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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.  

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 is in turn surrounded by Baarle-Hertzog, and an eighth parcel surrounded by Belgium.  Many buildings straddle the international boundary.  Some buildings straddle both nations. The nationality of a building is determined by the location of its front diir,  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.  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 defined in 1995. 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 Belgian 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 $19.75
Item B-NASSAU BAARLE-NASSAU 250 GUILDERS 2021 PROOF $19.75




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


NEWALEUTIAN & COMMANDER ISLANDS COINS FEATURE SAILING SHIPS & WILDLIFE

ALEUTIAN ISLANDS 25 DOLLARS 2021 COINCOMMANDER ISLANDS 500 RUBLES 2021 COIN
The Aleutian and Commander islands are part of the same arc of islands stretching from Alaska to the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia.  The Aleutian Islands are part of the United States.  The small Commander islands are the westernmost part of the chain and belong to Russia.  The Aleutian Islands 25 Trade Dollars coin depicts the ship Saint Peter, the arms of the United States and a compass rose on the obverse.  The reverse features a fox.  The coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.  The Commander Islands 500 Rubles depicts the ship Saint Paul, the arms of Russia and a compass rose on the obverse.  A Snowy Owl is on the reverse. It has a mintage of 170 pieces.  The ships on the coins are the ships of the Second Kamchatka Expedition led by Vitus Bering.  The expedition took place from 1733 to 1741 was a major scientific endeavor.   It included the first European discovery of Alaska.  Bering's ship St. Peter was wrecked on the uninhabited Bering Island, which is part of Commander Islands in 1741 during their return.  Bering died along with much of his crew the island before the survivors were able to construct a boat wreckage.   The sea otter pelts they brought back with them were considered some of the finest in the world and sparked the Russian settlement of Alaska.   The 2021 dated coins were produced by a Russian coin dealer. Both are eight-sided silver-plated Proof coins.
Item ALEUTIAN ALEUTIAN ISLNADS 25 DOLLARS 2021 PROOF $19.95
Item COMMANDER COMMANDER ISLANDS 500 RUBLES 2021 PROOF $19.95


NEWNORTH SENTINEL ISLAND

North Sentinal Island 5 Clams 2021North Sentinel Island is one of the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal.  There has been little contact with the fiercely independent people living on the island.  Travel to the island or any approach closer than 5 nautical miles is prohibited.   In 2006 two Indians fishing illegally near the island were killed when their boat drifted too close to the island.  An American missionary was killed in 2018 when he illegally landed on the island. The five-sided coin colored coin depicts an artistic rendering of a turtle in blue one the obverse.  The reverse depicts a native shooting an arrow and tribal art of a hunter with a bow and arrow.  The 2021 dated coin appears to be denominated as 5 clam shells.  The 35.5mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 160 pieces.  Given the enforced isolation of the island it is unlikely the coins will ever circulate there.
Item SENTINEL NORTH SENTINEL ISLAND 5 CLAMS 2021 PROOF $19.95



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



NEWGOLD & BI-METALLIC COINS OF GREATER IDAHO

Greater Idaho Gold 500 Uncommon CentsGreater Idaho bi-metallic 500 Uncommon CentsGreater Idaho one of the secession movements in rural areas of Oregon and Northern California.  The conservative rural areas are unhappy about the liberal policies and politics imposed on them by the more heavily populated cities in their states.   The Greater Idaho movement wants to expand the boundaries of the State of Idaho to include the rural areas of Oregon and Northern California. In the recent 2020 elections ballot measures supporting Greater Idaho passed in two Oregon counties. Regardless of the wishes of the people, it is unlikely to ever happen.  Recently Smallforest, a private mint in Oregon, released two hand-struck coins for Greater Idaho. Being hand- struck, they vary slightly from coin to coin and may have weak areas in the design.  Both coins are dated 2021.   Both are denominated "500 Gold Uncommon Cents" and feature the famous "End of Pain" image of a man hanging in the gallows.  The design and denomination are sly references to Thomas Paine, who advocated the overthrow of unjust governments.  The design is from a late 19th century satirical British trade token.  The "End of Pain" design was a pun about Thomas Paine, whose book "Common Sense" and his support of the American and French Revolutions made him a very unpopular man in England.  The reverse has a map of Greater Idaho. Two versions of the coin were struck.  Both are about 19mm in diameter.  One is struck in .500 fine gold and weighs about 2 grams.  It has a maximum mintage of only 15 pieces can comes in a case with a hand written, numbered Certificate of Authenticity.   The other version is struck in copper with a silver plug, which has a maximum mintage of only 100 pieces. 
Item IDAHO-GOLD GREATER IDAHO 500 UNCOMMON CENTS 2021 GOLD, UNC. $150.00
Item IDAHO-BIMETAL GREATER IDAHO 500 UNCOMMON CENTS 2021 COPPER/SILVER BIMETAL UNC. $15.00



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


NEW2020 LOFOTEN COIN FEATURES OTTER

Lofoten 200 Kroner coin depicting Otter 2020Lofoten is an archipelago belonging to Norway that is north of the Artic Circle.  It is one of the world's northernmost populated regions.  There is evidence of human habitation going back thousands of years, and for more than a thousand years it has been a major center for cod fisheries.  A Eurasian Otter is featured on this unofficial 200 Kroner coin of Lofoten.  The 40mm, eight-sided silver-plated Proof coin is dated 2020.  The arms of Norway are on the obverse. The attractive coin has a mintage of only 160 pieces.
Item LOFOTEN LOFOTEN 200 KRONER 2020 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



JAMMU & KASHMIR COIN DEPICTS KASHMIR DEER

Jammu & Kashmir 200 Rupees 2020 coin depicts Kashmir DeeerJammu and Kashmir is a disputed region with portions controlled by India, Pakistan and ChinaKashmir  was an independent kingdom until it was conquered by the Mughals in 1586. After India and Pakistan gained independence the region was divided between them with the northern most portion going to China.  Since then the three nations have fought multiple wars over the territory.  Many residents would prefer Kashmir to be an independent nation rather than being divided between the warring parties.   This unofficial 2020 dated silver-plated Proof 200 Rupee coin of Jammu and Kashmir features a Kashmir Stag (also called a hangul) on one side and the arms of Jammu and Kashmir on the other. The coin has a mintage of only 160 pieces.
Item KASHMIR200 JAMMU & KASHMIR 200 RUPEES 2020 PROOF $19.95

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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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ODD SHAPED COIN OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE NORTH SOLOMONS

North Solomons 200 Bou 2020 coinBougainville is a large, mineral rich island controlled by Papau-New Guinea.  Germany claimed the island in the late 19th century and administered it as part of German New Guinea.  It has remained part of New Guinea ever since, though ethnically and geographically it is part of the Solomon Islands group.  There has been an on-going independence movement for Bougainville ever since Papau-New Guinea gained independence in 1975.  The movement wants to establish Bougainville as The Republic of the North Solomons.   In 2019 a referendum was held with over 98% voting for independence.  There has been little progress towards independence since then.  The odd shaped coin depicts the arms of Bougainville, which consists of two armed natives guarding an upe. An upe is a traditional headdress worn by men to symbolize their transition to adulthood.  The other side depicts a bound pair of arms breaking free and the dates of the independence referendum.   This unofficial 200 Bou coin is dated 2020.  The odd-shaped coin is 40x26mm.  The silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of just 160 pieces.
Item NO.SOL NORTH SOLOMONS (BOUGAINVILLE) 200 BOU 2020 PROOF $19.95



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



QUEBEC INDEPENDENCE COIN

Quebec 1 Lys coin (1994) Br.X5var.Quebec 1 Lys rebellions Essai (pattern)
This Quebec 1 Lys coin was minted in 1994 by the Quebec sovereignty movement in preparation for the 1995 referendum on Quebec becoming an independent nation. The referendum was very close, with the pro-independence movement losing by only 25,000 votes.  The 38.2mm nickel-silver coin commemorates the 1837 rebellions in Upper Canada (Ontario) and Lower Canada (Quebec).  The obverse depicts the leaders of the two rebellions: William Mackenzie and Louis-Joseph Papineau.  The reverse illustrates a Fleur-de-Lys which is the national emblem of Quebec. Only 1837 pieces were minted.  20 nickel-silver Essais (patterns) were also minted for some of the leaders of the movement.  The Essais have the same obverse but a different reverse indicating that the piece is a non-negotiable Essai – Pattern.
Item QUEBEC-1LYS QUEBEC 1 LYS (1994) 1837 REBELLIONS Br.X5var. BU out
Item QUEBEC-ESSAI QUEBEC ESSAI (1994) 1837 REBELLIONS BU $55.00




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-X8b.2 BOXERS/CORRECTED REVERSE, Gilt Alloy, PLAIN EDGE Br.X8e.2 (Mintage 100) $29.50
Item TZ-X8e.2 BOXERS/CORRECTED REVERSE, COPPER, PLAIN EDGE Br.X8e.2 (Mintage 100) $29.50
Item TZ-X9a.1 DISCUS/CORRECTED REVERSE, BRASS, REEDED Br.X9a.1 (Mintage 100) $29.50
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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