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NewTURKEY FEATURES PLANETS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM - INCLUDING PLUTO

Turkey set of 10 Solar system coins: 8 planets, Pluto and SunCommon obverse to Turkey Solar System 1 Kurus coins, 2022
Turkey released a set of ten 2022 dated 1 Kurus coins featuring our solar system.  The coins include the Sun plus each of the nine planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, which most astronomers no longer consider to be a planet.  Each coin depicts an image of the planet and its orbit around the sun.  The coins have a common obverse which shows the planets all revolving around the Turkish national emblem which consists of a crescent moon and a star.  The aluminum coins are 23.85mm in diameter.
TR-PLANETS TURKEY SET OF 10 SOLAR SYSTEM 1 KURUS COINS, 2022 UNC. $18.00


2023 AUSTRALIA YEAR OF THE RABBIT 1 TROY OUNCE SILVER DOLLAR 

Australia 2023 Year of the rabbit 1 ounce .999 fine silver dollarAustralia recently issued this beautiful 2023 silver dollar for the Chinese Year of the Rabbit.  The Australian silver “Lunar Series” featuring the Chinese Zodiac has become popular with collectors and investors throughout the world.   Each year features a different design.  The 2023 Year of the Goat coin depicts two cute bunnies, one seated with its ears alert, the other standing on its hind legs reaching for a budding branch.  Above them is the Chinese character for rabbit. The Jody Clark portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse, even though she died the previous year.  The coin was struck at the famed Perth Mint in Western Australia and is legal tender for 1 Dollar in Australia.  The coin is Brilliant Uncirculated and has a gorgeous "reverse-proof" finish. The background is frosted, while the images have a brilliant mirror finish.   The large, 40.9mm coin contains 1 troy ounce of .9999 fine silver and comes in its original protective capsule.  The coin makes a great gift for anyone born in the Year of the Rabbit or raises rabbits.
AU-RABBIT23  AUSTRALIA SILVER 1 DOLLAR 2023 YEAR OF THE RABBIT, BU $40.00


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Click HereCHINA CELEBRATES YEAR OF THE RABBIT: Bimetallic 10 Yuan 2023


NewUZBEKISTAN COMMEMORATES CENTER OF ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION

Uzbekistan bi-metallic 1000 Som 2022, Center of Islamic CivilizationThis bi-metallic 2022 dated 1000 Som of Uzbekistan features the new Center of Islamic Civilization in Tashkent on one side and the Uzbekistan national emblem on the other.  The Center of Islamic Civilization is a three story, 45,000 sq.meter (484,376 sq.ft.) building housing a museum, auditorium, conference rooms, library and national archives. The project was created by a Presidential Decree in 2017 and financed by Uzbek oligarch who lives in Russia.  The idea is to show that "Islam is the religion of intelligence, peace and enlightenment - not the religion of terrorism or fundamentalism."   The building t is expected to be dedicated in 2023.  The 26.3mm coin has a brass-plated copper center and a nickel ring.
Item UZ-1000S UZBEKISTAN BIMETALLIC 1000 SOM 2022 CENTER OF ISLAMIC CIVILAZATION, BU $4.00



NewSADAR ON COIN OF PUNJAB

Punjab 100 Rupees 2022A heavily armed Sikh Sadar with a long sword and a bow is featured on this unofficial 2022 dated 100 Rupee coin of Punjab.  Punjab was the site of one of the earliest urban societies, dating back about 3000BC.  Much of the  area was conquered by Alexander the Great in 326BC.  The Sikh religion arose in Punjab at the end of the 15th century.  Today it is fifth largest organized faith in the world with some 25 to 30 million followers.   In 1947 Punjab was divided between India and Pakistan.   The obverse of the coin included the Sikh Khanda and the Indian Lion Pillar of Ashoka.   The Khanda is the symbol of the Sikhs.  It is an amalgam of three symbols representing weapons: a double edged sword in the center, a chakkar which is a sharp edged throwing weapon, and two single edged daggers.  The Proof silver-plated brass coin has a mintage of only 145 pieces.
Item PUNBAB PUNJAB 100 RUPEES 2022 PROOF $22.00



NewLIBERIA'S FIRST CIRCULATING COINS IN OVER 20 YEARS!

Liberia 5 and 10 Dollar coins, 2022Liberia released two new circulating coins dated 2022.  They are the first coins made for circulation by Liberia since 2000.  The 20mm nickel-plated steel 5 Dollar coin depicts Edward James Roye.  Roye was born in Ohio in 1815 and emigrated to Liberia in 1846. He was Liberia's Chief Justice from 1865 to 1868 and President from 1870 until he was overthrown in 1871, He died under mysterious circumstances a few months later.  The 23mm nickel-plated steel 10 Dollar coin depicts Joseph Jenkins Roberts.  Roberts was born free in Virginia in 1809.  He was a successful merchant, but facing discrimination, he emigrated to Liberia in 1829.  He served as a Bishop in the Liberian Methodist Church. "He was the first President of Liberia from 1848 to 1856 and its seventh President from 1872 to 1876.  His birthday is a national holiday in Liberia.  Both Roye and Roberts emigrated to Liberia from the United States as part of the American Colonization Society's plan to send Black Americans to Africa.  Below the portraits of the two Presidents is a latent image that changes from stars to the denomination as the coin is moved.  The reverses feature the denomination and a map of Liberia.  The inscription "LONE STAR FOREVER" refers to the one star on the Flag of Liberia.
Item LR-SET22 LIBERIA 2 COIN SET: 5 AND 10 DOLLARS 2022, UNC. $7.00



NewFIRST NORTH MACEDONIA COIN SET FEATURES ANIMALS

First coins of Nosrth Macedonia: North Macedonia 1, 2 & 5 Denari depicting animals 2020-2022This three-coin set features the first coins issued by North Macedonia. The country was previously known as Macedonia, but Greece forced it to change its name.  Other than the revised name, the design and the specifications of the coins are the same as the previous Macedonian issue.  The coins feature native fauna.  The 2022 5 Dinari features a Macedonian Lynx. The 2022 2 Dinari depicts a Lake Ohrid brown trout.  A Shar Planina Shepherd dog (also called Illyrian or Yugoslavian Shepherd) is on the 2020 1 Dinar.  The reverses of the coins depict 16 sun rays, which is derived from a symbol of ancient Macedonia.  All three coins are brass-plated steel. Also available is the beautiful 2020 North Macedonia polymer 10 Denai banknote.
Item MK-SET3 NORTH MACEDONIA 1, 2 & 5 DINARI 2020-22 UNC. $7.50



New2022 UKRAINE COINS HONORS MILITARY

Ukraine 10 Hryven 2022 Commemoratives: Special Ops, Navy and Territorial Defense Force
Ukraine released three 2022 dated 10 Hryven coins honoring their military which is fighting against the Russian invasion.  A 33mm coin honoring the Special Operations Forces depicts the emblem of the forces on one side and a Special Ops soldier on the other.  Behind the soldier is an outline of Svyatoslav the Brave with a sword and a shield. Svyatoslav ruled Kievan Rus from 945 until he was killed in an ambush in 972.  Another 33mm coin honors the Navy.  One side depicts three naval ships and a map of southern Ukraine and Crimea, which is currently ruled by Russia.  The other side features the emblem of the Navy.  The third is a 23.5mm 10 Hryven honoring the Territorial Defense Force.  Male and female soldiers with guns and the force's emblem are on one side of the coin.  The other side features the denomination and the small Ukrainian coat of arms.
Item UA-10H-SET22 UKRAINE SET OF 3 2022 10 HRYVEN ARMED FORCES COINS, UNC. $9.75



NEWBICENTENNIAL OF THE MEXICAN NAVY

Mexico 20 Pesos 12-sided bi-metallic coin, 2021 Bicentennial of NavyMexico celebrated the 200th anniversary of their Navy with this 12-sided, 30mm, bi-metallic 20 Peso coin.  The coin depicts the schooner Iguala which in 1822 was the first ship to hoist the Mexican flag. Also depicted is Lieutenant José Antonio de Medina Miranda, who was the first commander of what is now the Mexican Navy; and the long range ocean patrol ship Patrulla which was launched in 2018. Above is a latent image of an anchor.   Below are the dates "1821" "2021" separated by the denomination.  The obverse of the coin depicts the Mexican eagle and snake coat-of-arms.
Item MX-20P-NAVY21 MEXICO 20 PESOS 2021 NAVY BICENTENNIAL KM1000 UNC. $7.00


New2023 GERMAN HAMBURG 2 EURO FEATURES WEIRD CONCERT HALL

Germany 2 Euro 2023 Hamburg - ElbepharmonieGermany continued their 2 Euro coins honoring its states with this 2023 coin for Hamburg. The coin features the Elbphilharmonie (Elbe Philharmonic Hall).  The concert hall is one of the largest in the world.  It includes 3 performance areas, apartments and a hotel. The building features a huge multi-story glass "wave" built atop an old brick warehouse.  The project was started in 2007 with an estimated cost of €241 million and was to be completed by 2010.  It finally opened in 2016 at a cost of €866 million and has been criticized for poor acoustics. The coins were struck at all five German mints (A=Berlin, D=Munich, F=Stuttgart, G=Karlsruhe, J=Hamburg). The mintmark is below the date.  The coin has a lettered edge.
Item DE-2E23-HAM GERMAN 2 EURO 2023 HAMBURG-ELBPHILHARMONIE, mint of our choice UNC. $6.00
Item DE-2E23-HAMx5 ALL 5 MINTS: GERMAN 2 EURO 2023 HAMBURG-ELBPHILHARMONIE, UNC. $29.50




NewSHETLAND COIN FEATURES CHARLES III AND SHELTIE

Shetland Islands 1 Crown 2022 depicting King Charles III and Shetland Sheep DogKing Charles III is featured on the obverse of this unofficial 2022 dated 1 Crown coin of the Shetland Islands. "SEALTAINN", the Gaelic name of the islands also appears on the obverse.  The reverse features a Shetland Sheep Dog guarding a flock of sheep.  The islands, located north-east of Scotland, were have been inhabited since as early as 1500BC.  Around 297AD they became part of the Pictish realm.  Vikings raided, then later settled on the islands I the 9th century.  The islands later passed to Norway, then Denmark, before being sold to Scotland in 1469 to help settle a royal dispute about the payment of a dowry.  It is now part of the United Kingdom.  Many local customs reflect the Norse heritage and most place names have Norse origin.  The eight-sided, 40mm Proof coin has a mintage of only 130 pieces.
Item SHETLAND SHETLAND ISLANDS 1 CROWN 2022 PROOF $22.00




NewNEW BRITISH 2022 CHARLES III 50 PENCE

Great Britain 50 Pence 2022 Charles IIIThe first circulating coin of Great Britain to bear the portrait of King Charles III is this 2022 dated 50 Pence.  Queen Elizabeth II died September 8, 2022 and the coin bearing the new king's portrait was released into circulation in December.  King Charles III is depicted on the obverse.  The reverse is dedicated to "the life and legacy" of Queen Elizabeth. The design is derived from the first two British 1 Crown coins of Queen Elizabeth:  the 1953 issue commemorating her coronation and the 1960 New York British Exhibition.  It depicts the badges of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and national flower emblems of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland surrounding the royal crown.  Because Wales was formally incorporated into England, the arms of England is depicted twice rather than the arms of Wales.
Item GB-CHARLES22 GREAT BRITAIN 50 PENCE 2022 CHARLES III UNC. $6.00



NEWNILE CROCODILES ON 2023 RWANDA 1 OUNCE SILVER COIN

Rwanda "African Ounce" silver 50 Amafranga 2023 CrocodilesTwo Nile Crocodiles and a map of Africa are featured on this 2023 Rwanda silver 50 Amafaranga.   One crocodile is on land while a smaller one looks up from the water. The obverse features the emblem The 40mm coin contains 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver.  The obverse portrays Rwanda's national emblem. The 40mm coin comes sealed in a plastic pouch.
Item RW-CROC23 RWANDA 50 AMAFRANGA 2023 1 OUNCE SILVER, BU $39.00



NEW2023 AUSTRIA 1 OUNCE SILVER PHILHARMONIC

Austria 2023 1.5 Euro, 1 troy ounce silver PhilharmonicAustria celebrates the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on this 2023 1 troy ounce .999 fine silver 1.5 Euro coin called the Philharmonic.   The obverse of the 37mm coin depicts the Great Organ of the Golden Hall in Vienna’s Musikverein concert hall.  The reverse features a cello, violins, harp, Vienna horn and a bassoon.  The coins make a wonderful gift for classical music lovers.
Item AT-PHIL23 AUSTRIA 1.5 EUROS 2023 1 TROY OUNCE SILVER PHILHARMONIC BU $35.00


NEW2023 CHINESE SILVER PANDA

China 2023 10 Yuan 30 grams silver PandaChina continues their popular annual silver Panda coin series with this 2023 issue depicting two young pandas playing in a tree.  They are facing each other, one in the tree and one below, extending their paws as if one is offering the other a “hand” up in the tree.  The coin was designed by China Mint's coin designer Tong Fang, who designed many of the previous coins in the acclaimed Panda series.  The obverse features the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, the denomination and date.  The Brilliant Uncirculated 40mm coin has a nominal face value of 10 Yuan, contain 30 grams of .999 fine silver and comes in a protective capsule.   
Item CN-PANDA23 CHINA 10 YUAN 2023 SILVER PANDA BU $40.00



NEWCHINA CELEBRATES YEAR OF THE RABBIT

China, bi-metallic 10 Yuan Year of the RabbitChina commemorated the Year of the rabbit with this attractive 27mm bi-metallic 2023 dated 10 Yuan coin. The reverse depicts a cute artistic paper-cutting of a rabbit, a palace lantern and tree branches.  The obverse features the denomination surrounded by an intricate etched floral design. The large number 10 contains latent images which change from "R M B" to "10 10 10" when the coin is moved. The design also features micro-letters and other anti-counterfeiting devices.   Also available are some previous issues in this series.
Item CN-RABBIT CHINA 10 YUAN 2023 YEAR OF THE RABBIT, BI-METALLIC BU $8.00

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NEWLITHUANIA HONORS SUVALKIJA REGION

Lithuania 2 Euro 2022 Suvalkija RegionLithuania continued their 2 Euro series honoring each of its five ethnographic regions.  The 2022 issue commemorates the Suvalkija region, located in the south-western portion of the country.  It is smallest of the regions.  The once heavily forested region as largely deforested during the 16th and 17th centuries due to the demand for wood and illegal tree-harvesting incursions by Prussia, opening the region to farming.   Even today it is the least forested region of Lithuania. The coin depicts the arms of Suvalkija which depicts a bull, which were once found in abundance in the forests, before they were cut down.  The coin has the standard map of Europe reverse.
Item LT-2E22-SUV LITHUANIA 2 EURO 2022 SUVALKIJA REGION, BU $6.00





NEWCHINESE JUNK ON COLORFUL COIN OF PESCADORES

Pescadores 100 Yuan 2022 multi-color coin depicting junk and dragonThe obverse of this unofficial 2022 dated 100 Yuan coin from Pescadores features a multi-color image of a Chinese Junk and a temple that honors the Chinese Goddess Mazu (Matsu).  The reverse depicts a color image of Mazu and a dragon in the waves.   Mazu is the deity of fishermen and sailors.  According to legend she can miraculously save seafarers in distress.   Pescadores, also called Penghu is an archipelago of 90 islands and islets in the Taiwan Strait that is controlled by the Republic of China (Taiwan).  The name Pescadores is derived from the Portuguese name for fishermen. Fishing communities were established on the islands in the 9th and 10th centuries.  Its main industry is still fishing.  The 40mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of just 150 pieces.
Item PESCADORES PESCADORES 100 YUAN 2022 PROOF $22.00



NEWSAILING SHIP ON ROCKALL COIN

Rockall 5 Pounds 2022 depicting HMS EndymionRockall is an inhabitable granite islet in the North Atlantic Ocean. The first recorded landing on Rockwell was done by the crew of the HMS Endymion in 1810 or 1811.  It was ignored until 1955 when the United Kingdom claimed it due to potential oil deposits and fishing rights. That was the last expansion of the British Empire.  The obverse of the unofficial Rockall 5 Pound coin includes the British coat of arms, the cypher of King Charles III, a seated lion, and portions of the Union Jack.  The reverse features the HMS Endymion under sail with Rockall in the background.  The ship, launched in 1797, was the fastest sailing ship in the Royal Navy.  It took part the French Revolutionary Wars, the Napoleonic Wars, War of 1812, the First Opium War against China and operations against privateers.  She was finally broken up in 1868. The 9-sided, silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of just 140 pieces.
Item ROCKALL ROCKALL 5 POUNDS 2022 PROOF $22.00



NEWODD SHAPED SAINT-CASTIN COIN FEATURES FLYING SQUIRRELS

Saint-Castin 100 Piastres 2022 coin depicting flying squirrelsSaint-Castin is a self-declared micronation that claims several enclaves within the Province of Quebec.  It is named after Jean-Vincent d'Abbadie de Saint-Castin, a 17th century French-Canadian military office and an Abenaki chief.  It was founded as a monarchy on June 24, 2014. Since then, it had a republican coup, been annexed by, then seceded from the Federal Republic of St. Charlie, re-established as a republic and in 2020 restored the monarchy.  This odd-shaped 2022 100 Piastres of Saint-Castin depicts the coat of arms on the obverse and two Northern Flying Squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus) on the reverse.  The 42mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of just 120 pieces.
Item ST.CASTIN SAINT-CASTIN 100 PIASTRES 2022 PROOF $22.00


NEWCROATIA'S CONTROVERSIAL NEW 2023 EURO COINS.

Croatia 2023 8 coin Euro set
Croatia switched their currency to the Euro on January 1, 2023.  The designs of the new coins created controversy.  The bi-metallic 2 Euro features a map of Croatia.  The bi-metallic 1 Euro depicts a Marten.  Marten pelts, called a kuna, were used for money in medieval Croatia.  The original design for the 1 Euro coin used a photograph of a marten without permission.  Serbia objected to Nikola Tesla appearing on the 10, 20 and 50 Eurocent coins, claiming Tesla was Serbian.  Tesla was born in what is now Croatia to ethnic Serbian parents at a time when both were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  The 5, 2 and 1 Eurocent have the letters "HR" in Glagolitic scrip.  HR is the abbreviation of the country in Croatian (Republika Hrvatska).  Glagolitic is the oldest known Slavic alphabet, dating back to the 9th Century. All the coins incorporate the checkboard Croatian arms into the design.  All eight coins have the standard map of Europe designs on the reverses.
Item HR-EUSET CROATIA 8 COIN EURO SET 1 CENT - 2 EUROS 2023 UNC. $14.00


NewSHACKLETON'S SHIPS

British Antarctic Territory 50 Pence 2022 depicting Shackleton's sailing ship EnduranceSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 50 Pence 2022 depicting Shackleton's schooner-rigged steamship Quest
British Antarctic Territory and South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands each issued a 2022 dated 50 Pence coin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of British Antarctic Explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.  The Endurance trapped in sea-ice is featured on the British Antarctic Territory 50 Pence.  In 1914 Shackleton and a crew of 27 sailed for the Antarctic on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.  The sailing ship became trapped in sea-ice on January 19, 1915 and drifted for months before being abandoned and sinking.  The exhausted crew eventually made it to Elephant Island, 346 miles (557km) from where the ship was abandoned.  From there Shackleton navigated an open lifeboat across 800 miles (1300km) of treacherous ocean to South Georgia, then hiked across the island to a whaling station, arriving on May 20, 1916 where he was able to finally obtain help.  His remaining crew were rescued from Elephant Island on August 30, 1916.  In 1921 Shackleton began another Antarctic expedition, this time using the schooner-rigged steamship the Quest.  The crew included members of his previous expedition. Unfortunately, Shackleton died of a heart attack aboard the vessel on January 5, 1922, the day after reaching Grytviken, South Georgia.  The ship is pictured on this 50 Pence coin of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands.   Both coins are seven-sided, 27.3mm copper-nickel with a "diamond finish" and have a limited mintage of just 2,750 pieces each.  The coins come in presentation cards.
Item BAT-END BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY 50 PENCE 2022 ENDURANCE BU $19.95
Item SGA-QST SOUTH GEORGIA & SOUTH SANDWICH ISLAND 50 PENCE 2022 QUEST BU $19.95



New2023 SILVER BRITANNIA DEPICTING QUEEN ELIZABETH 

Great Britain 2023 2 Pounds Britannia 1 troy ounce silver coinEven though Queen Elizabeth died September 8, 2023, the British Royal mint has released 2023 dated 1 troy ounce silver Britannias depicting the Queen on the obverse.  Quite likely they started preparing to make the coins before the Queen's death.  Silver Britannias depicting Charles III are expected to be released later. The coin incorporates many security features including a latent image changes from a padlock to Britannia’s famous trident, a micro-text inscription that reads in Latin "Decus Et Tutamen" (an ornament and a safeguard), tincture lines within the stripes of the Union Jack and a surface animation that imitates the movement of ocean waves. The 38.61mm coin is struck in .999 and has the nominal value of 2 Pounds.
Item GB-BRIT23QU GREAT BRITAIN 2023 QUEEN ELIZABETH 1 TROY OUNCE SILVER BRITANNIA BU $35.00



NEWKINGDOM OF HAWAII 2022 SILVER 50 DALA

Hawaiian Kingdom silver 50 Dala coin, 2022The Kingdom of Hawaii is one of many Hawaiian sovereignty movements.  They contend that because the United States illegally overthrew the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893, the United States occupation of Hawaii is illegal and Hawaii is still an independent kingdom.  The obverse of the 2022 Hawaiian Kingdom 50 Dala coin features the bust of a Hawaiian Koa warrior. Unlike most coins the design is incuse rather than raised. The reverse depicts a map of Hawaii.  The 30mm coin contains 1/2 troy ounce of .999 silver and is approximately 2.5mm thick.  The coin is hand struck and has a maximum total mintage of just 100 pieces.
Item HAWAII-22 HAWAII SILVER 50 DALA 2022 UNC. $39.95

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NewFINLAND CLIMATE RESEARCH 2 EURO 2022 DEPICTS BEARD LICHEN

Finland 2 Euro 2022 Climate Change Research depicting beard lichenFinland featured climate research on this 2022 dated 2 Euro coin.  The design features beard lichen, which is often considered an indicator of air quality as it is very sensitive to air pollution, especially sulfur dioxide.  Where there is good quality, clean air it can grow to 4 to 8 inches long (10 to 20 cm.).  The standard 2 Euro map of Europe is on the reverse.
Item FI-2E22-CLIMATE FINLAND 2 EURO 2022 CLIMATE RESEARCH, UNC. $10.00



GREECE CELEBRATES 200th ANNIVERSARY THEIR CONSTITUTION  Restocked

Greece 2 Euro 2022 200th Anniversary of first Constitution bi-metallic coinGreece commemorated the 200th anniversary of their first constitution with this 2022 circulating commemorative 2 Euro coin.  Since then, Greece has gone through many constitutions, each suiting whoever is in power at the time.  The 1822 constitution was created by Greece's First National Assembly, held in what is now Nea (New) Epidaurus.  The design of the coin is based on a medal that was awarded to members of the First National Assembly.  It features the temple of Asclepius at Epidaurus with a statue of the god in the center.
Item GR-2E22-CONST GREECE 2 EURO 2022 CONSTITUTION UNC. $6.00




NewALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL HONORED ON CANADIAN DOLLARS

Canada 1 Dollar 2022 175th ANNIVERSARY OF BIRTH OF ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELLCanada issued both colored and uncolored versions of their 2022 circulating 1 Dollar coin commemorating the 175th anniversary of the birth of inventor Alexander Graham Bell.  Though Bell is most remembered for his invention of the telephone, he also did groundbreaking work in optical telecommunications, hydrofoils, and aeronautics.  His work with hydrofoils and aeronautics were done in his later years in Canada. This is reflected in the design of the coins, which feature a portrait of Bell in his later years, his signature, schematic illustrations of the Silver Dart - the first aircraft to achieve controlled powered flight in Canada in 1909, and his HD-4 hydrofoil, which in 1919 set world marine speed record of 70.86 miles per hour (114.04 kpj), a record which stood for ten years.  Both events took place at Nova Scotia’s Bras d’Or Lake.  The lake is represented by wave lines on the uncolored coin and blue on the colored version.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse
Item CA-COL-BELL CANADA 1 DOLLAR 2022 ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL, COLOR VERSION, BU $4.00
Item CA-REG-BELL CANADA 1 DOLLAR 2022 ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL, UNCOLORED VERSION, BU $6.00
Item CA-BOTH-BELL BOTH OF THE ABOVE CANADA 1 DOLLAR 2022 ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL BU $9.50



NewCANADA REMEMBERS THE SUMMIT HOCKEY SERIES

Canada 2 Dollars 2022 50th Anniversary of Summit Series ice hockey victoryCanada issued both color and non-colored circulating bi-metallic 2 Dollar coins in 2022 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their victory in the Summit Series ice hockey games against the Soviet Union held in September 1972.  Both nations considered themselves to be the best in the world.  The Summit Series was set to prove it. It was a series of eight games, the first four held in Canada and the last four in the Soviet Union. This was during the Cold War.  Both fans and players had intense feelings of nationalism.  Canada went into the series confident they would sweep the series, but it was not to be.  The Soviets were a lot better than they expected.  Going into the final game of the series the games were evenly split, with three wins and a tie.  The Soviets led in the number of goals scored.  An estimated 15 out of 22 million Canadians tuned into the final game.  It was a tense and dramatic game, with Team Canada overcoming a two-goal Soviet lead after two periods. Canada scored the final game winning goal with just 34 seconds left to play.  The coin depicts two Team Canada players in their distinctive red and white uniforms.  The coaches’ initials and the players’ jersey numbers surround the inner core.   The Royal Canadian Mint pledged that the net proceeds from the sale of the coins will be donated to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
Item CA-2D-COL-SUMMIT CANADA COLOR 2 DOLLARS 2022 SUMMIT SERIES ICE HOCKEY BU $5.00
Item CA-2D-REG-SUMMIT CANADA NON-COLOR 2 DOLLARS 2022 SUMMIT SERIES ICE HOCKEY BU OUT



NEWSTATE OF JEFFERSON 2022 SILVER WALKING LIBERTY

State of Jefferson 25 Jeff Dollars 2022The 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 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.  Smallforest Mint, a small, private mint in Oregon has struck coins for the State of Jefferson.  The 2022 issue is denominated at 25 Jeff 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 features a "walking liberty" figure. The 32mm coin is hand struck in sterling silver.
Item JEFFERSON22 STATE OF JEFFERSON 25 JEFF DOLLARS WALKING LIBERTY 2022 UNC. $29.75



NEWBI-METALLIC MOLDOVA 10 LEI COMMEMORATIVES

Moldova commemorative 10 Lei: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021Moldova started an annual series of circulating bi-metallic 10 Lei coins in 2018.  The 2018 issue commemorates the 25th anniversary of the national currency - the Leu, which translates as lion.  The coin features a lion, the Moldova national arms and the emblem of the national bank.  The 2019 issue commemorates the 30th Anniversary of the adoption of the Latin alphabet (as opposed the Cyrillic alphabet used in Russia) and the state language laws.  The obverse depicts the emblem of the national language that features the mythological Charmed Bird.  The reverse includes the Latin alphabet in lower case letters.  The 2020 issue commemorates the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the State flag.  The 2021 issue commemorates the 30th anniversary of the National Bank. The design includes the national arms, the national bank emblem and the number '30'.  The reverses of all the coins bear the denomination.  At the top is a latent image that changes from R to M (for "Republica Moldova") as the coin is shifted.  "BNM", the initials of the national bank, is micro-engraved on the surface of the "1". 
Item MD-10L18 MOLDOVA 10 LEI 2018 25th ANNIVERSARY OF CURRENCY, KM157 BU. $4.00
Item MD-10L19 MOLDOVA 10 LEI 2019 30th ANNIVERSARY OF ALPHABET & LANGUAGE LAWS, KM171 BU $4.00
Item MD-10L20 MOLDOVA 10 LEI 2020 30th ANNIVERSARY OF STATE FLAG, KM186 BU $4.00
Item MD-10L21 MOLDOVA 10 LEI 2021 39th ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL BANK, KM196 BU $4.00
Item MD-SET10L ALL 4 OF THE ABOVE MOLDOVA 10 LEI BU $15.00



NewWARRIOR ON COIN OF VARKANA

Varkana 10,000 Rials coin 2022Varkana, also called Hyrcania is a territory along the southeastern coast of the Caspian Sea.   The name Varkana is derived from Persian for "Country of Wolves".  It was a province in the Midian, Akhe-menid, Seleucid and Parthian empires. In 72AD became an independent kingdom with nominal allegiance to Parthia.  This unofficial 2022 10,000 Rials of Varkana features a fierce ancient warrior on the reverse.  A heraldic wolf is on the obverse.   The39mm, six-sided, silver-plated brass Proof coin has a mintage of only 120 pieces.
Item VARKANA VARKANA 10,000 RIALS 2022 PROOF $19.95




NewCELTIC STATE OF SCORDISK

State of Scordisk 5000 Dinara coin 2022The Skordiski were an Iron Age Celtic tribe who were centered at at the confluence of the Savus (Sava), Dravus (Drava), Margus (Morava) and Danube rivers in what is now Serbia. By the second half the of the 3rd century BC they became the most important power in the northern Balkans.  They built fortresses at Singidunum (the modern city of Belgrade) and Taurun (the modern Zemun). At their peak they controlled portions of present-day Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania.  From 141BC they were constantly at war against Roman-held Macedonia. Roman sources report that they had the custom of drinking blood from hollow skulls and that they sacrificed captives to their deities. They were defeated by the Romans in 15BC.  This unofficial 2022 5000 Dinara of the State of Scordisk features a fierce Skordiski warrior on one side and the Serbian coat-of-arms supported by two angels on the other.  The eight-sided, 40mm, silver-plated brass Proof coin has a mintage of only 120 pieces.
Item SCORDISK STATE OF SCORDISK 5000 DINARA 2022 PROOF $19.95


NewCANADA HONORS JAZZ MUSICIAN OSCAR PETERSON

Canada 1 Dollar 2022 Oscar Peterson, color and non-colored coinsCanada issued both colored and uncolored version of their 2022 circulating commemorative 1 Dollar coin commemorating piano virtuoso, jazz legend, composer and educator Oscar Peterson.  He is considered one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time.  He produced over 400 recordings and won seven Grammy awards.  The reverse features Peterson seated at his piano, playing his powerful civil rights anthem Hymn to Freedom, along with musical notes and chord symbols from the closing bars from the piece.  The color version includes a swatch of purple, his favorite color, around the Canadian maple leaf.   The Susana Blunt portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.
Item CA-COL-PETERSON CANADA 1 DOLLAR 2022 OSCAR PETERSON COLOR VERSION BU $4.50
Item CA-REG-PETERSON CANADA 1 DOLLAR 2022 OSCAR PETERSON NON-COLOR VERSION BU $5.50
Item CA-BOTH-PETERSON BOTH of the above CANADA 1 DOLLAR 2022 OSCAR PETERSON COLOR & NON-COLOR BU $9.50


 

NewRECENT EGYPTIAN COMMEMORATIVE COINS

Common obverse design on bi-metallic Egyptian 1 Pound coinsEgypt recently released a number of circulating commemorative coins in an effort to bolster support of the government.  The coins have a common obverse which includes the name of the country in Arabic, the denomination in Arabic and English and both the AD and AH dates.  The 1 Pound coins are 25mm bi-metallic with a brass-plated steel center in a nickel-plated steel ring.  The 50 Piastres are 23mm brass-plated steel coins.  

Egypt 1 Pound 2021 Police Day bi-metallic coinThe 69th anniversary of National Police Day is commemorated on a 2021 1 Pound coin.  Police Day is in remembrance of the 50 police officers of the Ismaila Police Station that were killed or wounded when the British attacked the police station with tanks on January 25, 1952 after the police refused abandon the station and hand over their weapons.  January 25 was declared a national holiday in 2009 by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to recognize the efforts of Egyptian police to maintain security and stability. On Police Day in 2011 widespread protests against police brutality and corruption led to a revolution which overthrew President Mubarak. The bi-metallic coin features a winged eagle emblem and the Arabic numbers 69. 
Item EG-POLICE EGYPT 1 POUND 2021 POLICE DAY UNC. $4.00


Egypt 1 Pound and 50 Piastres 2021 Decent Life coins"Decent Life" is an initiative of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi's improve rural areas of Egypt.  The multi-year project, started in 2019, aims to improve sewer, water, electricity, natural gas and internet access in villages, improve housing, as well as health and education projects.  The Decent Life 50 Piastre and 1 Pound coins both feature a female farmer, wheat ears, and the Decent Life emblem, which looks like a smile in a box. The coins are dated 2021. 
Item EG-DECENT EGYPT 50 PIASTRE & 1 POUND 2021 DECENT LIFE UNC. $5.00



NewPANAMA COMMEMORATES 500th ANNIVERSARY OF PANAMA CITY

Panama 1/2 Balboa 2019 500th anniversary of Panama CityThe 500th anniversary of the founding of Panama City is commemorated on this 2019 Panamanian Half Balboa.  The coin depicts Pedro Arias Davila, who founded the city.  He was not a nice man. In 1514 Davila succeeded Vasco Nunez de Balboa as governor of Panama and promised his daughter in marriage to Balboa.  In 1519 Davila had Balboa executed on trumped up charges.  The same year Davila founded Panama City and moved the capital there from Darien, which was subsequently abandoned.  In 1524 he sent Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba on an expedition to Nicaragua, where Cordoba founded the cities of Granada and Leon.  In 1526 he had Cordoba executed and he became governor of Nicaragua in 1528. The reverse of the 30.8mm copper-nickel clad coin depicts the arms of Panama.  Interestingly both nations named their currency after the men Davila executed:  Panama calls their currency the Balboa and Nicaragua's currency is the Cordoba.  
Item PA-50C-500 PANAMA 1/2 BALBOA 2019 500th ANNIVERSARY OF PANAMA CITY KM183 UNC. $4.00



NewPANAMA CELEBRATES ORATORIO SAN FELIPE NERI

Panama 1 Balboa Oratorio San Felipe Neri bi-metallic coinThe Oratorio San Felipe Neri (San Felipe Neri Oratory) was built in 1688 for the Congregation of Oratorian Fathers in Panama. The church is named for Philip Neri, who founded the Oratorians in 1575.  It is one of the oldest churches in Panama City.  It is featured on this 2019 dated 26.5mm bi-metallic 1 Balboa of Panama.  The other side of the coin depicts the arms of Panama.
Item PA-ORATORIO PANAMA 1 BALBOA 2019 ORATORIO SAN FELIPE NERI KM167 UNC. $5.00



New2019 PANAMA WORLD YOUTH DAY COINS

Panama 1 Balboa 2019 World Youth Day colored and non-color coinsPanama celebrated World Youth Day with regular and colored bi-metallic 1 Balboa coins.  The 2019 World Youth Day was held in Panama City in January 2019.  The event was organized by the Catholic Church and featured a visit by Pope Francis.  It drew thousands of young people from around the world.   Both coins feature the logo of the event on one side and the Panamanian arms on the other.  The logo was designed by a 20-year-old college student. The logo, which is rich in Catholic symbolism. It incorporates a silhouette of the Panamanian Isthmus and the Panama Canal, a Pilgrim Cross, silhouette of the Virgin Mary, the five points of the crown of Mary, also symbolizing the five continents.  The logo has both the shape of a heart and the letter 'M'.
Item PA-COL-YOUTH PANAMA 1 BALBOA 2019 WORLD YOUTH DAY - COLORED KM169 UNC. $5.00
Item PA-REG-YOUTH PANAMA 1 BALBOA 2019 WORLD YOUTH DAY - NON-COLOR KM168 UNC. $5.50
Item PA-BOTH-YOUTH BOTH of the above PANAMA 1 BALBOA 2019 YOUTH DAY - COLOR & NON-COLOR UNC. $9.75



NEWVENEZUELA'S NEW NON-DIGITAL BOLIVARES DIGITALES

Front of Venezuela 100 Digital Bolivar (Bolivares Digitales) note, 2021Back of Venezuela 100 Digital Bolivar (Bolivares Digitales) note, 2021For the third time in 13 years Venezuela launched a new currency due to ongoing inflation.  The new Bolivar Digitales (Digital Bolivar) is equivalent to 1 milliion of the Bolivares Soberano (Sovereign Bolivar).   The Sovereign Bolivar, introduced in 2018 was worth 100,000 Bolivares Fuerte (Strong Bolivar).  The Strong Bolivar was worth 1000 Bolivars.  The Bolivar had been used since 1879 and was once one of the strongest currencies in the world.  Though called a Digital Bolivar, there is nothing digital about it other than knocking six zeros off the previous currency.  Digital Bolivars are banknotes and not a crypto-currency.  The new notes released are the 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Digital Bolivars.  The notes are dated April 21, 2021, though were not first released until October 1, 2021. The notes all have the same basic design, which itself was recycled from previous Venezuelan banknotes.  Simon Bolivar is on the front.  The back commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Carabobo, in which Bolivar's defeated Spanish Royalist forces on June 24, 1821, paving the way for Venezuela's independence.  The new notes list the denominations as Bolivares rather than Bolivares Digitales and with the similarity of designs to previous banknotes. they undoubtedly creates opportunities for fraud and causes confusion, especially for those with poor eyesight or limited education.
Item PM-VE-DIGITAL VENEZUELA 5 NOTE SET: 5, 10, 20, 50 & 100 DIGITAL BOLIVARS, 2021 UNC. $99.75



NewMODERN COIN FOR DUBROVNIK REPUBLIC

Dubrovnik Republic 3 Perpera 2022This odd-shaped, unofficial 3 Perpera was issued for the Dubrovnik Republic in 2022.  Dubrovnik, also known by its Latin name of Ragusa, was a small, wealthy independent city-state until it was conquered by Napoleon in 1806. Though it never relinquished its sovereignty, it was given to the Hapsburgs following the defeat of Napoleon.  After World War I it was incorporated into what became Yugoslavia.  It briefly regained independence during the breakup of Yugoslavia before becoming the southernmost portion of Croatia. The obverse of the silver-plated brass coin features the arms of Dubrovnik and Saint Blaise as he appeared on the flag of Ragusa.  The reverse depicts Black Swifts (Apus apus) flying around old town Dubrovnik.  The Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item DUBROVNIK DUBROVNIK REPUBLIC 3 PERPERA 2022 PROOF $19.95



NewCOIN OF FIUME

Fiume 200 Lire 2022Fiume gained autonomy for the first time in 1719 when it was proclaimed a free port of the Holy Roman Empire.  The port city was later transferred to the Kingdom of Hungary, but given a special separate status. After World War I its status was disputed between Italy, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (later Yugoslavia) and the Great Powers (Great Britain, France and the United States).  In 1919 it proclaimed itself the independent state of Italian Regency of Carnaro (Reggenza Italiana del Carnaro) under a fascist government with a plan unite with Italy.  Under pressure of the Great Powers Italy did not take control of the territory and it was proclaimed the Free State of Fiume.  Control of the city remained unstable, with control passing between fascist, communists and nationalists until 1924 when the Treaty of Rome awarded the city to Italy.  Following World War II another attempt was made to set up an independent free state, but instead it was incorporated into Yugoslavia.  Fiume is now the city of Rijeka in Croatia.   The obverse of the unofficial 2022 dated 200 Lire features the two-headed eagle symbol of the city, whose use was forbidden by both the Italian and Yugoslavian governments.  The reverse features a statue of the Archangel of Justice and the emblem of Regency of Carnaro depicting an ouroboros.  The 40mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of just 130 pieces.
Item FIUME FIUME 200 LIRE 2022 PROOF $22.00



NewKNIGHT ON BRITTANY COIN

Brittany 100 Francs 2022Brittany is the northwest region of France. During the Middle Ages, Brittany was a vassal duchy of France, while maintaining almost complete independence.  Control frequently passed between England and France during their many wars.  In 1963, the Brittany Liberation Front was created, which began the struggle for the independence of Brittany.  The obverse of the unofficial 2022 dated Brittany 100 Franc coin features the previous arms of Brittany surrounded by the arms of the bishoprics and regions of Brittany: Leon, Tregor, Cornuay, the Vannes Rennes, Nantes, Dol, Malouin and Penthievre.   The reverse depicts a knight on horseback with a dog and the Tanti tower.  The 39mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item BRITTANY BRITTANY 100 FRANCS 2022 PROOF $22.00



2022 SAMOA CHRIST IS LIGHT 1 TROY OUNCE SILVER 2 TALA  RESTOCKED

Samoa 2 Tala 2022 Christ is light 1 troy ounce silver coinJesus Christ standing in front of a church’s  rose window is featured on this 2022 Two Tala coin from Samoa.  The Chi-rho Christogram is to the right. The Samoan arms are on the obverse.   The 39mm, 1 troy ounce .999 fine silver coin has a mintage of only 15,000 pieces.  A portion of the proceeds of each coin is donated to charities. 

Item WS-JESUS22 SAMOA 2 TALA 2022 JESUS CHRIST 1 TROY OUNCE SILVER COIN PROOF-LIKE $37.00




NewBRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS CELEBRATES SAILING SHIPS

British Virgin Islands 1 Dollar coins featuring famous sailing shipsCommon obverse of the British Virgin Islands 2022 ship coins
The British Virgin Islands issued a series of six coins depicting famous sailing ships that had some connection with the British Virgin Islands.  The 2022 dated 1 Dollar coins are 28.4mm and are struck in virenium (a gold colored alloy). Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. The coins come in capsules and have a mintage of only 1950 pieces each. 
Item BVI-MARIA BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2022 SANTA MARIA BU $15.00
Item BVI-HIND BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2022 GOLDEN HIND BU $15.00
Item BVI-ASTREA BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2022 HMS ASTREA BU $15.00
Item BVI-ROHNE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2022 RMS ROHNE BU $15.00
Item BVI-NYMPH BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2022 HMS NYMPH BU $15.00
Item BVI-FORM BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 DOLLAR 2022 HMS FORMIDABLE BU $15.00
Item BVI-SHIPSET ALL 6 OF THE ABOVE BRITISH VIRGIN IS. SHIP COINS, BU $85.00



NewERASMUS 2 EURO COIN PROGRAM

France 2 Euro 2022 Erasmus ProgramIn 2022 all members of the Euro were authorized to issue a commemorative 2 Euro coin commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Erasmus Program.  The program allows students to study at a university in another country and often provides them with a stipend to help offset their expenses.  More than 9 million people have participated in the program since its creation.  It is named after 16th century Dutch philosopher and theologian Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam.  All the coins have a similar design, the major difference being the placement of the name or initials of the issuing country.  The coins depict a portrait of Erasmus with the dates 1987-2022 and the name of the program in the language of the issuing nation.  In front of Erasmus are series of interlinking lines, representing the intellectual and human exchanges between the students.  Within the lines the figure "35" appears in raised areas.  We offer a set of all 16 of the Erasmus 2 Euros that were released into general circulation. The set includes coins from Austria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.  Belgium, Netherlands did not issued coins into circulation, they only sold them packaged for collectors at high prices.   The Malta issue is due to be released in October and will only be available packaged for collectors at a high price.   Let me know if you would like one.
Item EU-ERASMUS SET OF ERASMUS 2 EUROS FROM 16 NATIONS, UNC. $95.00
Item BE-ERASMUS BELGIUM 2 EURO ERASMUS 2022, BU in CoinCard $29.00
Item NL-ERASMUS NETHERLANDS 2 EURO ERASMUS 2022, BU in CoinCard $49.00



NewHUNGARY OPENS NEW MONEY MUSEUM

Hungary 100 Forint 2022 Money Museum bi-metallic coinHungary commemorated their new Money Museum, which opened in March 2022 on this bi-metallic 100 Forint.  The museum, operated by the Hungarian National Bank is designed to focus attention on financial literacy and includes many interactive exhibits oriented towards children.  The coin depicts four stylized coins (the Anjou lily, in a reference to Hungarian gold florins from the Middle Ages, the iconic digit 1 of the 1-forint coin introduced in 1946, a globe, and a pair of scales), the old Postal Palace which now houses the museum and an upward pointing graph.  The 2022 dated bi-metallic coin is 23.8mm.
Item HU-100F22 HUNGARY 100 FORINT 2022 MONEY MUSEUM, UNC. $6.00



NewLUXEMBOURG CELEBRATES ITS FLAG LAW

Luxembourg 2 Euro 2022 50th Anniversary of Flag Law bi-metallic coinOn June 23 1972 Luxembourg passed its Flag Law which officially defined that nations’ flag.  It was done in order to prevent another country from adopting the same flag.  The flag was first used in 1845, but was not officially adopted until 1993.   The red, white and blue striped flag is almost identical to the Netherlands flag but the red and blue stripes are slightly lighter and the flag is slightly longer.  This 2022 Luxembourg 2 Euro commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Flag Law.  The coin depicts Grand Prince Henri and the flag along with the dates 1972 and 2022.
Item LU-2E22-FLAG LUXEMBOURG 2 EURO 2022 FLAG UNC. $14.00




NewLUXEMBOURG CELEBRATES WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Luxembourg 2 Euro 2022 10th Anniversary of royal wedding of Grand Prince Guillaume to Countess Stephanie de LannoyLuxembourg issued this 2022 dated 2 Euro coin to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the wedding of Guillaume, the Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Countess Stephanie de Lannoy.   The coin depicts the royal couple, a pair of interlocked wedding rings, the emblem of ruling Grand Prince Henri, “2022” and the date of the couple’s Roman Catholic wedding: October 20, 2012.  The couple had a civil marriage ceremony the previous day.
Item LU-2E22-WED LUXEMBOURG 2 EURO 2022 WEDDING ANNIVERSARY UNC. $14.00



NewTHE COLOSSUS OF RHODES

Rhodes 500 Dracmas 2021The Colossus of Rhodes is featured on this unofficial 2021 500 Drachma of Rhodes.  The Colossus was a statue of the Greek sun god Helios that was erected in 280BC at the mouth of the harbor of Rhodes.  It was some 108 feet(33m) high, approximately the height of the Statue of Liberty from head to feet.  It was one of the seven ancient wonders of the world.  It collapsed during an earthquake in 226BC.  The broken statue remained in place until the Arab conquest of Rhodes in 653AD, and it was sold for scrap metal.    Rhodes is an island off the coast of Turkey.  In 1309, the Knights Hospitaller took over the island and made it their headquarters until it was conquered by Suleyman the Magnificent in 1522 after a long siege.  Italy seized the territory in 1912 and in 1947 it was united with Greece.   The obverse of the eight-sided silver-plated brass Proof coin features the Rhodes coat of arms.  The coin has a mintage of only 145 pieces.
Item RHODES RHODES 500 DRACHMAS 2021 PROOF $19.95



NewFLAMINGOS ON COIN OF NUEVA ESPARTA

Nueva Esparta 500 Bolivars 2021Nueva Sparta is an archipelago of three islands located off the coast of Venezuela: Margarita, Coche and Cubagua.  They were discovered in 1498 during the third voyage of Columbus.   Rich pearl deposits were found on Cubagua and it was soon settled by Europeans that exploited the pearls.  By 1537, less than 40 years after the islands were discovered the oyster population had been decimated, the pearl industry collapsed and the island largely abandoned. most of the remaining residents moved to Margarita.  Even today, Cubagua remains largely uninhabited.  The Spanish built a number of forts on islands to protect against French and English navies and pirates.  In 1816 Simon Bolivar proclaimed the Third Republic of Venezuelan and the Assembly of Notables recognized Bolivar as the Supreme Chief in the Church of Santa Ana on Margarita.  The islands were given the name Nueva Esparta (New Sparta) because of the heroism shown by the inhabitants during Venezuela’s war of independence. resembled that of the Spartans of classical Greece. This unofficial 2021 Nueva Sparta 500 Bolivars features the Nueva Sparta arms on the obverse.  The reverse features two flamingos and cattleya flowers along with the denomination, date and the arms of Venezuela.  The six-sided silver-plated brass Proof coin has a mintage of just 145 pieces.
Item NUEVAESPARTA NUEVA ESPARTA 500 BOLIVARS 2021 PROOF $19.95



NEWSERBIA 2022 SILVER TESLA – OZONE GENERATOR

Serbia silver 100 Dinara 2022 Tesla - Ozone generatorObverse of Serbia silver 100 Dinara tesla coinsNikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, physicist, and futurist.  He is said to have over 300 patents covering a wide range of technologies including alternating current, electric motors, remote control, television, radio, x-rays, cell phones, robotics, lasers, turbine engines, magnetic propulsion, drones, solar power, weather manipulation, particle beams and electromagnetic energy (the Tesla coil). He was a brilliant inventor, but a poor businessman.  Despite his many important and revolutionary inventions, he died alone and penniless in New York in 1943.  Serbia annually issues a 1 troy ounce .999 fine silver 100 Dinara coin honoring Tesla and one of his many inventions.  The 40.25mm coins are struck by the Serbian Mint.   Tesla’s portrait is on the obverse.  The Serbian arms, weight, purity, silver content, date, denomination and one or more of his inventions are on the reverse.  The 2022 issue depicts his Ozone Generator.  Ozone is a reactive form of oxygen.  It differs from normal oxygen in that it has three oxygen in its molecule rather than the normal two atoms.  Because it is highly reactive, Tesla and many others believed it has natural healing benefits including anti-inflammatory, anti-pathogenic, cell detoxification properties and the ability to enhance the immune system.  However, breathing ozone can cause lung irritation, coughing, decrease lung function and aggravate asthma, so the Environmental Protection Agency recommends to avoid breathing ozone. 
Item RS-22TESLA-OZONE SERBIA 100 DINARA 2022 TESLA-OZONE GENERATOR BU $38.00

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FIRST BANKNOTE OF NORTH MACEDONIA

North Macedonia 10 Denars 2020 poymer banknote depicting peacock
In 1991 the Republic of Macedonia gained independence in the breakup of Yugoslavia.  Greece, however objected to the name Macedonia, which they saw as part of their ancient Greek heritage and was a region of Greece.  Greece blocked Macedonia's membership to the European Union and NATO.  The countries finally came to an agreement and in 2019 the Macedonia was renamed the Republic of North Macedonia.  The first banknotes issued under the new name were released in 2020, including this beautiful polymer 10 Denars note. The design was similar to previous issues. The front includes a crescent-shaped gold filigree earring from the 4th century BC and an ancient alabaster statue of the Egyptian Goddess Isidia which was discovered in the city of Ohrid.  In the lower left corner is a 2nd Century AD marble bust of Titus Flavius Philoxenia, the high priest of the city of Heraclea Lyncestis (Bitola).  The reverse features a mosaic of a peacock from the 4th-5th century baptistry of the Episcopal Basilica in Stobi.  The peacock motif is repeated in the see-through window on the right. Peacocks symbolized resurrection, immortality, and eternal life.  
Item PM-MK-10D NORTH MACEDONIA 10 DENARS BANKNOTE 2020 UNC. $3.00



New2022 GERMAN 2 EURO FEATURES WARTBURG CASTLE

Germany 2 Euro 2022 ThuringiaGermany continued their annual series of 2 Euro coins honoring each of its states with this 2022 issue for Thuringia, which is located in central Germany.  The coin depicts the famous Wartburg Castle overlooking the city of Eisenach.  The castle is a UNESCO heritage site.  Parts of it date back to the 12th century.  It was the home of St. Elizabeth of Hungary and where Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German following his excommunication by the Pope.  The mintmark appears to the right of the castle.  The "D" below the castle is for Deutschland.
Item DE-2E-WART GERMANY 2 EURO 2022 THURINGIA, mint of Joel's choice UNC. $6.00
Item DE-2E-WARTx5 GERMANY 2 EURO 2022 THURINGIA, ALL 5 MINTS: A,D,F,G & J UNC. $29.95



NewITALY CELEBRATES NATIONAL POLICE FORCE ON 2022 2 EURO

Italy 2 Euro 2022 National Police ForceItaly commemorated the 150th Anniversary of their national police force "Polizia di Stato" on this 2022 dated 2 Euro coin.  The force pre-dates the Italian nation, having been formed in 1852 by King Victor Emmanuel II in Sardinia.  With the unification of Italy in 1861 it became a national police force.  It 1981 it was merged with the many civil police services in Italy and made a civil rather than a military force. The coin depicts a female and male police officer in front of a police car.  Less than 15% of the force is made up of females. 
Item IT-2E22-POLICE ITALY 2 EURO 2022 NATIONAL POLICE FORCE, UNC. $6.00



NewLITHUANIA 2 EURO COMMEMORATES BASKETBALL

Lithuania 2 Euro 2022 basketballBasketball is the most popular sport in Lithuania.  This 2022 dated 2 Euro commemorates the 100th Anniversary of basketball in Lithuania.  The design features a basketball court superimposed on a map of Lithuania and the dates 1922 – 2022.  Though basketball was first played by women in Lithuania in 1919, the first official game was played by men on April 23, 1922.  The sport gained widespread popularity after Lithuania won the European championship in 1937. 
Item LT-2E22-BASKETBALL LITHUANIA 2 EURO 2022 BASKETBALL UNC. $6.00


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