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RECENT WORLD COIN & CURRENCY ISSUES

2024 SILVER BRITANNIAS

Great Britain 2024 1 ounce .999 fine silver Britannia 2 pound coinGreat Britain 2024 1/4 ounce .999 fine silver Britannia 50 Pence coinGreat Britain 2024 1/10 ounce .999 fine silver Britannia 20 Pence coin
The British Royal Mint released 2024 dated 1 ounce, 1/4 ounce and 1/10 ounce silver Britannia coins.  The legal tender coins are struck in .999 fine silver and feature King Charles III on the obverse and Britannia standing with shield and trident on the reverse. The 1 ounce coin denominated 2 Pounds and is 38.61mm The 1/4 Ounce coin is denominated 50 Pence and is 22mm. The 1/10 ounce denominated 20 Pence and is 16.5mm. 
Item GB-BRIT24 GREAT BRITAIN 2024 1 TROY OUNCE SILVER BRITANNIA 2 POUNDS BU $35.00
NEW Item GB-BRIT24-1/4 GREAT BRITAIN 2024 1/4 TROY OUNCE SILVER BRITANNIA 50 PENCE BU $15.00
NEW Item GB-BRIT24-1/10 GREAT BRITAIN 2024 1/10 TROY OUNCE SILVER BRITANNIA 20 PENCE BU $10.00



NEWBELGIUM 2 EURO CELEBRATES EU PRESIDENCY

Belgium 2 Euro 2024 EU PresidencyBelgium holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first six months of 2024.  This is the 13th time Belgium has held the office, but the first time it has issued a coin to mark the event.  The coin features a flock of 27 swallows representing the 27 member nations of the European Union.  Only 130,000 pieces were struck, all of which were reserved for collectors.  The coin comes in a coincard. 
Item BE-2E24-EU BELGIUM 2 EURO 2024 EU PRESIDENCY UNC. $19.75



NEWGERMANY HONORS MECKLENBURG-WEST POMERANIA WITH 2 EURO

Germany 2 Euro 2024 Mecklenburg-West Pomerania (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)Germany honored the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) on their 2024 2 Euro coin.  The coin depicts the iconic “Königsstuhl” (King’s Chair) in the Jasmund National Park on the island of Rügen..  It is a 387-foot (118m) chalk cliff rising above the Baltic Sea.  A person standing on the beach gives an idea to the immense size of the cliffs.  To the left is the "D" for Deutschland.  Above the cliff is the mintmark (A=Berlin, D=Munich, F=Stuttgart, G=Karlsruhe, J=Hamburg).
Item DE-2E24-KING GERMANY 2 EURO 2024 MECKLENBURG-WEST POMERANIA (Mint of our choice) UNC. $6.00
Item DE-2E24-KINGx5 GERMANY 2 EURO 2024 MECKLENBURG-WEST POMERANIA, ALL 5 MINTS UNC. $29.50



NEWLUXEMBOURG ISSUES TWO 2024 2 EURO COINS

Luxembourg 2 Euro 2024 175th anniversary of death of William II (Guillaume II)Luxembourg 2 Euro 2024 100th anniversary of Feierstëpplert (steel worker) coin designLuxembourg released two 2024 dated 2 Euro coins.  One commemorates the 175th anniversary of the death of William II (Guillaume II).  William was the King of the Netherlands, Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Duke of Limburg (Limburg became part of Netherlands in 1867). The coin depict William on a horse and the bust of the current Grand Duke Henri.  The other coin commemorates the 100th anniversary of the use of the Feierstëpplert (steel worker) on coins of Luxembourg. The design became emblematic for Luxembourg.  Steel is a major industry of Luxembourg and the country is the home of ArcelorMittal, the world’s second largest steel producer.  The design continued to be used on Luxembourg’s 1 Franc coins until 1965.  The 2024 2 Euro coin depicts the 1924 1 Franc coin and the cypher of Grand Duke Henri within the numeral 100. 
Item LU-2E24-WILLIAM LUXEMBOURG 2 EURO 2024 WILLIAM II UNC. $18.00
Item LU-2E24-STEEL LUXEMBOURG 2 EURO 2024 STEELWORKER (FEIERSTEPPLET) COIN DESIGN UNC. $18.00



NEWSLOVENIA COMMEMORATES MATHEMATICIAN JOSIP PLEMELJ

Slovenia 2 Euro 2023 Jospo PlemeljSlovenia commemorated the 150th anniversary of the birth of Josip Plemelj on this 2023 2 Euro coin.  Plemelj was a famed mathematician whose work is far beyond my comprehension.  In 1919 he was elected the first rector of the University of Ljubljana and was a professor of mathematics there from 1919 until his retirement in 1957.  The design on the coin features part of one of his equations with numbers and symbols that rotate in circles and illustrate the rotation of the planets, pulling together two areas of his work and research: mathematics and astronomy.  The standard map of Europe reverse is on the other side.
Item SI-2E23-PLEMELJ SLOVENIA 2 EURO 2023 JOSOP PLEMELJ UNC. $6.00




NEWGECKO AND SHIP ON AGALEGA COIN

Agalega 500 Rupees 2023 coin depicts gecko and sailing shipAgalega consists of two small islands in the western part of the Indian Ocean located.  They are administered my Mauritius, which is located 683 miles (1100 km) to the south. It has a population of about 330.  The first settlement was established by a former French Privateer in 1808 who imported slaves.  The exact location of the islands was finally mapped in 1811 by Captain Briggs of HMS Clorinde.  The ship appears on the reverse of the coin.  Mauritius allowed India to start building a major military base on the islands in 2015, over the objection of the residents who saw it as a threat to self-determination and creole language and culture.  The obverse of this unofficial Agalega 2023 dated 500 Rupees coin features a Gecko over the Agalega coat of arms. The coat of arms includes a ship, palm treed, star above a mountain and a key.  The odd shaped coin is struck on silver-plated brass and has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item AGALEGA AGALEGA 500 RUPEES 2023 PROOF $24.00



NEWDRILL ON AMBAZONIA COIN

Ambazonia 5 Ambo 2023 coin depicts drillAmbazonia is a self-declared, unrecognized state in western Africa. In 1961 the southern portion of English-speaking British Cameroon was attached to the larger French Cameroon to create the independent Federal Republic of Cameroon.  Many of the English speakers did not feel they were being fairly treated by the French majority and in 1972 a new constitution stripped the region of much of its local authority. After a series of wide spread protests, the Federal Republic of Ambazonia declared independence in 2017. Guerilla warfare has been ongoing.  The obverse of this unofficial Ambazonia 5 Ambo coin features the coat of arms. The reverse depicts a Drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus) and the outlines of other Old World Monkeys (Cercopithecidae).   The 40mm eight-sided silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 135 pieces.
Item AMBAZONIA AMBAZONIA 5 AMBO 2023 PROOF $24.00



NEWGREEN SEA TURTLE ON BASS ISLANDS COIN

Bass Islands 750 Francs 2023 coin depicts Green Sea TurtleThe Bass Islands are the southernmost islands of French Polynesia.  The were first settled in the 12th century.  By the mid-16th century population growth and ecological degradation of farming areas caused shortages which led to warfare between clans.  The population moved from coastal villages to mountain fortresses.  Life in the fortresses continued until the arrival of Europeans in the early 19th century, bringing illness, alcoholism and slave traders which killed off most of the population.  The few survivors returned to the coast, settled around the Catholic mission.  Two Green Sea Turtles are on the obverse this unofficial Bass Islands 2023 750 Francs coin. The reverse depicts the head of Marianne, who is the symbol of the French Republic.  The 40mm eight-sided silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 125 pieces.
Item BASS BASS ISLANDS 750 FRANCS 2023 PROOF $24.00



NEWANTS ON KABYLIA COIN

Kabylia 25 Dinars 2023 coin depicts antsKabylia is a region of northern Algeria, including parts of the Atlas Mountains and the Mediterranean coast.  It is inhabited by fiercely independent Berbers.   The region was the last stronghold against the French colonization of Algeria.  The French gradually took control of the region after 1830 despite numerous revolts.  Revolts continued after Algeria's independence in 1962 as the region sought further autonomy.  More recently Kabylia leaders have called for complete independence.  The unofficial 2023 Kabylia 25 Dinars has the Kabylia arms on the obverse with the name of the country in Arabic, Tifinagh and Kabyle.  The reverse depicts 3 ants on leaves.  The six-sided, silver plated, Proof coin has a mintage of just 125 pieces.
Item KABYLIA KABYLIA 25 DINARS 2023 PROOF $24.00



NEWDOUBLE DENOMINATED KHERSON COIN DEPICTS BATTLE TANKS

Kherson 250 Rubles / 100 Hryvnia 2024 coin depicts Russian and German tanksThe Kherson Oblast (Region) is located in southern Ukraine, just north of Crimea.  The Oblast was created by Stalin in 1944 when the Soviet Information Bureau announced the liberation of the Kherson, calling the city a regional center, which it was not. Rather than let the report be considered disinformation, Stalin ordered the creation of the Kherson Oblast.  Much of the oblast has been under Russian military occupation since the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.  On September 29, 2022 Russia recognized Kherson as an independent state, and on September 30, annexed it to Russia.  Ukraine forces took control of the city of Kherson in November 2023, though most of the oblast is still under Russian control.  One side of the 2024 dated coin is denominated 250 Rubles and depicts a Russian T-90M main battle tank and the Russian coat of arms.  The other side is denominated 100 Hryvnia and depicts the German 2A5 main battle tank used by the Ukrainians and the Kherson Oblast coat of arms.  The six-sided, silver-plated brass Proof coin has a mintage of only 125 pieces.
Item KHERSON KHERSON 250 RUBLES / 100 HRYVNIA 2024 PROOF $24.00



NEWCAMEL ON SQUARE COIN OF THE REPUBLIC OF UYGHURISTAN

Uyghuristan 50 Pul 2023 depicts camelA Bactrian Camel is featured on this square 50 Pul coin of Uyghuristan. The obverse features the Uhghur Republic coat of arms.  Uyghuristan, also known as East Turkestan is an unrecognized, self-declared republic in north-western China.   The Ughurs are mostly Muslim, Turkic-speaking ethnic group that has long resisted assimilation into Chinese culture. China took the region from the Mongols in 1755.  Uyghurs gained independence briefly in the 1930's and again from 1944 until 1949, before being reincorporated into China.  In recent years China has sent over a million Ughurs into "re-education" camps or forced labor.  This unofficial, square 39mm, silver-plated Proof coin of Uyghuristan has a mintage of just 125 pieces.
Item UYGHUR UYGHURISTAN 50 PUL 2023 PROOF $24.00



NEW2024 SOUTH AFRICA 1 TROY OUNCE SILVER KRUGERRAND

South Africa 1 ounce silver KrugerrandThe silver Krugerrand contains 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver.  The design of the is derived from earlier coins of South Africa and is similar to the gold Krugerrand.  The obverse depicts the portrait of Paul Kruger that was used on the coins of the South African Republic in the late 19th century.  He was the President of the Boer controlled South African Republic from 1882 until he was forced into exile by the British in 1900 during the second Boer War.  The springbok design on the reverse was used on various South African silver and gold coins since 1947.  The 38.7mm coin has a nominal face value of 1 Rand.
Item ZA-KRAND24 SOUTH AFRICA 1 OZ. SILVER KRUGERRAND 2024 BU $35.00



NEWKING CHARLES III ON 2024 1 OUNCE SILVER KOOKABURRA

Australia 1 Dollar 2024 1 oz. silver Kookaburra coinKing Charles III appears for the first time on Australia's 1 troy ounce silver Kookaburra with this 2024 issue.  The reverse depicts a Kookaburra holding a snake in its claws flying over a gorge. The Perth Mint commemorates its 125th Anniversary with a special "P125" mintmark on the reverse. Also included in the reverse design is the date, weight and fineness.   Both sides of the coin are reverse frosted, with bright devices against a beautiful frosted field.  The 40.9mm coin is struck in .9999 fine silver and comes in a protective capsule. It is legal tender for 1 Australian Dollar. 
Item AU-KOOK24 AUSTRALIA 1 DOLLAR 2024 SILVER KOOKABURRA BU $37.00


NEWAUSTRALIA 2024 YEAR OF THE DRAGON COIN FEATURES QUEEN ELIZABETH

Australia 1 Dollar 2024 Year of the Dragon, 1 ounce .9999 silverAustralia issued this beautiful 2024 1 troy ounce .9999 fine silver dollar for the Chinese Year of the Dragon. The reverse depicts a traditional Chinese fire breathing dragon, the Chinese character for dragon and the Perth mint special "P125" mintmark marking the mint's 125th anniversary.  Even though queen Elizabeth died in 2022 the obverse of the 2024 coin features the Jody Clark portrait of Queen Elizabeth along with the dates "1952 - 2022".  The mint says it is in tribute to the Queen, I think they just didn't get portrait of King Charles done before they started minting the coins. It will probably be one of the few 2024 dated coins depicting Queen Elizabeth.  The 40.9mm coin comes in a protective capsule.
Item AU-DRAGON24 AUSTRALIA 1 DOLLAR 2024 SILVER YEAR OF THE DRAGON BU $38.00




NEWCHINA 2024 YEAR OF THE DRAGON COIN AND BANKNOTE

China 20 Yuan 2024 Year of the Dragon banknoteChina 10 Yuan 2024 Year of the Dragon bi-metallic coinChina released a 2024 dated bi-metallic 10 Yuan coin and a colorful 2024 20 Yuan polymer banknote to commemorate the Year of the Dragon.  The 27mm coin depicts a dragon, a traditional lantern, and flowers the obverse.  The denomination surrounded by an intricate etched design is on the reverse. The large number 10 contains latent images, which change from Western to Chinese characters as the coin is moved.  The note is the first in an annual series commemorating the Chinese zodiac.  The front features a gold, green and red Chinese dragon, a clear window and a SPARK Optical.  Three children performing the dragon dance with traditional lanterns are on the back with legends in Chinese, Mongolian, Tibetan, Uyghur and Zhang text.  The vertical note is 70 x 145mm.  According to Chinese lore those born in the Year of the Dragon are vigorous, ambitious, fearless, unrestrained, honest, and with strong self-awareness. They are born to be leaders. On the other hand, they can be emotional and irritable, arrogant, overconfident, and stubborn.
Item CN-DRAGON24 CHINA 10 YUAN 2024 YEAR OF THE DRAGON BI-METALLIC COIN BU $7.00
Item PM-CN-20Y-24 CHINA 20 YUAN 2024 YEAR OF THE DRAGON BANKNOTE, UNC. $15.00



NEWMULTI-COLORED CHINESE PEKING OPERA 5 YUAN

China 5 Yuan 2023 Chinese Opera circulating multi-colored coinChina issued this multi-color, circulating 2023 dated 5 Yuan to commemorate the "art of Peking Chinese Opera".  Peking Chinese opera combines music, singing, mime, dance and acrobatics with elaborate, colorful costumes on a sparse stage.  One side of the coin depicts a partially colored Shang actor.  The Shang role is dignified respectable character such as a scholar, noble or head of household.  The other side features musical instruments and the emblem of the People's Republic of China.  The 30mm coin is struck in a brass.
Item CN-5Y23-OPERA CHINA 5 YUAN 2023 CHINESE OPERA BU $6.00


NewCANADA 2023 KING CHARLES III COIN SET

Canada 2023 King Charles III set: 1 Cent - 2 Dollars
Canada finally released their 2023 dated regular issue coins bearing the portrait of King Charles III in January 2024. In selecting the new portrait, The Royal Canadian Mint sent invitations to more than 350 artists as well as their mint engravers. The winning design was done by Canadian artist Steven Rosati. The design then had to get approvals from government officials and Buckingham Palace before the coins finally went into production.  The coins have the same reverse designs as previous issues. The six-coin set includes the 5, 10, 25, 50 Cents, 1 and 2 Dollars. 
Item CA-SET23KI CANADA 6 COIN 2023 KING CHARLES III SET, 5 CENTS - 2 DOLLARS, UNC. $15.00


NewTURKEY CELEBRATES ITS 100th ANNIVERSARY

Turkey 5 Lira 2023 100th Anniversary of RepublicThe 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey is commemorated on this 2023 bi-metallic 5 Lira from Turkey.  One side depicts Mustafa Kemal Atatürk who was the founding father and first president of the Republic.  Below him is the 100th anniversary emblem.  The other side has the denomination and an emblem within an eight-pointed Seljuk star. 
Item TR-5L-REP TURKEY 5 LIRA 2023 100th ANNIVERSARY OF REPUBLIC UNC. $3.00
Item TR-5L-REPx10 10 of the above TURKEY 5 LIRA 2023  UNC. $15.00


NEWWORLD'S THINNEST, BIGGEST, SILVER OPTICAL ILLUSION COINS FROM CHAD

Chad 200 France 30mm 1 gram .999 fine gold plated silver coins: Black Hole, Illusion Room and Common obverseChad 200 France 30mm 1 gram .999 fine silver Proof coins: Black Hole, Illusion Room and Common obverseCase for Chad 1 gram coins
The world's thinnest, biggest optical illusion coins were recently produced for the African nation of Chad.  The 2023 dated 200 Franc coins are only 0.15 mm (0.006 inch) thick yet are 30mm in diameter.  The coins weigh just 1 gram and are made from .999 silver.   They come in a protective display case with Certificate of Authenticity. They are made with high quality, non-digital printing.  One design features "The Black Hole", the other. "The Illusion Room". Each design come in two versions:  gold plated and silver Proof.  Maximum mintage of each is only 999 pieces.  The coins all have a common obverse that includes the Chad coat of arms, denomination and date.
Item TD-HOLE-GOLD CHAD 200 FRANCS 2023 BLACK HOLE, GOLD PLATED $39.75
Item TD-HOLE-PF CHAD 200 FRANCS 2023 BLACK HOLE, SILVER PROOF $39.75
Item TD-ROOM-GOLD CHAD 200 FRANCS 2023 ILLUSION ROOM, GOLD PLATED $39.75
Item TD-ROOM-PF CHAD 200 FRANCS 2023 ILLUSION ROOM, SILVER PROOF $39.75
Item TD-SET4 ALL FOUR OF THE ABOVE COINS (Save $10) $149.00


NEW2024 CHINESE SILVER PANDA

China 2024 10 Yuan 30 grams silver PandaChina continues their popular annual silver Panda coin series.  The 2024 issue features a mother panda playing with her adorable young cub.  The mother is the baby panda that was featured on the 2019 coin. It was designed by award winning coin designer Huang Qin. 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. It contain 30 grams of .999 fine silver and comes in a protective capsule.  We also have a limited number of the 2023 silver Pandas depicting two young pandas playing.
Item CN-PANDA24 CHINA 10 YUAN 2024 SILVER PANDA BU $42.00




NEW2022 TAJIKISTAN COIN SET

Tajikistan 2022 four coin set 50 Dirams - SomoniThis 2022 dated four-coin set from Tajikistan includes the brass-plated steel 50 Diram and the copper-nickel 1, 3, and 5 Somoni.  The 50 Diram depicts the Tajik coat of arms.  The 1 Somoni depicts poet Mirzo Tursunzoda.  The 3 Somoni pictures Shirinsho Shohtemur.  He was a communist politician that helped establish the Tajikistan as a separate entity from Uzbekistan in the Soviet Union.  He was falsely charged and executed in 1937 during Stalin's Great Purge.  Sadriddin Ayni, who appears on the 5 Somoni is considered Tajikistan's national poet and one of the country's most important writers.  The denomination is on the reverse of each coin.
Item TJ-SET22 TAJIKISTAN 4 COIN SET 50 DIRAMS - 5 SOMONI 2022 UNC. $7.50




NEWARMENIAN COINS CELEBRATES 30th ANNIVERSARY OF ARMENIAN CURRENCY

Armenia 2023 6 coin set, 30th Anniversary of currencyArmenia issued six circulating commemorative coins to mark the 30th Anniversary in the Armenian Dram.  The 2023 six-coin set includes the 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and bi-metallic 500 Dram.  The obverse depicts the 30th Anniversary emblem which combines the symbol for the Dram and the numeral 30.  The coins have the standard reverse which features the denomination. 
Item AM-SET23 ARMENIA 6 COIN SET 10-500 DRAM 30th ANNIVERSARY OF CURRENCY $12.00

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NEW60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY

British Antarctic Territory 2 Pounds 2022, 60th Anniversary of formation of territoryThe British Antarctic Territory issued this 2022 bi-metallic 2 Pound coin to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the formation of the British Antarctic Territory.  The territory comprises the region south of 60°S latitude and between longitudes 20°W and 80°W, forming a wedge shape that extends to the South Pole.  It includes the Antarctic Peninsula and much of the Weddel Sea and overlaps claims by Argentina and Chile.  The 28.4mm coin has a copper-nickel center within a nickel-brass ring.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  A map of Antarctica highlighting the British territory and the territorial arms are on the reverse.  The coin has a mintage of 1,950 and comes in a descriptive package.
Item BAT-2P22 BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2022 60th ANNIVERSARY PROOFLIKE $19.95



NEWTHE FREE REPUBLIC OF NIAS COIN FEATURES SAILING SHIP

Free Republic of Nias 20 Mark 2023The Free Republic of Nias was a short-lived Nazi state proclaimed by German prisoners on the Island of Nias in what is now Indonesia.  After Germany invaded the Netherlands in May 1940, the Dutch rounded up the Germans living in the Netherlands East Indies and attempted to transport them in three ships to India.  One of the ships was attacked by Japanese bombers.  Of the 477 prisoners who were aboard, just 67 managed to survive and reach Nias in lifeboats.  There local Dutch authorities placed them under arrest.   On March 28, 1942, news came of the Japanese military successes.  The local police revolted and placed the Dutch authorities under arrest and released the Germans.  The following day the Germans, in cooperation with the leaders of Nias, proclaimed the Free Republic of Nias.  The Germans reached out to Japanese authorities who they expected to be their allies. They attempted to turn their Dutch and English prisoners to the Japanese   Instead, the Japanese sent six ships to occupy the island, and on April 24, 1942 all Europeans, regardless of nationality were transported off Nias to Sumatra. The obverse of the unofficial 2023 Free Republic of Nias 20 Mark coin depicts the republic's emblem.  The reverse features a Pinisi type sailing ship that was likely used by Japanese to remove the Europeans.  The triangular, silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of 150 pieces.
Item NIAS FREE REPUBLIC OF NIAS 20 MARK 2023 PROOF $24.00



NEWOIL ROCKS COIN DEPICTS UNIQUE "FLYING SHIP"

Oil Rocks (Neft Dashlari) 500 Manat 2023 depicts Lun EkranoplanOil Rocks, known as Neft Dashlari in Azerbaijan, is a city built on a series of platforms over the Caspian Sea.  The first oil well in complex was drilled in 1949.  Soon an entire functioning city was built over the Caspian Sea as oil production expanded.  At its peak in the 1960's the city housed some 5000 workers and included nine-story living quarters, hotels, parks with trees, a restaurant, movie theater, soccer pitch, and hospital connected by some 190 miles (300km) of streets built on piles or landfill.  Control of Oil Rocks passed to Azerbaijan after the collapse of the Soviet Union.  Since then, oil production has declined and portions of the city has fallen into disrepair or collapsed, though it is estimated there is as much as 178 million barrels (30 million tons) of recoverable oil remain.  The obverse coin depicts a helicopter landing on one of the city's platforms.  The reverse depicts the Lun Ekranoplan.  The Lun is the world's only Ground Effect Vehicle (GEV) to be deployed as a warship.  It resembles an airplane but can only fly up to about 13 feet (4m) off the surface of the water. The plan was to create an attack/transport ship that had the speed of an airplane.  Its eight jet engines gave it a top speed of 297 knots (340mph, 550kph).  The 242 foot long vessel (73.8m) carried a crew of 15. Its weapons included six guided missile launchers and two 23mm cannons.  Only one was ever completed which entered service in the Soviet Navy in 1987.  It was soon discovered that the Lun was unable to operate in rough seas.  After the collapse of the Soviet Union it was abandoned.  An attempt to tow it to a museum in 2020 resulted it in it getting stuck on a sandy beach, where at last reports, it remains today.  The unofficial, odd-shaped, 42mm, silver-plated, Proof 2023 Naft Dashlari 500 Manat has a mintage of only 125 pieces. 
Item NEFT OIL ROCKS (NEFT DASHLARI) 500 MANAT 2023 PROOF $24.00



NEWSENTOSA COIN DEPICTS CONCORDE

Sentosa 50 Dollars 2023 coin depicts ConcordeSentosa, originally known as Blakang Mati, is located off the southern coast of Singapore.  Fortifications to protect Singapore were built on the island in the 19th century.  In the 1970's the island was renamed Sentosa and turned into a resort.  Today it houses 14 hotels, 2 golf courses, a theme park, casino and a sheltered beach.  It attracts more than 20 million visitors a year.  The obverse of this unofficial 2023 Sentosa 50 Dollar coin depicts the Singapore coat of arms and Merlion with the name Sentosa in English, Tamil and Chinese.  The reverse depicts a Concorde landing in Singapore with the Marina Bay Sands Resort in the background.  The Concorde was a supersonic airplane that served Singapore between 1977 and 1980.  The Concorde ceased all operations in 2003.  The Marina Bay Sands Resort was not built until 2010.   The 39mm silver plated brass coin has a mintage of 125 pieces.
Item SENTOSA SENTOSA 50 DOLLARS 2023 PROOF $24.00



NEWRHINOS FROM REHOBOTH

Rehoboth 250 Dollars 2023 coin depicts RhinosRhinoceros are featured on both the obverse and reverse of this odd-shaped coin of the Free Republic of Rehoboth.  The Free Republic of Rehoboth was first founded in 1868 by a group of Basters who left British-ruled Cape Colony.  The Basters are of mixed African, European and Asian ancestry.  Their territory was incorporated into South-West Africa, which later became Namibia.  On March 20, 1990 they again declared independence.  A day later Namibia became independent from South Africa and soon confiscated all their territory.  The unofficial 2023 coin is denominated 250 Rehoboth Dollars.  The silver-plated coin is 42mm, has a mintage of only 125 pieces and is Proof.
Item REHBOTH REHBOTH 250 DOLLARS 2023 PROOF $24.00


NEWKINGDOM OF KABUTO COIN FEATURES BISON

Kingdom of Kabuto 7 Buto 2023 coin depicts European BisonThe Kingdom of Kabuto is a micronation that was proclaimed in 2016.  It claims previously unclaimed waters in the Dixon Strait between Alaska and British Columbia and enclaves within Poland and Croatia.  This unofficial 2023 7 Buto coin of Kabuto depicts a European Bison and calf on one side and the national emblem on the other.  The inscriptions are in Polish, which along with English is one of the official languages of the Kingdom. The eight-sided silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 125 pieces.
Item KABUTO KINGDOM OF KABUTO 7 BUTO 2023 PROOF $24.00



NEWGRASSHOPPER ON COIN OF LAJTABANSAG

Lajtabansag 10,000 Korona 2023 coin depicts grasshopperLajtabansag existed as an independent state between October 4 and November 10, 1921.  After the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in World War I the Treaty of Trinon assigned the territory to Austria, which many inhabitants did not want.  Leaders in the territory declared independence and formed an army of former soldiers, students and peasants that managed to hold off the Austrian army.  Lajtabansag extracted “customs duties” from trains passing through the region by confiscating goods.  The result was not acceptable to either Austria or Hungary.  After high level negotiations, a plebiscite was held, which resulted in the city of Sopron becoming part of Hungary while other territory of Burgenland going to Austria.   The obverse of this unofficial 2023 Lajtabansag 10,000 Korona includes the national emblem.  The reverse depicts a grasshopper.  The five-sided 37mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 140 pieces.
Item LAJTABANSAG LAJTABANSAG 10,000 KORONA 2023 PROOF $24.00



NEWCHOCOLATE FROG ON REPUBLIC OF WEST PAPUA COIN

Republic of West Papua 40 Basan 2023 coin depicts Chocolate FrogThe Republic of West Papua is an unrecognized state consisting of the Indonesian part of the island of New Guinea.  The Dutch retained possession of the west New Guinea after the independence of Indonesia in 1949, with the expectation that it would eventually become an independent nation.  Instead, Indonesia took over the territory in 1963 against the will of much of the indigenous population.  The Republic of West Papua is  the provisional government that is fighting for the independence of West Papua..  This unofficial 2023 40 Basan coin of the Republic of West New Guinea depicts the West Papua coat of arms on the obverse. The reverse depicts a native Chocolate Frog, (Litoria mira) which was discovered in 2016. The six-sided, 39mm, silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 135 pieces.
Item W.PAPUA REPUBLIC OF WEST PAPUA 40 BASAN 2023 PROOF $24.00


NEWCYPRUS 2 EURO COMMEMORATES CENTRAL BANK

Cyprus 2 Euro 2023 Central BankCyprus commemorated the 60th anniversary of the founding of Central Bank of Cyprus on this 2023 2 Euro coin.  The Bank was established in 1963.  The design of the coin supposedly depicts tools on a microchip "symbolizing the stability of the economy in the modern industrial and digital era secured by the Central Bank of Cyprus".  It does not look like a computer chip to me and I don't see how that is connected to the Central Bank.  The name of the country is in both Greek and Turkish. 
Item CY-2E23-BANK CYPRUS 2 EURO 2023 CENTRAL BANK UNC. $7.00



NEW2023 GREEK 2 EURO COINS HONOR SINGER AND MATHEMATICIAN

Greece 2 Euro 2023 Maria CallasGreece 2 Euro 2023 Constantin CarathedoryGreece commemorated the 100th anniversary of singer Maria Callas and the 150th anniversary of the death of mathematician Constantin Caratheodory on their 2023 2 Euro coins.  Callas was a famous operatic singer noted for her bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice, dramatic interpretations and fiery temperament.  She was born in New York City to Greek parents in 1923.  Her mother brought her to Greece at age 13 where she received most of her musical training.  Following World War II she left Greece to become an widely acclaimed international opera star. Her portrait appears on the coin.  Caratheodory was considered one of the greatest mathematicians of his era.  He was born in 1873 in Berlin to Greek parents.  He grew up in Brussels where his father was the Ottoman ambassador to Belgium and spent most of his professional career in Germany. The coin depicts Caratheodory and some of his mathematical formulas.
Item GR-2E23-CALLAS GREECE 2 EURO 2023 MARIA CALLAS UNC. $7.00
Item GR-2E23-CARATHEODORY GREECE 2 EURO 2023 CONSTANTIN CARATHEODORY UNC. $7.00


NewSLOVAKIA CELEBRATES 200th ANNIVERSARY OF HORSE DRAWN EXPRESS MAIL

Slovak Republic 2 Euro 2023 200th Anniversary of Bratislava-Vienna Express MailThis Slovak Republic 2023 2 Euro commemorates the 200th Anniversary of the start of regularly scheduled Express Mail between Bratislava and the Vienna, the capital of the Austrian Empire.  The 45-mile (75km) trip was done in a horse drawn carriage. The coin depicts a stylized speeding horse drawn carriage with the post office logo on the horse. 
Item SK-2E23-MAIL SLOVAKIA 2 EURO 2023 BRATISLAV-VIENNA EXPRESS MAIL UNC. $8.00





NewCROATIA'S FIRST COMMEMORATIVE 2 EURO COMMEMORATES JOINING THE EURO

Croatia 2 Euro 2023 Joining the EuroCroatia’s first circulating commemorative 2 Euro coin commemorates Croatia adopting the Euro in 2023 as their national currency.  The design of the 2023 coin includes s a stylized Euro € symbol and the distinctive checker board pattern from the flag and arms of Croatia. The edge lettering has the text "O LIJEPA O DRAGA O SLATKA SLOBODO" (Oh beautiful, oh dear, oh sweet freedom) from the Hymn to Freedom by the 17th century Croatian writer Ivan Gundulic.  The coin has a mintage of 250,000. 
Item HR-2E23-EURO CROATIA 2 EURO 2023 JOINING THE EURO UNC. $19.75



New2022 SIERRA LEONE COINS FEATURES MUSICIANS AND THEIR INSTRUMENTS

Sierra Leone 5 coin set: 1 - 50 Cents 2022 KM503-KM507
In July 2022 Sierra Leone did a 1000 to 1 currency revaluation and introduced a new series of coins.  The coins feature popular Sierra Leonian musicians on one side and their instrument on the other.  Sierra Leone is the only country that highlights musicians on all their circulating coins.  I suspect the designs are a lot more popular with the public than live dictators or dead politicians. The bi-metallic 50 Cents features accordionist and singer Salia Koroma.  The 10-sided, bi-metallic 25 Cents depicts blind musician Bassie Sorie Kondi wearing sunglasses and a Kalimba.  The 8-sided 10 Cents depicts Sooliman Ernest Rogers, a highlife and palm wine musician and guitarist and a guitar.   The scalloped edged 5 Cents pictures Jazz and Afropop musician Israel Olorunfeh Cole, popularly known as Dr. Oloh, along with a traditional Djembe drum.  Singer Sullay Abu Bakarr and a microphone are on the 1 Cent coin.
Item SL-SET22 SIERRA LEONE 5 COIN SET 1-50 CENTS 2022 KM503-507 UNC. $15.00



TRIPLE-DATED CANADA 2023 QUEEN ELIZABETH COIN SET Restock

Canada 6 coin set, 2023, 5 Cents to 2 Dollars, depicting Queen Elizabeth
Canada minted, but did not release into circulation, 2023 coins bearing the portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth.  The coins only available from the Royal Canadian Mint at a large premium over face value. The designs are the same as the previous issues, however in addition to the regular 2023 date, they have the dates 1952-2022 below the portrait of the Queen, thus making it a triple-dated coin. The six-coin set includes the 5, 10, 25, 50 Cents, 1 and 2 Dollars. 
Item CA-SET23QN CANADA 6 COIN 2023 QUEEN ELIZABETH SET, 5 CENTS - 2 DOLLARS, UNC. $15.00



NewCANADA HONORS ARTIST JEAN-PAUL RIOPELLE

Canada 2 Dollars 2023 Jean-Paul RiopelleCanada commemorated the 100th anniversary of the birth of artist Jean-Paul Riopelle with 2023 colored and non-colored 2 Dollar coins.  The reverses of the coins depict elements from panel 29 of his 132 foot long (40.39m) 1992 work L’Hommage a Rosa Luxemburg. The spray-paint and acrylic work was done as a tribute to American painter Joan Mitchell, which whom he had a close relationship.  Rosa Luxemburg was a communist who was executed in 1919 after attempting to overthrow the German government.  Canada has not yet approved a portrait of Charles III so the Susanna Blunt portrait of Queen Elizabeth along with the dates 2023 1952 +  2022 is on the obverse.
Item CA-2D23COL-RIOPELLE CANADA 2 DOLLARS 2023 JEAN-PAUL RIOPELLE, COLOR VERSION UNC. $7.00
Item CA-2D23REG-RIOPELLE CANADA 2 DOLLARS 2023 JEAN-PAUL RIOPELLE, REGULAR VERSION UNC. $7.00


NEW2022 GHANA BI-METALLIC 1 CEDI

Ghana bi-metallic 1 Cedi 2022 coinGhana introduced a new bi-metallic 2022 dated 1 Cedi coin.  The 26mm coin has copper-nickel center and a brass ring. The Ghanian coat of arms and date is on the obverse.  A scale and a latent image are on the reverse.   Because of continuing inflation the coin is not expected to remain in circulation for long.
Item GH-1C GHANA 1 CEDI 2022 KM177 UNC.$7.50


New2023 SLOVENIA BI-METALLIC 3 EURO

Slovenia 3 Euro 2023 Sports DaySlovenia 3 Euro 2023 Boris Pahor
Slovenia released two 2023 dated bi-metallic 3 Euro coins.  One commemorates Slovenian Day of Sports which took place September 23. The obverse features two stylized oars.  The lines of the oars connect to the reverse which represents a target used in three position rifle competitions.
The other coin other marks the 110th Anniversary of the birth of Slovenian writer Boris Pahor.  The text featured on the coin is taken from his story The Old Lighthouse. The letters fade towards the right of the coins, turning into birds flying away, which symbolize freedom while also illustrating the message that Pahor's books sent across the world through their numerous translations.  The birds continue to fly onto the obverse of the coin.   Both coins are 32mm and have a mintage of 60,000 pieces each.
Item SI-3E23-SPORTS SLOVENIA 3 EURO 2023 SPORTS DAY UNC. $10.00
Item SI-3E23-PAHOR SLOVENIA 3 EURO 2023 PAHOR UNC. $10.00



2022 BI-METALLIC FROM TURKEY COMMEMORATES NEW BRIDGE Price Reduced!

Turkey 1 Lira 2022 Canakkale Dardanelles Bridge KM1548Turkey 1 Lira 2022 common obverse Turkey commemorated the recently completed  "1915 Canakkale Bridge" that spans the Dardanelle on this 2022 bi-metallic 1 Lira coin.  1915 is part of the official name of the bridge and refers to an important Ottoman naval victory against the navies of the United Kingdom and France during World War I.  The bridge  is depicted on the obverse of the coin.  It iis the longest suspension bridge in the world with a main span of 1.257 miles (2.023 km).  The coin is 26.15mm in diameter and has the standard Turkish 1 Lira reverse.
Item TR-1L-BRIDGE TURKEY 1 LIRA 2022 BRIDGE KM1548 UNC. $2.50





GOLDBACK NOTES

1 Goldback Aurum gold notes for South Dakota, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Nevada and Utah
Goldback Aurum notes are a voluntary local currency made of 24 karat gold! Each wafer-thin note is coated with a protective plastic coating so it can be circulated without the gold tearing. They are issued in increments of 1/1000 troy ounce of gold in order to allow for small purchases. Each 1 Goldback note contains 1/1000 troy ounce of gold and measures 66x117mm.  The notes are printed on one side only, with intricate multi-color allegorical 19th century style designs.  In 2023 South Dakota became the fifth state to have a Goldback note. The 2023 South Dakota note depicts Pax or Peace as a Lakota Sioux woman in traditional regalia performing the hoop dance.  Also in the design is Bear Butte, a sacred mountain also known as Mato Paha, an eagle, buffalo, wolf, a traditional Cancega drum and a Prairie Crocus.   Also available are the 2023 issues from Wyoming, New Hampshire, Utah and Nevada  and a few prior year issues.  The designs for each state are unchanged year to year.
Item SD-1GOLD23 SOUTH DAKOTA 1 GOLDBACK NOTE 2023 UNC. $7.00
Item WY-1GOLD23 WYOMING 1 GOLDBACK NOTE 2023 UNC. OUT
Item NH-1GOLD23 NEW HAMPSHSIRE 1 GOLDBACK NOTE 2023 UNC. $7.00
Item NH-1GOLD21 NEW HAMPSHSIRE 1 GOLDBACK NOTE 2021 UNC. $7.00
Item NV-1GOLD23 NEVADA 1 GOLDBACK NOTE 2023 UNC. $7.00
Item NV-1GOLD21 NEVADA 1 GOLDBACK NOTE 2021 UNC. $7.00
Item UT-1GOLD23 UTAH 1 GOLDBACK NOTE, 2023 UNC. $7.00
Item UT-1GOLD22 UTAH 1 GOLDBACK NOTE, 2022 UNC. $7.00


NewORANGE FREE STATE HONORS J.R.R. TOLKIEN

Orange Free State 100 Rand 2022 TolkienOrange Free State 500 Rand 2022 Lord of the Rings
Orange Free State was an independent republic in what is now South Africa. It was settled in the 1830's by Dutch colonists (Boers) fleeing after the English took control of Cape Colony.  It became a province in South African in 1902 after its defeat in the Second Boer War.  Renowned author J.R.R. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State in 1892.   These unofficial 2022 dated coins of Orange Free State were struck to commemorate the 130th anniversary of his birth and the 85th anniversary of the first publishing of The Hobbit.  The obverse of the 100 Rand features his portrait and signature and the Orange Free State coat of arms.  The reverse depicts Bard the Bowman and Bilbo the Hobbit.  The six-sided silver-plated Proof coin is 39mm and has a mintage of 145 pieces.   The eight-sided 500 Rand features Sauron, cave troll, Azog the defiler and a multi-colored Eye of Sauron on the obverse.  The reverse includes multi-color images of Frodo Baggins, the wizard Gandolf and the Eye of Sauron.  Gimli, the dwarf warrior is in the background.  The 38mm silver-plated coin has a mintage of 150 pieces.
Item ORANGE-100R ORANGE FREE STATE 100 RAND 2022 TOLKIEN PROOF $22.00
Item ORANGE-500R ORANGE FREE STATE 500 RAND 2022 LORD OF THE RINGS PROOF $25.00

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NewREPUBLIC OF SOUTH MOLUCCAS

South Moluccas 5000 Rupiah 2023The Republic of South Moluccas , (Indonian: Republik Maluku Selatan) is a government in exile that claims the islands of Ambon, Buru, and Seram in the Indonesian province of Maluku.  Indonesia gained independence from Indonesia in December 1949.  In April 1950 the heavily Christian South Maluku declared independence from mostly Muslim Indonesia.  The revolt was largely put down by the Indonesian army by November 1950, though fighting continued until 1963.  Thousands of Moluccans and the South Moluccan government went into exile in The Netherlands.   The unofficial Republic of South Moluccas 2023 5000 Rupiah coin depicts the head of a Cassowary bird, the national emblem and a cross on the obverse.  The reverse features a standing Cassowary.  The is a large, flightless bird that inhabits the islands.  It can grow to 6 feet (2m) tall and weigh over 150 pounds (70kg).  The 23mm, silver plated brass coin has a scalloped edge and a mintage of only 120 pieces.
Item MALUKU SOUTH MOLUCCAS 5000 RUPIAH 2023 PROOF $22.00



NewRABBIT ON COIN OF NORTHERN EPIRUS

Northern Epirus 10 Drachmas 2003Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus was proclaimed on February 28, 1914 by Greeks who did not want to be incorporated into the recently created Principality of Albania, whose boundaries were drawn by the Great European Powers.  After the outbreak of World War I in July 1914 Greek forces occupied the area and tried to incorporate it into Greece, until they were driven out by French and Italian forces in 1916.  With the support of Italy, in 1921 the area was formally ceded to Albania though calls for independence or union with Greece have continued since then.  This unofficial 10 Drachmas coin of Northern Epirus features the Northern Epirus national emblem on the obverse and a rabbit on the reverse.  The six-sided 39mm silver-plated brass coin has a mintage of just 125 pieces.
Item EPIRUS NORTHERN EPIRUS 10 DRACHMAS 2023 PROOF $22.00



NewRAILROAD HONORED ON GRAUBUNDEN COIN

Graubunden 10 Francs 2023The Albulian Railway is commemorated on this unofficial 2023 10 Franc coin for the Swiss canton of Graubunden.  The obverse features the coat of arms of Graubunden and two women, one personifying the canton of Graubunden and the other is Helvetia personifying Switzerland.  The reverse depicts a steam engine and the Landwasser viaduct on the railway.  The construction of the railroad began in 1898, it was opened in 1903 and since 2008 has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The odd-shaped coin is 42 x 21mm.  The silver plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 120 pieces. 
Item GRAUBUNDEN GRAUBUNDEN 10 FRANCS 2023 PROOF $22.00


NewFINLAND 2023 2 EURO FOR SOCIAL & HEALTH SERVICES

Finland 2 Euro 2023 Social & Health ServicesFinland honored their Social and Health services on this 2023 2 Euro coin.  The coin features a stylized map of Finland (which looks like a labyrinth to me) and word for "well being" in both Finnish and Swedish.  Finland's Ministry of Social Affairs and Health sets policies.  Each county is responsible for providing the services. This includes health care, hospitals as well social services such as mental health, substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation, temporary housing and family counseling.  The coin has a maximum mintage of 400,000 pieces.
Item FI-2E23-HEALTH FINLAND 2 EURO 2023 SOCIAL & HEALTH SERVICES, UNC. $14.00



NewPORTUGAL CELEBRATES 2023 WORLD YOUTH DAY WITH 2 EURO COIN

Portugal 2 Euro 2023 Youth DayWorld Youth Day, a celebration that draws thousands of Catholic youth from around the world, was celebrated August 1 through 6 in Lisbon.  Pope Francis was in attendance.  The design of the coin features a cross encircled by individuals suggesting the shape of a globe which in turn is surrounded by a pair of hugging hands.
Item PT-2E23-YOUTH PORTUGAL 2 EURO 2023 YOUTH DAY UNC. $14.00


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NewCANADA CELEBRATES AERONAUTICAL ENGINEER ELSIE MACGILL

Canada 1 Dollar 2023 Elsie MacGill, color and non-color versionsObverse of 2023 Canada dollar coin depicts the late Queen ElizabethElsie MacGill, born in 1905, was the world's first woman to earn an aeronautical engineering degree in 1929 and was the first woman in Canada to receive a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1927.  Despite contracting polio and facing discrimination due to her sex, she worked herself up to become the Chief Aeronautical Engineer at Canadian Car and Foundry (CanCar).  While there she designed and tested the Maple Leaf II Trainer. Later she supervised the production of Hawker Hurricane fighters at CanCar  that were needed for Britain's war effort, earning her the title "Queen of the Hurricanes". In addition to her many engineering achievements she was an advocate for women's rights.   The eleven-sided 2023 Canadian 1 Dollar coin depicts Elsie MacGill carrying blueprints.  Above is a Maple Leaf II Trainer.  To the left is a Hawker Hurricane.  Two versions of the coin were struck.  One with the Hawker Hurricane in color, the other without color.  Canada has yet to come up with a portrait of Charles III, so Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse with the dates 2003 at the top and 1952 + 2022 at the bottom.
Item CA-1D23COL-MACGILL CANADA 1 DOLLAR 2023 ELSIE MACGILL, COLOR VERSION $5.00
Item CA-1D23REG-MACGILL CANADA 1 DOLLAR 2023 ELSIE MACGILL, REGULAR VERSION $6.00



TRIPLE-DATED CANADA 2023 QUEEN ELIZABETH COIN SET  Restocked

Canada 6 coin set, 2023, 5 Cents to 2 Dollars, depicting Queen Elizabeth
Canada minted, but did not release into circulation, 2023 coins bearing the portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth.  The coins only available from the Royal Canadian Mint at a large premium over face value. The designs are the same as the previous issues, however in addition to the regular 2023 date, they have the dates 1952-2022 below the portrait of the Queen, thus making it a triple-dated coin. The six-coin set includes the 5, 10, 25, 50 Cents, 1 and 2 Dollars. 
Item CA-SET23QN CANADA 6 COIN 2023 QUEEN ELIZABETH SET, 5 CENTS - 2 DOLLARS, UNC. $15.00


NewHUNGARIAN BIMETALLIC COMMEMORATES 175th ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR MILITARY

Hungary bi-metallic 100 Forint 2023 Defense ForcesHungary issued this circulating 2023 bi-metallic 100 Forint to commemorate the 175th anniversary of their Defense Forces.  The Defense Forces were first organized by Lajos Kossuth during the unsuccessful 1848 Hungarian Revolution.  The obverse of the 23.8mm coin features the emblem of the Hungarian Defiance Forces: a Turul, a mythical bird of prey, holding the sword of Stephen I of Hungary in its claws, and the shield of the Hungarian Defense Forces.   The denomination is on the reverse.
Item HU-100F-23DEF HUNGARY 100 FORINT 2023 DEFENSE FORCES UNC. $7.00



NewHUNGARY HONORS THEIR AMBULANCE SERVICE

Hungary 50 Forint 2023 National Ambulance ServiceHungary issued a 2023 circulating 50 Forint coin to commemorate the 75th anniversary of their National Ambulance Service.  It is the largest ambulance and medical institution in Hungary.  It was formally established in 1948, though traces its roots going back to 1887.  The 27.4mm copper-nickel coin depicts the Rod of Asclepius, depicting a snake coiled on a stick, which symbolizes the healing aspect of medical arts. Beneath the Rod of Asclepius is a six-armed Cross of Constantine. The cross represents the star of life signifying the steps in the process of life-saving: recognition, emergency call, first aid, paramedic care, control during transport and hospital care.  The denomination is on the reverse.
Item HU-50F-23AMB HUNGARY 50 FORINT 2023 AMBULANCE SERVICE UNC. $4.00




SAILING SHIP ON ROCKALL COIN   Restocked

Rockall 5 Pounds 2022Rockall 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





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MODERN COINS OF ANCIENT REALMS

Though these once great and powerful nations have long since disappeared, a coin dealer in Russia issued modern unofficial coins for these ancient countries.  All the coins are silver-plated brass Proof with very low mintages.

Babylon 3 Shekels 2023 depicts Bablylonian warriorBABYLON was a powerful ancient city in what is now Iraq.  It flourished from about the 18th Century BC during the time of Hammurabi, serving as the capital of the Babylonian Empire.  It also served as a capital of the Achaemenid Empire, Alexander the Great's capital city and other empires. It was once the largest city in the world with a population of over 200,000 spread over some 2200 acres (900 ha). It is mentioned numerous times in the Bible including Tower of Babel, the Babylonian captivity of the Jews and the Colossus with feet of clay.  The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the seven ancient wonders of the world.  It gradually fell into decline.  The last known habitation of Babylon was in 10th Century AD when it was described as just a small village.  The obverse of this Babylon 2023 dated 3 Shekels features a statue of Lamassu (Shedu), a winged, man-headed bull, guarding the gate to the temple of Ishtar.  The reverse features a Babylonian warrior.  The denomination and legends are in ancient cuneiform script. The six-sided, 39mm coin has a mintage of just 120 pieces.
Item BABYLON BABYLON 3 SHEKELS 2023 PROOF $24.00


Byzantium 1/2 Follis 2023BYZANTIUM was the eastern portion of the Roman Empire.  After Rome fell in 476AD, however the eastern portion of the Roman Empire with its capital in Constantinople continued for almost another 1000 years, before falling to the Ottomans in 1453.  This 2023 Byzantium 1/2 Follis features the Coat of Arms on the obverse and Zatrikion, also known as Byzantine Chess on the reverse.  The nine-sided, 39mm coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item BYZANTIUM BYZANTIUM 1/2 FOLLIS 2023 PROOF $22.00



Persian 10,000 Rials 2022 depicts ancient Persian warriorPERSIA is the ancient name for what is now Iran.  The First Persian Empire, also known as the Achaemenid Empire, was founded by Cyrus the Great in 550BC.  It eventually stretched from Egypt to the Indus River. It fell to Alexander the Great in 330BC.  In the middle of the second century BC the Parthians became the main power in what is now Iran. The Parthians were succeeded by the Sasanian Empire in 224AD, which lasted until the Muslim conquest of Persia in 651AD.  This 2022 Persian 10,000 Rials depicts an ancient Persian warrior and the emblem of the Islamic Republic of Iran on one side. The other side the crowned Persian Lion used by the Shahs of Iran until they were overthrown by the Islamic Republic in 1979.  The six-sided, 39mm coin has a mintage of only 145 pieces.
Item PERSIA PERSIA 10,000 RIALS 2022 PROOF $22.00



Sparta Tetradrachm 2023 depicts Spartan warrior & ArtimisSPARTA became the prominent military power in Greece by 650BC.  Spartan government and society focused on maximizing military proficiency at all costs. It was the leading force during the Greco-Persian Wars between 499BC and 449BC.  It defeated its principal enemy, Athens, in the Peloponnesian War (431–404 BC).  It was defeated by Thebes in the Battle of Leuctra in 371BC and was forced into the Achaean League in 192 BC.  The obverse of this 2023 Tetradrachm of Sparta features Artemis, the Greek goddess of wild animals and hunting, with a deer and holding a bow. The reverse depicts a Spartan warrior in front of a Greek temple.  The six-sided, 39mm has a mintage of just 120.
Item SPARTA SPARTA TETRADRACHM 2023 PROOF $24.00

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NewESTONIA 2 EURO HONORS BARN SWALLOWS

Estonia 2 Euro 2023 Barn SwallowsThe Barn Swallow is the national bird of Estonia.   It is honored on this 2023 Estonian 2 Euro coin.  The coin depicts a swallow in flight and two others sitting on a power line. The coin was minted by the national Mint of Finland and has a mintage of 1 Million pieces.
Item EE-2E23-SWALLOW ESTONIA 2 EURO 2023 BARN SWALLOWS UNC. $6.00



NewFRENCH 2023 RUGBY WORLD CUP 2 EURO

France 2 Euro 2023 Rugby World CupFrance commemorated the 10th Men's Rugby World Cup to be held in France between September 8 and October 23, 2023.  The event features 20 nations playing in nine host cities located throughout France. The design features a stylized Rugby player with a ball running across the globe between two goalposts.  Stars and planets are in the background.  The Rugby Union emblem is at the lower left and RF for the French Republic is at the lower right.
Item FR-2E23-RUGBY FRANCE 2 EURO 2023 RUGBY WORLD CUP UNC. $6.00



NewIRELAND MARKS 50 YEARS OF EUROPEAN UNION MEMBERSHIP

Ireland 2 Euro 2023 50 years of EU membershipIreland commemorated their 50th anniversary of membership in the European Union with this 2023 2 Euro coin.  Since joining the European Union the once poor nation has prospered.  The design features the words "ÉIRE"  "eu50" and the dates 1973 2023.  It has a mintage of 500,000 pieces.
Item IE-2E23-EU IRELAND 2 EURO 2023 EU MEMBERSHIP UNC. $7.00



NewITALY COMMEMORATES ALESSANDRO MANZONI

Italy 2 Euro 2023 150th Anniversary of death of writer Alessandro ManzoniItaly commemorated the 150th anniversary of the death of Italian poet, novelist and philosopher Alessandro Manzoni on this 2023 2 Euro coin.  Manzoni's contributed to the standardization of the modern Italian language.  The coin features a portrait of Manzoni derived from the 1967 100,000 Lire note, the dates 1873 - 2023 and the emblem of the Italian Republic.
Item IT-2E23-MANZONI ITALY 2 EURO 2023 ALESSANDRO MANZONI UNC. $7.00



NewLATVIA HONORS UKRAINE

Latvia 2 Euro 2023 Glory to Ukraine!Latvia joined the other Baltic nations, Estonia and Lithuania to issue a circulating 2 Euro coin to honor Ukraine after the Russian invasion.   The Latvian 2023 coin features a Sunflower, the national flower of Ukraine which is a symbol of peace and freedom and the legend "SLAVA UKRAINAI!" which translates as Glory to Ukraine.  The coin has an edge inscription "Dievs, svētī Latviju!" (God, Bless Latvia!) which comes from the national anthem of Latvia.  The coin has a mintage of 415,000.
Item LV-2E23-UKRAINE   LATVIA 2 EURO 2023 GLORY TO UKRAINE UNC. $6.00


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NewLUXEMBOURG HONORS GRAND DUKE HENRI & OLYMPICS COMMITTEE

Luxembourg 2 Euro 2023 Grand Duke Henri's 25th Anniversary of membership in the International Olympics CommitteeLuxembourg issued this 2023 2 Euro coin to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Grand Duke Henri's membership in the International Olympics Committee.  Luxembourg is a small country with few important events to commemorate, but finds it profitable to sell 2 Euro coins to collectors.   The coin depicts Grand Duke Henri and pictograms of various Olympic sports. The coin has a total mintage of only 133,500 pieces.
Item LU-2E23-OLY LUXEMBOURG 2 EURO 2023 PRINCE HENRI & OLYMPICS COMMITTEE UNC. $19.50



NewSPAIN COMMEMORATES ITS PRESIDENCY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION COUNCIL

Spain 2 Euro 2023 European Union Council PresidencySpain issued this 2023 circulating 2 Euro to commemorate Spain taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from July 1 to December 31, 2023.  The mostly ceremonial position is rotated every six months between members of the European Union.  This will be the fifth time Spain has held the position since becoming a European Union member in 1986. The coin depicts the logo of the Spanish Presidency of the Council.
Item ES-2E23-EU SPAIN 2 EURO 2023 EUROPEAN UNION COUNCIL PRESIDENCY, UNC. $6.00


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New2023 CANADA INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY TOONIES

Canada bi-metallic 2 Dollar coin 2023 Indigenous Peoples Day, regular and colorCanada released both color and un-colored versions of their 2023 Two Dollar coin for Indigenous Peoples Day which fell on June 21, 2023. The day celebrated the achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples in Canada.  The reverse of the coin was designed by female First Nation, Inuit and Metis artists.  The three artists combined images representing their three respective cultures into a single design.  The Canadian mint has not yet created a Charles III portrait, so the coins continue to use the Susanna Blunt portrait of Queen Elizabeth along with the dates 1952-2022, thus making them triple-dated coins.

Item CA-COL-2D23IND CANADA 2 DOLLARS 2023 COLOR-INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY UNC. $6.00
Item CA-REG-2D23IND CANADA 2 DOLLARS 2023 UNCOLORED-INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY UNC. out


New2023 GERMAN 2 EURO CELEBRATES CHARLEMAGNE

Germany 2 Euro 2023 1275th Anniversary of birth of Karl the Great (Charlemagne)Germany celebrated the 1275th anniversary of the birth of Charlemagne with this circulating 2023 2 Euro coin. Charlemagne is known as Karl the Great in Germany.  He unified central and western Europe for the first time since the fall of the Roman Empire centuries earlier.  He was crowned King of the Franks, King of the Lombards and Emperor of the Romans, and started what became known as the Holy Roman Empire.  He ruled from his capital in Aachen, Germany.  The coin depicts Charlemagne's monogram over the octagon of Aachen Cathedral.  At the lower right is the "D" for Deutschland followed by the mintmark A=Berlin, D=Munich, F=Stuttgart, G=Karlsruhe, J=Hamburg).  At the bottom are the dates of his birth and death: "748-814". 
Item DE-2E23-KARL GERMANY 2 EURO 2023 CHARLEMAGNE mint of Joel's choice UNC. $6.00
Item DE-2E23-KARLx5 GERMANY 2 EURO 2023 CHARLEMAGNE, ALL 5 MINTS: A,D,F,G & J UNC. $29.50



NewSAILING SHIPS ON COINS OF PANTELLERIA AND PELAGIE ISLANDS

Pantelleria 500 Lire 2023 coin depicts sailing shipPelagie Islands 500 Lire 2023 coin depicts sailing ship and Loggerhead turtle
Pantelleria and the Pelagie Islands are Italian controlled islands located between Sicily and Tunisia in the Mediterranean.  Pantelleria shows traces of human inhabitation dating back 35,000 years. During Roman times it was used as a place for exile of important officials and members of the imperial family.  It was heavily bombarded during World War II in 1943 in Operation Corkscrew.  Most of the buildings on the island were destroyed before the Italian garrison surrendered. After that it became a vital airbase for the invasion of Sicily.    The three small islands of  three small islands of Lampedusa, Lampione, and Linosa make up the Pelagie Islands.  The islands have been inhabited on and off since ancient times.   Today they are mostly barren due to wanton deforestation.  Today they support a population of about 6500 who are dependent on fishing, canning and tourism.  The islands are the home of two of the last nesting sites for the endangered Loggerhead Turtle.   Because seafaring was important to both Pantelleria and the Pelagie Islands these unofficial coins each feature sailing ships.  The obverse of the triangular 500 Lire of Pantelleria features the islands coat of arms which includes an ancient sailing ship and the ancient name of the island: Cossyra.  A Loggerhead Turtle is on the reverse of the odd-shaped 500 Lire of the Pelagie Islands. The coins are Proof and are struck in silver-plated brass.   Both are dated 2023 and have a mintage of only 135. 
Item PANTELLERIA PANTELLERIA 500 LIRE 2023 PROOF $22.00
Item PELAGIE PELAGIE ISLANDS 500 LIRE 2023 PROOF $22.00




HEDGEHOG ON BORHOLM COIN

Borhholm 50 Krone 2023Bornholm is a Danish island in the Baltic Sea with an area of about 227 square miles (588 km²) and a population of about 40,000.  For many centuries the island was passed between Denmark, Sweden and Lubeck. At the beginning of World War II, it was occupied by Germany.  Bornholm was heavily bombed by the Soviet Air Force in May 1945. The commander of the German garrison refused to surrender to the Soviets, as his orders were to surrender only to the Western Allies. The Germans sent several telegrams to Copenhagen asking for at least one British soldier to be transferred to Bornholm so that the Germans could surrender to Western Allied forces instead of the Soviets. On May 9, Soviet troops landed on the island, and after a short battle, the German garrison of about 12,000 surrendered.  Soviet troops left the island in 1946 as part of agreement that Denmark was to be Western aligned in exchange for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania remaining under Soviet control.  The obverse of this unofficial 2023 triangular 50 Kroner of Bornholm features the old Bornholm coat of arms and the Danish coat of arms.  A hedgehog is on the reverse. The 36mm silver-plated brass Proof coin has a mintage of only 125 pieces.
Item BORNHOLM BORNHOLM 50 KRONE 2023 PROOF $22.00


SNAIL ON COIN OF SAAREMAA

Saaremaa 50 Krone 2023Saaremaa, located in the Baltic Sea, is the largest island in Estonia, with an area of 1,032 square miles (2673 sq.km.) and a population of less than 30 thousand. It has been inhabited since at least 5000 BC.  Over the centuries it was attacked by Vikings, was the home of notorious pirates, conquered by the Livonian Order in 1227, sold to Denmark in 1559, ceded to Sweden in 1645, ceded to Russia in 1721 and finally became part of the newly independent Republic of Estonia in 1918. Estonia was annexed to the Soviet Union in 1940 before regaining its independence in August 1991. The obverse features the arms of Estonia.  A Roman Snail (known as escargot in France) is on the reverse of this unofficial 2023 50 Krone coin of Saaremaa. It is one of the few coins to depict a snail.  The eight-sided, 39mm, silver-plated brass Proof coin has mintage of just 125 pieces.
Item SAAREMAA SAAREMAA 50 KRONE 2023 PROOF $22.00



NEWAUSTRALIA 2023 SILVER KOALA

Australia 1 troy ounce silver Koala 1 Dollar 2023The 2023 Australian 1 troy ounce silver Koala will be the last to feature Queen Elizabeth.  The coin features Jody Clark's portrait of the Queen wearing the George VI State Diadem.  The reverse depicts a mother koala clinging to a gum tree while her joey hangs on her back.   The 40.9mm .9999 fine 1 troy ounce silver coin is struck with a distinctive reverse frosting (fields are frosted, relief is bright) and comes in a protective capsule.  The coin was struck by Australia's Perth Mint and has a nominal face value of 1 Dollar.
Item AU-KOALA23 AUSTRALIA 1 DOLLAR 2023 SILVER KOALA BU $39.00



NewCHINA 2022 WORLD HERITAGE SQUARE 5 YUAN COINS

Set of 2 square Chinese 5 Yuan coins 2022: Mount Emei and Mount HuangshanChina released two 2022 dated square brass 5 Yuan coins featuring two UNESCO World Heritage sites. One depicts the Mount Emei and the Leshan Giant Buddha.  Mount Emei, at 10,167 feet (3,099m) is the highest of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China.  It is the location of the first Buddhist temple built in China during the first Century AD.  Nearby is the Leshan Giant Buddha, a 233 foot (71m) carved stone statue of Buddha. In comparison the statues on Mount Rushmore are only about 60 feet high.  It was built between 713 and 803AD and is still the largest and tallest stone Buddha in the world.  It was started by a monk who believed that the Buddha would calm the turbulent rapids that plagued boats traveling down the adjacent river.   So much stone was removed from the cliff face and deposited in the river that the currents were altered, making it safe for boats.   The other coin depicts of Mount Huangshan, which means Yellow Mountain.  It is often described as the “loveliest mountain of China”, and has played an important role in the history of art and literature in China since the Tang Dynasty in the 8th century.  Today it is a popular tourist destination with numerous trails and walking paths.
Item CN-5Y-SET22 CHINA SET OF 2 FIVE YUAN, MOUNT EMEI & MOUNT HUANGSHAN, 2022 BU $7.50



New2023 HANKO COIN FEATURES POLIKARPOV I-15 BI-PLANE

Hanko 50 Markka 2023 pictues Polikarpov I-15 Bi-planeA Russian Polikarpov I-15 bi-plane fighter is featured on this unofficial 2023 dated 50 Markka coin of Hanko (Hango). The plane was used between 1939 and 1944 in the two wars between Finland and the Soviet Union. The Hanko peninsula is the southernmost point of mainland Finland and is the home of the port and city of Hanko.  During the 19th and early 20th centuries while Finland was under Russian control, Hanko was the port of choice for emigrants leaving Finland for a new life in North America and a popular resort of Russian nobility.  After the 1939 Winter War between Finland and the Soviet Union, Finland was forced to lease the peninsula to Russia for 30 years as a naval base.  Finland regained control of the peninsula in 1941 during the second Soviet-Finnish war.   The obverse of the coin depicts the heraldic Finnish lion.   The Proof silver-plated brass coin has a mintage of only 125 pieces.
Item HANKO HANKO 50 MARKKA 2023 PROOF $22.00



NewSCORPION AND CAMEL ON MASIRAH COIN

Masirah 20 Rials 2022 coin depicts scorpian and camelMasirah is an island in the Arabian Sea off the east coast of Oman. It has an airbase for the Royal Air Force of Oman and a fish factory, and several small towns.  During the summer it is popular with kite surfers due to its strong, steady winds.  Much of the interior of the island is desert.  The obverse of this unofficial 2022 20 Rials coin of Masirah depicts Haitham bin Tariq, the Sultan of Oman, and the Oman coat of arms.  The reverse features a scorpion, camel and a palm tree.  The 37mm Proof silver-plated brass coin has a mintage of only 145 pieces.
Item MASIRAH MASIRAH 20 RIALS 2022 PROOF $22.00



NewPIGS ON BIG MAJOR CAY COIN

Big Major Cay 2023 20 Dollar coin depicts pigsBig Major Cay, also known as Pig Island, is uninhabited by humans, however it does have a population of about two dozen swimming pigs. It is located in the Exuma district of the Bahamas.  The pigs are a popular tourist attraction.  The feral domestic pigs are not afraid of people.  They love to take to water and lay in the sun on the beach.  The pigs are fed by tourists and from passing yachts, and if the boat gets close enough to the shore, the pigs can jump in on their own, begging for food.  Drinking water is provided by small lakes on the island.  No one is quite sure how the non-native pigs got there.  Some claim they were left by sailors who planned to later pick them up and eat them, but never returned.  Others say they survived a shipwreck, or were brought to the island to attract tourists.   This odd-shaped 2023 20 Dollar coin of Big Major Cay has an unusual design, the design on the front wraps over to the back.  The design includes the Bahamas coat of arms and two pigs, half of one of the pigs is on the front of the coin with the other half is on the back.  The unofficial silver-plated Proof coin is 39mm and has a mintage of just 125 pieces.
Item CAY BIG MAJOR CAY 20 DOLLARS 2023 PROOF $22.00



NewTORY ISLAND COIN FEATURES RAVEN

Tory Island (Oileán Thoraigh) 10 Pounds 2023 coinTory Island (Oilean Thoraigh in Irish) is a remote island off the northern coast of Ireland inhabited by less than 150 people.  It is about 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) long and 1 kilometer (.6 miles) wide.  The northern coast is heavily indented by bays and bays, the coasts are rather steep and steep.  Tory is mentioned in a number of Irish legends. Today it is noted for its rugged beauty and an artist colony.  This unofficial 2023 six-sided 10 Pound coin of Tory Island features a Celtic Cross and an Irish Harp on the obverse.  The reverse depicts a raven on the handle of a sword. Morrigan, the goddess of war in Irish mythology would often take the form of a raven.  Morrigan would not take part in the battles, but she would be present on the battlefield and used all her power to help one side or another.  The 39mm silver-plated brass coin has a mintage of only 125 pieces.
Item TORY TORY ISLAND 10 POUNDS 2023 PROOF $22.00



NewTURKEY CONVERTS MUSEUM INTO A MOSQUE

Turkey 1 Lira 2020 Grand hagai Sophia MosqueTurkey issued the bi-metallic 1 Lira coin in 2020 to commemorate the conversion of Hagai Sophia into the Grand Hagai Sophia Mosque.  The Hagai Sophia was built between 532 and 537 when Constantinople was the capital of the Byzantine Empire. It was the architectural marvel of its age.  For almost 1000 years it was the world's largest cathedral..  It converted to a Mosque after the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans in 1453.  In 1935 Turkey converted it to a museum and it became Turkey's most visited tourist attraction.  In 2020 the Islamic government of Turkey converted it back to a mosque despite opposition of many international organizations and many Turkish citizens.  The coin depicts the mosque on one side and the denomination and date on the other.
Item TR-SOPHIA TURKEY 1 LIRA 2020 GRAND HAGAI SOPHIA MOSQUE UNC. $3.00



NewLITHUANIA AND ESTONIA 2 EUROS SHOW SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE

Lithuania 2 Euro 2023 Together with UkraineEstonia 2 Euro 2022 Glory to UkraineLithuania and Estonia each issued 2 Euro coins to show their support for Ukraine. The 2023 Lithuania 2 Euro shows a sunflower, the emblematic plant of Ukraine. The petals of the flower are in the shape of human figures holding hands. The legend "Kartu su Ukraina" means "Together with Ukraine".   The 2022 Estonia 2 Euro features a girl protecting a small bird in her hand and ears of wheat. The legend "Slava Ukraini" means Glory to Ukraine in Ukrainian.  The coin was designed by a Ukrainian refugee studying in Estonia.  Both coins have the standard Map of Europe 2 Euro reverse.
LT-2E23-UKRAINE LITHUANIA 2 EURO 2023 UKRAINE UNC. $6.00
EE-2E22-UKRAINE ESTONIA 2 EURO 2022 UKRAINE UNC. $6.00




NewRECENT SRI LANKA COMMEMORATIVES

 Sri Lanka 20 Rupees: Central Bank 2020, Colombo Medical Faculty 2021, Census 2021
Sri Lanka recently released three commemorative 20 Rupee coins. They are the highest denomination in circulation in that country.  The seven-sided 28mm coins are stuck in nickel-plated steel.  The 70th Anniversary of the Central Bank is commemorated on a 2020 issue depicting the bank's head office. It is a bit ironic that the Central Bank commemorates itself on a new high denomination coin which was needed due to the Bank's inability to control inflation.  A second 2020 20 Rupee coin was issued marking the 150th anniversary of the Colombo Medical Faculty. The coin features the school's emblem and "150".  The 2021 20 Rupee commemorates the 150th anniversary of its Ceylon's first census of population and housing.  The design includes the census logo and "150".   The coins have a common obverse that features a large numeral 20 and inscriptions in Sinhala, Thamil and English. 
LR-20R-BANK SRI LANKA 20 RUPEES 2020 CENTRAL BANK BU $5.00
LR-20R-MED SRI LANKA 20 RUPEES 2021 COLOMBO MEDICAL FACULTY  BU $5.00
LR-20R-CENSUS SRI LANKA 20 RUPEES 2021 CENSUS BU $5.00



New2023 COCOS (KEELING) COIN SET FEATURES BIRDS & SEA LIFE

Cocos (Keeling) 2023 6 coin set: 1 - 100 Rupees, features birds and sea lifeCommon obverse design on Cocos (Keeling) 2023 coins
The Cocos (Keeling) Islands, also known as the Keeling-Cocos Islands are a group of 27 small islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean.  It was first settled in the 1820's by English adventurer Alexander Hare, his Malay harem, Scottish trader Capt. John Clunies Ross and his family.  After initial difficulties, Hare moved on leaving the Ross family in possession of the Islands.  They brought in Malay laborers, cleared almost all native vegetation and planted Coconut palms.  Ross made himself and his descendants King of the Cocos.  In 1978 Australia purchased the islands from the family.  This 2023 dated set of six copper-nickel coins for the Cocos (Keeling) Islands features native fish and birds.  The 100 Rupees has a Great White Shark. A wedge-tailed shearwater bird is on the 50 Rupees.  A Black-crowned night heron is on the 10 Rupees. An Ornate Butterflyfish is on the 5 Rupees. A Lionfish is on the 2 Rupees and a Yellow-bellied sea snake on the 1 Rupee.   The obverse of all the coins depict the emblem of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and the legend "Bukan Wang Tunai", which translates as "No Cash Value".
Item KEELING23 KEELING (COCOS) 6 COIN SET 1-100 RUPEES 2023 UNC. $29.75



NewBERDOO 66 CENTS - SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SECESSION COIN

BERDOO (San Bernardino County Secession) 66 Cents 2023In November 2022 San Bernardino County voted to secede from the State of California.  San Bernardino, often called the "Inland Empire", is the largest county in California.  Like many regions of California, they were fed up with the liberal big city politicians that control California.  To mark the event the Small Forest Mint issued a copper 66 Cent coin for Berdoo.  Berdoo is what locals call San Bernardino. The historic Route 66 runs through the county, hence the denomination of 66 cents. The denomination is within an arrowhead shaped like the Arrowhead Geological Monument at Arrowhead Springs.  The reverse depicts the date and a Joshua Tree which is common in desert areas of the county, which is home to Joshua Tree National Park.  The Highway Gothic font was used on old highway signs.  The hand-struck coins are Uncirculated but may have minor dark areas.  Mintage is limited to a maximum of 200 pieces or when the dies wear out, whichever comes first.
Item BERDOO BERDOO 66 CENTS 2023 UNC. $7.00



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