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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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NEWODD SHAPED COINS OF GUAM

Guam 20 Dollars 2018 triangular coinGuam 5 Dollars 2014 curved coin
Guam is a possession of the United States in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  It does not have the authority to issue its own coins, however that has not stopped someone from issuing two rather unusual coins for this isolated island. The obverses of both coins depict a Proa, which is a Chamorro outrigger canoe with a sail, and the legends "TERRITORY OF GUAM” “WHERE AMERICA’S DAY BEGINS”.  The 2018 triangular 20 Dollar coin of Guam honors the 330th anniversary of the Spanish colonization of Guam.  In 1668 Spanish Jesuit missionary Diego Luis de Vitores establishe a mission in Guam on land donated by Chief Kephua.  Both are pictured on the reverse of the coin.   At first the missionaries were readily accepted, but after Kephua's death the following year violence arose between the native Chamorro and the Spanish in part due to conflicts in the cultural beliefs of the two groups. Vitores was killed in one such conflict in 1672.  The silver-plated Proof coin measures 35mm on each side and has a mintage of only 150 pieces.  The 2014 5 Dollar coin is curved.  The reverse depicts a sea turtle, the name of the territory in the native Chamorro language “GUAHAN”, the date, the denomination. The silver-plated Proof coin is 49mm long and has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item GUAM20 GUAM TRIANGULAR 20 DOLLARS 2018 PROOF $22.00
Item GUAM5 GUAM CURVED 5 DOLLARS 2014 PROOF $22.00



NEWA TRIANGULAR COIN FROM THE ILEMI TRIANGLE FEATURES LIONS

Ilemi triangular 2018 20 Afaro coinThe Ilemi Triangle is a disputed territory on the claimed by both Kenya and South Sudan that borders Ethiopia. The approximately 5000 square mile (14,000 sq.km.) is inhabited primarily by nomadic tribes who regularly move across the national borders. The dispute arose from in a 1914 treaty.  Though Kenya currently controls the area, a coin was recently issued for the "Independent Territory of Ilemi".  The 2018 coin is denominated "20 Afaro".  The obverse features a coat of arms for Ilemi supported by two lions and spears.  The reverse depicts a lion and cub. The triangular silver-plated Proof coin is 35mm on each side.  The coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item ILEMI ILEMI 20 AFARO 2018 PROOF $19.95



NEWSULTANATE OF YOGYKARTA, ISLAND OF JAVA

SULTANATE OF YOGYKARTA, ISLAND OF JAVA (JAWA) 5000 RUPIAHS 2018 COINThis unofficial 2018 dated 5000 Rupiahs coin was issued for the Sultanate of Yogukarta on the island of Java (Jawa).  Yogukarta is an autonomous Special Region of Indonesia ruled by a Sultan, making it the only officially recognized monarchy within Indonesia. The obverse depicts the a Hindu temple in the Prambanan Temple Compounds and the royal arms of the Sultan.  The Prambanan Temple Compounds, located near the city of Yogukarta, consist of over 500 Hindu and Buddhist temples.  The reverse features Buddhist stupas in the Borobudur Temple Complex. The Borobudur Complex is considered one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world.  Both temple compounds were built in the 8th and 9th centuries.  They are not only architectural and cultural treasures, but also are standing proof of past religious peaceful cohabitation in this now Muslim nation.  The 40mm eight-sided coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces and is Proof.
Item JAVA SULTANATE OF YOGYKARTA, JAVA, 5000 RUPEES 2018 PROOF $19.95



NEWSULTANATE OF SULU

Sultanate of Sulu 20 Bakr 2018 coinThe Sultanate of Sulu was once a maritime empire that included parts of what is now the Philippines as well as portions of Borneo. Since Philippine government has officially recognized the continued existence of the Sultanate of Sulu. There are presently five contesting Sultans of Sulu.  The President of the Philippines has been requested to settle the dispute, however there has not yet been any official action.  This unofficial 2018 triangular coin of the Sultanate of Sulu is denominated 20 Bakr.  The obverse features the arms of Sulu.  The reverse includes the denomination, two daggers, the motto of the Sultanate "TUBUH SUG SARAYAW RAYAW"  and in red the "Gate to Mecca" which appears on the flag of Sulu.
Item SULU SULTANATE OF SULU 20 BAKR 2018 PROOF $19.95




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 $19.75



TRIANGULAR COIN OF THE KINGDOM OF NORTH BARCHANT  Restocked - Limited Supply

North Barchant 2 Bytecoins 2018 triangular coinThe Kingdom of North Barchant consists of a group of barges floating in the neutral waters of the Atlantic Ocean north of the Canary Islands. It claims to have an area of 1.12 km2 (276 acres).  It has its origin in 2010 when the crews of barges drifting in the North Atlantic were unable to return home due to lack of funds, documents, and support of their countries. In an effort to protect the interests of its inhabitants North Barchant proclaimed itself an independent micro-nation on September 15, 2015.  Unlike many micro-nations it actually has a population and a territory.  In 2018 it issued its first, and only officially authorized coin.  The 35mm equilateral triangle coin has the nominal value of 2 Bytecoins.  The Bytecoin is an independent cryptocurrency designed for anonymous cash settlements released in 2014.  It is not related to the bitcoin.  The obverse features the emblem of the kingdom.  The reverse depicts a sailfish, the national motto " Vitam et Libertatem" (Latin for "Life and Freedom") the dates 2015 and 2018 and the denomination.  The silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.  It is an official and unusual coin issued by an unusual nation.
Item BARCHANT NORTH BARCHANT 2 BYTECOINS, 2018 PROOF $24.00



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



NEWA COIN OF KONIGSBERG

Konigsberg 20 Komark 2018 coinKonigsberg is the name of the Prussian city that is now Kaliningrad, Russia.  After being mostly destroyed in World War II, it was captured by Soviet troops in April 1945.  The remaining German population that did not die of disease or starvation were expelled and the city repopulated with Russians. Though part of Russia, it is separated from the rest of Russia by Poland and Lithuania. The obverse of this 2018 20 KonMark coin portrays the traditional coat of arms of Konigsberg.  The reverse features the Brandenburg Gate, the only surviving gate still used for its intended purpose. The 40mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of 150 pieces.
Item KONIGSBERG KONIGSBERG 20 KONMARK 2018 PROOF $19.75



NEWSQUARE COIN OF FAR-OFF AZAWAD FEATURES CAMELS

Azawad 500 Francs 2018 coin depicts cameslAzawad is a region of northern Mali that includes the cities of Timbuktu and Gao.  It briefly claimed independence in 2012 after a Tuareg rebellion drove the Malian troops from the region.  The obverse square 30mm 500 Francs coin features The Sankore Madrasah, which is an ancient mosque and Islamic university in Timbuktu.  At its peak it could house 25,000 students and had one of the largest libraries in the world with between 400,000 and 700,000 manuscripts.   The reverse features camels, which are still used for transportation in the area, and the name of the country in Tuareg.  The unofficial silver-plated Proof coin is dated 2018 and has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item AZAWAD AZAWAD 500 FRANCS 2018 PROOF $19.75



NEWCOIN OF CORSICA HONORS NAPOLEON

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 $19.75




NEWREPUBLIC OF SAUGEAIS

Saugeais 500 Francs 2018 coinThe Republic of Saugeais is a self-proclaimed micro-nation in eastern France on the Swiss border in the Department of Doubs. It is made up of eleven municipalities.  It started as an off-hand joke on a French official in 1947 that has been continued ever since as a light-hearted venture that helps to raise funds for local needs.  This 30mm square Proof 500 Franc coin was issued for Saugeais in 2018. The obverse includes the official arms of the Saugeais Republic, a knight and a bishop. The design was based on a 1987 postage stamp. The reverse features the denomination and the interior of the Montbenoit Abbey, which the Republic raised funds to help preserve.  The silver-plated coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item SAUGEAIS SAUGEAIS 500 FRANCS 2018 PROOF $19.75



NEWSCARCE WAZIRISTAN COIN

Waziristan 25 Krans, 2018 coinWaziristan is a rough, remote area of Pakistan that borders Afghanistan.  Some claim it is the most dangerous place in the world. Its mostly Pashtun inhabitants have for centuries resisted outside control.  Though Pakistan, and previously Britain claimed the area, they generally had little local control and faced frequent revolts.  In recent years it has been used as a base by al-Qaeda, Taliban, Islamic State and other radical groups. This unofficial 2018 Waziristan 25 Kran features the Islamic crescent moon and star on the obverse.  The reverse depicts a snow leopard and the denomination and name of the country in ArabicThe eight-sided 40mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item WAZIRISTAN WAZIRISTAN 25 KRANS 2018 PROOF $19.75





NEWODD COINS FROM ODD BITS OF EUROPE

Büsingen am Hochrhein 20 Francs 2018Campione d'Italia 100,000 Lire 2018 cutout coin
Over the centuries, the changing boundaries of European nations has left a few tiny pieces of one nation totally surrounded by another nation.  In 2018 low-mintage unofficial coins were issued for two of these unusual entities.
Büsingen am Hochrhein is a small German town (2.94 sq. miles, 7.62 km2 with a population of 1358 entirely surrounded by Switzerland.  It is separated from Germany by a narrow strip of land containing the Swiss village of Dörflingen. Long under Austrian control, it became part of the German kingdom of Württemberg under the 1805 Peace of Pressburg agreement during the Napoleonic Wars.  Following the First World War it overwhelmingly voted to become part of Switzerland, however Switzerland could not offer anything acceptable in exchange so it remains part of Germany.  Though part of Germany, by treaty it is not part European Union economic regulations or customs territory.  Instead it is part Swiss customs area and uses primarily the Swiss Franc rather than the Euro.  This 2018 20 Franc coin of Büsingen am Hochrhein features the EU emblem and a multi-color image of the town's coat-of-arms on the obverse.  The reverse includes the emblem of Switzerland in color and depicts a knight on horseback. 
Campione d'Italia is an Italian municipality entirely surrounded by the Swiss Canton of Ticano.  It is about half a mile (1km) from the rest of Italy but the intervening mountainous terrain requires a journey by road of over 9 miles (14 km) to reach the nearest Italian town.  The Romans founded the town in the first century BC to guard against invasions from Swiss tribes.  In 1798, when Ticino chose to join the Swiss Confederation, Campione chose to remain part of Lombardy.  In 1814 a referendum was held and Campione again rejected becoming part of Switzerland.  During the wars of Italian unification of 1848 Campione Switzerland for annexation, but Switzerland rejected it, wanting to retain their neutrality. During World War II fascist Italy did not have control over the town and the United States used it as a base for their spy operations in Italy. Because of its unusual situation the town is exempt from European Union Value Added Tax.  The town takes advantage of its status by operating the largest casino in Europe: Casino di Campione.  The casino is the town's largest employer and generates sufficient revenue for the town to operate without the imposition of taxes or other revenue sources.  The 2018 100,000 Lire coin features a cutout of a deer.  The obverse of the coin includes the town's coat-of-arms which features a snail.   The reverse includes a fawn standing next to the cut-out of the deer.  Both coins are 40mm silver plated and have a mintage of only 150 pieces each.
Item BUSINGEN BUSINGEN AM HOCHRHEIN 20 FRANCS 2018 COLOR COIN PROOF  OUT
Item CAMPIONE CAMPIONE D'ITALIA 100,000 LIRE 2018 CUTOUT COIN BU $24.00


KINGDOM OF ENCLAVA CUT-OUT COIN

Kingdom of Enclava cutout coin 2018The Kingdom of Enclava was founded in 2015 by a group of Polish tourists on what they believed to be an unclaimed bit of land on the Danube River between Slovenia and Croatia.  Slovenia has since then claimed jurisdiction over tiny, 1075 square foot  (100 sq.m.) territory.  This 2018 coin of Enclava features a cutout image of a stork and a cattail reed.  The obverse includes the emblem of the Kingdom of Enclava.  The reverse includes a stork in flight, the national motto and the denomination: 25 Bitcoins.  That is over $200,000 USD, but don't expect to be able to spend it.  The 40mm silverplated coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item ENCLAVA KINGDOM OF ENCLAVA 25 BITCOIN CASH 2018 BU $24.00



COIN OF ATHOS  Restocked

Mount Athos (Athonic State) 500 Drachm coinMount Athos, also known as Holy Mountain in Greece, is the home of 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries.  It is an autonomous entity dating back to 963AD. It is expressly exempt from many of the rules and regulations of Greece and the European Union.  This unofficial 2018 500 Drachma features the double headed imperial eagle on one side and the icon of the Virgin Mary standing atop the mountain on the other. Though Virgin Mary is the patroness of Mount Athos, no females, including female animals are allowed on the mountain. (though wild animals and apparently cats are exempt).   The eight-sided silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item ATHOS ATHOS 500 DRACHM 2018 PROOF $19.75 



INDEPENDENT RAKIURA  Restocked

Independent Rakiura 10 Pera Pango (Black Pearls) 2017 coinRakiura, also known as Stewart Island, is the third largest of New Zealand's islands.  It is about 19 miles (30km) south of South Island.  It has a population of less than 400 and is rather isolated from the rest of New Zealand. Over the years there have been a number of Rakiura Independence events, including a declaration of independence, the issuance of postage stamps and selling of passports, though they were done more as fund raisers for local needs rather a than a political movement.  An attractive Rakiura coin was recently issued.  One side depicts a multi-colored tattooed Maori Warrior, sticking out his tongue and holding a taiaha (a sharp-pointed war club). Above him is the legend "INDEPENDENT RAKIURA".  The other side features a Maori hei-tiki (neck pendant) and a taiaha.  The unofficial coin is denominated as 10 Pera Pango (Maori for Black Pearl) and is dated 2017.  The 40mm silver plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item RAKIURA RAKIURA 10 PEARA PANGO, 2017 PROOF $25.00






SOCOTRA 2018 200 RIALS

Socotra 200 Rials coin 2018Socotra is an island in the Arabian Sea that is officially part of Yemen, claimed by Somalia and in recent years has been occupied by troops of the United Arab Emirates. The isolated island is the home of many endemic species and has been called "the most alien-looking place on earth".  It was a trading base in ancient times.  Tradition holds that the island was converted to Christianity when St. Thomas the Apostle was ship wrecked there on his way to India. By the 16th century most of islands inhabitants converted to Islam.  One side of this unofficial 2018 200 Rials of Scotra is in English and features the head of an Egyptian Vulture and an stylized ancient Egyptian falcon with an orange center.  The other side features one of the island's famed Dragon's Blood Trees with an orange sun above.  The attractive 40mm silver plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item SOCOTRA SOCOTRA 200 RIALS 2018 PROOF $24.00



2018 COINS FROM DISPUTED ISLANDS

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 $22.00
Item PARACEL PARACEL ISLANDS 500 PESOS 2018 PROOF $22.00



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


OGLALA SIOUX COIN SET

 Ogala Sioux Indian Nation 2014 coin setcommon reverse of Ogala Sioux 2014 coins features tribal emblem

The Oglala Sioux exercised their right as a "sovereign nation" to issue coins with 2014 six-coin set.  The coins include the 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 cents and 1 Dollar.  The coins have a common reverse depicting the tribal emblem which features a circle of eight tepees which represent the districts of their reservation.  The obverses feature elements of their tribal heritage.   The Ogala are one of the seven subtribes that make up the Great Sioux Nation.   A majority of the Oglala live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, which is in the inscription on the reverse.
Item SIOUX OGALA SIOUX 6 COIN SET 1 CENT - 1 DOLLAR, 2014 UNC. $29.50



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.


Antipodes Islands 10 Dollars, Parakeet 2017The coin from the Antipodes Islands pictures an Antipodes parakeet (Cyanoramphus unicolor). It one of two parrot species found on the islands, and one of only five ground-dwelling parrots in the world. The Antipodes Islands are located about 350 miles (560 km) southeast of the South Island of New Zealand.  The islands were first charted in 1800 by Captain Henry Waterhouse.  In 1803 his brother-in-law received a fishing monopoly for the islands, sailed for them and was never heard of again.  There was a major sealing boom at the islands between 1805 and 1807 which lead to a battle between gangs of American and British led sealers.  One ship carried 80,000 seal skins, worth the equivalent of millions of dollars today, to Canton.  After 1807 the seal population was largely wiped out. Today the islands are uninhabited.  The coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item ANTIPODES ANTIPODES ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, PARAKEET PROOF $22.00


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


Bounty Islands 10 Dollars, Albatross 2017This Bounty Islands 10 Dollar coin features the Southern Royal Albatross (Diomedea epomophora).  The bird is one of the largest species of Albatross with a wingspan of about 10 feet (3 meters).  The Bounty Islands are a small group of 13 uninhabited granite islets and numerous rocks, that are about 416 miles (670 km) east-south-east of the New Zealand's South Island and about 133 miles (214km) north of the Antipodes Islands.   They were discovered by Captain William Bligh on his return from Tahiti in 1778 just months before the famous mutiny and named after his ship, HMS Bounty. The coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item BOUNTY BOUNTY ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, ALBATROSS 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 CrawfishNEWThe 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


Kermadec Islands 10 Dollars, Leafy Seadragon 2017The Kermadec Islands rectangular 10 Dollar coin depicts the odd looking Leafy Seadragon (Phycodurus eques). The sea-horse like creature has long leaf-like protrusions coming from all over the body, which serve as camouflage, giving it the appearance of seaweed.  The Kermadec islands are 500 to 600 miles (800-1000 km.) northeast of New Zealand's North Islands.  They may have been settled as early as the 10th century, and were settled by Polynesians around the 14th century, however were uninhabited when Europeans visited the area in 1788. The islands are uninhabited except for a New Zealand government station on the northernmost island in the chain.  The coin has a mintage of 200 pieces.
Item KERMADEC KERMADEC ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, LEAFY SEADRAGON PROOF $22.00


Snares Islands 10 Dollars, Penguin 2017The Snares Islands, also known by their Maori name of Tina Heke are about 124 miles (200km) south of New Zealand's South Island.  Captain George Vancouver named the islands "The Snares" because he considered them a shipping hazard.  The uninhabited islands remain one of the last pristine areas of New Zealand.   The coin pictures the Snares Penguins (Eudyptes robustus),  Only 200 pieces were minted.
Item SNARES SNARES ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, PENGUINS PROOF $22.00



Solander Islands 10 Dollars 2017, Glaucus marginatus (small blue sea slug) 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



Three Kings Islands 10 Dollars 2017, Australian Spotted JellyfishThe Three Kings Islands are a New Zealand territory consisting of 13 islands about 34 miles (55km) northwest of Cape Reinga, New Zealand. They measure about 1.9 square miles (4.86 km2).  The islands have been uninhabited since 1840.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of this unofficial silver-plated Proof 25mm x 40mm 10 Dollar coin.  The reverse depicts a Phyllorhiza punctate, a species of jellyfish that is commonly called the floating bell, Australian spotted jellyfish or the white-spotted jellyfish. They are an invasive species having spread from their native habitat around Australia to the Mediterranean Sea, Hawaiian Islands, Gulf of Mexico, Southern California, Greater Antilles and western Atlantic.  Each jellyfish can filter as much as 13,000 gallons (50,000 liters) of seawater per day, ingesting plankton that native species need, as well as ruining fishing gear and damaging boat intakes.  The coin has mintage of only 150 pieces.  It is the last in the series of rectangular 10 Dollar coins for the New Zealand Outlying Islands.   The coin has a mintage of  just 150 pieces.
Item 3KINGS THREE KINGS ISLANDS 10 DOLLARS 2017, JELLYFISH PROOF $22.00





MAUI TRADE DOLLARSWholesale prices available to dealers

Maui 2018 Trade Dollar, Humpback whale and Black Rock Cliff DiverMaui 2017 $2 Trade Dollar, Hawaiian OwlMaui 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 coin. Profits from the coins go toward educational programs on the island. The coins depict native wildlife or culture. Profits from the sale of the coins goes towards educational programs on the island. The 2018 issue a depicts a humpback whale and the Black Rock in Kaanapali. Each November the magnificant 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 some of the 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.  The 2015 issue features a dolphin and a surfer riding the waves at sunset. The 2014 issue features a fierce looking Hawaiian Tiki god.   A marlin is featured on the 2013 issue. The popular 2008 issue features a Hula dancer and a whale.    They are beautiful coins from a beautiful island.
Item MAUI18 MAUI 2018 TRADE DOLLAR, HUMPBACK WHALE & ROCK DIVER BU $5.00
Item MAUI18x20 ROLL OF 20 MAUI 2018 TRADE DOLLAR COINS, BU $65.00
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 MAUI15 MAUI 2015 TRADE 2 DOLLAR, SURFER AND DOLPHIN BU $6.00
Item MAUI15x20 ROLL OF 20 MAUI 2015 TRADE 2 DOLLAR, SURFER AND DOLPHIN BU $65.00
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



UNUSUAL SHAPED COINS OF CEUTA AND MELILLA Back in stock Price Reduced

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 INDPENDENCE 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



DOGS & MULTI COLOR CANARY ON CANARY ISLANDS COIN

Canary Islands 200 Pesetas 2017 multi-color proof coinThe Canary Islands is a Spanish possession in the Atlantic Ocean about 60 miles (100km.) west of Morocco.  The name of the islands is derived from its Latin name "Canariae Insulae", meaning "Islands of the Dogs".  The song bird is named after the islands.  One side of this 2017 dated 200 Pesetas coin features a multi-color Atlantic Canary (Serinus canaria), which is native to the islands.  The other side features the islands' coat-of-arms supported by two dogs and the names of the major islands in the chain.  This silver-plated Proof coin is 40mm in diameter and has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item CANARY CANARY ISLANDS 200 PESETAS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $25.00




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



AN ECU FROM ZOETERMEER  

Zoetermeer 1 Ecu 1990Before Europe adopted the Euro, they had planned to call their common currency the Ecu.  However some nations objected as the name had previously been used on a French coin. There were some local coin issues denominated in Ecus prior to renaming it the Euro.  This 1 Ecu coin was issued in 1990 by the city of Zoetermeer in the Netherlands.  The obverse of the 26mm brass coin depicts the town arms and the legend “ZOETERMEER, WAAR ANDERS!” (Zoetermeer, where else!)  The reverse depicts an old sailing ship, the denomination and date.   The name "Zoetermeer" is Dutch for "Sweet Lake”.  It refers to a lake that was once located north of the town, but was drained and filled in 1614.  Until the mid 1960’s Zoetermeer was a small village.  It has since underwent a major expansion and is now a city of over 125,000.   A new artificial lake was created when sand was needed as a building material for the new housing developments. 
Item ZOETERMEER ZOETERMEER, NETHERLANDS 1 ECU 1990 BU $6.00


2017 SINT MAARTEN COIN FEATURES BOEING 747

Sint Maarten 25 Guilder 2017Sint Maarten is the Dutch portion of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. In 1648 the French and Dutch decided the island was not worth fighting over, so divided it, with the northern portion going to France and the southern portion to the Netherlands.  In 2010 Sint Maarten became a constituent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  This unofficial 2017 Sint Maarten 25 Guilder is the first modern coin of Sint Maarten.  It depicts Netherlands King Willem-Alexander and Princess (formerly Queen) Beatrix on the obverse.  The reverse depicts a low flying KLM airlines Boeing 747-400 over Maho Beach.  Planes fly only about 100 feet (35 meters) over the public beach when landing at the adjacent Princess Juliana International Airport.  The 40mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item SX-25G SINT MAARTEN 25 GUILDER, 2017, PROOF $22.00



KINGDOM OF TAVOLARA

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





JESUS ON 2016 COIN OF HERM

Herm Isalnd 5 Pounds 2016 ProofHerm is a small island located between Sark and Guernsey, in the English Channel.  It covers about 2 sq. km. (.77 sq. miles) and has about 60 full time residents.   Its main industry is tourism.  It has few modern conveniences, making it an ideal location where vacationers can “get away from it all”. This unofficial 2016 dated 5 Pound coin of Herm features a statue of Jesus on the obverse, along with an outline portrait of Queen Elizabeth and the Arms of Herm.  The reverse depicts St. Tugual’s Chapel, with the statue of Jesus to the right of the chapel.  The Chapel dates back to the 11th Century.  The 40mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces.
Item HERM HERM 5 POUNDS 2016 PROOF $22.00



COIN OF SARK  

Sark 5 Pounds 2016Sark is a small island off the north coast of France with a population of about 600. It is a royal fief of the Queen of England, who is paid an annual rent of £1.79.  Though part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, it has its own laws based on Norman law and its own parliament.  It maintains many medieval customs and does not cars or street lamps.  In 2016 this unofficial 5 Pounds coin was issued for Sark.  One side depicts a horse carriage next to a medieval tower and wall.  The other side features a young woman, the arms of Sark and a small bust of Queen Elizabeth.   The 40mm silver plated coin has a mintage of only 200 pieces and is Proof.
Item SARK SARK 5 POUNDS 2016 PROOF $22.00



OKINAWA DOLLAR FEATURES BATTLESHIP USS MISSOURI

Okinawa 1 Dollar 2016 depicting battleship USS MissouriThis unofficial Okinawa one dollar coin depicts the famed battleship USS Missouri.  The Missouri was the last battleship commissioned by the United States and was the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended World War II. Okinawa was captured by United States forces in World War II after extremely fierce fighting.  Today Okinawa is a prefecture of Japan and is the home of some 32 United States military bases that occupy about a quarter of the island.  The reverse of the coin has the legend "MARINE CORPS BASE, OKINAWA, JAPAN" and a coat-of-arms.  The 40mm silver plated coin has a mintage of only 250 pieces and is Proof.
Item OKINAWA OKINAWA 1 DOLLAR 2016 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 coinWales 2 Pounds pattern coin
Though Prince Charles is not yet King, undated, multi-colored unofficial pattern 2 Pound coins were issued for  Scotland,  Northern Ireland and Wales.  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 Wales issue features a Red kite and a leek 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
Item WALES2 WALES 2 POUNDS COIN (2016) PROOF $24.00



THE LORD OF THE RINGS COIN SET

The Lord of the Rings 5 coin set includes The Axe of Durin, Fall Leaf of Holly, Iron Eye of Sauron, Rohan Brumby Penny, copper Raven from Old Dale
This set includes five coins used by various lands featured in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings series.  Included are the following coins minted by the Shire Post Mint.  The coins come in a descriptive folder::
The Axe of Durin which was  made in the Great Halls and Mines of Mouria, late in the First Age.  The 28mm 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.

The unusual copper Fall Leaf of Holly comes from Eregion,  a Second Age realm settled by Elven-folk. The coin is shaped like a holly leaf. The One side has an Elvish song written in an archaic Elvish language.   The other side is written in runes. 

The iron Eye of Sauron, was used by the minions of The Dark Lord in Mordaur, a wasteland in the south of Middle Earth.   The coin features the all Seeing Eye.  

The brass Brumby Penny from Rohan features the image of Mearas, the King of the Horses.  Rohan is a Mannish kingdom that is noted for its horses and horsemen. The legend on the reverse translates as Theoden, King of the Eorlings.

The copper Raven of old Dale features the Raven of Dale on one side.  The other side features birds and bees and the legend (in Futhark Runic) "Land of Milk and Honey".  The coins are dated Year 2769 of the Third Age, shortly before the town was destroyed.by Smaug.  Dale Town (or Dal Tun) was a city-kingdom of men and women located next the Lonely Mountain
Item LOTR-SET1 THE LORD OF THE RINGS 5 COIN SET IN FOLDER out

We also have a single coin from the above set:
Item LOTR-MOURIA MOURIA COPPER AXE OF DURIN Br.X1 $8.00



THE HOBBIT COIN SET

The Hobbit 4 coin set includes thrup'eny, penny, haypenny and farthingThis set includes four coins of The Shire, from  J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit book and movie. The Shire is the abode for Hobbits.  The set includes a thick copper Thrup'ny (3 pence), a copper Penny, a copper Haypenny and a brass or copper Farthing.  Each coin depicts a different tree.  The four coins were produced by the Shire Post Mint and come in a descriptive folder.  The exact coins included vary from set to set.
Item HOBBIT-SET1 THE HOBBIT 4 COIN SET IN FOLDER out

We also have a few single coins from the above set:
Item SHIRE-HAY THE SHIRE 1/2 PENNY (HAYPENNY) Year 1402 $8.00
Item SHIRE-PENNY THE SHIRE PENNY WILLOW TREE $9.00


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


MIDWAY ATOLL DOLLAR

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



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



UNUSUAL INCUSE NORTHERN CYPRUS COIN FEATURES SELIM THE SOT

Northern Cyprus 20 Lira 2011This unofficial 2011 dated 20 Lira coin from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus features a seated portrait Ottoman Sultan Selim II. Selim was called “The Sot” or “The Drunkard”. He married a Venetian noblewoman, and turned over most of the government functions to his ministers allowing him to pursue his drinking and orgies. In 1570 he conquered Cyprus in order to assure a steady supply of his favorite wine. The reverse of the coin features the arms of Northern Cyprus.Northern Cyprus was created after a Greek attempt to sieze control of Cyprus in 1974 was met with a military intervention by Turkey. Turkish forces gained control of the northern third of the island and created the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Northern Cyprus has not received international recognition and attempts to re-unify the island have met with repeated failure. Unlike most coins, the design is incuse (engraved into the coin), rather than raised, giving it an unusual and attractive appearance. The copper-nickel coin is 39mm in diameter and has a Matte Uncirculated finish.
Item NO.CYP-20 NORTHERN CYPRUS 20 LIRA 2011, UNC. $13.00


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



A COIN FROM MARS (BARSOOM)

Barsoom (Mars) silver 10 Pi of Dejah Thoras the Princess of HeliumThis most unusual fantasy coin is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs fictional series starting with "A Princess of Mars", which Disney recently made into the movie "John Carter". The story goes that the coins were found deep in a cave in the desolate hills of the Nevada desert. The unusual oblong silver coin pictures the nude Dejah Thoris, the princess of Helium, holding a sword and dagger. Helium is one of the realms on Barsoom. Barsoom is the what the Martians call their planet. The reverse is inscribed in a version of the pre-Hellenic Mycenaean "linear-b" script, which may indicate an ancient connection between Earth and Mars, as was proposed in Erich von Däniken book "Chariots of the Gods". The coin is denominated as 10 Pi, a denomination mentioned in the books. It is approximately 25mm long, weighs 5 grams, and is struck in .999 fine silver. The coins appear to be lightly circulated, perhaps from having been used on Mars before somehow being teleported to Earth.
Item BARSOOM BARSOOM (MARS) 10 PI, DEJAH THORAS, VF $32.00


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



FANTASY COINS OF NORTH AMERICA

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.
Item VINL-AR VINLAND SILVER PENNY Fantasy coin, Unc. $19.95


COINS OF FRENCH NORTH AMERICA   

Obverse of French North America 1 Sol coinsFrench North America copper 1 Sol coinsFrance did not actually issue coins for its settlements in Arkansas, Alabama or Louisiana.  These issues represent what the issues might have looked like had they actually been issued.  The first is a copper 1 Sol for Poste Aux Akansas (Arkansas Post) dated 1690.  The early colony was just up the Arkansas River from the Mississippi and adjacent to a village of the Quapaw natives. The name of the colony translates something like: "Settlement near the Quapaw".  The use of the spelling "Akansas" is typical of the time period, and is a French transliteration of the name of what is today called the "Quapaw".  The reverse bears the royal crown above, and a device combining the fleurs-des-lis with the bow and arrow.  The second is a copper 1 Sol dated 1699 for the Isle du Massacre (Massacre Island).  Isle du Massacre, located off the coast of Alabama, was a French settlement founded in 1699 by a French Canadian named Pierre le Moyne, sieur d'Iberville.  The island was named because of human bones that were found on the shore, apparently from an Indian burial mound that had been disturbed by a hurricane.  The reverse features a coat-of-arms featuring three human skulls. The colony had trouble attracting settlers, perhaps because of its unfortunate name.  In an effort to attract more settlers it was renamed in 1707 to Isle Dauphin.   For a time it became a thriving settlement and the headquarters for French colonization along the Gulf Coast. The settlement included  a fort, a chapel, government owned warehouses, and many private homes.   Today it is known as Dauphin Island.   The third coin is a copper 1 Sol of Isle Dauphin which features a crowned fish on the reverse.  The obverse of all three coins show French King Louis XIV at his jowly best... you can almost hear him shout "Letat, cest moi!" (translation: "I AM the state!") as advisers and sycophants bow and scurry at his feet. The coins represent an interesting series of coins for French North America that were never issued.  The coins are attractively toned an antiqued finish.
Item ARKANSAS ARKANSAS POST 1 SOL 1690 Fantasy Coin out
Item MASSACRE MASSACRE ISLAND COPPER 1 SOL 1699 Fantasy Coin out
Item DAUPHINE DAUPHINE ISLAND COPPER 1 SOL 1707 Fantasy Coin $10.00



BI-METALLIC BOOTLEGGER DOLLAR FROM ALCATRAZ 

Alcatraz 1 Dollar 2013Notorious gangster Al Capone is depicted on this bi-metallic 2013 "Bootlegger Dollar" from Alcatraz.  The reverse depicts the island prison and a pelican.  Alcatraz was a maximum security Federal Penitentiary located in San Francisco Bay from 1934 to 1963. It housed the most notorious and brutal criminals in the country.  Prisoners could see the bright lights of the city, which was only about 1.25 miles (2km.) away, however the cold water and strong currents made escape almost impossible. Al Capone was housed at Alcatraz from 1934 to 1938. Though Capone was involved in smuggling and bootlegging liquor during prohibition, prostitution, as well as bribery of government officials, he was sentenced to prison for tax evasion.   Today Alcatraz is a popular museum that attract over a million visitors annually.   Of course, the coins were never used, but it is a fun memento of this infamous prison that once housed "the worst of the worst".  The bi-metallic coin is 29mm in diameter and has a mintage of only 1000 pieces.
Item ALCATRAZ ALCATRAZ BOOTLEGGER DOLLAR 2013, BU   $8.00





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 coinEmuola Tribe 2 Dier coinEwaala Tribe bimetallic 1 Ewa coin

Manyaala Tribe 2 Ebo coin 2008Mwalba Tribe bi-metallic 2 Mwal 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 Emuola consider the crocodile as their spirit animal, thus it is pictured on their brass 2 Dier coin. The bi-metallic Ewaala 1 Ewai includes a map of Ghana showing the tribal region. The bronze Manyaala Tribe 2 Ebo features a bow and arrow. The bi-metallic 2 Mwal from the Mwalba Tribe pictures a carved wood stool. Woodcarving is an important industry for the tribe. 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 EMOULA EMUOLA BRASS 2 DIER 2008 UNC. only in set
Item EWAALA EWAALA BI-METAL 1 EWAI 2008 UNC. only in set
Item MANYAALA MANYAALA BRONZE 2 EBO 2008 UNC. $19.95
Item MWALBA MWALBA BI-METAL 2 MWAL 2008 UNC. only in set
Item NAAJERI NAAJERI BRONZE 1 ECHE 2008 UNC $19.95
Item TRIBAL08 SET OF ALL 6 OF ABOVE GHANA TRIBAL COINS $115.00



EASTER ISLAND COIN DEPICTS MYSTERIOUS HEAD AND UNDECIPHERED LANGUAGE 

Easter Island 1000 Peso coin 2008This unofficial 1000 Peso coin for Easter Island (Isla de Pascua)  features one of the mysterious carved stone heads found on the island on the obverse.  The reverse pictures a carved wooden tablet featuring the still undeciphered Rongorongo Easter Island script.  The 2008 datec coin is 27mm in diameter and is struck in nickel-plated zinc.
Item EASTER-1000 EASTER ISLAND 1000 PESOS 2008, UNC. $8.00


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



STYGIAN COPPER LUNAR OF CONAN THE BARBARIAN

Obverse of King Conan oblong copper coin of StyrgiaReverse of Styrgia copper Lunar of King Conan   This unusual oblong copper coin is based around the pulp fiction hero Conan the Barbarian, also known as Conan the Cimmerian, created by Robert E. Howard.  Since then Conan has been transformed into numerous movies and books.  The oblong coin of fabled ancient Stygia depicts the Moon Goddess on obverse, in portrait mode, holding two vipers in her hand, signifying control of commerce and war. The heiroglyphs incised behind her speak of invoices, bills of lading, and the boring necessities of the mundane material world. The vertical orientation of the image implies the dominance of mankind over nature, and the control of populations by the ruling class.
   The reverse side is in landscape mode and features the serpent-god SET. This side depicts the spirit world where demons lurk, spells are cast, and where the mighty serpent-god that disgorged the universe waits. The horizontal depiction signifies that humankind must be submissive to the will of SET, for he may choose to take you at any time.
Item CONAN STYRGIA COPPER LUNAR COIN OF KING CONAN, Antiqued UNC. $16.00


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