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MICRO NATION & UNOFFICIAL COINS

Micro-nations, Cinderellas, coins of tradition, unauthorized issues, unofficial issues, unrecognized nations and coins from places that do not even exist.
These are popular with many collectors due to their attractive designs, historical connections and many have very moderate prices in relation to their tiny mintages.

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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



NEWQUEBEC COIN FEATURES HURON INDIANS

Quebec 20 Dollars 2020 coin depicts Huron IndianThis unofficial 2020 dated 20 Dollar coin of Quebec features two men from the Huron tribe holding rifles. The obverse depicts the arms of Quebec. The Hurons originated around the north shore of Lake Ontario.  In the 17th century the tribe was decimated by infectious diseases carried by Europeans and disbursed by a war with the Iroquois. Today the Huron are known as Wyandot with recognized tribal nations based in Quebec and Wyandotte, Oklahoma and unrecognized tribes in Kansas and Michigan.  The eight-sided 40mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 160 pieces
Item QUEBEC20 QUEBEC 20 DOLLARS 2020 PROOF $19.95

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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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CONFEDERATION OF ANTARCTICA Restocked

Confederation of Antarctica tokenThis strange 20mm copper coin was issued by the Confederation of Antarctica in 1976 to celebrate the United States Bicentennial. It is good for 1/100 Troy ounce of silver in 2076. It was struck by the Patrick Mint for a firm in Alaska and has a mintage of just 1000 pieces.
Item ANTARCTIC-CON CONFEDERATION OF ANTARCTICA, 1976 UNC. $4.50




2020 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





KANAKY REPUBLIC COIN FEATURES KAGU BIRD

Kanaky Republic 500 Francs 2020The Kanaky Republic is an independence movement for the French territory of New Caledonia. Kanaks make up about 41% of the the Pacific islands population.  A referendum for full independence was rejected in 2018, and a second referendum was narrowly defeated in October 2020.  A third and final referendum may be held by 2022.   One side of the coin features the multi-color emblem of the Kanaky Republic.  The other side depicts a Kagu bird (Rhynochetos jubatus).  The nearly flightless bird in endimic to New Caledonia and appears on the coins of New Caledonia.  The eight-sided 2020 Kanaky 500 Francs coin is 40mm.  The silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 160 pieces.
Item KANAKY KANAKY REPUBLIC 500 FRANCS 2020 PROOF $19.95



CAMERIA COIN FEATURES SNAKE EAGLE

Cameria 500 Leke 2020Cameria (Chameria) is a region of southern Albania and north-western Greece bordering the Ionian Sea.  The Chams were primarily a Muslim ethnic group.  During the first half of the 20th century most Chams in Greece were expelled, emegrated or assimilated into Greek culture.  The Democratic Foundation of Chameria, a pro=indepenence movement, was founded in 2006 in Hague, Netherlands.  The organization seems to have disappeared in 2019, after the murder of its chair and disputes over the goals of the organization.  The 2020 dated 500 Leke Proof coin depicts a Short-toed snake eagle (Circaetus gallicus) holding a snake in its talons one side. The other side has the arms of Cameria.  The six-sided silver-plated Proof coin is 39mm and has a mintage of only 160 pieces.
Item CAMERIA CAMERIA 500 LEKE 2020 PROOF $19.95





STATE OF JEFFERSON 2021 WALKING SASQUATCH

State of Jefferson silver 25 Jefferson Dollars Walking Sasquatch 2021The State of Jefferson is a proposed new state made up of rural areas of northern California and southern Oregon.  The movement has attracted many conservatives in the area whose opinions and values are overshowed and outvoted by the more liberal cities.  The design of the Jefferson 2021 silver 25 Jefferson Dollars coin is based on the United States Walking Liberty Half Dollar, except that Liberty has been replaced with an image of a walking Sasquatch. It is rumored that Sasquatch, also known as Big Foot, lives in the remote hills of Jefferson.  The reverse features the double cross emblem of The State of Jefferson.   The 32mm coin is hand struck in sterling silver. by the Smallforest mint in Oregon.
Item JEFFERSON21 STATE OF JEFFERSON 25 JEFFERSON DOLLARS SASQUATCH 2021 UNC. $29.50




INDIANS FEATURED ON LOW MINTAGE STATE 20 DOLLAR COINS

Arizona 20 Dollars 2020 coin depicting American IndiansDakota 20 Dollars 2020 coin depicting American IndiansDelaware 20 Dollars 2020 coin depicting American IndiansWyoming 20 Dollars 2020 coin depicting American Indians
Unofficial odd-shaped state 20 Dollar coins featuring American Indians were recently minted by a Russian coin dealer.  The attractive and artistic silver-plated coins have a mintage of only 160 pieces each.   Each coin depicts Native Americans from tribes of that state.  The six-sided 39mm Arizona coin depicts an Elk on  the obverse and Navaho dancer on the reverse.  The Dakota issue is a five-sided, 36mm coin depicting a standing Dakota Indian with a deer in the background.  The obverse depicts the American Eagle emblem from the flag of North Dakota.  The Delaware issue depicts two Indians armed with rifles and a war club on one side and the Delaware coat of arms on the other.  The eight-sided coin is 40mm. The eight-sided 40mm Wyoming coin depicts the state seal on the obverse and two Indians and their horses on the reverse.   All four coins are dated 2020.  The silver-plated Proof coins have a mintage of only 160 pieces each.
Item AZ-20D ARIZONA 20 DOLLARS 2020 PROOF $22.00
Item DAKOTA-20D DAKOTA 20 DOLLARS 2020 PROOF $22.00
Item DE-20D DELAWARE 20 DOLLARS 2020 PROOF $22.00
Item WY-20D WYOMING 20 DOLLARS 2020 PROOF $22.00

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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-PAT87-GOLD ARAUCANIA-PATAGONIA 87 PESOS 2014 GOLD PLATED ERROR DATE PATTERN, MATTE UNC. $85.00
 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



VITEBSK PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC FEATURES LENIN

Vitebsk People's Republic 20 Rubles 2020 coinVitebsk is the northern region of Belarus, bordering Russia, Latvia and Lithuania. Recently Russia has been circulating the idea of creating the Vitebsk People's Republic, which would be a puppet state of Moscow rather than part of Belarus.  Shortly there after an unofficial coin for the Vitebsk People's Republic was issued by a Russian coin dealer.  The 2020 dated 20 Rubles commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Lenin.  One side of the silver-plated Proof coin depicts the bust of Lenin.  The other side depicts the coat of arms in red and gold.   The odd-shaped coin measures 40x30mm and has a mintage of only 140 pieces.
Item VITEBSK VITEBSK PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC 20 RUBLES 2020 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




GOLD & 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. out
Item IDAHO-BIMETAL GREATER IDAHO 500 UNCOMMON CENTS 2021 COPPER/SILVER BIMETAL UNC. $15.00


NEVADA AND UTAH GOLDBACK NOTES


Nevada Goldback notes: 1, 5 & 10 Goldbacks printed on 25 karat gold foilUtah Goldback notes: 1, 5 & 10 Goldbacks printed on 25 karat gold foil
These beautiful Goldback Aurum notes are printed on 24 karat gold!   Each wafer-thin note is coated with a protective plastic coating so it can be circulated, without the gold tearing. They are issued in increments of 1/1000 troy ounce of gold in order to allow for small purchases. The notes are printed on one side only with intricate multi-color allegorical 19th century style designs.  The 1 Goldback contains 1/1000 troy ounce of gold and measures 66x117mm.  5 Goldbacks contains 1/200 troy ounce of gold and is 66x130mm.  10 Goldbacks contains 1/100 troy ounce of gold and is 66x143mm. The 25 Goldbacks contain 1/40 troy ounce of gold.  The privately issued gold notes are intended as a voluntary local currency.  Separate issues were made in 2020 for Nevada and Utah. Each note has its own unique design.   The Nevada notes feature Caritas (charity) on the 1 Goldback, Sophia (wisdom) on the 5 Goldback, and Justia (Justice) on 10 Goldback.  The Utah notes feature Prudentia (prudence) on the 1 Goldback, Veritas (truth) on the 5 Goldback, Justia (justice) on the 10 Goldback and  Victoria (victory) depicted as an early Women’s Suffragette 25 Goldbacks..  They are an attractive and unusual form of currency.
Item NV-GOLD1 ONE 1 NEVADA GOLDBACK NOTE, 2020 (1/1000 troy ounce gold) UNC. $7.00
Item NV-GOLD5 ONE 5 NEVADA GOLDBACKS NOTE, 2020 (1/200 troy ounce gold) UNC. $22.00
Item NV-GOLD10 ONE 10 NEVADA GOLDBACKS NOTE, 2020 (1/100 troy ounce gold) UNC. out

Item UT-GOLD1 ONE 1 UTAH GOLDBACK NOTE, 2020 (1/1000 troy ounce gold) UNC. $8.00
Item UT-GOLD5 ONE 5 UTAH GOLDBACKS NOTE, 2020 (1/200 troy ounce gold) UNC. out
Item UT-GOLD10 ONE 10 UTAH GOLDBACKS NOTE, 2020 (1/100 troy ounce gold) UNC. $45.00




KNIGHTS OF MALTA  COIN SET SAINT POPE JOHN PAUL II

 Order of Malta 5 coin set in folder
The ministry of Saint Pope John Paul II is commemorated in thei 5 coin set issuedby the Sovereign Hospitaler Order of Malta.  The Sovereign Hospitaller Order of Malta is an independent branch of of the Knights of Malta, which traces its origins back to the Eleventh Century when it cared for sick and poor pilgrims to the Holy Land.  The set includes five 24.25mm copper-nickel 1 Lire coins in an attractive red folder. The coins were struck shortly after the Pope's death in 2005.  The designs of the coins depict "Portrait of John Paul II",  "Becoming the Pope", "Insignias of the Pope", "Arrival of the Pope in Poland",  and "Praying at the Wailing Wall".  The reverses feature the arms of the Order, date and denomination.
Item MALTA-POPE ORDER OF MALTA 2005 5 COIN SET, Br.X321-325 UNC. $19.95


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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



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



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



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

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


SCARCE BI-METALLIC COINS OF SAHRAWI   

Saharawi bi-metallic 500 Pesetas Fennec FoxesSaharawi bi-metallic 500 Pesetas Independence commemorativeSaharawi bi-metallic 500 Pesetas 2004 common obverseThe Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, also known as Sahraui, is what used to be the Spanish Sahara or Western Sahara.  In 2004 Saharawi issued two bi-metallic 500 Peseta coins.  One coin features a cute pair of Fennecs, a long eared desert fox that is native to Saharawi. The other commemorates the 28th anniversary of nation’s independence (though in reality it is largely controlled by Morocco) and features a map of the country.  The obverse of both coins features the arms of Saharawi, which includes a pair of rifles.  The coins are 26mm in diameter and have a mintage of only 5000 pieces each.
Item EH-FEN SAHRAWI 500 PESETAS 2004 FENNEC FOXES Br.X51 UNC. $15.00
Item EH-IND SAHRAWI 500 PESETAS 2004 INDEPENDENCE Br.X52 UNC. $15.00

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

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



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 210 pieces.
Item SAIPAN SAIPAN 5 DOLLARS 2019 PROOF $22.00



MODERN COINS OF KURDISTAN Restocked

Kurdistan 1 Dinar coin 2003, Br.X1.2Kurdistan 10 Dinars 2003Kurdistan 5 coin set, 50 - 2500 Dinars 2006

The Kurds are an ethnic group divided between Iraq, Turkey and Syria. Their attempts to establish a Kurdish nation have been repeatedly thwarted by outside powers. In 2003, after the fall of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, overseas Kurdish groups authorized the issuance of coins for what they expected would be their new independent nation.  Because of objections from neighboring Turkey, the United States did not allow the establishment of Kurdistan. Though the Kurds greatly assisted the United States by providing ground forces to fight ISIS in Syria and Iraq, in 2019 the United States again betrayed by withdrawing United States troops and abandoning them to Turkish and Russian forces. 

The 2003 1 Dinar depicts the most famous Kurd of all time: Saladin.  He is depicted on horseback carrying a modern Kurdish flag. Saladin founded the powerful Ayyubid Dynasty in 1169.  His diplomatic skills, backed by well-disciplined army enabled him to gain control of Egypt, Palestine and Syria from Islamic as well as Christian opponents.  Even his opponents admired him for his chivalry, justice and piety. The 27.4mm coin is struck in bronze-plated zinc.

The 2003 10 Dinar depicts a fallow deer.  The 39mm coin is struck in copper-nickel.

A new series was struck in 2006 including 50, 250, 500, 1000 and 2500 Dinars coins.  The brass 50 Dinars pictures a European Grey Heron. The eight-sided copper-nickel 250 Dinars shows a Eurasian Lynx.  The copper-nickel 500 Dinar shows a wild goat.  The 1000 Dinar shows Mustafa Barzani, a charismatic Kurdish leader.   The 2500 Dinar is an unusual square bi-metallic coin with a copper outer ring and a brass inner plug.  It features an oil refinery in Kirkuk. 

The reverses of all the coins depicts the Kurdish emblem featuring the sun rising over three mountains. 
Item KURD1 KURDISTAN 1 DINAR 2003 Br.X1.2 UNC. $7.50
Item KURD10 KURDISTAN 10 DINARS 2003 FALLOW DEER Br.X2.2 UNC. $10.00
Item KURD-SET5 KURDISTAN 5 COIN SET 50-2500 DINARS 2006 UNC. $19.75



MAUI TRADE DOLLARSWholesale prices available to dealers

Maui 2018 Trade Dollar, Humpback whale and Black Rock Cliff DiverMaui 2017 $2 Trade Dollar, Hawaiian OwlMaui 2016 Trade Dollar - Humpback whaleMaui 2015 Trade Dollar features surfer and dolphinMaui 2014 Trade Dollar features TikiMaui 2004 Trade Dollar features turtle and fishMaui 2003 Trade Dollar features Dolphin and SealMaui 1997 Trade Dollar features 3 whalesMaui 1996 Trade Dollar features Parrot
Maui is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Hawaiian Islands.  It is famous for its beach resorts, quaint towns, diverse geography and outdoor activities. Beginning in 1992 Maui Trade Dollar Association began annually issuing a 39mm copper-nickel "Trade Dollar".  The attractive designs featured native wildlife or culture. The coins could be spent at participating Maui merchants during the year in which they were issued.  They quickly became a popular collectible with both tourists and numismatists.  Until 2008 the coin had a face value of 1 Dollar.   The issues from 2008 to 2017 issues had a face value of 2 Dollars.  In 2018 new management took over the Maui Trade Dollar Association, removed face value of the coins and ended up killing what had been a successful program.
  They are beautiful coins from a beautiful island.
Item MAUI18 MAUI 2018 TRADE DOLLAR, WHALE & ROCK DIVER BU $6.00
Item MAUI18x20 ROLL OF 20 MAUI 2018 TRADE DOLLAR COINS, BU $75.00
Item MAUI17 MAUI 2017 TRADE 2 DOLLAR, OWL BU $6.00
Item MAUI17x20 ROLL OF 20 MAUI 2017 TRADE 2 DOLLAR COINS, BU $75.00
Item MAUI16 MAUI 2016 TRADE 2 DOLLAR, HUMPBACK WHALE BU $6.00
Item MAUI15 MAUI 2015 TRADE 2 DOLLAR, SURFER AND DOLPHIN BU $6.00
Item MAUI15x20 ROLL OF 20 MAUI 2015 TRADE 2 DOLLAR  BU $75.00
Item MAUI14 MAUI 2014 TRADE 2 DOLLAR, TIKI BU $6.00
Item MAUI14x20 ROLL OF 20 MAUI 2014 TRADE 2 DOLLAR COINS, BU $75.00
NEW Item MAUI04 MAUI 2004 TRADE DOLLAR, TURTLE & FISH UNC. $6.00
NEW Item MAUI03 MAUI 2003 TRADE DOLLAR, DOLPHIN & SEAL UNC. $6.00
NEWItem MAUI97 MAUI 1997 TRADE DOLLAR, 3 WHALES UNC. $6.00
NEWItem MAUI96 MAUI 1996 TRADE DOLLAR, PARROTT UNC. $6.00



SEALAND HONORS KILLER WHALES 

Sealand Half Dollar coin 1994 Br.X8.1Sealand Dollar coin 1994 Br.X9

You may have some difficulty finding Sealand on the map. That is because it is a self-declared nation located on an abandoned 10,000 square foot W.W.II era radar platform approximately 6 miles off the coast of England. Sealand was founded in 1967 when Prince Roy occupied the platform, declared it a sovereign nation, and set up a pirate radio station. Though the British government tried to shut down the operation, the British courts held that Sealand was located in international waters and beyond the government's jurisdiction, so he was free to operate his own "nation". In 1978 the "country" was invaded and occupied by a German businessman over a contract dispute, however it was soon retaken by force under the leadership of Prince Roy.  Prince Roy died in 2012 and the throne of Sealand passed onto his son Michael, who resides in England, while a caretaker lives on the platform.  Currently Sealand's main source of income is from the sales of souvenirs and royal titles.  In recent years amateur athletes have represented Sealand in unconventional or minor athletic events.  In 1994 Sealand issued coins, all having similar designs. The Sealand Coat of Arms, date and denomination is on the obverse.  An Orca, also known as a Killer Whale, is on the reverse.  We offervtwo of these 1994 coins from this tiny nation:  The Brilliant Uncirculated 39mm copper-nickel half dollar and the Proof 39mm 1 troy ounce .999 fine silver 1 Dollar.  They are  attractive coins from a rather interesting "nation".
Item SEALAND50C SEALAND COPPER-NICKEL HALF DOLLAR 1994 UNC. Br.X8.1 $19.75
Item SEALAND$ SEALAND SILVER DOLLAR 1994 PROOF Br.X9 $59.75


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




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

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HELGOLAND COIN 

Helgoland 20 Mark 2017Helgoland, also known as Heligoland, is a small island off the north-west coast of Germany.  It has been inhabited since pre-historic times. Denmark controlled it from 1714 until 1807, when Great Britain gained control over it during the Napoleonic Wars.  It then became a center for spying and smuggling against France.  Though Britain originally planned to use it as a naval base, the Royal Navy decide to it was too exposed and too expensive to use as such.  Instead it was turned into an upscale tourist resort.  In 1890 Britain gave the island to Germany in exchange for the Germans allowing Britain to gain control of the independent nation of Zanzibar Africa.  Less than 3 weeks before the surrender of Germany in World War II the British dropped 7000 bombs on the small island, annihilating almost everything and forcing the evacuation of the island.  Britain again took possession of the island after the war and used it as a bombing range.  In 1947 the British attempted to destroy the island by blowing up some 4000 tons of surplus World War II ammunition and bombs in what was known as the "British Bang".  It was one of the biggest non-nuclear detonations in history.  The island survived.  In 1952 the island was returned to Germany and the former inhabitants were allowed to return to what was left.  Today Helgoland is again a tourist resort.  One side of this unofficial 2017 eight-sided 20 Mark coin depicts the island and its coat-of-arms.  The other side pictures a pair of Northern Gannet birds (Morus bassanus).  The birds will travel for 500 to 1000 miles (800 to 1600km) but each year will return to the same breeding grounds to find their same mate.  The silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of just 200 pieces. 
Item HELGOLAND HELGOLAND 20 MARK COIN 2017, PROOF $24.00





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 1989 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



AMSTERDAM 700th ANNIVERSARY FLORIN

Amsterdam (Mokum) 700th Anniversary Florin 1975This 1 Florin token was issued in 1975 as part of Amsterdam's 700th Anniversary celebration.  . Amsterdam started as a fishing village around a dam in the Amstel river at the end of the 12th century.  One side of the 22mm copper-nickel token features the city's coat-of-arms.  The other has the legends "1275 1975 // MOKUM // 700 // FLORIJN" and the three crosses from city's arms. Mokum is a slang name for Amsterdam. 
Item AMSTERDAM AMSTERDAM FLORIN 1975 UNC. $3.00


RARE ODD DENOMINATION ARAUCANIA-PATAGONIA0 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-PAT87-GOLD ARAUCANIA-PATAGONIA 87 PESOS 2014 GOLD PLATED ERROR DATE PATTERN, MATTE UNC. $85.00
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



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



COIN OF MIDDLE EARTH - THE MOURIA AXE OF DURIN

Mouria copper Axe of DurinThis copper coin is based on the fictional works of J. R. R. Tolkien, author of THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE HOBBIT. The Great Halls and Mines of Mouria were built by Durin (Duriun), leader of the Dwarves, late in the First Age.  This large copper coin bears the dour and bearded profile of Durin himself on the obverse, along with the Dwarfish Angerthaus inscription "Durin Turgul Khauzaddhum" which translates as "Duruin Lord of Mouria". On reverse below the double-bitted axe blade are the letters "BK" which are thought to represent "Bauruk Khauzad", meaning "Axes of the Dwarves".  These coins would have been small change to the Dwarves... possibly enough to buy a half-pint of ale.  The coin weighs about 9 grams of pure copper, and is struck on a "button blank" meaning that it is not punched from sheet metal, but rather cold-forged with a 50 ton hammer from a small thick metal button. The result is a slightly off-round but thoroughly antique look.  It has a mintage of 2000 pieces.
Item Item DURIN MOURIA COPPER AXE OF DURIN (Br.X1) $8.00



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


BI-METALLIC COIN FROM THE STATE OF NUMISMA

Numisma b-metallic 50 Numismaru 2015, ProofThe State of Numisma is a micro-nation created by Russian coin dealer Vladimir Startsev.  Numisma recently issued this 2015 dated bi-metallic 50 Numismaru to commemorate his and his wife’s 50th birthdays.  An outline of their conjoined busts is on the obverse of the coin.  The reverse has a map of the world, the Moscow Mint mintmark and the inscriptions "STATE OF NUMISMA" and  "UNUSUAL AS ORDINARY".  The 27mm coin is Proof and comes in a capsule. Only 200 pieces were struck.
Item NUMISMA NUMISMA 50 NUMISMARU, 2015 PROOF $25.00


THE AMERICAN SILVER 5 DIRHAM

SILVER 5 AMERICAN DIRHAM COINThe American silver 5 Dirham is modern hard currency token based on ancient Islamic standards.  In the late 7th century Umayyad Caliph set standard for 1 silver Dirham to be the the weight of 50 grains of barley.  Recently various Islamic organizations have attempted to revive this ancient standard for a modern precious metal based currency.  An Islamic organization in the United States recently issued a 5 Dirham coin based on the ancient standard.  The coin 30mm is struck in .999 fine silver and contains 14.875 grams of silver.  One side depicts the Kaaba and Masjid Al-Haram in Mecca.  The other has a design that features stars and stripes and the words Peace in Hebrew, Arabic and English,  The coin is dated 1436AH, which corresponds to 2014-2015AD. The coin was struck in the United States for distribution to Muslims throughout the world.  It is an unusual American coin struck to an ancient and international standard.
Item US-5DIRHAM AMERICAN SILVER 5 DIRHAM, AH1436 (2014AD)  BU $29.75



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 1/2 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


BERMANIA TICKLE TOKEN

Bermania Tickle TokenBermania is a fantasy kingdom created by coin dealer Allen G. Berman. Its latest numismatic item is the Tickle Token.  It is modeled after the medieval English Touch Pieces. In the 17th Century English Kings would bless sufferers of scrofula by touching them with coins.  The touch coins were modeled after the gold Angel: one side featured the Archangel Michael and a ship was on the other.  Each piece was personally bestowed by the monarch.  Word of this got around to Bermania, where it was believed that a tickle by the king would cure glumness.  These tokens were sold those seeking admission to the Royal Tickle Ceremony of King Placebus I of Bermania.  One side pictures an angel tickling a dragon with a giant feather. The other depicts the Bermanian Pirate ship Soggy Bear.  The 27mm copper token is Brilliant Uncirculated.  Even if you don’t get tickled, it is good for a laugh.
Item BERM-TICKLE BERMANIA TICKLE TOKEN, 2014, BU $7.50



2014 CRIMEA COIN SET

Crimean coin set: 5, 10, 25 and 100 Rubles. Includes bi-metallicsback of Crimean 2014 coins
The recent conflict between Ukraine and Russia over control of Crimea goes back many years.  In 1783 Catherine the Great made Crimea part of the Russian Empire.  During the Russian civil war the region declared independence and passed between Bolshevik and White Government forces several times, accompanied by a massive slaughter of civilians.  In 1921 it was made an autonomous republic within Russia.  Greeks, Armenians and Bulgarians living in Crimea were forced to leave.   During World War II the area came under German control and the sizeable Jewish population was annihilated.  After the Soviets regained control the entire population of Crimean Tatars, who had at one time made up a majority of the region, were forcibly deported.  Russian families were settled in Crimea to replace them.  In 1954 Crimea was transferred from Russia to Ukraine.  At the time it made little difference, since both were part of the Soviet Union.   After the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 Crimea became part of Ukraine.  Russia found its Black Sea fleet and other military installations now located in independent Ukraine rather on its own soil.  A majority of the population of Crimea is Russian, as most other ethnic groups had been “cleansed” from the area.   In February 2014 pro-Russian forces, supported by Moscow, took control over Crimea. A quickly called referendum was held on March 16, with a vast majority voting to join Russia.  On March 17 the newly created Crimean parliament declared independence from Ukraine, and on the following day, Crimea officially became part of Russia.  The transfer has not been widely recognized.   This unofficial four coin set of Crimea includes the 5, 10, 25 and 100 Rubles.  The 25 and 100 Rubles are bi-metallic.  The designs of the 5 and 25 Rubles feature voting, while the 10 and 100 Rubles depict a fist.  The reverse of the all the coins feature the Arms of Crimea. 
CRIMEA CRIMEA 2014 5, 10, 25 & 100 RUBLES, UNC. $39.75



ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS COIN SET  Wholesale prices available to dealers

Andaman and Nicobar Islands 2011 coin set
Native wildlife is featured on this set of seven unofficial 2011 dated coins from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The territory, located in the Indian Ocean, consists of 572 islands, of which just 38 are permanently inhabited. Denmark, Austria and Britain all attempted to colonize the islands. Britain eventually turned it into a penal colony. Japan occupied it in World War II. They are now a Union Territory of India. Over the years the indigenous inhabitants have been almost completely wiped out by disease, land encroachments and punitive military expeditions. Most of the few hundred that remain maintain a steadfast independence, refusing all outside contact. The bi-metallic 20 Rupees pictures a Nautilus. The bi-metallic 10 Rupees depicts a Dugong. An Indian Wild Boar is on the 5 Rupees. A Coconut Crab is shown on the 2 Rupees. The 1 Rupee has a Kuhl’s Flying Gecko. A Stork-billed Kingfisher is on the 50 Paisa and the Anadman clubtail butterfly is on the 25 Paise. The arms of the islands is on the obverse of each coin. Only 10,000 sets were minted.
Item ANDSET ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 7 COIN SET, 2011 UNC. $29.50

INDIVIDUAL COINS FROM THE ABOVE ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR COIN SET:
Item AND20R ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 20 RUPEE NAUTILUS BIMETALLIC, 2011 UNC. $12.00
Item AND10R ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 10 RUPEE DUGONG BIMETALLIC, 2011 UNC. $10.00
Item AND5R ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 5 RUPEE WILD BOAR, 2011 UNC. $5.00
Item AND2R ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 2 RUPEE COCONUT CRAB, 2011 UNC. $4.50
Item AND1R ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 1 RUPEE FLYING GECKO, 2011 UNC. $4.00
Item AND50P ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 50 PAISA KINGFISHER, 2011 UNC. $3.00
Item AND25P ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 25 PAISA BUTTERFLY, 2011 UNC. $3.00





2011 FAROE ISLANDS COINS Wholesale prices available to dealers

Faeroe Islands 25 Oyru - 50 Kronur 2011, depecting native fish, birds and animals.Obverse of the 2011 Faeroe Island coins depicts the islands coat-of-arms
These 2011 dated unofficial pattern coins picturing native wildlife are the first issues for the Faroe Islands in 70 years!  The Faroe Islands (also spelled Faeroe,  Faoroe, Føroyar or Færøerne) is a self-governing Danish possession in the North Atlantic between Scotland and Iceland.   The 8 coin set includes a 35mm tri-metallic 50 Kronur featuring a Ram's head.  The 27mm aluminum-bronze 20 Kronur features a Gray Seal.   The 23mm 10 Kronur pictures a Twait Shad fish.  A Eurasian Oystercatcher bird is onthe 28.5mm cupro-nickel 5 Kronur. The 24.5mm cupro-nickel 2 Kronur shows a Black Guillemot in flight. An Atlantic Puffin is on the 20mm cupro-nickel 1 Krona.   A Faroes or Shetland Sheep Dog is on the 21.5mm copper-plated zinc 50 Oyru. The 17.5mm copper-plated zinc 25 Oyru pictures a Common Shore Crab. The obverse of each of the coins features the Faroe arms which depict a Ram.  Only 10,000 sets of these attractive pattern coins were issued.
Item FO-SET8 FAROE 8 COIN SET 25 OYRU - 50 KRONUR, 2011 UNC. $29.95
INDIVIDUAL COINS FROM THE ABOVE FAROE SET
Item FO-50KR FAROE 50 KRONUR 2011 RAM'S HEAD TRIMETALLIC UNC. $14.50
Item FO-20KR FAROE 20 KRONUR 2011 GRAY SEAL UNC. $8.00
Item FO-10KR FAROE 10 KRONUR 2011 SHAD UNC. $6.00
Item FO-5KR FAROE 5 KRONUR 2011 OYSTERCATCHER UNC. $6.00
Item FO-2KR FAROE 2 KRONER 2011 GUILLEMOT UNC. $5.00
Item FO-1KR FAROE 1 KRONA 2011 PUFFIN UNC. $4.50
Item FO-50-OYRU FAROE 50 OYRU 2011 SHEEP DOG UNC. $4.00
Item FO-25-OYRU FAROE 25 OYRU 2011 CRAB UNC. $3.50




2012 MICRONESIA COIN SET FEATURES WILDLIFE & BI-METALLICS Wholesale prices available to dealers

Micronesia coin set
The Federated States of Micronesia is an independent nation consisting of over 600 islands spread out over 1,000,000 square miles (2,600,000 square kilometers) of the Pacific Ocean. The area was claimed by Spain, sold to Germany in 1889, conquered by Japan in World War I, taken by the United States in World War II, and finally became fully independent in 1986. It uses United States dollar as its currency. This unofficial 2012 eight coin set includes the 1 Cent to the 5 Dollar. The obverse of each coin features the national seal. The word “TRIAL” is located at the top of the seal, indicating that they are trial coins rather than legal tender issues. The bi-metallic 5 Dollar coin pictures the Pygmy Killer Whale. The bi-metallic 2 Dollar coin depicts the Long-beaked Common Dolphin. A Manta Ray is on the 1 Dollar. Shells and a 19th Century proa from the island of Satawal is on the 50 Cents. A proa is an outrigger sailing boat. The 25 Cents features a Yellowfin Tuna. A Rufous Night Heron is on the dime. The 5 Cents pictures a Moorish Idol fish. A Chuuk Flying Fox Bat is on the 1 Cent. The coins were struck by Osborne Coinage in Cincinnati, Ohio. Only 10,000 sets were minted. It is an attractive, low mintage, set.
Item FM-SET8 MICRONESIA 8 COIN SET: 1 CENT – 5 DOLLARS, 2012 UNC. $29.75
INDIVIDUAL MICRONESIA COINS FROM ABOVE SET:
Item FM-5D MICRONESIA 5 DOLLARS 2012 PYGMY KILLER WHALE, BIMETAL, UNC. $9.00
Item FM-2D MICRONESIA 2 DOLLARS 2012 DOLPHIN, BIMETAL, UNC. $8.00
Item FM-1D MICRONESIA 1 DOLLAR 2012 MANTA RAY UNC. $5.00
Item FM-50c MICRONESIA HALF DOLLAR 2012 BOAT & SHELLS UNC. $5.00
Item FM-25c MICRONESIA QUARTER DOLLAR 2012 TUNA UNC. $4.50
Item FM-10c MICRONESIA DIME 2012 HERON UNC. $4.00
Item FM-5c MICRONESIA 5 CENTS 2012 MOORISH IDOL UNC. $3.50
Item FM-1c MICRONESIA 1 CENT 2012 FLYING FOX UNC. $3.00

WHERE IS PURPLE SHAFTIEULAND?

Set of 5 aluminum coins from Purple Shaftieuland
You won't find Purple Shaftieuland in any atlas. The Purple Shaftieuland coins were created by coin dealer Bob Kolasa in 1970 as a spoof on foreign aid and the numerous coin sets being issued by obscure nations. The set of 5 coins includes a 16mm 1 Nudge, a 22mm 1 Twist, and 38mm 1/4, 1/2 and a Full Shaft. The coins were struck in both “brilliant brass” and “genuine unanodized aluminum” and come with a politically incorrect “brochure”. The coins are Uncirculated, though may show some minor spotting from sitting in storage since 1970. It is an interesting and fun fantasy issue.
Item PURPLE-BRSET SET OF 5 BRASS PURPLE SHAFTIEULAND COINS, 1970 UNC.-spots $35.00
Item PURPLE-ALSET SET OF 5 ALUMINUM PURPLE SHAFTIEULAND COINS, 1970 UNC. $25.00
Item PURPLE-1 PURPLE SHAFTIEULAND ALUMINUM COIN, Joel's choice UNC. $5.00


2011 FRENCH TERRITORIAL COINS FOR ANTARCTICA Wholesale prices available to dealers

French Territorial coins for Antartica Posessions: Adelie Land, Crozet Island, French Antarctic, Kerguelen Isnand, Amstardam & St. Paul Islands.Common reverses for French Territorial coins for Antarctica
These unofficial coins were issued for France’s minor, and largely uninhabited territories near Antarctica. The territories arms appear on the obverse of each coin and the coins share a common reverse. The 30mm brass 100 Franc coins feature an albatross in flight. The 24mm bi-metallic 200 Francs depicts a mother and father penguin looking at their chick. The 28.5mm bi-metallic 500 Francs pictures two Sperm Whales (Cachalot in French). Adelie Land is the French claim of a slice of the Antarctic continent, which is not internationally recognized. The arms feature a crowned penguin. The Crozet Islands are a group of desolate, wet and windy islands in the Southern Indian Ocean that belong to France. It rains about 300 days a year and has winds over 60 mph (100 km/h) 100 days a year. Its only inhabitants are based at a research station. It is the site of many shipwrecks. In 1887 a shipwrecked crew attached a note to an albatross, which was found seven months later in later in Fremantle, Australia. Unfortunately by the time a rescue ship arrived the crew had perished. The arms of Crozet Islands depict a pig and half of a ship's wheel. Pigs had been introduced to provide food for stranded sailors, but have now been exterminated in an attempt to restore the original ecosystem. French Antarctic Territory is administrative grouping for all of these tiny French territories. The arms depict an iceberg. The Kereguelen Islands, also known as the Desolation Islands are the home to 50 to 100 scientists and researchers and a staff that runs a satellite tracking station. It arms depict an unusual native plant. Amsterdam Island and St. Paul Island are volcanic islands in the Southern Indian Ocean. The coat-of-arms features a spiny lobster. In 1928 a French established a lobster cannery on St. Paul. When the company went bankrupt in 1931, seven of its employees were stranded on the island. Five died, and the only two survivors were finally rescued in 1934. All the coins are dated 2011 and are Uncirculated.
Item ADELIE-100F ADELIE LAND 100 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $17.00
Item ADELIE-200F ADELIE LAND 200 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $22.00
Item ADELIE-500F ADELIE LAND 500 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $24.00
Item ADELIE-SET SET OF ABOVE ADELIE LAND COINS: 100, 200 & 500 FRANCS 2011, UNC. $55.00
Item CROZET-100F CROZET ISLANDS 100 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $17.00
Item CROZET-200F CROZET ISLANDS 200 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $22.00
Item CROZET-500F CROZET ISLANDS 500 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $24.00
Item CROZET-SET SET OF ABOVE CROZET IS. COINS: 100, 200 & 500 FRANCS 2011, UNC. $55.00
Item FR-ANT-100F FRENCH ANTARCTICA 100 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $17.00
Item KERGUELEN-100F KERGUELEN ISLANDS 100 FRANCS 2011 UNC. out
Item KERGUELEN-200F KERGUELEN ISLANDS 200 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $22.00
Item KERGUELEN-500F KERGUELEN ISLANDS 500 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $24.00
Item ST.PAUL-100F AMSTERDAM IS. & ST. PAUL IS. 100 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $17.00

COINS OF BASSAS DA INDIA FEATURES FRENCH SAILING SHIPS

Bassas da India 100 Franc coin, 2012 pictures sailing ship La CouronneBassas da India 200 Francs 2012 pictures sailing ship Le Soleil Royal (1669)Bassas da India 500 Francs 2012 depicts sailing shiip Formidable
Bassas da India is an uninhabited atoll about halfway between Madagascar and Mozambique. It is a French possession that is also claimed by Madagascar. The island is the site of numerous shipwrecks and is popular with divers. It recently issued three 2012 dated coins, each featuring a famous French warship. The 30mm brass 100 Francs depicts the galleon La Couronne on the other. La Couronne was France’s first Man of War. The ship, built for Cardinal Richelieu in 1636, carried 68 heavy cannons. The 22mm bi-metallic 200 Franc features the frigate Le Soleil Royal (The Royal Sun). Launched in 1669, the 104 gun ship was a powerful and beautifully decorated vessel was a symbol of the power of Louis XIV. The ship was destroyed by a joint British and Dutch force in 1692. The 28.5mm bi-metallic 500 Francs pictures the battleship Formidable. Launched in 1751, the ship took part in the Canadian campaign of 1755. She was captured by the British in 1759 in the Battle of Quiberon Bay, off the coast of France and became the HMS Formidable in the Royal Navy. In 1768 she was dismantled. The reverse of the coins picture the arms of the island which feature two dolphins and a seahorse. All three coins are Uncirculated.
Item BAS-INDIA-100F BASSAS DA INDIA 100 FRANCS 2012 UNC. out
Item BAS-INDIA-200F BASSAS DA INDIA 200 FRANCS 2012 UNC. $22.00
Item BAS-INDIA-500F BASSAS DA INDIA 500 FRANCS 2012 UNC. $24.00


FIRST COINS FROM CLIPPERTON ISLAND INCLUDES BIMETALLICS 

Clipperton Island 100 Francs 2011Clipperton Island bimetal 200 Francs 2011Clipperton Island bimetel 500 Franc coin
Clipperton Island is an uninhabited French territory in the Pacific. It was named after John Clipperton, an English Pirate who used it as a base for attacking Spanish shipping during the 18th Century. Over the years the atoll has been claimed by the United States, Mexico and France. In 1909 arbitration of the competing claims to island between France and Mexico was given to Italian King Victor Emmanuel III. In an attempt to boost its claim to the Island, Mexico settled some 100 men, women and children on the island by 1914. The Mexican Revolution prevented supply ships from visiting the island. The governor of the island turned down an attempt to evacuate, and soon its inhabitants were dying of disease and starvation, which then degenerated into an orgy of rapes and murders. The last surviving inhabitants’ four women and seven children were rescued in by the U.S. Navy in 1917. In 1931 Victor Emmanuel finally decided to award the island to France, some 22 years after he was given the case. It was of the longest international arbitrations in history! During World War II, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt visited the island twice to see about setting up an American base. This 2011 dated 100 Francs is the first coin issue for Clipperton Islands. The 30mm aluminum-bronze coin pictures the island on one side, and a picture of the Conus Ebareus (Black and White cone) shell on the other. Bimetallic 100 and 500 Francs coins were released a short time later. The 24mm bi-metallic 200 Francs depicts an Epinephelus Clippertonensis, a recently discovered species of fish found only in the Clipperton Lagoon.   The 28mm bi-metallic 500 Francs pictures the Holacanthus Limbaughi, also known as the Clipperton Angelfish, which is also only found in the Lagoon. A map of the island on the obverse of both coins.
Item CLIPPERTON-100F CLIPPERTON ISLAND 100 FRANCS 2011 UNC.  out
Item CLIPPERTON-200F CLIPPERTON ISLAND 200 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $22.00
Item CLIPPERTON-500F CLIPPERTON ISLAND 500 FRANCS 2011 UNC. $24.00


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

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


THE EMPIRE OF ATLANTIUM Wholesale prices available to dealers

Atlantium 10 SoldiAtlantium 30 Soldi (2011)
You may not recall seeing The Empire of Atlantium on your world map That is because it is a self-declared nation that consists of only 61 square meters located in South Sydney, Australia, though claims to have citizens throughout the world. The 61 square meters of territory also doubles as the apartment of one of its founders and its Emperor, George II, more commonly known as George Cruickshank. Atlantium uses an unusual dating system, called the Annus Novus Decimal Calendar, that starts at the end of the last Ice Age. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of its founding, the Empire of Atlantium issued a 38mm, gold-plated 10 Soldi coin struck in very high relief. One side pictures Emperor George II, the other pictures an Eagle from the Imperial Arms. The coin is dated 10520 (2001AD) in the Annus Novus Decimal Calendar and has a mintage of only 511 pieces. In 2011 a bi-metallic 30 Soldi coin was issued to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Atlantium. The high relief 38mm cupronickel coin is partially plated in 9 carat gold. The obverse pictures Emperor George II, highlighted in gold, while the reverse shows a stunning Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax) highlighted in gold. It has a mintage of just 250 pieces.
Item ATLANTIUM-10S ATLANTIUM 10 SOLDI (2001) BU $25.00
Item ATLANTIUM-30S ATLANTIUM 30 SOLDI (2011) BU $40.00


2011 LUNDY COIN SET FEATURES PUFFINS Wholesale prices available to dealers

Lundy 1 Puffin, 2011Lundy 6 Puffins, 4 Puffins, 2 Puffins, 1 Puffin and 1/2 Puffin
The coins of Lundy have been long been popular with collectors. Lundy is a small island off the coast of England, inhabited by about 30 residents as well as puffins and numerous other birds. It has been inhabited since Neolithic times by various groups including Vikings, the Knights Templar, a Sheriff who used the island to house convicts that he was supposed to deport to Virginia, and numerous pirates, including Barbary Pirates from North Africa. Today it is owned by the National Trust for the British people and is a popular destination for tourists. It is considered to be one of Britain’s greatest natural wonders. The island was purchased in 1924 by British merchant Martin Coles Harman, who proclaimed himself "king" of the island. He issued postage stamps, and in 1929 issued two coins, a bronze 1/2 Puffin and 1 Puffin, which were equivalent to the British 1/2 Penny and Penny. The coins had limited circulation on the island and were often brought home by tourists as a souvenir. The issue probably would have been forgotten if the British government had not brought Mr. Harman into court in 1930 for the "unauthorized minting of money". He was eventually fined £5 plus court costs, and the coins became an instant hit with collectors. In 1965 a second issue of the coins was made. The coins had the same designs but were struck in different metals and dated 1965. The British government wisely chose to ignore the coins. In 2011 a series of five Lundy coins was released. All the coins bear the portrait of Martin Coles Harman as it appeared on the earlier Lundy issues. Like the 1929 issues, the 1/2 Puffin portrays the head of a puffin on the reverse and the 1 Puffin portrays puffin standing on a rock. Both are struck in copper-plated zinc. The brass 2 Puffins pictures two puffins in flight. The brass 4 Puffins depicts four puffins flying around the Old Light House which was built in 1787. The 38mm copper-nickel-zinc 6 Puffins pictures six puffins flying over the Marisco Castle, which was built by Henry III. Like the original 1929 issues, the 2011 1/2, 1, 2 and 4 Puffins bear the edge inscription "Lundy Lights and Leads", which is a reference to the islands two lighthouses. They are attractive coins from a tiny but beautiful and historic island.
Item LUNDY LUNDY 5 COIN SET 1/2 - 6 PUFFINS, 2011 BU $27.50

INDIVIDUAL COINS FROM THE ABOVE SET:
Item LUNDY-1/2P LUNDY 1/2 PUFFIN 2011 BU $4.00
Item LUNDY-1P LUNDY 1 PUFFIN 2011 BU $5.00
Item LUNDY-2P LUNDY 2 PUFFINS 2011 BU $6.00
Item LUNDY-4P LUNDY 4 PUFFINS 2011 BU $7.00
Item LUNDY-6P LUNDY 6 PUFFINS 2011 BU $13.00


BI-METALLIC EURO COIN FROM THE FLEMISH REPUBLIC 

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


TRI-METALLIC COINS OF THE ARCTIC TERRITORIES FEATURE POLAR BEAR 

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

TRI-METALLIC COIN OF ANTARCTIC TERRITORIES HONORS POPE JOHN PAUL II 

Antarctic Territories 10 Dollar coin commemorates the beatification of Pope John Paul IIThe beatification of Pope John Paul II on May 1, 2011 is commemorated on this 2011 tri-metallic 10 Dollar coin issued for the Antarctic Territories. One side of the 27mm coin pictures the Pope. The other side shows a map of Antarctica. There is a certain irony in a coin being issued honoring the Pope by the only continent that the Pope never visited.
Item ANTARCTIC-POPE ANTARCTIC TERRITORIES TRI-METALLIC 10 DOLLARS 2011 UNC. $29.50



TRI-METALLIC COIN OF MARIE BYRD LAND HONORS POPE JOHN PAUL II 

10 Dollar coin of Marie Byrd Land commemorates beatification of Pope John Paul IIBecause of its remoteness in Antarctica, most of Marie Byrd Land has not been claimed by any sovereign nation, though it has been claimed by various micro-nations such as Westarctica. It was named by explorer Admiral Richard E. Byrd in 1929 after his wife. I am sure she deserved it for putting up with his numerous explorations and adventures. In 2011 a trimetallic 10 Dollar was issued for this remote area. One side of the 27mm coin pictures Pope John Paul II and commemorates his beatification on May 1, 2011 The other side shows a map of the territory and a penguin.
Item BYRD MARIE BYRD LAND TRI-METALLIC 10 DOLLARS 2011 UNC. $29.50



TRIBAL COINS OF GHANA 

Edoula Tribe 1 Edo coinManyaala Tribe 2 Ebo coin 2008Naajeri Tribe 1 Eche coin 2008
This fascinating series of coins has been issued by a firm in Spain. High relief coins are being issued for many of the traditional kingdoms and tribes of Ghana. The Kings or Chiefs of the Kingdoms or Tribes have authorized each of the issues. The coins are not intended to circulated, but rather to be sold to raise funds for projects that benefit the Kingdoms and Tribes. The coin have a mintage of only 1000 pieces each. The King or Chief appears on the one side of the coins and items of significance to the tribe, the name of the tribe and the denomination appear on the other. The brass Eduola issue is denominated 1 Edo and features a traditional spear and shield.  The bronze Manyaala Tribe 2 Ebo features a bow and arrow.  A traditional drum is on the bronze 1 Eche coin of the Naajeri Tribe. The coins are all 38mm in diameter, are dated 2008 and are Uncirculated with a matte finish.
Item EDOULA EDOULA BRASS 1 EDO 2008 UNC. $19.95
Item MANYAALA MANYAALA BRONZE 2 EBO 2008 UNC. $19.95
Item NAAJERI NAAJERI BRONZE 1 ECHE 2008 UNC $19.95


FIRST MODERN COINS OF DARFUR FEATURE AFRICAN WILDLIFE

Darfur 2008 seven coin set featurs African wildlifeCommon obverse of Darfur 2008 coin set
The Sultanate of Darfur recently released an attractive set of seven coins that include a bi-metallic, unusual shapes and feature African wildlife. The non-circulating coins are the first modern coins for the embattled sultanate that is engaged tragic war in an attempt to regain independence from Sudan. The Bi-metallic 500 Dinars features the Nile crocodile. The eight-sided 250 Dinars pictures an African elephant. The square 100 Dinars has a leopard. The scalloped edged 50 Dinars shows a hartebeest. The 25 Dinars pictures a camel. An African civet is on the 10 Dinars, and an African wild dog is on the 5 Dinars. All coins are dated 2008 and have an Arabic inscription on the obverse.   Some coins have spots, so we grade them AU-UNC.
Item DARFUR DARFUR 7 COIN SET: 5 - 500 DINARS, 2008 AU-UNC. OUT

INDIVIDUAL DARFUR COINS FROM THE ABOVE SET:

Item DAR-5D DARFUR 5 DINARS, AFRICAN WILD DOG AU-UNC. OUT
Item DAR-10D DARFUR 10 DINARS, CIVET, AU-UNC $3.00
Item DAR-25D DARFUR 25 DINARS, CAMEL, AU-UNC $4.50
Item DAR-50D DARFUR 50 DINARS, HARTEBEEST, SCALLOPPED EDGE AU-UNC $6.00
Item DAR-100D DARFUR 100 DINARS, LEOPARD, SQUARE, UNC. $6.50
Item DAR-250D DARFUR 250 DINARS, ELEPHANT, 8-SIDED, UNC. $7.50
Item DAR-500D DARFUR 500 DINARS, CROCODILE, BI-METALLIC, UNC. $9.00


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