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NEWPLUNDERFISH ON GLOWING TITANIUM COIN OF BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY

British Antarctic Territory 2 Pounds 2021 Titanium plunderfishBritish Antarctic Territory 2 Pounds 2021 copper-nickel plunderfish
Glowing titanium and copper-nickel coins depicting the Antarctic Barbeled Plunderfish (Artedidraco skottsberg) were issued for the British Antarctic Territory in 2021.  The fish is found in the freezing waters off Antarctica.  It produces antifreeze glycoproteins that allows it to occupy these freezing habitats.  Its scales have Ultra Violet (UV) properties which means that it glows brightly under UV light. This unusual effect is reproduced on the titanium version of the coin - the scales of the Plunderfish glow in under UV light.   The 38.6mm dark blue titanium coin weighs just 10 grams and has a mintage of only 5000 pieces.  It comes is housed in a stunning red box with a Certificate of Authenticity.  The same design, without the glow in the dark feature, is used on a 38.6mm copper-nickel coin. The copper-nickel version has a mintage of 10,000 pieces.  The coins are both denominated 2 Pounds and have Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.
Item BAT-TIT-PLUNDER21 BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2021 TITANIUM PLUNDERFISH BU $55.00
Item BAT-CN-PLUNDER21 BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2021 COPPER-NICKEL PLUNDERFISH  BU  $14.00




NEWBI-COLOR 2021 TITANIUM AND COPPER NICKEL COINS FEATURE PARROTFISH

British Indian Ocean Territory 2 Pounds 2021 bi-color ParrotfishBritish Indian Ocean Territory 2 Pounds 2021 copper-nickel parrotfish
British Indian Ocean Territory recently released 2021 bi-color titanium and copper nickel 2 Pound coins featuring three Parrotfish swimming among coral.   The titanium coin features yellow-green parrot-fish against a sea-blue background.   The coin is not painted but is anodized using a special process so that the color is an integral part of the metal of the coin.  It weighs only 10 grams and has a mintage of only 5000 pieces.  The coin comes is housed in a stunning red box with a Certificate of Authenticity.   The same design, but without color is used on a 38.6mm copper-nickel coin. The copper-nickel version has a mintage of 10,000 pieces.  Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of both coins.
Item BIOT-TIT-PFISH21 BR. INDIAN OCEAN TERR. TITANIUM 2 POUNDS 2021 PARROTFISH BU $55.00
Item BIOT-CN-PFISH21 BR. INDIAN OCEAN TERR. COPPER-NICKEL 2 POUNDS 2021 PARROTFISH BU $14.00



NEWBRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 2021 BI-COLOR TITANIUM & COPPER-NICKEL TITANIUM COINS

British Virgin Islands 5 Dollars 2021 bi-color titanium FlamingosBritish Virgin Islands 1 Dollar 2021 copper-nickel Flamingos
Two adult Caribbean Flamingos in front of a waterfall are featured on these 2021 coins of the British Virgin Islands.  The 36.1mm titanium 5 Dollar coin features pink flamingos against a green background.  The colors are not painted, but are annodized, so that they are an integral part of the metal of the coin.  Because the Titanium reacts differently with every strike, each flamingo coin is technically different from all others. The Titanium coin is shipped encapsulated in an acrylic capsule for protection and housed in a stunning red box with a Certificate of Authenticity. It has a mintage of only 5000 pieces.  The copper-nickel 1 Dollar coin is 38.6mm.   Both coins portray Queen Elizabeth on the obverse.
Item BVI-TIT-FLAMINGO21 BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 5 DOLLARS 2021 TITANIUM FLAMINGO BU $55.00
Item BVI-CN-FLAMINGO21 BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 1 DOLLAR 2021 COPPER-NICKEL FLAMINGO BU $14.00

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NEWWORLD'S FIRST LEGAL TENDER COIN MADE OF WEDGEWOOD JASPERWARE

Tristan da Cunha 5 Pounds 2018 Wedgewood Jasperware coinWilliam Wyon's Three Graces is featured on this amazing coin made of Wedgewood Jasperware.   The design was created in 1817 for use on a new Great Britain silver 1 Crown, but was never used.  The Three Graces represent Ireland, England and Scotland as indicated by the harp, St. George shield and thistle at their feet.  Jasperware refers to the distinctive blue and white wares that have been produced by Wedgewood for over two centuries.  Both the blue coin blank and the white Three Graces cameo are each handmade in a highly skilled, time-consuming process before being joined together to create this distinctive coin.  The coin is part of a special edition of 449 pieces, out of the 3000 minted, that feature the denomination and Greek key border in white enamel.  The other coins lack these distinctive features. The Joel Iskovitz portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The coin was issued for British Overseas Territory of Tristan da Cunha.  It is denominated 5 Pounds and is dated 2018.  The impressive, large, 65mm coin is presented in an official Wedgwood luxury display box that comes with an individually numbered, multi-page, Certificate of Authenticity describing the history of Wedgewood, Jasperware and details about the coin itself. 
Item TDC-WEDGEWOOD TRISTAN DA CUNHA 5 POUNDS 2018 WEDGEWOOD JASPERWARE COIN UNC. $295.00



2020 GOLDBACK NOTES - PRINTED ON 24 KARAT GOLD 

Nevada Goldback notes: 1, 5 & 10 Goldbacks printed on 25 karat gold foil Utah Goldback notes: 1, 5 & 10 Goldbacks printed on 25 karat gold foil
These beautiful Goldback Aurum notes are printed on 24 karat gold!   Each wafer-thin note is coated with a protective plastic coating so it can be circulated, without the gold tearing. They are issued in increments of 1/1000 troy ounce of gold in order to allow for small purchases. The notes are printed on one side only with intricate multi-color allegorical 19th century style designs.  The 1 Goldback contains 1/1000 troy ounce of gold and measures 66x117mm.  5 Goldbacks contains 1/200 troy ounce of gold and is 66x130mm.  10 Goldbacks contains 1/100 troy ounce of gold and is 66x143mm. The 25 Goldbacks contain 1/40 troy ounce of gold.  The privately issued gold notes are intended as a voluntary local currency.  Separate issues were made in 2020 for Nevada and Utah. Each note has its own unique design.   The Nevada notes feature Caritas (charity) on the 1 Goldback, Sophia (wisdom) on the 5 Goldback, and Justia (Justice) on 10 Goldback.  The Utah notes feature Prudentia (prudence) on the 1 Goldback, Veritas (truth) on the 5 Goldback, Justia (justice) on the 10 Goldback and  Victoria (victory) depicted as an early Women’s Suffragette 25 Goldbacks..  They are an attractive and unusual form of currency.

Item NV-GOLD1 ONE 1 NEVADA GOLDBACK NOTE, 2020 (1/1000 troy ounce gold) UNC. $7.00
Item NV-GOLD5 ONE 5 NEVADA GOLDBACKS NOTE, 2020 (1/200 troy ounce gold) UNC. $22.00
Item NV-GOLD10 ONE 10 NEVADA GOLDBACKS NOTE, 2020 (1/100 troy ounce gold) UNC. out

Item UT-GOLD1 ONE 1 UTAH GOLDBACK NOTE, 2020 (1/1000 troy ounce gold) UNC. $8.00
Item UT-GOLD5 ONE 5 UTAH GOLDBACKS NOTE, 2020 (1/200 troy ounce gold) UNC. out
Item UT-GOLD10 ONE 10 UTAH GOLDBACKS NOTE, 2020 (1/100 troy ounce gold) UNC. $45.00


ODD SHAPED COINS OF BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS  

British Virgin Islands 1 Dollar coin 2014 shaped like the Eiffel Tower KM449British Virgin Islands 1 Dollar coin 2016 shaped like Big Ben clock towerU.s. Capitol Dome shaped building of the British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands issued three unusual 1 Dollar coins in the shape of national icons. The Eiffel Tower, the Big Ben clock tower and the United States Capitol Dome.  Queen Elizabeth and the date is on the obverse, the denomination and an image of the monument is on the reverse.  The coins are struck in "nickel-silver".  The 2014 issue depicting the Eiffel tower was issued in conjunction with the towers 125th anniversary.  Like the tower, the coin is very tall: It is 80.6 x 37.4mm   The Big Ben coin was issued in 2016 in honor of the Queen's 90th Birthday.  The time on the clock face, 2:40AM is the time when the Queen was born.  The coin measures 85mm by 19.5mm and has a maximum mintage of 5000 pieces.  The dome of the United States Capitol building was depicted on the 2017 issue.  It is 55 x 41mm and has a maximum mintage of 5000.   All the coins are Brilliant Uncirculated and come in a custom designed pouch.
Item BVI-EIFFEL BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 1 DOLLAR 2014 EIFFEL TOWER KM449 BU $19.95
Item BVI-BEN BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 1 DOLLAR 2016 BIG BEN CLOCK TOWER BU $19.95
Item BVI-CAPITOL BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 1 DOLLAR 2017 U.S. CAPITOL DOME BU $19.95
Item BVI-ODDSET SET OF ABOVE 3 BRITISH VIRGIN IS. ODD SHAPED 1 DOLLAR COINS BU $56.00



ODD SHAPED COIN OF CHRISTMAS ISLAND FEATURES TROPICBIRD

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




MAJOR BRITISH WRONG PLANCHET ERRORS

Great Britain 2 Pence struck on 1 Pence blankThese British 2 Pence coins were struck on 1 Pence blanks! The coins are copper-plated steel and weigh 3.56 grams, which corresponds to the 1 Pence. The coins are slightly out of round and the edges are a bit irregular as is expected on a wrong planchet error. Most likely the 1 Pence blanks got stuck in some minting equipment or bins and did not shake loose until after production had been changed to 2 Pence.  The coins appear to have been struck between 1992 and about 2001.  As might be expected, each piece is different depending exactly how the dies hit the undersized planchet.   Most pieces have the date struck off the planchet.
Item GB-ERROR-ND GREAT BRITAIN 2 PENCE ON 1 PENCE, NO DATE AU $50.00
Item GB-ERROR-DATE GREAT BRITAIN 2 PENCE ON 1 PENCE, WITH DATE AU $75.00


TRANSNISTRIA ISSUES FIRST CIRCULATING PLASTIC COINS  

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


CANNABIS LEAF SHAPED COIN FROM BENIN

Benin 100 Francs 2011 Marijuana leaf coinIn 2011 the West African nation of Benin issued this attractive colored legal tender coin shaped like marijuana leaf!  Cannabis Sativa, commonly known as marijuana, pot, grass, weed and many other names as well has long used for making fiber, rope, oil, paper and medicines.  It is now most famous for its use as a recreational drug.   The 44mm silver-plated copper-nickel coin looks like a green cannabis leaf on one side and has the arms of Benin and the denomination on the other.  It will will supposedly smell like cannabis when rubbed.  I have not tested that claim and do not recommend it if you wish to keep your coin pristine. The coins are denominated as 100 Francs CFA and is Proof.   It has a limited mintage of just 2,500 pieces and comes in a capsule with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.  I expect this unusual coin will be popular with collectors and potheads throughout the world, that is of course, if they remember to order it.  
Item BJ-MJ11 BENIN 100 FRANCS 2011 CANNABIS SHAPED COIN, PROOF $75.00


UNUSUAL MULTI-COLOR COINS FROM CORAL SEA REEFS

Bougainville Reef 10 Dollars 2017 Laced Moray EelCoringa Islets 10 Dollars 2017 Longnose butterflyfishFlora Reef 10 Dollars 2017 Blue-girdled angelfishShark Reef 10 Dollars 2017 NautilusCommon obverse for Coral Sea Reef coins
Bougainville Reef and Flora Reef are Australian territories in the Coral Sea.  They are popular with divers and recreational fishermen.  Bougainville Reef is the home of an unmanned lighthouse and weather station.  Flora Reef is a 4.6 sq. mile (12 sq.km.) submerged atoll.  Unofficial 10 Dollar coins were issued for these uninhabited locations dated 2017.  Both are multi-color quarter circle wedge shaped coins.  A laced moray eel (Gymnothorax favagineus) in depicted on the Bougainville coin.  The Flora Reef coin features a blue-girdled angelfish (Pomacanthus navarchus).  The obverses of the coins depicts Queen Elizabeth  The odd-shaped silver-plated Proof coins are 46mm x 34mm and has a mintage of only 200 pieces each.
Item BOUGAINVILLE BOUGAINVILLE REEF 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $25.00
Item CORINGA CORINGA ISLETS 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $25.00
Item FLORA FLORA REEF 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $25.00
Item SHARK SHARK REEF 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $25.00



RECTANGULAR SILVER COIN OF THE SHOGUNS OF JAPAN 

Japan silver 1 Bu 1837-1868These unusual rectangular silver 1 Bu (Ichibu Gin) coins was one of the last coins issued by the famous and once powerful Shoguns of Japan. The Shoguns were the military rulers of Japan, who for hundreds of years controlled the island nation.  They were finally forced from power in 1867 due to the pressures of modernization brought about by the United States.  Their militaristic influence continued however, leading to World War II.  This silver 1 Bu was minted from 1837 until 1868. It is approximately 24mm x 16mm and includes an official countermark on the reverse.  It is one of the few rectangular coins ever used by any nation in general circulation.
Item JP-C16 JAPAN SILVER 1 BU (1837-68) VF-XF $49.75



UNUSUAL FIBER COINS FROM WWII JAPANESE OCCUPATION OF CHINA  

Manchukuo 1 Fen 1945 Y13a "red fiber"Manchukuo 5 Fen 1944-1945 Red Fiber YA13a
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 relitively 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-1F MANCHUKUO 1 FEN 1945 Y13a G-VG $6.00
Item MAN-5F MANCHUKUO 5 FEN 1944-45 YA13a G-VG $7.50


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