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RECENT WORLD COIN & CURRENCY ISSUES


RECENT SILVER COINS OF THE EAST CARIBBEAN STATES

Anguilla 1 troy oz. silver 2 Dollar coins 2019 depicting a lobsterAntigua & Barbuda 1 troy oz. silver 2 Dollar coins 2019 depicting a old sailing shipGrenada 1 troy oz. silver 2 Dollar coins 2019 depicting diver in a school of fishMontserrat 1 troy oz. silver 2 Dollar coins 2018 depicting flags and arms Montserrat 1 troy oz. silver 2 Dollar coins 2019 depicting Irish HarpSt, Kitts & Nevis 1 troy oz. silver 2 Dollar coins 2019 depicting pelicanSt, Kitts & Nevis 1 troy oz. silver 2 Dollar coins 2019 depicting flamingosSt. Vincent & The Grenadines 1 troy oz. silver 2 Dollar coins 2019 depicting sea plane and boatCommon obverse for the East Cariibbean silver 2 Dollar coins
The East Caribbean Central Bank supplies coins and currency to a number of tiny Caribbean nations which all utilize a common currency called the Eastern Caribbean Dollar.   These Brilliant Uncirculated 1 troy ounce .999 fine, 39mm legal tender coins were issued for the member nations of the East Caribbean Central Bank. The coins have a frosted Proof-Like surface. They all have the same reverse depicting Queen Elizabeth within a wreath.  Each nation has a distinctive obverse reflecting a unique aspect of that country. The designs change each year, though tend to follow the same themes reflecting an aspect of that nation. . They are each denominated 2 Eastern Caribbean Dollars.   Only 25,000 of each coin was minted. 
NEWItem ANGUILLA19 ANGUILLA 2 DOLLARS 2019 LOBSTER PROOFLIKE $32.50
 Item ANTIGUA19 ANTIGUA & BARBUDA 2 DOLLARS 2019 RUM RUNNER, PROOFLIKE $32.50
 Item GRENADA19 GRENADA 2 DOLLARS 2019 DIVERS, PROOFLIKE $32.50
 Item MONTSERRAT18 MONTSERRAT 2 DOLLARS 2018 COAT OF ARMS, PROOFLIKE $32.50
NEW Item MONTSERRAT19 MONTSERRAT 2 DOLLARS 2019 HARP PROOFLIKE $32.50
NEWItem ST.KITTS19 ST. KITTS & NEVIS 2 DOLLARS 2019 PELICAN, PROOFLIKE $32.50
NEWItem ST.LUCIA19 ST. LUCIA 2 DOLLARS 2019 FLAMINGOS, PROOFLIKE $32.50
NEWItem ST.VINCENT19 ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES 2 DOLLARS 2019 SEA PLANE, PROOFLIKE $32.50


NEWGHANA 2019 BI-METALLIC 2 CEDIS

Ghana 2 Cedis 2019 bimetallic coinGhana released a new 2019 dated 2 Cedis.  The bi-metallic coin features numerous advanced security devices, including latent images on both sides and micro-lettering along the rim of the reverse.  The obverse features Ghana's coat of arms.  The reverse depicts Jubilee House in Acca, which serves as the presidential palace.
Item GH-2C GHANA 2 CEDIS 2019 UNC.$4.50


NewNEW BAHAMAS HALF DOLLAR NOTE

Bahamas 1/2 Dollar banknote, 2019, FRONTBahamas 1/2 Dollar banknote, 2019, BACK
The Bahamas released a new Half Dollar note dated 2019.  The front features a map of the Bahamas, a Bahama Strongbark flower, a color-shifting image of a lizard and the Queen.  The vertical back features Sister Sarah Johnson and images of the Straw Market.  Sister Sarah was a prominent artisan straw weaver at the market in the 1970's.  In the bottom left is the Bahamas Coat of Arms.  The note has a watermark of Queen Elizabeth. 
Item PM-BS-1/2 BAHAMAS HALF DOLLAR NOTE, 2019 UNC. $3.75



NEWBIG 5 AFRICAN WILDLIFE COINS FROM SIERRA LEONE

Sierra Leone set of five 2019 African wildlife coins: Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard and Cape Buffalo
Sierra Leone released a series of five copper-nickel 1 Dollar coins depicting the Big Five African game animals.  The term Big Five refers to the Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard and Cape Buffalo. The term was originally used by big game hunters referring to the five African animals that were most difficult to hunt on foot.  Now it is widely used by safari tour operators.  This set of five 2019 1 Dollar coins features the head of each of the animals styled as though it is an African mask.  The African pattern is carried over to the incused rim. The obverses of the coins depict arms of Sierra Leone and the date.  The coins are 38.6mm in diameter.  Each coin has a maximum mintage of only 10,000 pieces.
Item SL-BIG5 SIERRA LEONE SET OF 5 WILDLIFE DOLLAR COINS, 2019 BU $49.75



NewWORLD WAR II COMMEMORATIVE FROM ASCENSION ISLAND

Ascension Island 1 Crown 2019, 80th Anniversary of start of World War IIAscension Island commemorated the 80th Anniversary of the start of World War II with this copper-nickel 1 Crown.  An airbase was constructed on the island during the war for patrol operations.  The base was called "wideawake" because of a nearby colony of noisy terns.  The coin features three soldiers with tanks and war vehicles, ships and Lancaster airplanes in the background.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The 38.6mm coin has a maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces.
Item ASC-WWII ASCENSION 1 CROWN 2019 WORLD WAR II BU $14.00



FIRST MAN ON THE MOON COIN FROM ASCENSION Restocked

Ascension Island 1 Crown 2019 First Man on the MoonOne of NASA's main tracking stations for the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission and many other missions is located at Devil’s Ashpit on the eastern side of Ascension Island.  Ascension commemorated the 50th anniversary of the First Man on the Moon with this limited edition 2019 1 Crown.  The coin features an astronaut on the surface of the moon saluting the American flag.  The Lunar Module is in the background.  The planet earth rises above.  The NASA logo is also featured in the design.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The 38.6mm Proof-like copper-nickel coin has a mintage of just 1969 pieces.
Item ASC-MOON  ASCENSION 1 CROWN 2019 MAN ON MOON, PL    $14.00


NewNIUE KOALA COIN SUPPORTS WILDLIFE SERVICES

Niue 1 Dolllar 2020Niue 1 Dolllar 2020Niue released a 2020 copper-nickel 1 Dollar coin depicting a cute Koala and the Australian flag superimposed on a map of Australia. Above is the inscription "PRESERVE PLANET EARTH".  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the coins goes to support the New South Wales Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service  (NSW - WIRES)  It is the largest wildlife rescue & rehabilitation charity in Australia. All of its animal rescuers and care takers are volunteers. It was established in 1985, after an injured Australian white ibis was found in Sydney. No organization, government or conservation group could be found to take responsibility for its care as none had experience with native Australian animals. The 38.6mm coin comes in a presentation pack.  It has a mintage of just 2020 pieces.
Item NU-KOALA NIUE 1 DOLLAR 2020 KOALA BU $15.00


NEWNEW ZIMBABWE 2020 BANKNOTES

Zimbabwe 10 Dollar note, 2020Zimbabwe 20 Dollar note, 2020
Zimbabwe recently released new 10 and 20 Zimbabwe Dollar notes dated 2020 in an attempt to re-establish their own currency.  Zimbabwe had a disastrous bout of hyperinflation between 2007 and 2009, with banknotes denominated as high as 100 Trillion Dollars.  Inflation was only brought under control when the Zimbabwe stopped issuing their own currency and switched to using foreign currencies, including the U.S. Dollar and South African Rand.  Recently Zimbabwe outlawed the use of foreign currency in order to introduce the new Zimbabwe Dollar.  The new currency has been met with widespread skepticism and distrust.  The new Zimbabwe Dollar is supposedly equivalent to a U.S. Dollar but since cannot be converted it trades for far less.  Inflation soared to over 700% in May 2020.   Like most modern Zimbabwe banknotes, the front of the new notes pictures the Chiremba Balancing Rocks.  The red 10 Dollar note depicts the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe building and a herd of Cape Buffalo on the back.  The blue 20 Dollar note depicts an elephant and Victoria falls on the back. 
Item PM-ZW-$10D ZIMBABWE 10 DOLLAR NOTE, 2020 UNC. $9.75
Item PM-ZW-$20D ZIMBABWE 20 DOLLAR NOTE, 2020 UNC. $15.00


BREXIT 50 PENCE  Restocked

Great Britain 50 Pence 2020 Brexit - Departure from European UnionGreat Britain celebrated their leaving the European Union with this circulating 2020 50 Pence coin.  The Jody Clark portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of the seven-sided copper-nickel coin.  The reverse has just the legend "Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations 31 January 2020".  This was the third attempt to produce a Brexit coin.  The Royal Mint prepared Brexit coins expecting the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in March 1999 and again in October 1999.  Each time negotions delayed Great Britain leaving the European Union and the coins were scrapped.. The coin marks an historic event in modern British history.
Item GB-BREXIT GREAT BRITAIN 50 PENCE 2020 BREXIT UNC. $7.00



CHINA CELEBRATES YEAR OF THE RAT WITH BI-METAL 10 YUAN  Restocked

China 10 Yuan 2020 Year of the Rat bi-metallic coinChina recently released this 2020 dated bi-metallic 10 Yuan coin to commemorate the Year of the Rat.  The 27mm coin depicts a cute mouse, a palace lantern, and grapes on the obverse. The reverse features the denomination surrounded by an intricate etched design. The large number 10 contains latent images, which change as the coin is moved.
Item CN-RAT20  CHINA 10 YUAN 2020 YEAR OF THE RAT, BI-METAL BU $7.00



NEWCANADA 2020 SET INCLUDING SCARCE 50 CENTS

Canada 2020 six coin set, 5 cents - 2 Dollars
This six-piece Canadian 2020 coin set includes the regular issue 5, 10, 25 50 Cents, 1 and 2 Dollars coin in Uncirculated condition. The 50 Cents is not being released into circulation but is only available from the mint at a substantial premium.  We also have available a few of the 2019 six-coin sets. The unpackaged coin sets come from original mint rolls.
Item CA-SET20 CANADA 2020 REGULAR DESIGN 6 COINSET, 5 CENTS - 2 DOLLARS, UNC. $11.00
Item CA-SET19 CANADA 2019 REGULAR DESIGN 6 COINSET, 5 CENTS - 2 DOLLARS, UNC. $11.00




NEWAUSTRALIA 2020 SILVER KOALA

Australia 1 Dollar 2020 Koala 1 troy ounce .9999 fineThe Perth Mint of Australia issued this beautiful 2020 1 troy ounce .9999 fine silver 1 Dollar coin depicting a cute koala clinging to a tree branch.  Below is the date, weight and purity. To the right of the koala is the P mintmark.   The Jody Clark portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The coin has a reverse frosted finish.  The 40.6mm coin comes in a protective capsule and has a mintage of 300,000. 
Item AU-KOALA20 AUSTRALIA 1 DOLLAR 1 TROY OUNCE SILVER KOALA, 2020 BU $29.95




NEW2020 GREAT BRITAIN SILVER BRITANNIA

Great Britain 1 troy ounce silver Britannia 2020Britain issues the popular 1 troy ounce .999 fine silver coin called the Britannia on an annual basis.  The reverse features the helmeted figure of Britannia standing holding a trident and shield, her dress billowing in the wind.  The image of Britannia first appeared on the coins of Roman Emperor Hadrian in 119AD.  Since then it has appeared on numerous British coins.  The Jody Clark portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. The 38.6mm coin has the nominal value of 2 Pounds.  The coins is in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
Item GB-BRIT20 GREAT BRITAIN 2 POUNDS 1 TROY OUNCE SILVER BRITTANIA 2020 BU $27.50




NEWBIG CATS FROM SIERRA LEONE

Sierra Leone set of 5 Big Cat dollars 2020: Cheetah, Cougar, Lion Panther, Tiger      Common reverse for Sierra Leone 2020 1 Dollar coins
Sierra Leone recently issued a set of five 2020 dated coins featuring "Big Cats" of the world.  The set features the Cheetah, Cougar, Lion, Panther and Tiger.  The arms of Sierra Leone is on the obverse of each coin. The copper-nickel 1 Dollar denominated coins are 38.6mm in diameter.  They have a mintage of just 10,000 pieces each and are sure to be popular with lovers of all sizes of cats everywhere. 
Item SL-CATS SIERRA LEONE SET OF 5 ONE DOLLAR BIG CATS COINS, 2020, BU $49.75




NEWSILVER COIN FOR THE STATE OF JEFFERSON

State of Jefferson 20 Jefferson Dollars 2020The State of Jefferson is a proposed new state made up of rural areas of northern California and southern Oregon.  The movement has attracted many conservatives in the area whose opinions and values are overshowed and outvoted by the more liberal cities in California and Oregon.  The Board of Supervisors in a number of northern California counties have approved resolutions in support of the measure.  Driving through the region I have seen many signs supporting the movement.  Because of the constitutional requirements needed to carve out a new state it is unlikely to actually come to come to fruition.  A private mint in Oregon recently issued this attractive 31.5mm sterling silver coin for The State of Jefferson. The 2020 dated coin is denominated as 20 Jefferson Dollars.  The obverse features the Great Seal of the State of Jefferson, which features a gold mining pan with two Xs.  The two Xs are known as the "Double Cross" and signify the two regions' sense of abandonment by their state governments.  The reverse depicts a phoenix, the date, denomination, fineness and the word "LIBERTY".  The coin has a maximum mintage of only 300 pieces.
Item JEFFERSON STATE OF JEFFERSON 20 JEFFERSON DOLLARS 2020 UNC. $19.95


NEW2020 MAYFLOWER DOLLAR FROM BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Britsh Virgin Islands 1 Dollar coin 2020 MayflowerThe British Virgin Islands commemorated the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower's voyage which brought the Pilgrims from Plymouth, England to America in 1620.  It was a difficult and cramped voyage for the 102 passengers and about 30 crew members.  The first passengers boarded the 90-foot ship in July 1620.  After several false starts the Mayflower finally arrived in Massachusetts in November 1620, just as winter was starting.  By spring, when the ship returned to England, almost half of the passengers and crew had died.  The 38.6mm copper-nickel coin features the Mayflower Ship, with the words “The Mayflower” at the top and “1620 – 2020” at the bottom. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The Brilliant Uncirculated coin has a mintage of only 10,000 pieces.
Item BVI-MAYFLOWER BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2020 MAYFLOWER, BU $14.00



NEWGERMAN 2020 BRANDENBURG 2 EURO

Germany 2 Euro 2020 BrandenburgGermany continued their annual series of 2 Euro coins honoring each of that country's Länders (states) with this 2020 issue for Brandenburg.  Brandenburg is a state in north-eastern Germany that surrounds Berlin.  The coin depicts the Sanssouci palace in Potsdam.  The palace was built between 1745 and 1747 as a summer palace for Prussian King Frederick the Great.  We offer the coin individually or the set of all five mints: Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Hamburg (mint marks A, D, F, G and J).
Item DE-2E20-BRANDEN GERMANY 2 EURO 2020 BRANDENBURG UNC, (Mint of our choice) $6.00
Item DE-2E20-BRANDENx5 ALL 5 MINTS OF GERMAN 2 EURO 2020 BRANDENBURG UNC $29.75



NEWWOLF ON 2019 PORTUGUESE 5 EURO

Portugal 5 Euros 2019 WolfA mother Iberian wolf nuzzling her two cubs and the Portuguese arms is on the obverse of 30mm copper-nickel 2019 dated 5 Euro.  Another wolf is on the reverse.   The Iberian wolf is a proposed subspecies of grey wolf that inhabits the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. It is a cute and attractive coin.
Item PT-5E-WOLF PORTUGAL 5 EURO 2019 WOLF UNC. $16.00



NewAUSTRIA 2019 KNIGHTS' TALES 10 EURO COINS

Austria copper 10 Euro 2019 Chivalry - Maximillian IAustria copper 10 Euro 2019 Adventure Godfrey of Bouillon
Austria released the first two coins in a series of five series called "Knights' Tales" which feature knightly virtues.  The coins are 32mm copper 10 Euros.  The first coin titled "Chivalry" commemorates the 500th anniversary of the death of Holy Roman Emperor Maximillian I. The code of chivalry was a combination of the warrior ethos, piety, nobility and gallantry, which Maximillian embodied.  The obverse depicts Maximillian holding a lance and his coat-of-arms.  The reverse shows a knight on horseback in a jousting tournament.  The second coin titled "Adventure" depicts Godfrey of Bouillon holding a battle ax and his coat-of-arms which features the Jerusalem Cross.  Godfrey was one of the leaders of the First Crusade.  He joined the crusader in 1095.  The Crusaders finally made it to Jerusalem in June 1099.  The following month they conquered the city and slaughtered its inhabitants. The reverse of the coin shows knighthood being conferred by a king to a kneeling squire.  Both coins are dated 2019 and have a mintage of 130,000 pieces in Uncirculated.
Item AT-CHIVALRYAUSTRIA 10 EURO 2019 CHIVALRY - MAXIMILLIAN I UNC. $24.50
Item AT-ADVENTUREAUSTRIA 10 EURO 2019 CHIVALRY - GODFREY OF BOUILLON UNC. $24.50



NewALGERIA CELEBRATES FIRST SATELLITE WITH BI-METALLIC COIN

Alderia 100 Dinars 2019 Alcomsat-1 bi-metallic coinAlgeria commemorates its first satellite on this 2019 bi-metallic 100 Dinars coin.  The Alcomsat-1 is a communications satellite that was developed and launched in China in 2017.  It is depicted on the obverse of the coin.  The denomination is on the reverse.  The coin is dated in three different calendar systems: 2019AD, 1440AH and Berber Year 2969.  It is the first time the Berber Calendar has been used on a coin.  The Berber Calendar is a Julian calendar. It begins computing years from 950BC, when Shoshenq I, the first Berber Pharaoh of Egypt rose to power.
Item ALG-100D ALGERIA 100 DINARS 2019 ALCOMSAT-1 UNC. $10.00



NEW2019 SOUTH AFRICA CHILDREN & EDUCATION RIGHTS COINS

South Africa 2 Rand 2019, Children's Rights & Right to Education
These two 2019 dated 2 Rand coins of South Africa feature two of the basic human rights listed in South Africa's constitution: the rights of children and the right to education. The constitution was drafted shortly after the 1994 election which brought an end to the country's Apartheid regime.  It was formally promulgated in 1996. The right to education coin depicts a graduation cap, open book and a children's alphabet block.  The rights of children coin depict four children from different ethnic groups.  The arms of South Africa is on the reverse of both of the 23mm nickel-plated coins.
Item ZA-2R-CHILD19 SOUTH AFRICA 2 RAND 2019 CHILDREN'S RIGHTS, UNC. $5.00
Item ZA-2R-ED19 SOUTH AFRICA 2 RAND 2019 RIGHT TO EDUCATION, UNC. $5.00



NEWCOIN OF THE VERMONT REPUBLIC FEATURES MOHICAN INDIAN

Vermont Republic 20 Vermont Dollar coin 2020Vermont was an independent republic from 1777 to 1791, before becoming a state in the United States.  Since 2003 a secessionist group has tried to re-establish Vermont as an independent republic. The movement was started by liberals was largely taken over by far-right net-confederates.  This 2020 dated 38mm silver-plated 20 Vermont Dollars coin was struck for the struck by a Russian coin dealer for the Second Vermont Republic.  One side depicts a Mohican holding a gun.  The other side has a traditional design of a stylized peaking over the mountains and the legends "UNITY FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE"  The coin has a mintage of only 170 pieces and is Proof.
Item VERMONT VERMONT 20 DOLLARS 2020 PROOF $19.95



NEWREPUBLIC OF TEXAS COIN FEATURES COMANCHE WARRIOR

Republic of Texas 20 Dollar coin, 2020This 2020 dated silver-plated Proof 20 Texas Dollars coin depicts a Comanche warrior on horseback holding a rifle side. is featured on this 2020 Republic of Texax coin. The other side depicts the seal of the Republic of Texas, which was adopted as the Texas state seal. Texas gained its independence from Mexico in 1835 and was a sovereign nation until it became a state of the United States in 1846. Coins were authorized, none were ever issued by the Republic of Texas during its period of independence  There are some that think that Texas should again become an independent republic, though the independence movement has gained few followers..    The 40mm eight-sided coin has a mintage of just 190 pieces.
Item TEXAS TEXAS 20 DOLLARS 2020 PROOF $19.95


NEWROMANIA CELEBRATES 1989 REVOLUTION

Romania 50 Bani coin 2019 December 1989 RevolutionRomania commemorated the 30th anniversary of the December 1989 Romanian Revolution on this 2019 dated 50 Bani coin.  The revolution which overthrew the 42 years of communist rule.  The obverse shows a young man holding a Romanian flag without the socialist emblem making a victory sign.  Above him is the arms of Romania. The reverse pictures a group of men and women atop a tank. 
Item RO-REVOLT89 ROMANIA 50 BANI 2019 DECEMBER REVOLUTION BU $3.00


NEW2020 CASCADIA SILVER COINS FEATURE BIGFOOT AND PAXARBOLIS

Cascadia silver 2020 10 Dougies coins: common obverse, Sasquatch (Bigfoot), Octopus paxarbolisCascadia is a progressive independence movement that encompasses the "bioregion of the Pacific Northwest".  It incorporates all of or parts of southern Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Northern California.  The region has long had independence movements, going back to the early 19th century.  Smallforest, a private mint in Oregon, struck two silver coins for Cascadia in 2020 featuring two rarely seen creatures of the Pacific Northwest:  Sasquatch (also known as Bigfoot) and Octopus paxarbolis (also known as the Northwest Tree Octopus).  Though there have been reported sightings of Sasquatch in the Pacific Northwest, there is no proof that it exists. For some reason the photographs come out blurry.  Paxarbolis was created as an internet hoax in 1998 about an endangered species of tree octopus.  It has since taken on a life of its own.  The website is often used as a test of internet literacy to see if people can discern fact from fiction on internet. The rare Paxarbolis is reportedly the favorite food of Sasquatch, which may be why neither have been actually been found.  The Sasquatch coin is denominated as 10 Dougies, the Octopus is 8 Dougies.  The Dougie, named after the Douglas Fir, is the currency of Cascadia.  Both coins silver coins are 26mm and have a common obverse with "CASCADIA and the date within a ring of stars.  The coins have a maximum mintage of 100 pieces each.
Item CASCAD-BIGFOOT CASCADIA 10 DOUGIES 2020 SASQUATCH (BIGFOOT) UNC. $15.00
Item CASCAD-OCTOPUS CASCADIA 8 DOUGIES 2020 OCTOPUS PAXARBOLIS UNC. $15.00



NEWMINOTAUR ON 2020 CRETE COIN

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


NEW2020 MONT SAINT-MICHEL 500 FRANCS

Mont Saint-Michel 500 Francs 2020 eight sided coinMont Saint-Michel is a tidal island located a few hundred yards (meters) off the coast of Normandy, France.  Its unusual position made it accessible to pilgrims during low tide, but defensible as the incoming high tides stranded, drove off, or drowned any attackers. The island was unconquered by the English during the Hundred Years' War.  Originally built as an abbey, it was later turned into a prison.  In 1874 it was declared an historic monument and has since become a popular tourist destination, with more than 3 million visitors a year.   This unofficial 2020 dated 500 Francs of Mont Saint-Michel depicts the island and its arms on the obverse.  The reverse portrays Saint Michael the Archangel.  The silver-plated 40mm, eight-sided coin has a mintage of only 160 pieces and is Proof.
Item ST-MICHEL MONT SAINT-MICHEL 500 FRANCS 2020 PROOF $19.95



NEWGIANT COCONUT CRAB ON CHAGOS ARCHIPELAGO COIN

Chagos Archipelago 200 Rupees 2019 coinThe giant Coconut crab is features on this unofficial six-sided 2019 dated 200 Rupees coin of Chagos.  The Coconut Crab is the largest land arthropod in the world.  It can grow up to 3 feet (1m) in length from leg to leg and weigh up to 9 pounds (4.1kg.).  Anything left unattended on the ground is a potential source of food for the crab, which they will investigate and may carry away, hence it is sometime called the "robber crab".  The obverse features the Chagos coat of arms which features a sea turtle on top of the Mauritius coat of arms. Ownership of Chagos is disputed between Great Britain and Mauritius.  Great Britain controls the islands and calls them the British Indian Ocean Territory.  In the early 1970’s they evicted the natives on the islands and built a military base on the island of Diego Garcia.  In 2010 Britain established the world’s largest marine reserve that encompassed the islands.  By creating the reserve, it outlawed fishing in the area and effectively prevented the natives from ever returning to the islands.  The Proof coin is struck on silver plated brass and has a mintage of just 160 pieces.
Item CHAGOS CHAGOS 200 RUPEES 2019, COCONUT CRAB, PROOF $19.95


NewAUSTRALIA 2020 YEAR OF THE MOUSE SILVER DOLLAR

Australia 1 Dollar 2020 Year of the Mouse, 1 troy ounce .9999 fine silverThe Perth Mint of Australia recently released the 2020 Chinese New Year silver dollar for the Year of the Mouse. The 40.6mm 1 troy ounce .9999 fine silver 1 Dollar coin depicts two cute little mice nibbling on ears of corn.  To the right is the Chinese character for mouse and the inscription "MOUSE 2020". The Jody Clark portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. Both sides are struck with a "reverse proof" finish.  The coin has a mintage of 300,000 pieces and comes in its original mint capsule. Australia's annual Chinese New Year coins have long been popular with collectors in Asia and worldwide.
Item AU-MOUSE20 AUSTRALIA 1 DOLLAR 2020 YEAR OF THE MOUSE, 1 TROY OUNCE SILVER BU $29.75


NEWNEW 2019 CIRCULATING COINS OF CHINA

China 1 Jiao, 5 Jiao, 1 Yuan 2019, ObversesChina 1 Jiao, 5 Jiao, 1 Yuan 2019, Reverses
The People's Republic of China recently released new versions of the 1 and 5 Jiao and 1 Yuan coins with updated designs. All three coins continue to feature flowers on the reverse.  The size of the 1 Yuan is reduced from 25mm to 22.5mm.  The numeral "1" incorporates latent image of  “¥” and “1”.  The coin has a lettered edge with "RMB" repeated three times.  The metallic content of the 5 Jiao is changed to nickel-plated steel, the typeface of the denomination revised and the orchid blossoms on the reverse scaled down.  The numeral on the 1 Jiao was also revised and the orchid on the reverse scaled down.    
Item CN-SET19 CHINA 3 COIN SET, 1 JIAO - 1 YUAN 2019, UNC. $3.00



NEWSQUARE CHINESE 5 YUAN COMMEMORATES TAISHAN MOUNTAIN

China 5 Yuan 2019 Mount TaiChina issued a square 2019 dated 5 Yuan honoring Taishan Mountain, also known as Mount Tai.  For over 3000 years the iconic mountain has been an important aspect of Chinese culture.  Emperors would perform sacrifices and poets would find inspiration on the mountain.   It houses multiple shrines and is associated with a number of Chinese deities.  Today it is a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage site and a popular tourist destination.  The bronze 30mm coin depicts the Taishan Mountain on one side and the emblem of the People's Republic of China on the other. The design incorporates a number of anti-counterfeiting devices, including a shifting image and a series of tiny dots hidden in two locations in the design.
Item CN-TAI CHINA 5 YUAN 2019 MOUNT TAI BU $7.50





NEWODD SHAPED COIN OF CHRISTMAS ISLAND FEATURES TROPICBIRD

Christmas Island (Kiritmati) 100 Dollars coin, 2019This unofficial odd shaped 2019 $100 coin was issued for Christmas Island. Christmas Island is called Kiritimati in the native language of Kiribati which now controls the atoll.  It was given its name by Captain James Cook who visited the island on December 24, 1777.  It was first permanently inhabited in 1882 by workers in coconut plantations and fishermen.  From 1957 to 1962 Great Britain and the United States conducted numerous nuclear bomb tests on the island.  This odd-shaped 40mm silver-plated Proof coin depicts the arms of Kiribati on the obverse and a Tropicbird (Phaeton bird). The unusual coin has a mintage of just 160 pieces. 
Item CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS ISLAND (KIRITIMATI) 100 DOLLARS 2019 PROOF $19.95



NEW2019 INFLATION NOTES OF VENEZUELA

fronts of Venezuela 50000, 20000 & 10000 Bolivares notes, 2019Backs of Venezuela 50000, 20000 & 10000 Bolivares notes, 2019
Venezuela released three new high denomination notes in June 2019.  The notes were badly needed as the existing notes were virtually worthless due to rampant inflation and payment by cards and electronic transfer was often difficult due to frequent blackouts.  The three notes released were the 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000 Bolivares Soberano. The situation is so bad in Venezuela that banks rationed notes to only a few per day per customer due to a shortage of banknotes. All three notes have the same design, with the front in a vertical format picturing Simon Bolivar, and the back in a horizontal format featuring Simon Bolivar Mausoleum in Caracas. The notes have a watermark depicting Simon Bolivar and measure 159 x 69mm.  
Item PM-VE-SET19 VENEZUELA 3 NOTE SET 10,000-50,000 BOLIVARES 2019 UNC, $35.00



NEWPADDINGTON BEAR COINS FROM GREAT BRITAIN

Great Britain Paddington Bear 50 Pence coins: Paddington Bear at Paddington Station, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, St. Paul's CathedralTo celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of the first Paddington Bear book the British Royal Mint started a series of circulating 50 Pence coins depicting that beloved bear at sites around London.  The two 2018 coins feature Paddington Bear at the train station and at Buckingham Palace. On the two 2019 coins he appears at the Tower of London and at St. Paul's Cathedral.  All three of the seven-sided copper-nickel coins depict Queen Elizabeth on the obverse. The coins are Uncirculated, though may have some minor nicks or bag marks.
Item GB-PADDINGTON4 GREAT BRITAIN SET OF 4 PADDINGTON 50 PENCE, 2018-19 Unc.-bagmarks $27.50
Item GB-PADDINGTON-PAUL GREAT BRITAIN 50 PENCE 2019 ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL from above set Unc.-bagmarks $7.00


FRENCH AND GERMAN 2 EUROS CELEBRATESTHE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL

France 2 Euros 2019 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin WallGermany 2 Euros 2019 Fall of the Berlin WallFrance and Germany both commemorated the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall with 2019 2 Euro coins with similar designs.   The opening of the Berlin wall in November 1989 led to the collapse of East Germany and the reunification of the nation.  The design, created by a French engraver, represents joyous people and doves passing through an opening in the Berlin Wall.  In the background is the Brandenburg Gate. In the German version the "graffiti" on the wall reads "30 JAHRE MAUERFAL"  (30 years fall of the Berlin Wall).  At the bottom right is a "D" for Deutschland (Germany)  The French version has the inscription on the wall in both French and German ("30 ANS DE LA CHUTE DU MUR DE BERLIN – 30 JAHRE MAUERFALL")  and "RF" for République Française at the bottom right.  The French coins were struck at the Paris Mint.  The German coins were struck at all five German mints (A=Berlin, D=Munich, F=Stuttgart, G=Karlsruhe, J=Hamburg). The mintmark is at the bottom left of the design. It is small and hard to see.  All the coins have the standard 2 Euro reverse featuring a map of Europe.
Item FR-2E19WALL FRANCE 2 EUROS FALL OF BERLIN WALL 2019 UNC. $7.00
Item DE-2E19WALL GERMANY 2 EUROS BERLIN WALL 2019 (Mint of our choice) UNC. $5.75
Item DE-2E19WALL-ALL GERMANY ALL 5 MINTS (A, D, F, G, J)  BERLIN WALL 2 EUROS UNC. $28.50


NewODD SHAPED COIN FROM PALMERSTON ISLAND

Palmerston Island 50 Tala 2019Palmerston Island is a coral atoll in the Pacific Ocean that is part of the Cook Islands.  It is the only one of Cook Islands that was actually visited by Captain James Cook, who landed there in 1774. William Marsters, a ship's carpenter, arrived there in 1863, after deserting his wife and children in England.  He planted thousands of coconut trees, took on three Polynesian wives and sired 23 children. In 1892 after a long legal battle, the British government granted Marsters a lease on the island.  Masrters died of malnutrition in 1899 after a failure of the coconut crops.  Today all 60 or so inhabitants of the island, except for two teachers and a nurse, are descendants of William Marsters.  A thousand or so of his other descendants live in other parts of the Cook Islands, New Zealand and Australia.  The islands are visited by supply ships approximately once or twice a year. This unofficial 2019 dated 50 Tala coin of Palmerston Island depicts Neptune riding a shark on the obverse.  A woman and her daughter standing on the beach looking out to a boat and the moon are on the reverse.  The odd-shaped silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 160 pieces. It is an unusual coin, from a remote atoll, with an unusual history.
Item PALMERSTON PALMERSTON ISLAND 50 TALA 2019 PROOF $19.95




NewFIERCE WARRIOR ON LOUISIADE ARCHIPELAGO COIN

Louisiade Archipelago 200 Kina coinThe Louisiade Archipelago is a string of approximately 100 islands and coral reefs stretching some 100 miles (160km) off the south-east tip of Papau-New Guinea. It has a population of approximately 47,000 and is administered by Papau-New Guinea.  It was occupied by the Japanese in 1942 and is near site of the Battle of Coral Sea.  This unofficial 2019 dated 200 Kina coin of Louisaide Archipelago has the Bird of Paradise emblem of Papau-New Guinea on the obverse.  The reverse depicts a native holding a spear.  The six-sided 38mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of just 160 pieces.
Item LOUISIADE LOUISIADE ARCHIPELAGO 200 KINA 2019 PROOF $19.95



NewCAPE VERDE CELEBRATES 200 YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES

Cape Verde 200 Escudos bi-metallic coin, 200 Years of Friendship with United StatesCape Verde issued this circulating bi-metallic commemorative 200 Escudos coin to honor 200 years of friendship with the United States.  The obverse of the 28mm coin depicts the flags of the European Union and the United States and the legend  "200 YEARS OF HISTORIC TIES AND FRIENDSHIP".  The legend on the reverse "200 ANOS DE LAÇOS HISTÓRICOS E DE AMIZADE" which means the same thing in Portuguese.  Also on the reverse is a small map of the United States superimposed on to a map of the Cape Verde Islands and the dates "1818-2018".  In the late 18th and 19th century thousands of Cape Verde residents immigrated to the United States to escape the droughts, volcanoes and neglect by the Portuguese government which controlled the islands at that time. Cape Verdean men, noted for being "hardworking, honest seamen" were frequently hired by New England whaling captains.  Many thousands  eventually made their homes in New Bedford, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island and elsewhere in New England where large Cape Verdean communities still exist today.  The coin is Uncirculated, but has tiny bag marks from being shipped loose in bank bags.
Item CV-200E-USA CAPE VERDE 200 ESCUDOS 2018 FRIENDSHIP WITH USA, UNC.-tiny bagmarks $10.00

NEWHORNBILL BIRD ON DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF BAKASSI 500 FRANCS

Democratic Republic of Bakassi 500 Francs coin 2019Bakassi is a peninsula in the Gulf of Guinea on the border of Nigeria and Cameroon. For many years the two countries disputed ownership of the peninsula and nearly want to war at least twice. In 2002 the International Court of Justice determined it should belong to Cameroon rather than Nigeria and in 2006 Nigeria agreed to hand the territory to Cameroon.   Residents opposed being forced to join Cameroon formed the Democratic Republic of Bakassi and declared independence that same year.  This unofficial 2019 500 Francs of the Democratic Republic of Bakassi features the national emblem depicting a lion on one side and an African pied hornbill bird (Tockus fasciatus) on the other.  The female of the species lays eggs in a tree hole, which then blocked off except for a narrow aperture which is just big enough for the male to deliver food to the mother and the chicks.  The six-sided 38mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of just 160 pieces. 
Item BAKASSI DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF BAKASSI 500 FRANCS 2019 PROOF $19.95




NEWCUTTY SARK ON BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY COIN

British Indian Ocean Territory 2 Pounds 2019 Cutty SarkThe Cutty Sark was one of the last and fastest British Tea Clipper Ships ever built.  She was launched 1869, the same year the Suez Canal was opened.  The China - London Tea trade was intensively competitive.  The first ship to arrive received numerous accolades and a premium for her tea.  It was a long journey lasting over 100 days, crossing the Indian Ocean and rounding the Cape of Good Hope before returning to England.   Though steam ships had much higher fuel costs, they proved more reliable, had lower insurance costs, and had a substantially shorter journey by using the Suez Canal, which was not suitable for sailing ships. The Cutty Sark sailed just eight tea trips from China before being moved to the Australia wool trade, then to other cargos. In 1892 she was sold to a Portuguese firm. 1922 she was the last clipper ship operating in the world, though by then her condition had deteriorated.  She was spotted by a retired British sea captain who purchased her in order to preserve the historic ship.  Her rigging was restored to and the she was used as a training vessel until about 1950.  In 1954 she was transferred to a permanent dry dock and is now a popular museum ship. This 2 Pound coin of the British Indian Ocean Territories commemorates the 150th anniversary of the building of the Cutty Sark.  It depicts the ship in full sail and the route she took from China to England as she traveled near the British Indian Ocean Territory.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of the 38.6mm copper-nickel coin.  The coin has a mintage of just 10,000 pieces. It is a magnificent coin featuring a magnificent sailing ship that was the ultimate example of what was by then an obsolete technology.
Item BIOT-CUTTY19 BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2019 CUTTY SARK BU $14.00



BEAUTIFUL BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS UNA AND THE LION DOLLARS

British Virgin Is Copper Nickel. 1 Dollar 2019 Una and the lion,British Virgin Is. 1 Dollar 2019 Una and the lion, 1 troy ounce .999 silver coin
Una and the Lion is one of the most beautiful, popular and expensive of all British coins.  The gold 5 Pound coin was struck for the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1839. One recently sold for $188,667.  The design, created by sculptor William Wyon, was based on Edmund Spenser’s poem Faerie Queene which tells the tale of Princess Una after St. George had slayed the dragon and rescued her. During the course of her travels, Una met a lion who was so mesmerized by her beauty he became her companion and protector.  On the coin Una was modeled after 19-year old Queen Victoria.  The Lion is a traditional symbol of Britain. Thus the design is an analogy for Victoria leading Britain.  The legend ‘DIEU ET MON DROIT’ meaning ‘God on my Right’ is the motto of the British monarchy.  The British Virgin Islands recreated this beautiful design, initially on a silver dollar, and now on a copper-nickel dollar to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria.  The obverse features Queen Elizabeth, the great, great granddaughter of Queen Victoria.  Both are 38.6mm and denominated 1 Dollar.  The silver version has a frosted Brilliant Uncirculated finish and contains 1 troy once of .999 fine silver and a mintage of 50,000 pieces..   The copper nickel version has a mintage of just 10,000 pieces.  They are attractive coins at affordable prices.
 Item BVI-CN-UNA BRITISH VIRGIN IS. COPPER-NICKEL 1 DOLLAR 2019 UNA & THE LION, BU $14.00
Item BVI-AR-UNA BRITISH VIRGIN IS. SILVER 1 DOLLAR 2019 UNA & THE LION, BU $28.00



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