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MICRO NATIONS

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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NEWJAN MAYEN COIN FEATURES ARTIC FOX AND POLAR BEAR

Jan Mayen Island 200 Kroner coin depicts Artic Fox and Polar BearJan Mayen is a volcanic island in the North Atlantic belonging to Norway. After Germany invaded Norway in 1940, the four Norwegian inhabitants of the island sent weather reports to London. An attempt to send reinforcements to the island failed when the ship ran aground.  The ship-wrecked crew and the four Norwegians were rescued by the British and the island was temporarily abandoned.  The Germans then attempted to land on the island and set up a weather station, but their ship crashed on the rocks and the crew captured by a British destroyer. In the spring of 1941 twelve Norwegian weathermen landed on the island.  Germans planes attempted to bomb and strafe the weather station, but did little damage. In 1942 a German bomber smashed into a mountain, killing all nine crew members.  In 1943 the Americans established a radio locating station on the island. Today the island's only inhabitants are personnel from the Norwegian Armed Forces and Norwegian Metrological Institute.  This unofficial 2019 200 Kroner of Jan Mayen depicts an Artic Fox and a Polar Bear on one side and the arms of Norway and a compass rose on the other.  The eight-sided, 40mm silver plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item MAYEN JAN MAYEN 200 KRONER 2019 PROOF $22.00




NEWMINAMI-TORI-SHIMA COIN DEPICTS JAPANESE EMPEROR NARUHITO

Minami-Tori-Shima 1000 Yen coin 2019Minami-Tori-Shima, also known as Marcus Island, is a tiny isolated coral atoll belonging to Japan in the Pacific Ocean, located some 1148 miles (1848km) southeast of Tokyo.  It has no civilian inhabitants.  Its importance is that it enables Japan to claim a 165,590 square mile (428,875 sq.km). Exclusive Economic Zone in the surrounding waters, including potentially valuable rare earth mineral deposits beneath the ocean floor. This unofficial 2019 dated 1000 Yen coin of Minami-Tori-Shima depicts Japan's new Emperor Naruhito and the Imperial Palace on one side and the Imperial Chrysanthemum Seal of Japan on the other. The six-sided silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of just 150 pieces.
Item MINAMI MINAMI-TORI-SHIMA 1000 YEN 2019 PROOF $19.95



NEWSWAINS ISLAND COIN FEATURES DEADLY MERMAID & SAILING SHIP

Swains Island 2019 5 Tala coinSwains Island is a privately-owned atoll in the South Pacific that is claimed by both the United States and Tokelau. It consists of approximately 373 acres (150.8 ha) of land surrounding a central lagoon.  In 2010 it had a population of 17.  American Eli Hutchinson Jennings purchased the island in 1856 for fifteen shillings per acre and a bottle of gin from British Captain Turnbull, who claimed ownership of the island by discovery.  Jennings settled on the island along with his Samoan wife and established a successful coconut plantation.  The island has remained in the Jennings family ever since then.  The obverse of this unofficial 2019 dated 5 Tala coin of Swains Island depicts a mermaid sitting above the skull of an unlucky sailor. The reverse depicts a sailing ship and a coconut palm.  The eight-sided, 40mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of just 150 pieces.
Item SWAINS SWAINS ISLAND 5 TALA 2019 PROOF $22.00



NEWBISMARCK ARCHIPELAGO COIN FEATURES BIRDS

BISMARCK ARCHIPELAGO 200 KINA 2019 COIN DEPICTS COCKATOOBismarck Archipelago is a group of islands off the north-eastern coast of New Guinea. Its first inhabitants arrived some 30,000 to 40,000 years ago.  Germany claimed the islands in 1884 and named them after Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. Australia seized the islands in 1914 at the start of World War I.  The Japanese took over at the beginning of World War II.  The islands were the scene of some heavy fighting in 1944 by American and Australian forces under General Douglas MacArthur who used them as a stepping stone for his invasion of the Philippines.  In 1975 the archipelago became part of Papua New Guinea.  The obverse of this unofficial 2019 dated 200 Kina coin includes the national emblem of Papua New Guinea which features a Bird of Paradise.  The reverse depicts a cockatoo.  The six-sided 38mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of just 150 pieces.
Item BISMARCK BISMARCK ARCHIPELAGO 200 KINA 2019, PROOF $19.95




BIG BAT ON 2018 MWALI COIN   Restocked

Mwali 5000 Francs 2018 coin depicting Livingston's Fruit BatThe huge Livingston's Fruit Bat (Pteropus livingstonii) is featured on this unofficial 2018 5000 Francs coin of the Democratic Republic of Mwali. The critically endangered bat has a wing span of up to about 4 1/2 feet (1.4m).  The national arms are on the other side of the coin.  Mwali, also known as Mohéli, is one of the islands that make of the Union of the Comoros.  Since gaining independence from France in 1975, Comoros has had constant political turmoil, with over 20 coups, multiple assassination attempts and various islands declaring independence.  Mwali succeeded from the Comoros in 1997.  It rejoined in 1998 and was given more autonomy. There are many that still want full independence, though the island is only 81 square miles (211 sq.km.) and has a population of only about 40,000.  The 40mm eight-sided, silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item MWALI DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF MWALI 5000 FRANCS, BAT 2018 PROOF $22.00



NEWODD-SHAPED INACCESSIBLE ISLAND COIN FEATURES PENGUINS

Inaccessible Island 10 Pounds 2019 coinA pair of King Penguins are featured on this odd-shaped 2019 dated 10 Pounds coin of Inaccessible Island.  The small, remote island is located about 25 miles (41km.) south-west of Tristan da Cunha.  The last permanent residents of the islands were a pair of brothers who arrived in 1871 hoping to make a living sealing and selling their wares to passing ships (forgetting how infrequently Inaccessible had visitors).  They were "overjoyed" to be rescued by a scientific expedition that stopped at the island in 1873.  The island is the home to over a million birds but has no land mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, or snails.  The island is a British Overseas Territory. Queen Elizabeth and the coat of arms is on the obverse.  The unofficial silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item INACCESSIBLE INACCESSIBLE ISLAND 10 POUNDS 2019 PROOF $19.95



NEWFRENCH DOMAINS OF ST. HELENA CELEBRATES DEATH OF NAPOLEON

French Domains of Saint Helena 20 Euros 2019 coin commemorates death of Napoleon BonaparteNapoleon I of France died in exile on the remote British island of St. Helena in 1821. Napoleon III purchased from the British Longwood House, Napoleons final residence and the Valley of the Tomb, where he was initially buried. In 1858 they became French territories under the name of "French Domains of Saint-Helena".  In 1959 a small pavilion named Briars, where Napoleon stayed when he first arrived on the island, was donated to France and added to the territory. The properties are administered by the French Foreign Ministry. This unofficial 2019 20 Euros coin depicts a young image of Marianne, the allegorical symbol of the French Republic is on the obverse.  The reverse depicts Napoleon and the dates "1821 2021".  The six-sided 39mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item FR-HELENA FRENCH DOMAINS OF ST. HELENA 20 EUROS 2019 NAPOLEON, PROOF $19.95

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NEWBALEARIC ISLANDS CELEBRATES 50th BIRTHDAY OF KING PHILLIP VI

Balearic Islands 2000 Pesetas 2018, 50th birthday of King Phillip VIThe Balearic Islands (Illes Balears) are a group of islands in the western Mediterranean which includes Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera.  They are an autonomous province of Spain.  According to legend, in prehistoric times they had no gold or silver coin, and forbade the importation of the precious metals, so that those who served as mercenaries took their pay in wine and women instead of money.  This unofficial 2018 2000 Pesetas coin of the Balearic Islands was issues to mark the 50th birthday of Spanish King Phillip VI.  A stylized portrait of Phillip and king's coat of arms is on the obverse. The obverse depicts the Balearic Islands coat of arms and a five towered castle. representing the Royal Palace of La Almudaina in Mallorca , which appears on the islands flag.  The six-sided 38mm silver-plated coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces and is Proof.
Item BALEARIC BALEARIC ISLANDS 1000 PESETAS 2018 PROOF $19.95



NEWODD SHAPED TORRES STRAIT ISLANDS COIN

Torres Strait Islands 100 Kina 2019The Torres Strait islands are a group of over 270 small islands between Papua New Guinea and Australia's York Peninsula.  Most of the islands are controlled by Australia, with those close to the mainland of New Guinea controlled by Papua New Guinea. The Torres Strait was a land bridge that connected Australia with New Guinea until it was submerged at the end of the last ice-age about 12,000 years ago.  Continued rising of sea levels caused by global warming threatens many of the islands. Recently a group if islanders lodged a complaint against Australia at the United Nations claiming the Australian government's actions to prevent climate change represents an abuse of their human rights. There is an active independence movement for the islands.  This unusual curved shaped 2019 100 Kina coin is an unofficial issue for the Torres Strait Islands. The obverse depicts an Imperial Pigeon and the islands emblem.  A sailing ship is on the reverse.  The 49mm silver-plated coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces and is Proof.
Item TORRES TORRES STRAIT ISLANDS 100 KINA 2019 PROOF $19.95



NEWCHAFARINAS ISLANDS COIN FEATURES SPANISH GALLEONS

Chafarinas Islands 1000 Pesetas 2019The Chafarinas Islands are a group of three small islands; Isla Isabel II, Isla del Congreso, and Isla del Rey, located about 2 miles (3km) off the coast of Morocco.  They were unclaimed and uninhabited in 1848 when France decided to send troops to occupy the islands.  Spain found out about the plan and sent their troops to the island.  The Spanish force arrived first and the islands have been under Spanish control ever since, though Morocco also claims the islands. The total area of the three islands is only about .2 square miles (.525 sq.km.).  Isla de Congreso was inhabited in Neolithic times around the 5th millenium BC. In the early 1900's the islands had a population of almost 1000.  Today only Isla Isabel II is inhabited, with a population of about 50 troops and scientists.    This unofficial eight-sided 40mm 1000 Peseta silver-plated Proof coin of the Chafarinas Islands is dated 2019.  The obverse of the coin features the coat-of-arms of the islands which features Queen Isabella II, a sailing ship and a lighthouse, representing the thee islands in the group.  The reverse includes two galleons and Spanish coat-of-arms.  The coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item CHAFARINAS CHAFARINAS ISLANDS 1000 PESETAS 2019 PROOF $19.95



NEWPEREJIL ISLAND COIN DEPICTS EAGLE AND MAP

Perejil Island 500 Pesetas 2019Perejil Island is a tiny (480 x 480m, 1575 x 1575 feet) rocky island located 800 feet (250m.) off the coast of Morocco. The inhabited island is claimed by both Spain and Morocco.  Moroccan shepherds use the island to graze goats.  In July 2002 Morocco sent Naval Cadets to the island to set up a permanent base.  Spain responded a week later by invading the island with a group of Special Forces, supported by the Spanish Navy and Air Force.  They quickly captured the island without resistance and the Cadets were sent back to Morocco. This unofficial Perejil Island 500 Pesos is dated 2019.  The 39mm six-sided silver-plated Proof coin features Spanish King Felipe VI and the Spanish arms on the obverse.  The reverse depicts an eagle and a map of the island.  The coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item PEREJIL PEREJIL ISLAND 500 PESETAS 2019 PROOF $19.95




NEW2019 ALAND 5 EUROS COIN

Aland 5 Euros 2019 coinAland is a group of islands belonging to Finland located in the Baltic Sea between Finland and Sweden.  Most of the residents speak Swedish.  Following World War I the residents voted to join Sweden, but in 1921 the League of Nations decided that Aland should be an autonomous, demilitarized region under Finnish sovereignty.  This unofficial 2019 square 5 Euro coin of Aland was issued to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Aland's first postage stamps.  One side of the coin depicts a postal boat as it appeared on some of the islands' stamps which were issued in 1984.  The other side includes the coat-of-arms of Aland.  The 30mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces. .   We also have available Aland postage stamps which depict the boat.  Stamps are in mint condition, denomination is our choice, orders for multiple stamps will receive multiple denominations. 
Item ALAND ALAND 5 EUROS 2019 PROOF $19.95



MIDWAY ATOLL DOLLAR   Restocked

Midway Atoll 1 Dollar 2015Midway Atoll, also known as Midway Islands, is located in the North Pacific about midway between California and Japan.  The United States took possession of the it in 1867.  From 1903 to 1993 it was under control of the United States Navy.  It served as an important port for Navy ships and submarines and a refueling stop for civilian and military transpacific flights.  Leading up to and during World War II much of the atoll was covered with airstrips.  The Battle of Midway which took place June 4 to 6, 1942 was the Allies first major naval victory against the Japanese and was a significant turning point in World War II.  The decisive naval battle which involved the extensive use of aircraft resulted in the destruction of much of the Japanese battle fleet.  The atoll continued to be a Naval Air Station until 1978.  In 1988 the atoll was designated as a National Wildlife Refuge.  It is now part of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The islands are the home to millions of sea birds and 250 different species of marine life.  Despite its historic and ecological importance, the United States government has closed Midway to visitors.  The coin depicts four Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis).  The long-lived birds mate for life.   Over 400,000 breeding pairs make Midway their home.   The reverse features the American Bald Eagle and a coat-of-arms.  The 40mm Proof coin is struck on silver plated brass and has a mintage of 250 pieces. 
Item MIDWAY MIDWAY ATOLL 1 DOLLAR 2015, PROOF $22.00




2019 COIN OF TAMIL EELAM FEATURES TIGERS Restocked

Tamil Eelam ( Tigers) 500 Rupees 2019Tamil Eelam is a proposed independent nation that ethnic Tamils attempted to create in northern and eastern Sri Lanka.   After some 25 years of fighting they were finally defeated by the Sri Lankan Army in 2009.  The obverse of this unofficial 500 Rupee coin of Tamil Eelam features the head of a tiger.  The tiger is the emblem of the Tamil Eelam and is derived from the emblem of the medieval Chola Empire that once controlled Sri Lanka and southern India. The military wing of Tamil Eelam was called the Tamil Tigers.  The reverse features a standing tiger and the inscription in Tamil "freedom and equality".  The 40mm silver-plated proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item TAMIL TAMIL EELAM 500 RUPEES 2019, TIGERS PROOF $22.00



ODD SHAPED RODRIGUES COIN Restocked

Rodrigues 5 Rupees 2018 Proof coinRodrigues is an autonomous outer island of the Republic of Mauritius. It lies about 375 miles (600 km.) east of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.  It is about 11 miles (18 km.) long and 5 miles (8 km.) at its widest. It has a population of less than 50,000.  The island was uninhabited but periodically visited by Arab traders and Portuguese exploders.  It was named after Portuguese explorer Diogo Rodrigues in February 1528.  During the 18th Century the French made several attempts to settle the island.  They imported African slaves who are ancestors of the present population. In 1809 the British occupied the island and in 1834 abolished slavery.  Rodrigues was joined with Mauritius in 1968 when they obtained independence from Great Britain.  This unofficial, odd-shaped 2018 5 Rupees coin commemorates the 50th anniversary of independence from Britain and joining with Mauritius.  One side features the coat-of-arms of the Outer Islands of Mauritius and the dates "1968",  "2018".  The other side features a boat sailing near the island and the logo of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  The silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item RODRIGUES RODRIGUES 5 RUPEES 2018 PROOF $22.00



SUWARROW ATOLL HONORS RUSSIAN NAVAL HEROES AND BATTLES    Restocked

Suwarrow Atoll set of 5 x 100 Pound coins, 2017, Russian Naval heros and battlesSuwarrow Atoll (also called Suvorov, Suvarou, or Suvarov) was uninhabited when it was discovered by the Russian-American Company ship Suvorov in 1814. It consists of over 20 small islets surrounding a central lagoon that is about 12 by 5 miles (19 x 8 km).  Since then it has been periodically inhabited.  Lever Brothers had a settlement of about 30 people on the atoll from 1903 until it was hit by a cyclone in 1914. In October 2011, Russian politician Anton Bakov claimed to have purchased the atoll from the Cook Islands and declared it the capital of a new Russian Empire.  The claim was denied by the Cook Islands. Today the atoll is a national park.   This unofficial set of five 35.3mm copper-nickel coins of the Suwarrow Atoll commemorates great Russian naval heroes and battles.  The reverse of each coin is in Russian and depicts the commander, sailing ships and Russian inscriptions that include dates of the war and the battle.   The obverse includes the name of the atoll in Russian and English, the date, denomination and a coat-of-arms for Suwarrow consisting of palm trees, coconut crabs and a sailing ship. The five coins commemorate the following heroes and battles: Peter the Great – The Great Northern War 1720-1721 – Battle of Gangut - July 27, 1714;   Count A.G. Orlov – Russian Turkish War 1768-1774 – Battle of Chesma June 26, 1770;  F.F. Ushakov - Russian Turkish War 1768-1774 – Battle of Tendra - August, 28-29 1790;  F.F. Ushakov - Russian Turkish War 1768-1774 – Battle of Cape Kaliakra July 31, 1791; and Prince M.M. Golitsyn - The Great Northern war 1700-1721 – Battle of Grengam, July 27, 1720;.   Each coin is denominated 100 Pounds and is dated 2017.  It is a great set of depicting sailing ships from place that had no previous coins.
Item SUWARROW SUWARROW ATOLL 5 COIN SET 2017  RUSSIAN NAVAL BATTLES UNC. $29.95




NEWULTRA-LOW MINTAGE GALAPAGOS GOLD COIN HONORS DARWIN

Galapagos gold 100 Dollar coin, 2009, H.M.S. Beagle, Proof, mintage 55This unofficial 2009 gold 100 Dollar coin was issued for the Galapagos Islands to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publishing of Charles Darwin’s “On The Origin of Species”. Many of Darwin’s  ideas were developed after he studied the unique and varied wildlife of the islands.  The Proof 27mm Gold 100 Dolares ($100) pictures his ship, the H.M.S. Beagle under sail The reverse features the arms of Galapagos  The coin is struck in .917 fine gold and contains 1/4 ounce of pure gold.   It has a mintage of only 55 pieces, thus is rarely seen and rarely offered.
Item GALAP-100D GALAPAGOS GOLD $100 2009 HMS BEAGLE, PROOF $695.00




MAUI TRADE DOLLARSWholesale prices available to dealers

Maui 2019 Trade dollar features Hawaiian Green Sea TurtleMaui 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 2008 Trade Dollar features Hula dancer
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. Since 1992 the Maui Trade Dollar Association has issued an annual 39mm copper-nickel "Trade Dollar".  The coins feature native wildlife or culture.The 2019 issue features one of Maui’s most beloved marine creatures, the Hawaiian green sea turtle, or Honu, swimming in the pristine waters of Makena’s Turtle Town.   The 2018 issue a depicts a humpback whale and the Black Rock in Kaanapali. Each November the  magnificent  humpback whales travel 3,500 miles (5,600 km.) from Alaskan waters to Hawaii to mate and give birth.  Maui is one of their favorite spots.   The Black Rock in Kaanapali was known to the ancient Hawaiians as Pu’u Keka’a.  It was considered the jumping off place to join the spirits of their ancestors.  Nowadays, to honor this ancient ritual, a lone diver climbs the rock, lights the torch, and dives into the ocean every evening as the sun sets. The 2018 issue also features a new reverse which depicts a map of Maui and lists major towns on the island.  The 2017 issue commemorates Haleakala National Park on Maui.  The coin depicts a Hawaiian owl, or Pueo, flying over the park. Two hikers can be seen on a trail coming down from the peak. 
2016 marks the 25th annual issue of this popular series.  The 2016 issue features a humpback whale, pineapple and native flowers and has a nominal value of 2 Dollars. The design is a mirror image of the original 1992 issue.   The 2015 issue features a dolphin and a surfer riding the waves at sunset. The 2014 issue features a fierce looking Hawaiian Tiki god.  The popular 2008 issue features a Hula dancer and a whale.    They are beautiful coins from a beautiful island.
Item MAUI19 MAUI 2019 TRADE DOLLAR, TURTLE BU out 
Item MAUI19x20 ROLL OF 20 MAUI 2019 TRADE DOLLAR COINS, BU out 
Item MAUI18 MAUI 2018 TRADE DOLLAR, WHALE & ROCK DIVER BU $6.00
Item MAUI18x20 ROLL OF 20 MAUI 2018 TRADE DOLLAR COINS, BU $95.00
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 $70.00
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
Item MAUI08 MAUI 2008 TRADE 2 DOLLAR, HULA DANCER UNC. $6.00





NEWTRIANGULAR COIN FROM THE DISPUTED TERRITORY OF HALA’IB

Hala'ib 10 Pounds 2018 triangular coinHala’ib is a disputed territory on the Red Sea.  It is claimed by both Sudan and Egypt, though is controlled by Egypt.  This unofficial triangular 2018 dated 10 Pound coin was recently issued for the “Independent Territory of Hala’ib”.  Though independence might solve the dispute, it is highly unlikely that Egypt or Sudan would allow it to happen.  One side features the eagle emblem of Independent Halab.  The other side pictures a Dorcus Gazelle (also known as Ariel Gazelle), which is native to the region.  The silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces
Item HALAIB HALA’IB 10 POUNDS 2018 PROOF $22.00



SEALAND HONORS KILLER WHALES Wholesale prices available to dealers

Sealand Half Dollar coin 1994 Br.X8.1Sealand Dollar coin 1994 Br.X9Sealand 2 1/2 Dollars coin 1994 Br.X11

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 offer three of these 1994 coins from this tiny nation:  The Brilliant Uncirculated 39mm copper-nickel half dollar, the Proof 39mm 1 troy ounce .999 fine silver 1 Dollar, and the huge Proof bronze 2 1/2 Dollars.  The 2 1/2 Dollar is an impressive 63mm (2 1/2") in diameter and weighs 1/4 pound (115 grams).  The coin has a plain edge and comes in a capsule. They are  attractive coins from a rather interesting "nation".
Item SEALAND50C SEALAND COPPER-NICKEL HALF DOLLAR 1994 UNC. Br.X8.1 $15.00
Item SEALAND$ SEALAND SILVER DOLLAR 1994 PROOF Br.X9 $39.50
NEWItem SEALAND2.50 SEALAND HUGE BRONZE 2 1/2 DOLLARS 1994 PROOF Br.X11 $45.00
NEWItem SEALAND-SET3 ALL 3 OF THE ABOVE SEALAND COINS $90.00



NEWA COIN OF KOSOVO

Kosovo 50 Illyri 2018 coinThe Republic of Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February 2008, though some nations, including Serbia still do not recognize it.   Kosovo uses the Euro and has not issued any official coins or notes.  Recently, however, an unofficial coin was minted by a Russian coin dealer to commemorate the Kosovo's 10th anniversary.  One side of the 2018 Kosovo 50 Illyri depicts national hero Miloš Obilić (Obiliq).  He is credited with the assassination of Ottoman Sultan Murad I at the Battle of Kosovo in 1389.  Both the Ottomans and Serbians suffered extremely heavy casualties in the inclusive battle. The Serbs were left with insufficient forces to continue to effectively defend their territory, which eventually succumbed to the Ottomans.  The other side depicts the arms of Kosovo along with the dates 2008 and 2018.  The denomination is named after a group of ancient Indo-European tribes that inhabited the region.   The 40mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item KOSOVO KOSOVO 50 ILLYRI 2018 PROOF $24.00




COIN OF CORSICA HONORS NAPOLEON Restocked

Corsica 100 Francs 2018 coinThis unofficial 100 Franc coin of Corsica commemorates the 250th anniversary of the birth of Napoleon, who was born on Corsica in 1769, the same year Corsica was conquered by France.   The reverse includes Napoleon's iconic hat and his royal emblem.  The obverse includes an arm holding a cross and the flag of Corsica which features a Moor's head wearing a bandana. The eight-sided 40mm silver-plated Proof coin is dated 2018 and has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item CORSICA CORSICA 100 FRANCS 2018 PROOF $19.95



COINS FROM DISPUTED ISLANDS: SPRATLY & PARACEL

Spratly Islands 100 Yuan 2018 coinParacel Islands 500 Pesos 2018 coin
The Spratly Islands and Paracel Islands are disputed territories in the South China Sea.  The Spratly Islands consists of over 100 islands, reefs, rocks and with a total are of less than 2 km2 (490 acres) spread over 425,000 km2 (164,000 sq. mi.) of ocean. China, Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei, as well as various micro-nations claim all or part of the territory.  Most of the nations have built facilities on the formerly desolate, uninhabited islands to strengthen their claim. They squabble over the tiny islands is because they may contain large oil and gas reserves, are a major commercial fishing area and are on major shipping lanes.  This unofficial 2018 100 Yuan coin of the Spratly Islands depicts a standing figure of Neptune on the obverse and a Chinese junk on the reverse.  The Paracel Island consists of about 130 small coral islands and reefs that are claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan.  In recent years China has been building facilities on some islands and promoting tourism to the islands in an effort to boost their claim.  The unofficial Paracel Islands 500 Peso coin depicts a young woman symbolizing freedom on the obverse.  The reverse depicts Black Marlin (Istiompax indica) and the name of the Islands in Chinese and Vietnamese.  Both coins are 40mm silver plated Proof and have a mintage of only 150 each. They are attractive coins from tiny but highly disputed islands.
Item SPRATLY SPRATLY ISLANDS 100 YUAN 2018 PROOF $24.00
Item PARACEL PARACEL ISLANDS 500 PESOS 2018 PROOF out


UNUSUAL MULTI-COLOR COINS FROM CORAL SEA REEFS Price Reduced

Bougainville Reef 10 Dollars 2017 Laced Moray EelCoringa Islets 10 Dollars 2017 Longnose butterflyfishFlora Reef 10 Dollars 2017 Blue-girdled angelfishShark Reef 10 Dollars 2017 NautilusCommon 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 BOUGAINVILLE BOUGAINVILLE REEF 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $22.00
Item CORINGA CORINGA ISLETS 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $22.00
Item FLORA FLORA REEF 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $22.00
Item SHARK SHARK REEF 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $22.00
Item CORALSEA4 ALL 4 of the above 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF COINS $85.00



FIRST COINS OF THE LA POSTA INDIANS

La Posta Indian tribe 6 coin set: 1 cent - 1 Dollar 201Common obverse on La Posta Indians coin set
The La Posta Band of Mission Indians recently released this 6 coin set dated 2013.  Included is the 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 Cents and 1 Dollar.  One side depicts an eagle in flight.  The other features cultural items associated with the Tribe.  The tribe is one of the smallest in the United States, with just 18 members living on a 3,556 acres (14.39 km2) reservation located about 10 miles (16km) north of the Mexican border in eastern San Diego County, California. 
Item POSTA LA POSTA INDIANS, 6 COIN SET 1 CENT – 1 DOLLAR, 2013 UNC. $29.50



COINS OF NEW ZEALAND'S OUTLYING ISLANDS

Native wildlife is featured on these unusual unofficial rectangular coins from each of New Zealand's nine outlying islands. The coins are all denominated 10 Dollars and are dated 2017.  Queen Elizabeth, the name of the territory and the date is on the obverse.  The silver-planted coins measure 40mm x 25mm and are Proof.  They have a mintage of only 150 or 200 pieces each.


Auckland Islands 10 Dollars 2017 rectangular coinThe Auckland Islands are uninhabited possession of New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean hundreds of miles south of New Zealand.  They are windy, wet, cool and cloudy.  They were discovered in the early 19th century and immediately became bases for seal hunting, until the seals were all killed off.  Whalers also used the islands during the 19th century. In 1842 a group of Maori and their slaves taken from the Chatham Islands migrated to Auckland Island and survived there for 20 years. In 1849 a group of British colonists attempted to settle on Auckland Island, however the settlement was abandoned less than three years later due to the harsh climate and poor whaling. The coin depicts two New Zealand Sea Lions (Phocarctos hookeri). It has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item AUCKLAND AUCKLAND ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, SEA LIONS PROOF $22.00


Campbell Islands 10 Dollars 2017 rectangular coinThe Campbell Islands are uninhabited possession of New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean hundreds of miles south of New Zealand.  They are windy, wet, cool and cloudy.  They were discovered in the early 19th century and immediately became bases for seal hunting, until the seals were all killed off.  Whalers also used the islands during the 19th century. An attempt was made to farm sheep on Campbell island from 1896 until 1931, when it was abandoned because of the Great Depression.  A manned weather station operated on Campbell Island until it was replaced by an automated station in 1995.  The reverse of the coin features a pair of Black Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo).   It has a mintage of 200 pieces.
Item CAMPBELL CAMPBELL ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, CORMORANTS PROOF $22.00


Chatham Islands 10 Dollars 2017 Australian CrawfishThe Chatham Islands were settled about the 16th Century by a predecessor to the Maoris known as Moriori.  After generations of warfare, the Moriori created a peaceful society in which bloodshed was virtually unknown.  The islands were named after the ship HMS Chatham which landed there in 1791 and claimed the islands for Great Britain.   In 1835 a group of about 900 Maori forced an English captain to take them to the Chatham Islands.  They attacked, slaughtered and enslaved the Moriori, wiping out most of the population.   Today about 600 people inhabit the islands.  The islands are the breeding grounds to huge flocks of seabirds and is home to about fifty endemic plants adapted to the islands cold and windy climate.   A Spiny Lobster, also called an Australian Crawfish (Sagmariasus verreauxi) is on the reverse of the coin.  The lobster is one of the chief exports the Chathams. The coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces..
Item CHATHAM CHATHAM ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, SPINY LOBSTER PROOF $22.00



Solander Islands 10 Dollars 2017, Glaucus marginatus (small blue sea slug) Restocked The Solander Islands are a small chain of uninhabited islands just south of New Zealand.  They were sighted by Captain Cook in 1770 and named after Dr. Daniel Solander, a Swedish naturalist who was part of the crew.  The islands have had only been briefly inhabited shipwrecks or marooning.  It is the home to a number of rare plants and birds.  The unoffical Solander 10 Dollar coin depicts a Glaucus marginatus, which is a species of small, blue sea slugs.  They float upside down on the surface of tropical seas and eat Portuguese man o’ wars.  The coin has a mintage of  just 150 pieces.
Item SOLANDER SOLANDER ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, SEA SLUG PROOF $22.00





UNUSUAL SHAPED COINS OF CEUTA AND MELILLA 

Ceuta 500 Pesetas 2017Melilla 500 Pesetas 2017
Ceuta and Melilla are autonomous cities of Spain located on the north coast of Africa, sharing a border with Morocco.  They are some of the last bits of what was once Spain's vast colonial empire.  Ceuta was conquered by the Portuguese in 1415 which is why the city's arms incorporates the coat-of-arms of Portugal.  It was  Portugal's first outpost in Africa and the start of their colonial empire.  Ceuta remained with Spain after Portugal regained its independence from Spain in 1640.  Melilla was conquered by Spain in 1497, a few years after the unification of Spain.   General Francisco Franco launched the Spanish Civil War in 1936 from these north African outposts.  These unofficial 500 Pesetas coins from Ceuta and Melilla both feature the old fortifications of the cities on one side and the cities arms on the other.  The coins are an unusual six-sided shape measuring approximately 44mm x 38mm.  The silver-plated coins are dated 2017 and have a mintage of only 200 pieces each.  They are unusual coins from unusual places.
Item CEUTA CEUTA 500 PESETAS 2017, PROOF $19.75
Item MELILLA MELILLA 500 PESETAS 2017, PROOF $19.75



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 $40.00
Item QUEBEC-ESSAI QUEBEC ESSAI (1994) 1837 REBELLIONS BU $55.00


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



KINGDOM OF TAVOLARA COIN DEPICTS MOUFLON

Kingdom of Tavolara 100,000 Lire 2017Tavolara is a small island off the north-east coast of Sardinia with a population of about 50 and is the home of a NATO radio base.  In 1836 Giuseppe Bertoleoni claimed to be the first king of Tavolara, which was said to be the smallest kingdom in the world.  Since then members of the Bertoleoni family have carried on the tradition of the self-proclaimed kingdom and operates two seasonal restaurants on the island.  One side of the coin features the arms of the Kingdom of Tavolara.  The other side depicts a Mouflon ram and kid.  At one time the island was famous for its wild goats, however they were alblll removed when the NATO station was built in 1962.  The 40mm silver plated-Proof Tavolara coin is denominated 100,000 Lire and dated 2017.  It has a mintage of just 200 pieces.
Item TAVOLARA TAVOLARA 100,000 LIRE 2017 PROOF $22.00




WAKE ISLAND DOLLAR FEATURES RAIL BIRD RESTOCKED

Wake Island 1 Dollar, 2015Wake Island is a coral atoll in the Western Pacific controlled by the United States and is also claimed by the Marshall Islands.  It was once a major refueling stop for civilian and military aircraft crossing the Pacific, but with the advent of longer range aircraft in the 1970’s commercial aviation has virtually ceased. Today the island has about 94 residents and is administered by the United States Air Force.  The obverse of this unofficial 2015 dated 1 Dollar coin of Wake Island depicts a Buff-Banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis).  The reverse features the American Bald Eagle and a coat-of-arms.  The 40mm Proof coin is struck on silver plated brass and has a mintage of only 250 pieces.
Item WAKE WAKE ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2015, PROOF $22.00


COINS OF SOUTH OSSETIA


South Ossetia 8 coin set, 1 Kopeck - 10 Rubles, 2013Common obverse of South Ossetia coins depicts coat-of-arms
The country of Georgia declared its independence in 1991 upon the collapse of the Soviet Union.  Shortly after that  South Ossetia declared their independence from Georgia, with the help of Russia.  Georgia and Russia went to war over the region in 2008.  Georgia was swiftly defeated and the two regions now have de-facto independence, though it is not widely recognized outside of Russia.   The tiny region is heavily dependent upon neighboring Russia and uses Russian currency.  This unofficial 2013 eight-coin set for South Ossetia includes a bimetallic 10, 5 and 2 Rubles, nickel-plated steel 1 Ruble, 50 and 10 Kopecks and copper-plated steel 5 and 1 Kopeck.  The obverse features the regions arms and the date. The reverse of each coin depicts a different native animal. 
Item OSSETIA SOUTH OSSETIA 8 COIN SET, 1 KOPECK - 10 RUBLES 2013, UNC. $29.75


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


2017 LIBERLAND COIN

Liberland 5 Merits 2017The Free Republic of Liberland was founded in 2015. It is located on a 7 sq. kilometer (2.7 sq. miles) area on the Danube River between Serbia and Croatia known as Gornja Siga.  Because of the shifting path of the river, neither country claimed the territory, so it was claimed by Czech politician and activist Vít Jedlička.  He is attempting to establish a libertarian nation on the property.  Though Croatia does not claim the territory, it does not allow anyone to enter the territory either, which has made it difficult to establish the new nation.  That however has not stopped over 400,000 people from registering for citizenship on its website.  This 2017 Liberland coin is denominated as 5 Merits. One side of the 30.5mm brass coin depicts the Liberland coat-of-arms, the other features the denomination and the tree and bird from the arms.  
Item LIBERLAND-5M LIBERLAND 5 MERITS 2017 UNC. $9.75



SEX EUROS 

Sex Euros bimetallic Fantasy CoinSex Euros bi-metal Fantasy Coin
These fun fantasy coins are well made spoofs on the Euro coin.  One side of the 32mm bimetallic "coin" depicts a couple enjoying each other.  The other side is based on the map of Europe design found on Euro coins, however the piece is denominated as "6 Sex Euros".  The rather unusual piece comes in a plastic capsule.  We can supply single Sex Euros, a set of 7 different (one for each day of the week?) or a set of 34 different (one for each day of the month and two on Sunday?).  Exact designs will be our choice.  They are fun pieces that can be used as a gag gift, in a bachelor party, or just an unusual bi-metallic to be added to your collection.
Item SEXx1 One SEX EUROS COIN, BU $4.00
Item SEXx7 7 DIFFERENT SEX EUROS COINS, BU $25.00
Item SEXx34 34 DIFFERENT SEX EUROS COINS, BU out


KING CHARLES III ON COINS FOR  SCOTLAND & NORTHERN IRELAND & WALES 

Scotland 2 Pounds pattern coin Northern Ireland 2 Pounds coin
Though Prince Charles is not yet King, undated, multi-colored unofficial pattern 2 Pound coins were issued for  Scotland and Northern Ireland.  One side of the coins depicts the outline of the bust of Charles wearing the royal crown, his royal cipher and the arms of the country in color.  The other side depicts the national flower and a bird in color, along with the denomination. The Scotland coin depicts a Scottish thistle and a Golden Eagle. The Northern Ireland coin features a shamrock and a Eurasian wren.  The 40mm coins are struck on silver plated brass with Proof finish.  Only 250 of each of the coins were minted.
Item SCOT2 SCOTLAND 2 POUNDS COIN (2016) PROOF $24.00
Item NO-IRE2 NORTHERN IRELAND 2 POUNDS COIN (2016) PROOF $24.00



COINS OF MIDDLE EARTH

Coins based on the fictional works of J. R. R. Tolkien, author of THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE HOBBIT

THE MOURIA AXE OF DURIN  

Mouria copper Axe of DurinThe 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 DURIN MOURIA COPPER AXE OF DURIN (Br.X1) $8.00



THE FOAL OF ROHAUN (ROWAN)

Coins of Middle Earth: Rohaun (Rouhan, Rowan) copper FoalRohaun (or Rohan or Rouhan or  Rowan)  is a Mannish kingdom that is noted for its horsemen. Thus the coins pictures a horse.   The legend on the reverse translates as Theoden, King of the Eorlings. It is an unusual oblong coin called a Foal.  The inscription above the horse is the mint-name, 'Edoras'.  It is struck in copper with a mintage of only 1000 pieces.
Item ROHAN-AE ROHAUN COPPER FOAL (Br.X.1) $12.00



SILVER DRAM OF ROHAUN

Silver Dram of Rohan pictures horseThis silver Dram of the Man kingdom of Rohaun (also spelled Rohan, Rowan)  which was noted for its horses.  The coin, dated 3017 in the Third Age, was struck during the reign of Theodun.  It pictures Mearas, King of the Horses.  The 6 gram, .900 fine coin was struck without a collar, giving a slightly irregular shape.
Item ROHAN-AR ROHAUN SILVER DRAM Br.X5 $25.00






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



BLACKBEARD THE PIRATE ON ST. THOMAS, VIRGIN ISLANDS  DOLLAR

St. Thomas, (V.I.) 1 Dollar coin, 2015St. Thomas is part of the United States Virgin Islands and uses the U.S. dollar for their currency.  However a Russian coin dealer decided it needed its own coin.  He recently issued this attractive 2015 dated 1 Dollar coin for St.Thomas.  One side depicts a pirate Edward Teach, commonly known as Blackbeard, and his ship.  The other side features a bananaquit bird, the state bird of the U.S. Virgin Islands, perched on the letters “ST”.  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 THOMAS ST. THOMAS 1 DOLLAR 2015, EDWARD TEACH (BLACKBEARD) PROOF $22.00



HOWLAND ISLAND DOLLAR    

Howland Island 1 Dollar 2015Howland Island is an uninhabited United States territory located just north of the equator in the central Pacific Ocean. There is evidence of pre-historic Polynesian presence on the island.   It was claimed by the United States in 1857 under the Guano Islands Act.  Two competing firms made claims on the island: The United States Guano Company and the American Guano Company.  Both mined the island until the Guano was essentially depleted in 1878.  In 1935 the United States settled four high school students from Hawaii on the island.  The students made scientific and weather observations and built an airstrip.  Amelia Earhart was scheduled to land and refuel on the island during their round-the-world flight in 1937, however she disappeared in route, never making it to the island.  On December 8, 1941, the Japanese attacked the island, killing two of the four inhabitants.  They remaining inhabitants were evacuated on January 31, 1942.  During World War II the island was inhabited the United States Marines and was known as Howland Naval Air Station, though no aircraft is known to have landed there.   In 1974 the island was declared a National Wildlife Refuge. This unofficial Howland Island 1 dollar coin depicts a bristle-thighed curlew (Numenius tahitiensis).  The bird breeds in Alaska and winters on Howland and other tropical Pacific islands.  The reverse features the American Bald Eagle and a coat-of-arms.  The 40mm Proof coin is struck on silver plated brass and has a mintage of 250 pieces.
Item HOWLAND HOWLAND ISLAND 1 DOLLAR 2015, PROOF $22.00




FIRST MODERN COIN OF KURDISTAN  

Kurdistan 10 Dinars 2003The Kurds are an ethnic group divided between Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran. For centuries they have dreamed of having an independent homeland, however each time the dream has been thwarted. An independent Kurdistan was promised after World War I, however instead their land was divided between Turkey and Iraq. After the First Gulf War in 1991 the Kurds in Iraq were granted a large degree of autonomy under the United Nations. They even used a different currency than the rest of Iraq. Many Kurds in Iraq were expecting to gain full independence with the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Several overseas Kurdish groups authorized the issuance of coins for what they expected would be a new independent nation after the fall of Saddam. However, the Turks feared that an independent Kurdistan in Iraq would further the demands of the Kurds within Turkey for more autonomy. They strongly objected to an autonomous Kurdistan within Iraq and threatened an invasion. The United States agreed with Turkey, so plans for an independent Kurdistan have once again been quashed. The first coins however were still issued. This 2003 dated 10 Dinar coin was one of the first coins issued for modern Kurdistan.  The 39mm (silver dollar sized) pictures the native Persian Fallow Deer on the obverse.  The reverse depicts four mountain peaks, representing the four nations with major Kurdish populations.  Above the mountains is a 21-rayed rising sun, which is a traditional Kurdish symbol predating the nations conversion to Islam.  The 39mm (silver dollar size) coin is struck on nickel plated bronze and has a reported mintage of only 4,700 pieces. It is a beautiful and intriguing coin from a new nation that has yet to be born.
Item KURD10 KURDISTAN 10 DINAR 2003, SALADIN Br.X2.2 UNC. $14.00


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 1985, Viking Ship & MapWikingland 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 1985 issue commemorates the Viking settlement of Vinland.  It depicts a Viking ship and map that includes Greenland, eastern Canada and north-eastern United States.  It has a mintage of only 300 pieces. 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-85 WIKINGLAND 10 WIKING MARK 1985 VIKING SHIP & MAP $55.00
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 6 OF THE ABOVE WIKINGLAND COINS $275.00


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 ½ 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



VINLAND SILVER PENNY OF LEIF ERICSSON

Vinland - Leif Ericsson silver Penny (fantasy)This silver penny might have been issued if Lief Ericsson’s Vinland colony in North America had been successful.  Instead the Viking colony was abandoned after a few years and European knowledge of North America was forgotten for nearly 500 years.   The coin is struck in a style typical of Viking coins.  A helmeted Lief Ericsson is pictured with the legend “Lief Ericsson” on the obverse.  A stylized cross and the legend “Vinland Moneta” is on the reverse.  Just before his departure, Leif was forced to convert from paganism to Christianity on pain of death by Norwegian King Olav Trygvasson, hence the Christian reverse.  Note however that the text terminator on the inscription on the obverse is a "Hammer of Thor" rather than the traditional cross, indicating that Leif had not completely given up his pagan ways.   The coin is about 19mm in diameter and is struck in 90% silver.  It is Uncirculated with an "antiqued" finish.  It is an interesting and historical fantasy coin.
VIN-AR VINL-AR VINLAND SILVER PENNY Fantasy coin, UNC. $19.95



AMAZONIA COIN SET FEATURES BI-METALLICS & WILDLIFE

Amazonia 2012 coin set depicts wildlifeReverse of Amazonia 100 Reis 2012
Amazonia is a fantasy nation that is made up of vast Amazon rain forest that encompasses much of Brazil as well as parts of Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.  This 2012 dated eight coin set features a variety of birds, wildlife and fish on the obverse of each coin.  The reverse of all the coins depict a map of Amazonia, along with the Portuguese legend "Pulmao do Mundo" or "Lung of the World", a reference to the large amount of oxygen that is given off and carbon dioxide that is absorbed by the vast rain forest.  A Chinese River Dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer) is on the 10 Reis.  I suspect it was supposed to be the Amazon River Dolphin, but the coin designer depicted the wrong dolphin. A Black-Headed Spider Monkey is on the 20 Reis.  A Parrot is on the 40 Reis.  The 80 Reis pictures a Piranha.  A Ranitomeya amazonica, which is a poison dart frog, is on the 100 Reis.    An Anaconda is on the bi-metallic 200 Reis.  The bi-metallic 300 Reis features a Capybara, which is the largest rodent in the world.  A Keel-billed Toucan is on the bimetallic 400 Reis.   The 2012 dated coins range in size from 15mm to 32mm.
Item AMAZONIA AMAZONIA 8 COIN SET 10 - 400 REIS, 2012 UNC. $39.50


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


SILVER & COPPER COINS OF PURA PALU'E

Pura Palu'e Silver 9 Tang 2012Pura Palu'e is a fantasy island in the Indian Ocean.  According to the Blue Waters Mint it is a peaceful paradise of some 11,500 people that exist without any formal government.  Though it has little need of money for many transactions, coins have proved useful in stores when purchasing goods brought from off the island, such as salt, kerosene, batteries and cloth.  In 2012 a  silver 9 Tang coin was  issued.  One side of the coins depicts the face of a fierce man-god.  The other side has the name of the country, denomination and date.  The Tang was based on a denomination that was introduced in the Dutch East Indies in the 17th century, but was never widely accepted.    The silver 9 Tang is 21mm in diameter, contains 1/10 troy ounce of .999 fine silver and is Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item PALUE-9T PURA PALU'E SILVER 9 TANG 2012 BU $18.00


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 Wholesale 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. $16.00
Item REDONDA-WWF KINGDOM OF REDONDA 2 DOLLARS 2011 WWF UNC. $16.00
Item WWF-SET2 Above 2 bi-metallic coins: CABINDA & REDONDA WWF, 2011 Unc. $29.95


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


CONFEDERATION OF ANTARCTICAWholesale prices available to dealers

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


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. $29.50

INDIVIDUAL DARFUR COINS FROM THE ABOVE SET:

Item DAR-5D DARFUR 5 DINARS, AFRICAN WILD DOG AU-UNC. $3.50
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


THE TAR VALON MARK FROM ROBERT JORDAN'S WHEEL OF TIME SERIES

Tar Valon Mark from Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time seriesRobert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series has become one of the most popular epic fantasy series in the world.  The books have frequently topped the  New York Times Best Sellers lists and has spawned role playing and computer games.  The series features a  fantasy world with well developed characters and intricate plots.   The series was envisioned to span six novels, the first of which was published in 1990.  The series ended up with 14 volumes, plus a prequel and a campanion volume.  The author died in 2007,  leaving extensive notes.  The final volumes in the series were finished Brandon Sanderson with the last volume finally being published in 2013.  Events unfold after Tar Valon Mark coins, like this one, are given to three young farm boys from Two Rivers: Rand, Mat and Perrin.  This attractive 25mm "nickel-silver" coin is officially licensed, however I cannot say if it contains any magical power.
Item TAR VALON TAR VALON MARK, UNC. $10.00


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