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NEWCANADA 2024 KING CHARLES COIN SET INCLUDING SCARCE 50 CENTS

Canada 2024 King Charles III set: 5 Cents - 2 Dollars
This six-piece Canadian 2024 coin set includes the 5, 10, 25 50 Cents, 1 and 2 Dollars coins in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.  The 50 Cents that is not expected to be released into circulation. but is only available from the mint at a substantial premium. All six coins feature the Steven Rosati portrait of King Charles III. The unpackaged coin sets come from original mint rolls.
Item CA-SET24 CANADA 6 COIN 2024 6 COIN SET, 5 CENTS - 2 DOLLARS, UNC. $13.00



CHARLES III 2024 CANADIAN MAPLE LEAF  Restocked

Canada 2024 1 troy ounce silver Maple Leaf 5 Dollar coinKing Charles III is featured on the 2024 1 troy ounce .9999 fine silver Maple Leaf.  It has a nominal face value of 5 Dollars. The obverse design was done by Canadian portrait artist Steven Rosati.  The precisely machined radial lines create a unique light diffracting pattern as security measure.  On the reverse a micro-engraved maple leaf privy mark shows “24” when viewed under magnification.
Item CA-MAPLE24 CANADA 5 DOLLARS 2024 1 OUNCE SILVER MAPLE LEAF BU $37.00


NEWSHORT-LIVED REPUBLIC OF ROSE ISLAND

Republic of Rose Island 4000 Mils 2024The Republic of Rose Island (Respubliko de la Insulo de la Rozoj) was a short-lived micronation located a man-made platform in international waters in Adriatic Sea off the coast of Italy.  The project was begun in 1958 Italian engineer Giorgio Rosa.  On May 1, 1968 Rosa declared it an independent nation with himself as president.  55 Days later the Italy invaded and took control of the platform and set up a blockade.  Italy found it impossible to dismantle the well-constructed platform so attempted to bomb it - twice without success.  It was finally toppled by a storm in February 1969.  This unofficial 2024 4000 Mils of the Republic of Rose Island depicts a bouquet of roses on the obverse and a sailing yacht approaching the platform on the reverse.  The silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item ROSE ROSE ISLAND 4000 MILS 2024 PROOF $24.00



NEWSAILING SHIP ON MARTIN GARCIA COIN

Martin Garcia 5000 Pesos 2024Martin Garcia is an island located at the mouth of the Rio de la Plata between Argentina and Uruguay. It is named after the storekeeper of the Juan Diaz de Solis expedition who was buried on the island.  Due to its strategic location ownership of the island was disputed between Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. There have been a number of battles for control of the island between various groups. Argentina used it as a penal colony.  In 1973 Argentina and Uruguay agreed to divide the island, with the northern portion, called Timoteo Domínguez Islands going to Uruguay, the southern portion called Martin Garcia going to Argentina, with the stipulation that the island would be a natural reserve.  The silver-plated Proof 2024 Martin Garcia 5000 Peso coin depicts an early 19th century sailing ship. The coat of arms is on the obverse.  The unofficial issue has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item MARTIN MARTIN GARCIA 5000 PESO 2024 PROOF $24.00



NEWSHARK, RAY & SAILING SHIP ON GEYSER REEF COIN

Geyser Reef 5000 Francs 2024Geyser Reef (Banc du Geyser) is dangerous, low reef in the Mozambique Channel about 78 miles (125km) northeast of Mayotte.  France, Comoros and Madagascar all claim the reef, though it is presently under French control.  It was first known to Arab sailors about 700AD and has been shown on some navigation charts since about 800AD.  It got its present name when the British ship HMS Geysir ran aground on the reef on December 23, 1678. The ship is depicted on the reverse of this unofficial triangular 2024 Geyser 5000 Francs.  The obverse depicts both a whale shark, manta ray.  The silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of 125 pieces.
Item GEYSER GEYSER REEF 5000 FRANCS 2024 PROOF $24.00


NEWGIANT TORTOISE ON TRIANGULAR FARQUHAR COIN

Farquhar 500 Rupees 2024A Seychelles Giant Tortoise is featured on both sides of this unofficial 2024 triangular 500 Rupees from Farquhar.  The Tortoise can live for over 200 years, but was thought to have gone extinct by the 1840's due to overhunting by sailors.  They were recently rediscovered.  Farquhar is a group of small islands in the Indian Ocean that belong to Seychelles.  There are about 20 inhabitants, a small hotel and an airstrip. They were named after Robert Townsend Farquhar who was the British governor of Mauritius from 1811 until 1823.  The 36mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 130 pieces.
Item FARQUHAR FARQUHAR 500 RUPEES 2024 PROOF $24.00




NEWCROCODILE AND SCREAMING EAGLE ON LIKOMA COIN

Likoma 2000 Kwacha 2024Likoma is an island in Lake Malawi a short distance from Mozambique and surrounded by Mozambican territorial waters.  In 1880 the Universities' Mission to Central Africa established their headquarters on the island at the request of David Livingstone.  In the early 20th century, they built St. Peter's Cathedral on the island which is modeled after Westminster Abbey and measures 100 by 30 meters (328 x 98 feet).  At the end of World War II, the island was awarded to British East Africa rather than Portuguese Mozambique due to the presence of the British missionaries.  It is now an exclave of Malawi.  The obverse of the six-sided silver-plated coin feature a screaming eagle and the arms of Malawi.  A crocodile is on the reverse.  This unofficial 2024 Likoma 2000 Kwacha has a mintage of just 125 pieces.
Item LIKOMA LIKOMA 2000 KWACHA 2024 PROOF $24.00



NEWGUANACO ON LA ROIJA COIN

La Roija 2 Bocades 2024A mother and young Guanaco are featured on this unofficial 2 Bocades coin of La Roija.  The Guanaco is closely related to the llama but are smaller and slenderer.  The obverse of the coin features a Puma and the arms of La Rioja.  La Rioja is located in Andes foothills in western Argentina.  It has tended to be a politically restive region. It gained independence from Spain in 1820 but did not join the Argentine Confederation until 1850. The 37mm, silver-plated, five-sided coin is Proof and has a mintage of just 120 pieces.
Item ROIJA LA ROIJA 2 BOCADES 2024 PROOF $24.00


NEWSERBIA 2024 TESLA DIRECT ENERGY WEAPON

Serbia 100 Dinar 2024 1 troy oz. silver Tesla, Teleforce Direct Energy WeaponNikola 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 instituted an annual series of silver 100 Dinara coins honoring Tesla and his many inventions.  The 40.25mm coins each contain 1 troy ounce of .999 silver and are struck by the Serbian Mint.  The Serbian arms, weight, purity, silver content, date, denomination and one or more of his inventions are on the reverses. 
   The first 2024 issue features Tesla's Direct Energy Weapon, which was also known as Teleforce or the Death Beam.  He claimed it would destroy anything approaching within 200 miles, and would provide a wall of power making any country, large or small, impregnable against armies, airplanes, and other means for attack. He never successfully demonstrated it in public and his attempts to sell it to the League of Nations, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Canada and Yugoslavia all failed.
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Item RS-24TESLA-TELEFORCE SERBIA 100 DINAR 2024 TESLA - TELEFORCE DIRECT ENERGY WEAPON BU $47.00



NEW2024 AUSTRALIA SILVER KANGAROO FEATURES KING CHARLES

Australia 2024 1 troy ounce silver Kangaroo DollarKing Charles III is featured on the obverse of this 2024 1 troy ounce .9999 fine silver Kangaroo of Australia.   The 1 Dollar coin features a hopping Kangaroo on the reverse.  The coin includes many intricate details including a micro-laser engraved letter to thwart counterfeiting and allow the coins to be easily stacked.  The Perth Mint's P125 mintmark celebrating the mints 125th anniversary is at the right of the Kangaroo. The obverse features an uncrowned portrait of King Charles III by Dan Thorne. The Perth Mint was founded in 1899 as a branch of the Royal Mint in England.  It is now owned by the state of Western Australia and its coinage is legal tender in Australia.
Item AU-ROO24 AUSTRALIA 1 DOLLAR 2024 1 OZ. SILVER KANGAROO BU $39.75



NEW2023 BELGIAN COMMEMORATIVE 2 EURO COINS

Belgium 2 Euro 2023 Art NoveauBelgium 2 Euro 2023 Women's SuffrageBelgium issued two commemorative 2 Euro coins in 2023.  Both were only available only in coin cards at a large premium over face value.  The first was issued for the Belgium's Year of Art Nouveau and marks 130 years of Art Nouveau in Belgium.  The coin features a decorative detail from the facade of the Hotel Van Eetvelde a town house in Brussels which was designed by Belgian art nouveau architect Victor Horta and is as UNESCO World Heritage site. The coin has a mintage of 150,000. The second coin celebrates 75 years of universal women's suffrage in Belgium  The coin shows a Venus symbol as a voting box filled in with a pencil and surrounded by the bilingual caption "ALGEMEEN VROUWENKIESRECHT - SUFFRAGE UNIVERSEL FÉMININ". It has a mintage of 125,000.  Both coins were struck at the Royal Dutch Mint and include the caduceus of the Utrecht Mint,
Item BE-2E23-ART BELGIUM 2 EURO 2023 ART NOVEAU BU in coin card $19.75
Item BE-2E23-VOTE BELGIUM 2 EURO 2023 WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE BU in coin card $19.75




NEW2024 ITALIAN 2 EURO HONORS NOBEL PRIZE WINNER RITA LEVI-MONTALCINI

Italy 2 Euro 2024 Rita Levi-MontalciniRita Levi-Montalcini was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1986 for her work in discovering nerve growth factor (NGF).  From 2001 until her death in 2012 at age 103 she served in the Italian Senate.  The 2024 2 Euro coin features her portrait.  In the background is a microscope mounted on a horseshoe created by her brother, Italian architect and designer Gino Levi-Montalcini, as a good luck charm for the Nobel Prize.
Item IT-2E24-RITA ITALY 2 EURO 2024 RITA LEVI-MONTALCINI UNC. $7.00



NEWPORTUGUESE 2 EURO CELEBRATES 50th ANNIVERSARY OF  CARNATION REVOLUTION

Portugal 2 Euro 2024 50th Anniversary of Carnation RevolutionOn April 25, 1974 a military coup overthrew Portugal's dictatorship.  There was minimal violence and it was quickly joined by civilians, who would give soldiers carnations or put them in the barrels of their guns, hence the name Carnation Revolution.  The revolution resulted in the country returning to civilian rule and Portugal granting independence to its African colonies and East Timor. The 2024 2 Euro coin features a carnation encircled by dynamic rings.  Around it is an excerpt of from the poem O Nome das Coisas that translates as "This is the dawn I have been waiting for".
Item PT-2E24-CARNATION PORTUGAL 2 EURO 2024 CARNATION REVOLULTION, UNC. $7.00




NewFINLAND 2024 2 EURO CELEBRATES ELECTIONS

Finland 2 Euro 2024 Elections as a foundation of democracyFinland's first 2024 2 Euro coin celebrates "Elections as a Foundation of Democracy."  The design features stylized ballots with the words "Elections  Democracy" in both Finnish and Swedish the country's two official languages.  The edge inscription reads SUOMI FINLAND (the name of the country in Finnish and Swedish) and includes three lion heads.  The coin has a mintage of only 400,000 pieces. 
Item FI-2E24-ELECTIONS FINLAND 2 EURO 2024 ELECTIONS-DEMOCRACY UNC. $14.00



NewGERMANY COMMEMORATES ITS FIRST CONSTITUTION

Germany 2 Euro 2024 Frankfurt Constitution depicts St.Paul's ChurchThis German 2024 2 Euro coin commemorates the 175th anniversary the St. Paul's Church Constitution (Paulskirchenverfassung), also known as the Frankfurt Constitution.   It was an attempt to create a unified German nation.  It included a charter of fundamental rights and a democratic government in the form of a constitutional monarchy.  The constitution failed due to the objections of Prussia and some of the smaller states.  The coin depicts the St. Paul's Church memorial (the original church was destroyed by Allied bombing in 1944).  Behind it is a quill and a paper representing the constitution.  In the background are female allegorical figures representing unity, justice and freedom and the tri-color German flag.  To the left of the church is the letter "D" for Deutschland (Germany). The mintmark is to the right of the church just below the quill.
Item DE-2E24-CONST GERMANY 2 EURO 2024 FRANKFURT CONSTITUTION (Mint of our choice) UNC. $6.00
Item DE-2E24-CONSTx5 GERMANY 2 EURO 2024 FRANKFURT CONSTITUTION, ALL 5 MINTS UNC. $29.50



NewITALY CELEBRATES 250th ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR GUARD OF FINANCE

Italy 2 Euro 2024 Guard of FinanceItaly issued this 2024 2 Euro to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Guardia di Finanza (Guard of Finance).  It traces its origins to the Light Troop Legion set up by the King of Sardinia in 1774 to collect customs duties on the borders and military defense.  Today it is a militarized police force dealing with financial crime, smuggling, customs duties and illegal drug trade.  The force maintains over 600 boats and ships and more than 100 aircraft.  The coin depicts stylized elements from the organizations coat of arms including the Cimon della Pala mountain, a the head of a griffin and a chest of money as well as the Italian flag. 
Item IT-2E24-FINANCE ITALY 2 EURO 2024 GUARDIA DI FINANZA UNC. $7.00



NewSPANISH 2024 2 EURO DEPICTS COURT OF THE MAIDENS IN SEVILLE

Spain 2 Euro 2024 Patio de las Doncellas in the Royal Alcazar, SevilleSpain honored Seville with their 2024 circulating commemorative 2 Euro.  The coin depicts the "Patio de las Doncellas" (Courtyard of the Maidens) in the Royal Alcazar.  The Royal Alcazar is a UNESCO world Heritage Site.  It was begun in the 10th century and has been extensively modeled and expanded since then.  The name of the courtyard is attribute to a legend that the Muslim rulers demanded an annual tribute of 100 virgins from Christian kingdoms in Iberia.
Item ES-2E24-SEVILLE SPAIN 2 EURO 2024 SEVILLE UNC. $6.00




NewSPAIN 2024 2 EURO COMMEMORATES NATIONAL POLICE

Spain 2 Euro 2024 National Police CorpsSpain commemorated the 200th anniversary of their National Police on this 2024 2 Euro coin. The coin features the badge of the National Police Corps.  The National Police are mainly responsible for policing urban areas, criminal investigations and immigration.   The present organization was formed in 1986, however its predecessor organizations go back 200 years.
Item ES-2E24-POLICE SPAIN 2 EURO 2024 NATIONAL POLICE CORPS UNC. $6.00




NEW2023 UKRAINE 10 HRYVENS HONOR WAR EFFORT

Ukraine 2023 circulating commemorative 10 Hryven
Ukraine released four circulating 10 Hryven coins in 2023 dealing with their war against Russia. They are some of the few commemorative war coins issued during the fighting.   The Air Defense coin depicts a United States built Patriot Surface to Air missile system.  The Support Forces of the Armed Forces were honored on a coin bearing the Support Forces emblem.  The Antonivsky bridge was the main crossing of the Dnipro River near Kherson.  Control of the bridge changed hands several times between February 2022 before Ukrainian forces finally gained control of the destroyed bridge from the Russians in November 2022.  Ukraine commemorated the bridge with this coin that shows a map of the bridge over the Dnipro River.   The emblem of the Command of the United Armed Forces of Ukraine is featured on the coin honoring the Command.  The inscription a the top translates as "Together we will win!"  The coins all have a common obverse that includes the small Ukraine coat of arms, denomination and date.  The 23.5mm coins are struck in nickel-plated zinc.  All four coins are Uncirculated.
Item UA-AIR23 UKRAINE 10 HRYVEN 2023 AIR DEFENCE UNC. $3.00
Item UA-SUPPORT23 UKRAINE 10 HRYVEN 2023 SUPPORT FORCES UNC. $3.00
Item UA-BRIDGE23  UKRAINE 10 HRYVEN 2023 ANTONIVSKY BRIDGE UNC. $3.00
Item UA-COMMAND23   UKRAINE 10 HRYVEN 2023 ARMED FORCES COMMAND UNC. $3.00
Item UA-10H-SET23 ABOVE 4 UKRAINE 10 HRYVEN COINS UNC. $11.00



NEWBEAUTIFUL EAST CARIBBEAN POLYMER $2 NOTE

East Caribbean Polymer 2023 2 Dollar note commemorating Central Bank's 40th AnniversaryThe Eastern Caribbean Central Bank issued its first Two Dollar note to commemorate the bank's 40th anniversary and it is impressive!  It is a candidate for the International Bank Note Society Banknote of the year.  The bank provides coins and currency for Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.  It went all out on this circulating commemorative note.  The front of the 2023 polymer note depicts famed cricketeer Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, “The Master Blaster,” holding a cricket bat.  Also on the front is a conch shell, the Central Bank building and reflective silver and iridescent gold images of sea turtles and fish swimming in the clear window towards the bottom.  The back features a map of the islands and an underwater scene with colorful tropical fish, corals and a turtle.  Both sides of the note include the bank's 40th anniversary logo. The note glows in multiple colors under ultraviolet (UV) light. It is 132 x 65mm.   It is a lovely banknote for any collection.
Item PM-ECS-2D EAST CARIBBEAN 2 DOLLAR NOTE 2023 CENTRAL BANK UNC. $7.00




NEWELEPHANT ON SQUARE COIN OF BAROTSELAND

Barotseland 7500 Kwapu 2024 coin depicts elephantBarotseland is a region encompassing parts of Zambia, eastern Namibia and Angola and Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.  In the 19th century the king of Barotseland signed treaties, first with the British South African Company and later with the British government that assured that the kingdom would retain much of its traditional authority and come under the military protection of the British in exchange for giving the British mining concessions.  The British later included Barotseland as part of Northern Rhodesia.  When Northern Rhodesia became the independent nation of Zambia a new treaty was signed giving Barotseland authority to run local government, courts, local taxation, game preservation and the supply of beer while Zambia controlled external affairs.  Over the next few years Zambia reneged on the agreement and brought Barotseland under the direct control of the Zambian government.  Formal calls for an independent Barotseland started in 2012.  Currently there are three groups claiming to represent Barotseland with fighting between the three groups as well as against Zambia.  This unofficial 2024 Barotseland 7500 Kwapu coin depicts an elephant on one side and the Barotseland arms on the other.  The 39mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of 125 pieces. 
Item BAROTSELAND BAROTSELAND 7500 KWPU 2024 PROOF $24.00



NEWWOLF WOMAN ON ILE DE SEIN COIN

Ile de Sein 500 Libres 2024 depicts wolf, woman and Gallic roosterIle de Sein is a flat, treeless, island 5 miles (8km.) off the coast of France.  It is part of a dangerous line zone of reefs south of the English Channel stretching some 30 miles (48km.) west from Pointe du Raz.  The island women used to wear a black headdress, and in the past, they had a reputation for enticing sailors onto the rocks by witchcraft.  A Breton legend states that the island was inhabited by virgin druid priestesses that could predict the future, calm the winds and take the form of animals.  After the World War II German invasion of France nearly every adult male fled the island in their fishing boats to join the Free French Forces in England.  This unofficial 2024 500 Libres of Ile de Sein depicts a woman and a wolf on one side and a Gallic rooster on the other.  The six-sided 39mm silver plated brass Proof coin has a mintage of only 120 pieces.
Item SEIN ILE DE SEIN 500 LIBRES 2024 PROOF $24.00


NEWJAGUARS ON REPUBLIC OF TULE COIN

Republic of Tule 10 Balboas 2024 coin depicts JaguarThe Republic of Tule was declared by Guna people living along the eastern coast of southern Panama and northern Columbia.  The region was formerly called San Blas and is now called Guna Yala.  The obverse of this unofficial 2024 Republic of Tule 10 Balboa depicts the head of a Jaguar.  The reverse features a Jaguar in the forest.  The eight-sided 40mmm silver plated brass Proof coin has a mintage of only 125 pieces.
Item TULE REPUBLIC OF TULE 10 BALBOAS 2024 PROOF $24.00



NEWSAILING SHIP ON SQUARE COIN OF SALA Y GOMEZ

Sala Y Gomez Islands 2000 Pesos 2023 coin depicting sailing shipA sailing ship if featured on this square 2023 dated 2000 Pesos of Sala Y Gomez.  The coat of arms is on the obverse.  Sala Y Gomez is sometimes considered the easternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle.  It was known to the inhabitants of Easter Island, which is located 243 miles (391km) to the southwest.  It is uninhabited due to its remoteness, small size, lack of fresh water and rough terrain.  It is named after Spanish sailor Jose Salas Valdes who discovered it in 1793 and Jose Manuel Gomez who later explored it.  Today the island belongs to Chile, which is located 2000 miles (3210km) to the east. The surrounding waters are a Marine Protected Area.  The unofficial 39mm silver-plated brass Proof coin has a mintage of only 145 pieces.
Item SALA SALA Y GOMEZ 2000 PESOS 2023 PROOF $24.00



NEWSAILBOAT ON ODD-SHAPED COIN OF ISLAS DESVENTURADAS

Islas Desventuradas 5000 Pesos 2023 coin depicts sailboatThe Islas Desventuradas are four remote islands belonging to Chile that are 530 miles (850 km.) off the coast of Chile.   The name translates as the "Unlucky Islands".  The only inhabitants is a garrison of the Chilean Navy located on Isla San Felix.  A 6,600 foot (2000m.) runway runs the entire length of the island.  The unofficial 2023 5000 Pesos of Islas Desventuradas depicts a nereid (sea nymph) riding hippocampus and the coat of arms on the obverse.  A sailboat is on the reverse.  The, unofficial silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of just 145 pieces.
Item DESVENTURADAS DESVENTURADAS 5000 PESOS 2023 PROOF $24.00




NEWFISHERMAN ON MIGINGO COIN

Migingo 1500 Shillings 2024 coin depicts fishermanMigingo is a 1/2 acre (.2 hectare) island in Lake Victoria in Kenya. The island was believed to be the home of an evil spirit and uninhabited until 1991 when two fishermen paid a sorcerer to expel the spirit.  It is a rich fishing area, especially for Nile Perch.  More fishermen moved to the island and attempted to establish an independent commune.  Uganda then claimed the island and a low-level war broke out between Kenya and Uganda, before Uganda finally relinquished its claims in 2009.  In 2018 the tiny island was inhabited by more than 400 people, making one of the most densely populated regions in the world.  The men engage primarily in fishing and the women in prostitution.  This unofficial 2024 dated 1500 Shillings of Migingo depicts the coat of arms on the obverse and a Nile perch and a fisherman in a boat on the reverse.  The 37mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of 120 pieces.
Item MIGINGO MIGINGO 1500 SHILLINGS 2024 PROOF $24.00



NEWCOIN OF ISOLATED LO MUSTANG

Lo Mustang 750 Rupees 2024The Kingdom of Lo Mustang (upper Mustang) is an isolated region of Nepal. It was an independent nation from 1380 until 1795.  From the 15th to the 17th century, its strategic location granted Mustang control over the trade between the Himalayas and India.  In 1795 it became a dependency of Nepal, however it maintained its own king until Nepal became a republic in 2008.  Due to its isolation is one of the most preserved regions of the world. The first western visitor did not arrive until 1951 and foreign visitors were forbidden until 1992.  Even today tourism is strictly limited and regulated.  This unofficial 2024 dated 750 Rupees of Lo Mustang depicts a mythical Snow Lion on the obverse.  The reverse has the Tibetan " mantra "om mani padme hum" which translates as "praise to the jewel in the lotus" which refers to the spiritual jewel of Buddhism. The 39mm, six-sided silver-plated brass Proof coin has a mintage of only 120 pieces.
Item MUSTANG LO MUSTANG 750 RUPEES 2024 PROOF $24.00



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 $36.00
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 2024 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 BU in coin card. $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 750 FRANCS 2023

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 25 DINARS 2023

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



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 $39.00




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 $8.00
Item PM-CN-20Y-24 CHINA 20 YUAN 2024 YEAR OF THE DRAGON BANKNOTE, UNC. $24.00


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


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




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. out
Item GR-2E23-CARATHEODORY GREECE 2 EURO 2023 CONSTANTIN CARATHEODORY UNC. $7.00



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



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



2022 BI-METALLIC FROM TURKEY COMMEMORATES NEW BRIDGE 

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




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.


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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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


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



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



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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