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ODD & CURIOUS MONEY


ANCIENT OLBIA DOLPHIN COIN  Back in stock

Olbia dolphin shaped coin, circa 5th-4rd centuary BCOlbia was a Greek city on the Black Sea in what is now Ukraine.  Between the 5th and 3rd century BC it issued these unusual bronze dolphin shaped coins. The crudely cast coins vary in size, from about 20mm to 27mm and lack tails.  They are one of the most unusual ancient coins available, yet are remarkably affordable due to a recent large hoard.
Item OLBIA OLBIA DOLPHIN COIN, circa 5th-3rd century BC $15.00
Item OLBIAx5 5 of the above OLBIA DOLPHIN COINS, circa 5th-3rd century BC $59.95


ANCIENT BENT-BAR COIN OF INDIA

India, Kuru & Panchala billon bent bar satamana coin, circa 450-340BCThis unusual bent-bar Satamana is one of the earliest coins of India.  It is believed to have been issued by the Kuru and Panchala realms in north-central India between about 450BC and 350BC.  The thick, slightly bent billon (low grade silver) are approximately 22 to 24mm long, 11 to 14mm wide and about 3mm thick.  A crude seven-armed “taxila” symbol is on either end on the concave side of the bar, the convex side is blank.  The coins are modeled after the silver Taxila and Gandhara bent bar coins used in what is now Pakistan.  It is an interesting and affordable example of a very early coin.
Item IN-BAR KURU & PANCHALA BENT BAR SATAMANA COIN, circa 450-350BC $29.50



SIAMESE PORCELAIN MONEY;

Siam porcelain money (Pe), 19th CenturyThere was often a shortage of small change in Siam. Porcelain gaming tokens, also known as Pe, issued by Chinese owned gambling houses were widely used as money in Siam during the 18th and 19th century. They come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and colors. After a period of time the gambling houses would recall the tokens and they would be declared valueless.
Item TH-PORC SIAMESE 19th CENTURY PORCELAIN MONEY $8.00
Item TH-PORCx3 3 DIFFERENT SIAMESE 19th CENTURY PORCELAIN MONEY $22.00



NewPORCELAIN COINS FROM SAXONY

Saxony, Germany red porcelain 50 Pfennig and 1 Mark coins 1921 In 1921 the German state of Saxony issued these unusual notgeld coins made of red porcelain.  The coins were made at the famed Meissen Porcelain Manufactory and bear the famed Meissen crossed swords mark.  The trademark, introduced in 1720, is one of the oldest trademarks in existence.  The porcelain 1 Mark featuring a sailing ship. The 50 Pfennig has wine grapes and a shovel. The denomination is on the reverse of each coin.
Item SAX-50PF SAXONY PORCELAIN 50 PFENNIG WINE GRAPES 1921 AU-UNC $7.50
Item SAX-1M SAXONY PORCELAIN 1 MARK SAILING SHIP 1921 AU-UNC out


SCARCE WWII CLAY COIN FROM JAPAN

Japan baked clay 1 Sen KM110 By the end of World War II Japan suffered from a severe shortage of metal needed to make coins.  Emergency coins were made out of clay, however the coins circulated for only for only a few days in cental Japan before the Japanese surrender on August 15, 1945. This scarce clay 1 Sen coin circulated for only a few days at the end of World War II in central Japan.  The unusual, undated 1 Sen coin features Mt. Fuji on one side and sakura blossems on the other.  The 15mm coin is made from red or brown clay.  It is quite scarce and unknown to many collectors.
Item JP-110 JAPAN CLAY 1 SEN (1945) KM110 UNC. $32.00



UNUSUAL FIBER COINS FROM WWII JAPANESE OCCUPATION OF CHINA  

Manchukuo 5 Fen 1944-1945 Red Fiber YA13aManchukuo 1 Fen 1945 Y13a "red fiber"
Manchukuo was a Japanese puppet state carved out of Northeastern China prior to World War II.  Due to a severe metal shortage towards the end of the war, it issued these unusual 1 Fen and 5 Fen coins struck in a thick, red material rather than metal. The coins are dated in the year of the reign of Emperor Kang Te of Manchukuo.   Kang Te was formerly known as Pu Yi, who was the last Emperor of China until he was deposed in 1911. The Japanese used him as the figurehead leader for Manchukuo.  The 1 Fen struck only a single year; 1945.  The 5 Fen was struck in 1944 and 1945. Because the material used was relatively soft, the coins show considerable wear. These historic World War II coins are some of the few circulating non-metallic coins of the 20th century.  
Item MAN-5F MANCHUKUO 5 FEN 1944-45 YA13a G-VG $7.00
Item MAN-1F MANCHUKUO 1 FEN 1945 Y13a G-VG $7.00



NEWRARE, OLD WOODEN MONEY FROM MEXICO

Trancoso Hacienda wooden token. Rulau, Latin American Tokens Zac-13This wooden Hacienda token was issued by the Trancoso Hacienda in the 19th century.  The Trancoso was one of the largest and most important haciendas in Zacatecas state of Mexico. It was founded with Spanish land grants between 1670 and 1680 as a cattle ranch.  It covered over 55 square miles (145 sq.km.).  In the 19th century it became one of the largest wool exporters in Latin America. Like many haciendas of that era it a was engaged in wide range enterprises including growing grain, animal husbandry, a distillery and a church.  It fell on hard times after the 1910-1920 Mexican Revolution, resulting in violent conflicts between the owners and peasants. Eventually the land was expropriated and much of it given to families who lived on the Hacienda.  Today the municipality of Trancoso oversees what was the hacienda.   The church and the grand buildings that were part of the hacienda still stand, though many have been vandalized in recent years.  Most hacienda tokens are metal. This unusual piece was made of Mesquite wood.  It is about 26 to 28mm. One side is branded with Trancoso Hacienda's brand, the other side is blank.As was common for Hacienda tokens, it was denominated for a unit of work. This was for sheering one sheep.  Like many hacienda tokens, it circulated as money in the area.  It is an unusual and historic piece of money.  Like many hacienda tokens, it circulated as money in the area.  It is an unusual and historic piece of money.
Item MX-TRANCOSO TRANCOSO WOODEN HACIENDA TOKEN, VF $24.00


THE COIN WITH A SOUL!  

Gizzie Iron from West Africa
The "Kissie Penny" or "Gizzie Iron" are twisted iron rods, about 7 to 12 inches (18 to 30cm)  long, that were used for money in Liberia and Sierra Leone from the 19th to the mid 20th century. They were said to contain a soul. If the Kissie were broken the soul would escape and it would be valueless. Of course, the local "witch doctor" could restore the soul, for a small fee.   A bunch of bananas might cost 2 Kissies, a cow 2000 Kissies, or a bride 4000 Kissies.
Item KISSIE WEST AFRICAN KISSIE PENNY $7.50
Item KISSIEx5 5 PIECES OF WEST AFRICAN KISSIE PENNY $24.00



TRANSNISTRIA ISSUES FIRST CIRCULATING PLASTIC COINS  Restocked

Transdniestra plastic composite coins   Backs of Transdniestra plastic composite coins
In August 2014 Transnistria (Trans-dniester, Transdniestra, etc.)  released the first circulating plastic coins issued by a national government.  Each of the four composite plastic coins is a different color and a different shape.    The coins issued are the round yellow-brown 1 Ruble depicting General Alexander Suvorov.  The square green 3 Rubles portrays F. P. De Volan.  The blue 5 Rubles is five-sided and depicts Count Pyotr Rumyantsev.  Russian Empress Catherine the Great is on the six-sided pink 10 Rubles. The logo of the Trans-Dniester Republican Bank and the date is repeated across the reverse of each of the coins.  The coins are 26mm to 28mm in diameter luminance when exposed to infrared or ultraviolet rays. It is an interesting and highly unusual coin set.
Item TRNS-PLASTIC TRANSDNIESTRA SET OF 4 COMPOSITE PLASTIC COINS, 1 - 10 RUBLES 2014 UNC. $7.50


AFRICAN COINS FEATURE TRADITIONAL AFRICAN MONEY Wholesale prices available to dealers


Africa 1500 Franc coins of 2005 Common reverse of African 1500 Franc 2005 issues
Six member nations of the African Development Bank issued a series of coins, each of which features a form of traditional money used in the member nation.  Each coin bears the denomination of 1500 CFA Francs. The coins are 27mm nickel-plated steel and are dated 2005.  One side features an Elephant’s head and a map of Africa while the other features a form of traditional money.  The Cameroon issue features a Mambila. Three pieces of Spear Money is shown on the coin of the Central African Republic.  A Manilla is shown on the Chad issue.  A Katanga Cross is on the coin from the Congo Republic.  A pair of Cowrie shells is on the Equatorial Guinea coin.  The Gabon coin shows a piece of Throwing Knife Money. Each coin has a mintage of only 2005 pieces!  Individually they are interesting coins.  As a set they display the wide range of items used for money in Africa prior to the introduction of coins and currency.
Item CM-PRIM CAMEROON 1500 FRANCS 2005 Mambila Br.X26 Unc. $9.50
Item CF-PRIM CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 1500 Francs 2005 Spear Money Br.X12 Unc. $9.50
Item TD-PRIM CHAD 1500 Francs 2005 Manilla Br.X19 Unc.$17.50
Item CG-PRIM CONGO REPUBLIC 1500 Francs 2005 Katanga Cross Br.X46 Unc. $9.50
Item GQ-PRIM EQUATORIAL GUINEA 1500 Francs 2005 Cowries Br.X124 Unc. $9.50
Item GA-PRIM GABON 1500 Francs 2005 Throwing knife Money Br.X16 Unc. $9.50
Item AFRICA-PRIM SET OF ABOVE 6 AFRICAN COINS PICTURING PRIMITIVE MONEY Unc. $59.00

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