhabited.  The Spanish built a number of forts on islands to protect against French and English navies and pirates.  In 1816 Simon Bolivar proclaimed the Third Republic of Venezuelan and the Assembly of Notables recognized Bolivar as the Supreme Chief in the Church of Santa Ana on Margarita.  The islands were given the name Nueva Esparta (New Sparta) because of the heroism shown by the inhabitants resembled that of the Spartans of classical Greece during Venezuela's war of independence. This unofficial 2021  Nueva Sparta 500 Bolivars features the Nueva Sparta arms on the obverse.  The reverse features two flamingos and cattleya flowers along with the denomination, date and the arms of Venezuela.  The six-sided silver-plated brass Proof coin has a mintage of just 145 pieces.
Item NUEVAESPARTA NUEVA ESPARTA 500 BOLIVARS 2021 PROOF $19.95



NewUKRAINE’S SNAKE ISLAND

Snake Island (Zmeiny) 10 Hryven 2021Snake Island, also known as Zmiinyi or Serpent Island is a small (.17 sq.km., 42 acres) island in the Black Sea that was controlled by Ukraine.  It recently gained fame when on February 22, 2022, the first day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian warships demanded the surrender of the island, to which a Ukrainian border guard defiantly responded “Russian warship, go f**k yourself”.  The 13 border guards stationed on the island were quickly overpowered by the Russians.  On June 30 Ukraine re-took Snake Island.   Despite its name, there are no snakes on Snake Island.  I doubt there is any wildlife left alive on the island after repeated Russian and Ukrainian shelling.  This unofficial 2021 10 Hryven of Snake Island was struck shortly before the Russian invasion.  The design reflects the island’s ancient Greek heritage.  According to tradition the remains of Achilles were brought to the island following his death at Troy and was the center of worship of him.  The obverse of the six-sided coin depicts the head of Achilles and the national emblem of Ukraine.  The reverse features an ancient Greek warrior in front of a temple.  The 39mm, six-sided, silver-plated brass coin has a mintage of only 145 pieces.
Item UA-SNAKE SNAKE ISLAND (ZMEINY) UKRAINE 10 HRYVENS 2021 PROOF $22.00



NewVIKINGS ON COIN OF HAFRSFJORD

Hafrsfjord 50 Kroner 2022Viking chief Harald Fairhair united the small disparate kingdoms of Norway into a single realm at the Battle of Hafrsfjord, making him the first king of Norway.  The battle is believed to have taken place sometime between about 872 and 885AD.  The obverse of this 2022 50 Kroner coin of Hafrsfjord features Harald with a battle and the Swords in Stone monument in Hafrsfjord that commemorates the battle.  Above the swords is the Norwegian coat of arms. .  The reverse depicts Viking warriors and a longship.  The unofficial silver-plated brass Proof coin has a mintage of just 145 pieces.  
Item HAFRSFJORD HAFRSFJORD 50 KRONER 2022 PROOF $22.00


NewSAVAGE ISLANDS COIN FEATURES BIRDS

Savage Islands (Selvagens) 200 Escudos 2022 coin depictw two Pink Terns and a Madiera LizardThe Savage Islands, also known as the Selvagens or Salvage Islands is an uninhabited archipelago belonging to Portugal midway between Madeira and the Canary Islands.  Since 1971 it has been a nature reserve.  This unofficial 8-sided 2022 Savage Islands 200 Escudos depicts two Pink Terns and a Madeira Lizard on one side and the coat of arms on the other.  The 40mm Proof silver-plated brass coins have a mintage of just 145 pieces.
Item SAVAGE SAVAGE ISLANDS 200 ESCUDOS 2022 PROOF $19.95



NewREINDEER ON COIN OF THE REPUBLIC OF KARELIA

Karelia 50 Rubles 2021 coin depicting reindeerThe Republic of Karelia is an autonomous republic that remained part of Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.  It was originally formed in 1923 as part of the Soviet Union.  Between 1939 and 1944 Finland and the Soviet Union fought over Karelia which resulted in Finland losing large portions of its Finnish Karelia to the Soviet Union.  This unofficial 2021 dated 50 Rubles of the Republic of Karelia features two reindeer on one side and the arms of Karelia on the other.  The six-sided 39mm silver-plated brass coin has a mintage of 170 pieces and is Proof.
Item KARELIA KARELIA 50 RUBLES 2021 PROOF $19.95




NewBOUVET ISLAND COIN FEATURES KILLER WHALES

Bouvet Island 200 Kroner 2021 depicts OrcasBouvet Island is a small, remote, ice-covered island in the South Atlantic that belongs to Norway.  It was discovered in 1739 by Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier, after whom the island is named.  He mislabeled its coordinates, and so it was lost for almost 70 years.  Norway claimed the island in 1927. The first accurate map of the island was not made until 1985. Today the island is a nature reserve that houses a small research station that is inhabited during the summer months.  This unofficial 2021 dated 200 Kroner depicts a mother Killer Whale (Orca) and her calf.  The obverse includes the arms of Norway, denomination, date and a compass rose.  The silver-plated brass Proof coin has a mintage of only 140 pieces.
Item BOUVET BOUVET ISLAND 200 KRONER 2021 PROOF $19.95




NewNEW ZEMLYA COIN DEPICTS NARWAL

New Zemlya 200 Rubles 2021 depicts narwalNew Zemlya is a Russian archipelago in the Artic Ocean.  It may have been inhabited in pre-historic times.  It was known to Russian hunters since at least the 11th century but was not permanently inhabited until 1870.  In 1870 Russia resettled a group of Nenets (Samoyed) in order to keep out the Norwegians.  During World War II the islands housed a major prison, two airfields and a naval base.  During the Cold War it was a sensitive military area.  In 1957 the Nenets were removed and the islands were used for nuclear testing.  In 1961 the Tsar Bomba, the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated, was air burst over the islands.  Over 200 nuclear detonations have been done on the islands. Today the islands have about 2500 residents.  The northern portion makes up part of the Russian Arctic National Park.  This unofficial 2021 200 Rubles of New Zemlya depicts a narwal on one side and the crowned Russian arms on the other.   The silver-plated brass Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item ZEMLYA NEW ZEMLYA 200 RUBLES 2021 PROOF $19.95

New2022 SILVER COIN OF GREATER IDAHO

Greater Idaho silver 25 Greater Taters 2022Greater Idaho is a secessionist movement in rural areas of Oregon, northeastern California and southeastern Washington to become part of Idaho.  The conservative rural areas are unhappy about the liberal policies and politics imposed on them by the more heavily populated cities in their states.  They feel their rural culture and values would be respected and better preserved by becoming part of Idaho.  Thus far eight Oregon counties have voted in favor of leaving Oregon and becoming part of Greater Idaho. Regardless of the wishes of the people, it is unlikely to ever happen.  Recently Smallforest, a private mint in Oregon, hand struck sterling silver coin for Greater Idaho.   The 32mm coin is struck in .925 fine silver is dated 2022 and is denominated as 25 Greater Taters.  One side features the proposed map of Greater Idaho inside the outline of a potato.  The other side depicts the Mister Potato head with the his nose forming the numerals 25.  Total mintage is expected to be less than 300 pieces.
Item IDAHO25 GREATER IDAHO SILVER 25 GREATER TATERS 2022 UNC. $29.95



NEWSILVER 50 DALA COIN OF THE HAWAIIAN KINGDOM

Hawaiian Kingdom silver 50 Dala coin, 2021The Hawaiian Kingdom is one of many Hawaiian sovereignty movements.  They contend that because the United States illegally overthrew the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893, the United States occupation of Hawaii is illegal and Hawaii is still an independent kingdom.  The 2021 Hawaiian Kingdom 50 Dala coin features the bust of a Hawaiian Koa warrior, denomination and date on one side and a map of Hawaii on the other.  Unlike most coins the design is incuse rather than raised.  The 30mm coin contains 1/2 troy ounce of .999 silver and is approximately 2.5mm thick.  The coin is hand struck, so each coin is slightly different.  It has a total mintage of just 97 pieces.
Item HAWAII-21 HAWAIIAN KINGDOM 50 DALA 2021 UNC. $39.95





NEWCOINS FROM THE WORLD'S MOST COMPLICATED INTERNATIONAL BORDER

Baarle-Hertzog (Belgium) 250 Francs 2021Baarle-Nassau (Netherlands) 250 Guilders 2021Map of Baarle-Nassau and Baarle-Hertzog
Baarle-Hertog is a Belgian municipality that consists of 16 parcels of land, completely surrounded by the Netherlands.  Baarle-Nassau is a Dutch municipality that includes seven parcels that are in turn surrounded by Baarle-Hertzog, and an eighth parcel surrounded by Belgium.  The complex border results from numerous Medieval treaties, land-swaps and sales between the Lords of Breda and the Dukes of Brabant dating back to the 12th century.  The border was only finally officially defined in 1995. Some buildings straddle both nations. The nationality of a building is determined by the location of its front door.  Building owners have been known to move their front door, when it was advantageous to change nationalities.  Prior to the formation of the European Union this strange border provided opportunities for smuggling.  Today it is a tourist attraction.  Unofficial 2021 dated silver-plated Proof coins were recently issued for these two territories.  The Baarle-Hetzog 250 Franc coin features the arms of Belgium and a Brussels griffon dog.  The Baarle-Nassau 250 Guilder depicts a Netherlands Kooikerhondje.  Only 140 pieces of each were struck.
Item B-HERTZOG BAARLE-HERTZOG 250 FRANCS 2021 PROOF $19.95
Item B-NASSAU BAARLE-NASSAU 250 GUILDERS 2021 PROOF $19.95




NEWCASTLES AND BEETLES OF LIECHTENSTEIN

Liechtenstein unoffical 100 Francs 2021 coin for Valtice CastleLiechtenstein unoffical 100 Francs 2021 coin for Lednice Castle
Two unofficial 2021 Liechtenstein coins featuring historic castles of the House of Liechtenstein and native species of beetles (or perhaps the castles are infested with beetles) have been released.  The House of Lichtenstein was a wealthy Austrian family with extensive holdings in central Europe.  In the late 17th and early 18th century the family purchased what is now the Principality of Liechtenstein in order to gain the prestige and power having a seat in the Imperial Diet (Reichstag) and being a member state of the Holy Roman Empire.  Until World War II the ruling family rarely visited Liechtenstein, instead lived in their castles in what is now the Czech Republic.  In 1939 Nazi Germany seized their castles and land and the family fled to Liechtenstein.  Their property was nationalized by the communists following World War II.  Today the castles are museums and are UNESCO world heritage sites.  Valtice Castle was founded in the 12th century and extensively updated in the 17th and 18th centuries.  Lednice Castle is one of the most beautiful examples of English-Neo Gothic architecture in the world.  100 Franc coins were made featuring each castle.  A Rhinoceros beetle is on the coin depicting the Valtice castle.  A Stag beetle is on the coin depicting the Lednice castle.  The obverse of each coin depicts the castle's coat of arms. The eight-sided silver-plated Proof coins have a mintage of only 160 pieces each.
Item LI-VAITICE LIECHTENSTEIN 100 FRANCS 2021 VALTICE CASTLE - RHINO BEETLE PROOF $22.00
Item LI-LEDNICE LIECHTENSTEIN 100 FRANCS 2021 LEDNICE CASTLE - STAG BEETLE PROOF $22.00
Item LI-BOTH BOTH OF THE ABOVE LIECHTENSTEIN COINS (Save over $4 ) $39.75



2020 ABU DHABI COIN

Abu Dhabi 50 Dirhams 2020 coin depicts Sheikh Zayad Grand MosqueThis unofficial 50 Dirhams of Abu Dhabi depicts the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosqon one side and the arms of Abu Dhabi in color on the other.  Abu Dhabi is one of the United Arab Emirates and has not issued any circulating coins under its name..  The mosque was constructed between 1996 and 2007.  It can accommodate over 40,000 worshipers at one time in its halls and courtyards.  The 36mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 140 pieces.
Item ABU-DHABI ABU DHABI 50 DIRHAMS 2020 PROOF $19.95




CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC COINS

California Republic 20 Dollars 2020 coins: Bobcat in Yosemite / Minerva / common reverseA movement to create California as an independent nation has been active for some years. The movement is headed by a New Yorker living in Russia. It appears most its funding is from Russia and social media support from both Russia and Iran.   The movement has found little backing within the state, (though there are probably some conservatives who would be happy to see California leave the Union.)  Recently a Russian coin dealer created two beautiful coins for the California Republic. Both coins are denominated as 20 California Dollars and are dated 2020.  They are 40mm eight-sided, silver plated Proof coins.  One depicts a Bobcat and her kitten in Yosemite Valley.  The other features Minerva and sailing ships.  The design is from the state seal.  The reverses of both coins depict a Grizzly Bear and the words "CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC". The design comes from the California State Flag.  The Bear Flag Republic design is based on a flag used in the 1846 revolt against Mexico.   Each coin has a mintage of only 160 pieces.
Item CAL-YOSEMITE CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC 20 DOLLARS 2020 BOBCAT-YOSEMITE PROOF $19.95
Item CAL-MINERVA CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC 20 DOLLARS 2020 MINERVA & SHIPS PROOF $19.95
Item CAL-BOTH BOTH OF THE ABOVE CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC COINS PROOF $39.50


UNUSUAL MULTI-COLOR COINS FROM CORAL SEA REEFS 

Osprey Reef 10 Dollars (2016) Clown FishBougainville Reef 10 Dollars 2017 Laced Moray EelCoringa Islets 10 Dollars 2017 Longnose butterflyfishFlora Reef 10 Dollars 2017 Blue-girdled angelfishCommon obverse for Coral Sea Reef coins
Bougainville Reef and Flora Reef are Australian territories in the Coral Sea. They are popular with divers and recreational fishermen. Bougainville Reef is the home of an unmanned lighthouse and weather station. Flora Reef is a 4.6 sq. mile (12 sq.km.) submerged atoll. Unofficial 10 Dollar coins were issued for these uninhabited locations dated 2017. Both are multi-color quarter circle wedge shaped coins. A laced moray eel (Gymnothorax favagineus) in depicted on the Bougainville coin. The Flora Reef coin features a blue-girdled angelfish (Pomacanthus navarchus). The obverses of the coins depicts Queen Elizabeth The odd-shaped silver-plated Proof coins are 46mm x 34mm and has a mintage of only 200 pieces each.
Item OSPREY OSPREY REEF REEF 10 DOLLARS (2016) CLOWN FISH, PROOF $22.00
Item BOUGAINVILLE BOUGAINVILLE REEF 10 DOLLARS 2017, LACED MORAY EEL, PROOF $22.00
Item CORINGA CORINGA ISLETS 10 DOLLARS 2017, LONGNOSE BUTTERFLYFISH PROOF $22.00
Item FLORA FLORA REEF 10 DOLLARS 2017, BLUE-GIRDLED ANGELFISH PROOF $22.00



AFRICAN PENGUINS ON PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDS COIN

Prince Edward Islands 20 Rand coin, 2020 depicts a pair of African penguins diving.A pair of diving African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) are on this unofficial 2020 20 Rand coin of the Prince Edward Islands of South Africa. (Not to be confused with Prince Edward Island of Canada).  The obverse of this six-sided coin features the arms of the islands.   The Prince Edward Islands are two islands belonging to South Africa located 1,099 miles (1,769 km.) south-east of Port Elizabeth. The islands are a Special Nature Reserve and are uninhabited except for visiting scientists.  The islands were often visited by seal hunters in the 19th century, until the seal population was nearly eradicated.  The sealers accidentally introduced mice, whose population quickly multiplied and threatened the bird population.  In 1949 cats were introduced to control the mice population.  The cats controlled the mice, but the cat population soared and then the birds became threatened by the cats.  A cat eradication program was implemented by introducing cats infected with a deadly feline virus. Any remaining cats were shot or trapped.  With the cats gone the mouse population again soared, and the bird population was once again threatened.  Recently a new mouse eradication program was implemented.  The silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of just 160.
Item PEI-20R PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDS 20 RAND 2020 PENGUINS PROOF $19.95


MINOTAUR ON 2020 CRETE COIN 

Crete 500 Drachma 2020 five-sided coinIn Greek mythology the Minotaur as a creature that was part man, part bull.  It was contained the elaborate and confusing Labyrinth on Crete.  The Minotaur is featured on the reverse of this unofficial five-sided 500 Drachmai of Crete.  The obverse features the coat of arms of Crete.  The silver-plated Proof coin is 36mm and has a mintage of just 160 pieces.
Item CRETE CRETE 500 DRACHMAI 2020 PROOF $19.95




EQUESTRIAN ORDER OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE OF JERUSALEM

EQUESTRIAN ORDER OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE OF JERUSALEM 10 TARI 2020 FIVE-SIDED COINEquestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, also called Order of the Holy Sepulchre or Knights of the Holy Sepulchre is a Roman Catholic order of knighthood under the protection of the Pope.  It had its origins in the Crusades to protect Christians in the Holy Land.  Much of its work today still focuses on the support of the Christian presence in the Holy Land.   One side of the five-sided coin depicts a knight holding a sword and the name of the order in Latin: "Ordo Equestris Sancti Sepulcri Hierosolymitani".  The reverse has the arms of the order and its initials: "OESSH".  The unofficial silver-plated Proof coin is dated 2020 and denominated as 10 Tari.   It has a mintage of just 160 pieces.
Item OESSH EQUESTRIAN ORDER OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE OF JERUSALEM 10 TARI 2020 PROOF $19.95



GOLIATH HERON ON COIN OF DAHLAC

DAHLAC 50 NAFKA 2020 SIX-SIDED COINDahlac is an archipelago of over 100 islands located in the Red Sea, only four of which are permanently inhabited. It has a population of about 2500.  In Roman times it was famous for its pearls. Even today it still has a small pearl diving industry. Over the centuries it has been used as a prison and a major conduit of trade and slaves between Africa and Arabia.  Recently it has become a popular destination for yacht cruising and scuba divers.  It is currently controlled by Eritrea.  This unofficial six-sided 2020 50 Nafka coin of Dahlac depicts a Goliath Heron on the reverse.  The large bird can reach up to 5 feet (152cm) and have a 7.5 foot (230cm) wingspan. The emblem of Dahlac featuring a camel is on the obverse.  The silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 160 pieces.
Item DAHLAC DAHLAC 50 NAFKA 2020 PROOF $19.95



FISH EAGLE ON COIN OF DISPUTED NATUNA

Natuna 5000 Rupiah 2020 coin depicts Fish EagleThe Natuna Regency is an archipelago of 272 islands located in the south part of the South China Sea.  The islands are controlled by Indonesia.  Part of Indonesia's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off the coast of Natuna overlaps with China's "Nine Dashed Lines" claim to most of the South China Sea, which is based on a map published by China in 1947.  There have been conflicts over fishing in the disputed area and Indonesia has heavily armed the islands in an attempt to enforce their claims.  Natural Gas deposits in the region may create further conflicts.  One side of this unofficial 2020 dated 5000 Rupiah coin depicts a Lesser Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus humilis) holding a fish in its talons.  The other side has the Natuna emblem on the chest of a heraldic Indonesian Garuda Bird.  The 39mm silver-plated proof coin has a scalloped edge.   It has a mintage of only 160 pieces.
Item NATUNA NATUNA 5000 RUPIAH 2020 PROOF $19.95



ESEQUIBO COIN FEATURES TOCO TOUCAN

Esquibo 20 Guilderro 2020 coin features toucanEsequibo is a disputed region bordering the Essequibo river in South America.  It is claimed and controlled by Guyana though is also claimed by Venezuela.  The dispute dates back to the 19th century.  In 2006 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez added an 8th star to the Venezuelan flag to represent Esequibo.  The region contains large oil fields and makes up a substantial portion of the nation of Guyana.  The obverse of this 2020 dated 20 Guilderro depicts the arms of Esequibo.  The reverse depicts a Toco Toucan.  The unofficial 40mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of just 160 pieces.
Item ESEQUIBO ESEQUIBO 20 GUILDERRO 2020 PROOF $19.95



ROTUMA COIN FEATURES NATIVE BIRD

Rotuma 50 Pa'atuna 2020 coin depicts Rotuma myzomela birdRotuma is an island controlled by Fiji that is located some 400 miles (645km) north of Fiji.  It has approximately 1600 inhabitants which have a distinct language and culture from Fiji.  In 1987 a part-Rotuman man named Henry Gibson proclaimed the independence of Rotuma and declared himself king of the Republic of Rotuma.  (I am not sure how one can be the king of a republic).  The independence movement seems to have died out soon thereafter.  In 2020 an unofficial coin was struck for Rotuma.  The 39mm scalloped 50 Pa'atuna coin depicts a Rotuma myzomela bird (Myzomela chermesina).  The other side depicts the arms of Rotuma. The Proof coin has a mintage of just 160 pieces.
Item ROTUMA ROTUMA 50 PA'ATUNA 2020 PROOF $19.95



NEWPIEGAN BLACKFOOT INDIAN ON MONTANA COIN

Montana 20 Dollar 2020 coin depicts Piegan Blackfoot Indian hunting buffaloA dramatic image of a Piegan Indian hunting buffalo is featured on this unofficial Montana 20 Dollar coin.  The hunter wears a buffalo head dress in order to blend in with the heard is shooting an arrow while holding another arrow in his mouth.  The traditional Piegan homelands were divided between the United States and Canada. Those on the United States side became part of the Blackfoot Nation and settled on the Blackfoot reservation in Montana.  Those on the Canadian side became part of the Piikani Nation in Alberta.  The odd-shaped 2020 dated coin features a star and the Montana coat of arms on the obverse.  The silver-plated Proof coin is 40mm x 30mm and  has a mintage of only 160 pieces.
Item MONTANA MONTANA 20 DOLLARS 2020 PROOF $19.95

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SAIPAN HONORS WORLD WAR II BATTLE

Saipan 5 Dollars 2019 Battle of SaipanSaipan is now part of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.  In World War II it was the site of one of the bloodiest and most strategic battles in the Pacific.  Saipan was Japanese territory and one of the last line of defenses before the homeland. An estimated 29,000 Japanese soldiers and 20,000 civilians died trying to defend the island. 3,426 Americans died and 10,364 were wounded. The loss of Saipan was a major blow to Japan.  American B-29 bombers were now within striking range of mainland Japan and the Philippines.  The obverse unofficial 2019 Saipan 5 Dollar coin depicts the emblem of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.  The reverse features a Marine in front of a waving American flag and the dates of the Battle of Saipan.   The 40mm eight-sided silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 160 pieces.
Item SAIPAN SAIPAN 5 DOLLARS 2019 PROOF $22.00





RARE ODD DENOMINATION ARAUCANIA-PATAGONIA COINS AND PATTERNS

Araucania-Patagonia 87 Pesos 2014 error date coin and patterns with error birth dateAraucania-Patagonia 87 Pesos 2014 correct date coin, Nickel-Silver
 These 2014 dated Araucania-Patagonia 87 Pesos coins were issued to commemorate the 87 years of the life of the Prince Felipe, who died in 2014.    The reverse bears the inscription in Spanish "To the memory of Prince Felipe / 1921 * 2014".  Unfortunately due to an engraving error, the birth date was wrong on the initial batch of coins  The correct date is 1927 rather than 1921.  Only 25 nickel-silver versions of the coin were struck, along with 15 of the copper Patterns and 15 of the gold plated Patterns with the error date.  The minting was then stopped and a new reverse die ordered..  The corrected version has the dates "1927 *** 2014" and was struck in nickel-silver, copper and gold-plated.  Only 87 of each of the correct versions of the coins were struck. The coins all utilize the same obverse, depicting Prince Felipe.   The Patterns utilize the obverse of Maision de Frappe Fleure de Coin, a private mint in Quebec.  They are all extraordinarily rare pieces that had very limited distribution.
Item AP-87ERR ARAUCANIA-PATAGONIA 87 PESOS 2014 ERROR DATE COIN, MATTE UNC. $75.00
Item AP-PAT87-COP ARAUCANIA-PATAGONIA 87 PESOS 2014 COPPER ERROR DATE PATTERN, MATTE UNC. $80.00
 Item AP-87NS ARAUCANIA-PATAGONIA 87 PESOS 2014 CORRECT DATE, NICKEL-SILVER PROOF $40.00
 Item AP-87COP ARAUCANIA-PATAGONIA 87 PESOS 2014 CORRECT DATE, COPPER PROOF $45.00
 Item AP-87GLD ARAUCANIA-PATAGONIA 87 PESOS 2014 CORRECT DATE, GOLD-PLATED PROOF $50.00




VERY RARE RUSSIAN IMPERIAL UNION ORDER PRESENTATION COINS

Russian Imperial Order Union 1 Ruble 1989 copper-nickelRussian Imperial Order Union Bronze Essai
The Russian Imperial Union Order was founded in Paris in 1929 by a group of Russian exiles in order to promote the legitimate line of the Russian Czar and re-establish Russia as a monarchy.  In 1979 it struck a 1 Ruble to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the organization. The obverse depicts the emblem of the order: the Czarist eagle with a sword. The inscriptions translate as: "Russian Imperial Union-Order",  "For the Faith, the Czar and the Fatherland", "1929-1989", "60 years of struggle" and "We are Russian, God is with us". The reverse depicts the portrait of Czar Nicholas II with inscriptions: "1894-1917" (the dates of his reign), "Only National Assembly will choose the worthy successor" and the denomination "Ruble".  The coins are 38.25mm in diameters. Examples struck in copper, silver and gold were sold to supporters and the public as a fundraiser.  In addition 60 pieces were struck in copper-nickel with an antiqued finish and 28 Essais were struck in antiqued bronze for presentation purposes. The Essai features the czarist eagle obverse on one side and the word Essai in Russian on the other.   These rare presentation coins have not been available to the public until now. 
Item RIUO-1R RUSSIAN IMPERIAL UNION ORDER 1 RUBLE 1989 Copper-Nickel $80.00
Item RIUO-ESSAI RUSSIAN IMPERIAL UNION ORDER ESSAI 1989, Bronze $80.00



COLUMBUS ON ST. CROIX, VIRGIN ISLANDS DOLLAR  

St. Croix 1 Dollar coin, Christopher Columbus, 2015Christopher Columbus and one of his ships is depicted on this unofficial 2015 dated 1 Dollar coin from St. Croix.  Columbus landed on the island in November 1493 and was attacked by the native Caribs (Kalinagos).  Over the years ownership of the island passed between Spain, the Netherlands, the Knights of Malta, Great Britain, France and Denmark.  Denmark sold it, along with St. Thomas and St. John to the United States in 1916, during World War I.  Today it is part of the United States Virgin Islands.   The obverse  of the coin features a Bananaquit bird, the state bird of the U.S. Virgin Islands, perched on the letters “SC”.  Below is the original Spanish name for the Virgin Islands.   The 40mm Proof coin is struck on silver plated brass and has a mintage of just 250 pieces.
Item CROIX ST. CROIX 1 DOLLAR 2015, COLUMBUS PROOF $22.00


CARIB INDIANS ON ST. JOHN, VIRGIN ISLANDS DOLLAR

St. John, (V.I.) 1 Dollar coin Caribs, 2015Saint John is the smallest of the three main United States Virgin Islands.  Approximately 60% is a National Park.  This unofficial 2015 1 Dollar coin of St. John depicts two native Island Caribs on the reverse.  In the 18th Century Denmark established sugar plantations on the island and enslaved the Caribs to work on the plantations.  The native population was quickly decimated by diseases.  In 1917 Denmark sold the islands to the United States.  The obverse features a Bananaquit bird, the state bird of the U.S. Virgin Islands, perched on the letters “SJ”.  Below is the original Spanish name for the Virgin Islands: Islas Santa Ursla Y Once Mil Virgenes (Islands of St. Ursla and Eleven Thousand Virgins). The 40mm Proof coin is struck on silver plated brass and has a mintage of only 250 pieces.
Item JOHN ST. JOHN 1 DOLLAR 2015, CARIBS PROOF $22.00




SCARCE 1990 ARMENIA MEMORIAL RUBLE & PATTERNS

Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) Memorial Ruble 1990In 1990 the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF), also known as Dashnaktsutyun,  issued Memorial Rubles to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of its founding.  At the time Armenia was still under Soviet control and the ARF was in many ways serving as a government in exile to the Armenian community.  The ARF was established in 1890 in Russia. The left-leaning political party advocated a unified, independent Armenia and was instrumental in the creation of the short-lived first Armenian Republic in 1918.  In 1920 the Soviets took over Armenia and exiled the leadership of the ARF. The party became established in the Armenian Diaspora with affiliates in more than 20 nations.  The party holds seats in the parliaments of Armenia, Nagarno-Karabakh and Lebanon.  The obverse of the coin depicts the ARF emblem which features a sword, shovel, quill pen and an arm holding a banner.  The reverse shows the Sardarapat memorial bell tower and Mount Ararat.  At Saradarapt a rag-tag army of Armenians defeated the Ottomans in 1918 and established the first Armenian Republic.  Precious metal versions of the Ruble were sold to collectors to raise funds.  4000 nickel-silver versions of the coin were also struck and distributed to party supporters in Soviet controlled Armenia and the Diaspora community.  We also have available scarce gold plated Proof patterns of the coin.  The patterns feature either the obverse or reverse design of the coin, with the word “pattern” in Russian on the other side.  Only 25 of each of the pattern coins were struck.   We are pleased to offer these scarce coins and patterns that are unknown to most collectors.
Item AM-RUBLE90    ARMENIA - A.R.F. 1 ROUBLE 1990 PROOF $39.50
Item AM-REV-PAT     REVERSE PATTERN OF ARMENIA 1 ROUBLE 1990 (Memorial & Mountain) PROOF $49.50
Item AM-OBV-PAT     OBVERSE PATTERN OF ARMENIA 1 ROUBLE 1990 (ARF Emblem) PROOF $49.50



LOW MINTAGE 1996 ATLANTA OLYMPIC PATTERN COINS FROM TANZANIA

          Tanania 2000 Shilingi pattern coin reverse with corrected reverseObverse
BOXERS on COPPER Tanzania 2000 Shilingi Atlanta Olympics pattern coin.FEMALE HURDLER on ALUMINUM Tanzania 2000 Shilingi Atlanta Olympics pattern coin.DISCUS on GILT ALLOY Tanzania 2000 Shilingi Atlanta Olympics pattern coin.SPRINTER on BRASSTanzania 2000 Shilingi Atlanta Olympics pattern coin.
In the 1990's a firm in London named the International Currency Bureau, Ltd, commonly known as ICB , attempted to win contracts to issue coins for various third world nations.  They would design and strike a limited number of pattern coins for each country in hopes of winning a contract.  Though many of their issues were attractive, they were unable to win any major contracts.  After a few years they went bankrupt and were liquidated.  In 1996 ICB produced a number of pattern 2000 Shilingi coins for Tanzania. The coins all commemorated the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta Georgia, the Olympics Centenary and the 15th Anniversary of the Independence of Tanzania. The 38mm coins were struck in various metals, with both reeded and unreeded edges.   The reverse features various Olympic athletes.  The obverse featured the arms of Tanzania and the denomination. 100 of each variety of the  coins were struck.  We recently acquired a very limited number of these scarce and attractive pattern coins.  They are some of the scarcest 1996 Atlanta Olympic coins available! The coins are all denominated as 2000 Shillingi or 2000 Shilingi and are Proof.  Some of the brass issues may be be slightly toned.  Items are listed by the Bruce number as listed in the Unusual World Coins book.
Item TZ-X9b.1 DISCUS/CORRECTED REVERSE, Gilt Alloy, REEDED Br.X9b.2 (Mintage 100) $29.50
Item TZ-X10b.2 HURDLER/CORRECTED REVERSE, Gilt Alloy, Br.X10b.2 PLAIN EDGE (Mintage 100) $29.50
Item TZ-X13b.2 SPRINTER/CORRECTED REVERSE, Gilt Alloy, PLAIN EDGE Br.X13b.2 (Mintage 100) $29.50
Item TZ-X13d.2 SPRINTER/CORRECTED REVERSE, ALUMINUM, PLAIN EDGE Br.X13d.2 (Mintage 100) $29.50



SCARCE BI-METALLIC AFRICAN PRESIDENT COINS WITH MINTAGES OF ONLY 500 PIECES!

Benin bimetallic 6000 Francs 2003 President KerekouCameroon bimetallic 6000 Francs 2003 President BiyaIvory Coast (Cote d'Ivorie) bimetallic 6000 Francs 2003 President GbagboCommon reverse to African Presidential 6000 Franc coins
These bi-metallic 6000 CFA Franc coins have a mintage of only 500 pieces each, yet are still reasonably priced. The 28.4mm coins have a copper-nickel center in a brass ring. The coins are dated 2003 and feature a portrait of the President and a map of their country on the obverse. A map of Africa and elephant’s head is on the reverse.  The Benin issue depicts President Mathieu Kerekou.  Unlike most African Presidents, in 2006 he actually retired when his term was up.  President Paul Biya is on the Cameroon coin.  He has been President since 1982. The coin catalogs for $80.00.  The Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivorie) depicts President Laurent Gbagbo.  He was President from 2000 until 2011, when he was arrested and extradited to the International Criminal Court.  
Item BJ-PRES BENIN 6000 FRANCS 2003 Br.X41 PRES.KEREKOU (Mintage 500) UNC. $29.50
Item CM-PRES CAMEROON 6000 FRANCS 2003 Br.X27 PRES. BIYA (Mintage 500) UNC. $29.50
Item CI-PRES IVORY COAST 6000 FRANCS 2003 Br.X7 PRES. GBAGBO (Mintage 500) UNC. $29.50


TOPLESS WOMAN ON LOW MINTAGE BIMETALLIC TOGO COIN Wholesale prices available to dealers

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


AFRICAN COINS FEATURE TRADITIONAL AFRICAN MONEY Wholesale prices available to dealers


Africa 1500 Franc coins of 2005 Common reverse of African 1500 Franc 2005 issues
Six member nations of the African Development Bank issued a series of coins, each of which features a form of traditional money used in the member nation.  Each coin bears the denomination of 1500 CFA Francs. The coins are 27mm nickel-plated steel and are dated 2005.  One side features an Elephant’s head and a map of Africa while the other features a form of traditional money.  The Cameroon issue features a Mambila. Three pieces of Spear Money is shown on the coin of the Central African Republic.  A Manilla is shown on the Chad issue.  A Katanga Cross is on the coin from the Congo Republic.  A pair of Cowrie shells is on the Equatorial Guinea coin.  The Gabon coin shows a piece of Throwing Knife Money. Each coin has a mintage of only 2005 pieces!  Individually they are interesting coins.  As a set they display the wide range of items used for money in Africa prior to the introduction of coins and currency.
Item CM-PRIM CAMEROON 1500 FRANCS 2005 Mambila Br.X26 Unc. $9.50
Item CF-PRIM CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 1500 Francs 2005 Spear Money Br.X12 Unc. $9.50
Item TD-PRIM CHAD 1500 Francs 2005 Manilla Br.X19 Unc.$17.50
Item CG-PRIM CONGO REPUBLIC 1500 Francs 2005 Katanga Cross Br.X46 Unc. $9.50
Item GQ-PRIM EQUATORIAL GUINEA 1500 Francs 2005 Cowries Br.X124 Unc. $9.50
Item GA-PRIM GABON 1500 Francs 2005 Throwing knife Money Br.X16 Unc. $9.50
Item AFRICA-PRIM SET OF ABOVE 6 AFRICAN COINS PICTURING PRIMITIVE MONEY Unc. $59.00

MULTI-CURRENCY COIN FROM BENIN Wholesale prices available to dealers


Benin 1500 Francs multi-currency coinThis unusual coin of Benin is denominated in three different currencies!  The coin is denominated in the local currency: 1500 CFA Francs, a common currency used by a number of African nations that were once French colonies.  More unusual is that the coin is also denominated as 2.30 Euros and 3.45 Swiss Francs.  The 2005 coin was issued to honor (and sell at) the 2005 coin fairs in Basel, Switzerland and Piacenza, Italy. The coin features a map of Europe highlighting the 25 members of the European Union plus Switzerland one one side, and a map of Africa on the other. The coin has a mintage of only 2005 pieces.
Item BJ-EU BENIN 1500 FRANCS, 2.30 EUROS, 3.45 SWISS FRANCS, 2005  Br.X44 (Mintage 2005 pices) UNC. $8.50


COINS OF WIKINGLAND

Wikingland 10 Wiking Mark, Common ObverseWikingland 10 Wiking Mark 1993, Thor's HammerWikingland 10 Wiking Mark Runic Year 2244 (1994), with date Elder Furhark RunicWikingland 10 Wiking Mark (1994), without date Elder Furhark RunicWikingland 10 Wiking Mark Runic Year 2245 (1995) Anglo-Saxon FurhorcWikingland 10 Wiking Mark (1996) Younger Futhark (Danish Furhark
The Principality of Wikingland was founded in 1977 by Swedish resident Reinhold Wendling, who called himself Prince Reinhold I.  His plan was to create a libertarian state on man-made islands in the North Sea or Baltic Sea, by adding landfill to shallow sandbanks, raising them above sea level.  The capital, Vahalla, would be covered by a giant Plexiglas dome in order to assure pleasant weather all year around.  The plan never got very far, probably due to its enormous expense.  However Wikingland did issue coins, stamps and passports.  The following coins of Wikingland date from the 1980’s and 1990’s. They have a common obverse which has the Prince’s title, a large “R1” for Reinhold I and the denomination: 10 Wiking Mark.   All are 38.6mm in diameter, struck in nickel-silver with an antique finish and have a reeded edge.  The 1993 issue depicts Thor’s hammer and is struck in high relief.  It has a mintage of only 300 pieces. The regular 1994 issues feature a stylized Yggdrasil and the 24 runes of the Elder Futhark alphabet.  In Norse mythology the Yggdrasil is the Tree of Life that binds heaven, earth and hell together.  Elder Futhark is the oldest form of Runic.  It was used between about the 2nd and 8th Centuries.  There are two versions of the coin, one with the date Runic Year 2244 to the right of the Yggdrasil.  It has a mintage of just 250 pieces.  There is also an error version without the date. Only 44 pieces of the error version were struck.  The 1995 issue depicts the 28 runes of Anglo-Saxon Futhorc, which was the first alphabet of the English language.  It is dated Runic Year 2245.   The 1996 issue depicts a stylized Viking ship and the 16 runes of Younger Futhark, also called Danish Furthark or Norse Furthark.  It was use during most of the Viking period, from about the 8th to 12th Centuries.   With the Christianization of Scandinavia it was gradually replaced by the Latin alphabet.  The coin is not dated.  It has a mintage of 250 pieces.  It is a fascinating series coins for a new, yet to be built Scandinavian society using elements from the old Viking society.
Item WIK-93 WIKINGLAND 10 WIKING MARK 1993 THOR’S HAMMER $55.00
Item WIK-94 WIKINGLAND 10 WIKING MARK YEAR 2244 (1994) WITH DATE $45.00
Item WIK-94E WIKINGLAND 10 WIKING MARK (1994) WITHOUT DATE $55.00
Item WIK-95 WIKINGLAND 10 WIKING MARK 2245 (1995) ANGLO-SAXON FURHOC $45.00
Item WIK-96 WIKINGLAND 10 WIKING MARK (1996) YOUNGER FUTHARK $45.00
Item WIK-SET SET OF ALL 5 OF THE ABOVE WIKINGLAND COINS $220.00


SCARCE FANTASY COIN OF HEJAZ

Hejaz silver 10 Ghirsh or 1/2 Riyal fantasy coin, AH1334, Yr. 8, MeccaThis scarce fantasy silver Hejaz 10 Piastres or Riyal was made to appear to be an early coin of Hejaz.  It is dated AH1334, Year 8 (1923) and bears the legends that was struck in Mecca (“Makka al-Mukarrama”).  In reality it was struck some years ago in the United States.  The coins is technically Uncirculated, however was given an “antiqued” finish.  The 27.8mm coin has a reeded edge.  It is a scarce coin and given the popularity of Saudi Arabian related coins, is sure to be in demand.
Item HEJAZ10P HEJAZ 10 PIASTRES Br.X2  ANTIQUED UNC. $95.00



KING CHARLES III ON COINS FOR  SCOTLAND 

Scotland 2 Pounds pattern coin Though Prince Charles is not yet King, undated, multi-colored unofficial pattern 2 Pound coin was issued for  Scotland.  One side of the coins depicts the outline of the bust of Charles wearing the royal crown. His royal cipher and the arms of Scotland are in color.  The other side depicts a Scottish thistle and a Golden Eagle in color.  The 40mm coins are struck on silver plated brass with Proof finish.  Only 250 pieces were minted.
Item SCOT2 SCOTLAND 2 POUNDS COIN (2016) PROOF $24.00




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