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UNUSUAL COINS & NOTES

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Odd shapes, odd sizes, unusual metals, embedded objects, design errors and other unusual stuff.


ODD SHAPED COIN OF BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS  

U.s. Capitol Dome shaped building of the British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands issued this unusual 1 Dollar coins in the shape the dome of the United States Capitol building in 2017. The struck in an alloy called "nickel-silver" that does not contain any silver.   It is 55 x 41mm, has a maximum mintage of 5000 and comes in a custom designed red, white and blue pouch.
Item BVI-CAPITOL BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 1 DOLLAR 2017 U.S. CAPITOL DOME BU $19.95



BI-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



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


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 angelfishCommon 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.  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 $22.00
Item CORINGA CORINGA ISLETS 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $22.00
Item FLORA FLORA REEF 10 DOLLARS 2017, MULTI-COLOR PROOF $22.00



WHALE ON RECTANGULAR GALAPAGOS $8 COIN

Galapagos rectangular 8 dollar coin picturing a humpback whaleA humpback whale is pictured this rectangular 8 dollar coin from the Galapagos Islands. The coin is the first in a series of coins issued for the isolated islands. The reverse features the arms of the islands. The islands are famous for their wide array of unusual wildlife. The Galapagos is a posession of Ecuador. Since 2000 the United States dollar has been Ecuador's official currency, thus the coin is denominated in U.S. dollars. Like most odd-ball coins, it is not meant to circulate, and it is not a legal tender issue. The attractive and unusual coin is struck in silver-plated brass. It has a mintage of only 3000 pieces.
Item GALP-8U GALAPAGOS EIGHT DOLLARS, 2008 Br.X9 UNC. $19.50
Item GALP-8T GALAPAGOS EIGHT DOLLARS, 2008 Br.X9 Heavily tarnished and spotted $7.00




GERMAN POLYMER RING 5 EURO COINS

Germany 5 Euro 2018 Subtropical Zone coinGermany 5 Euro 2019 Temperate Zone coin
Germany introduced an innovative new coinage technique with their polymer ring 5 Euro coins. The coins have copper-nickel outer ring and center separated by a colored polymer plastic ring.  The polymer ring is supposed to make the coins almost counterfeit proof.  Due to the difficulty and expense of minting these coins, thus far it has only been used on a few high value coins.  Germany introduced the technology on circulating 5 Euro coins featuring the earth's climate zones.   The coins did not circulate widely as most were quickly snapped up by the public and collectors due to their unique construction.   The subtropical climate zone is featured on the 2018 coin.  It depicts herd of goats under the shade of a tree and a barren landscape and has an orange polymer ring.  The 2019 issue features the temperate climate zone and depicts a rabbit sitting on farmland with forest in the background.  I doubt the farmer is happy about a rabbit eating his crops.  It has a green polymer ring. The obverses include the German eagle, date mintmark, denomination and the 12 stars of the European Union
Item DE-5E-18ST GERMANY 5 EURO 2018-G SUBTROPICAL ZONE UNC. $12.50
Item DE-5E-19TM GERMANY 5 EURO 2018-F TEMPERATE ZONE UNC. $12.50



NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEVADA, UTAH & WYOMING GOLDBACK NOTES

1 Goldback Aurum gold notes for New Hampshire, Nevada and UtahWyoming 1 Goldback gold note
Goldback Aurum notes are a voluntary local currency made of 24 karat gold! Each wafer-thin note is coated with a protective plastic coating so it can be circulated without the gold tearing. They are issued in increments of 1/1000 troy ounce of gold in order to allow for small purchases. The 1 Goldback contains 1/1000 troy ounce of gold and measures 66x117mm.  The notes are printed on one side only, with intricate multi-color allegorical 19th century style designs.   The notes of each state have unique designs. The New Hampishire 1 Goldback portrays Gratia (Grace) depicted as native Abenaki woman.  The Nevada 1 Goldback features Caritas (charity).  The Utah 1 Goldback features Prudentia (prudence) with elements of the Indian tribes of that state.  The Wyoming 1 Goldback note includes Castle Rock near Green River, a bison, bald eagle and an Indian maiden labeled "Reverentia".
Item NH-GOLD1  NEW HAMPSHSIRE 1 GOLDBACK NOTE (1/1000 troy ounce gold) UNC. $7.50
Item NV-GOLD1 NEVADA 1 GOLDBACK NOTE (1/1000 troy ounce gold) UNC. $7.50
Item UT-GOLD1 UTAH 1 GOLDBACK NOTE, 2020 (1/1000 troy ounce gold) UNC. $7.50
NEWItem WY-GOLD1 WYOMING 1 GOLDBACK NOTE  (1/1000 troy ounce gold) UNC. $7.00
Item GOLDBACK4 ALL 4 OF THE ABOVE GOLDBACK NOTES UNC. $27.00



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 GREAT BRITAIN 2 PENCE ON 1 PENCE AU $50.00




Japan oblong 100 Mon 1835-1870 C7AN UNUSUAL OLD JAPANESE COIN   Restocked

This large oblong bronze 100 Mon coin of Japan, known as the Tempo Tsuho, was struck from 1835 to 1870, a period of transition in Japan from the long ruling Shoguns to the modernization of the Meiji Restoration. The undated coin's unusual shape and large size has made it a perennial favorite with collectors.
Item JP-100M JAPAN 100 MON OVAL COIN 1835-70 C7 VF $18.00



INEXPENSIVE OLD GOLD COIN OF THE SHOGUNS OF JAPAN  Japan gold 2 Shu (1860-69)

The Gold 2 Shu (Nishu) was minted from 1860 until 1869. It was one of the last coins issued by the once powerful Shoguns who ruled Japan until 1867.   The rectangular coin is approximately 11.5mm x 6.5mm and struck in an alloy of 23% gold, 77% silver.  Despite being over 150 years old it is one of the least expensive gold coins available to collectors today.
Item JP-AU2SHU JAPAN GOLD 2 SHU (1860-69)  XF $79.95





NewTRIANGULAR COIN FOR NEUTRAL MORESNET

Moresnet 5 Francs 2022 triangular coinAfter the end of Napoleon’s occupation of the Netherlands in 1816, Prussia and the Netherlands could not agree on the borders around Moresnet due to a valuable zinc spar mine in the territory.  AS a compromise it was made a neutral area, jointly ruled by both nations.  Belgium replaced Netherlands after gaining independence in 1830. The territory was just a mile (1.5km) wide and 3 miles long (5km.).  The mine was the territories major employer. It operated shops, a hospital, bank and residences.  Residents were considered stateless and had no vote, but did have low taxes and low prices due to the lack of import duties.  After World War I Moresnet became part of Belgium.  This unofficial 2022 5 Franc coin of Moresnet depicts the arms of Moresent on the obverse.  The reverse features a representation of freedom.  The 40mm triangular silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 130 pieces.
Item MORESNET MORESNET 5 FRANCS 2022 PROOF $19.95



NewKING TUT ON TRIANGULAR COLOR COIN

Sierra Leone 1 Dollar 2022 triangular coin depicting King Tut's death maskTo celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb Sierra Leone issued this stunning multi-color triangular "GoldClad" 1 Dollar coin.  The coin depicts King Tut’s death mask in color with hieroglyphics in the background.  The obverse features the coat of arms of Sierra Leone surrounded by hieroglyphics.   The triangular shape represents a pyramid.  The large coin is 56.2mm x 40.7mm and comes in a presentation pack that includes a Certificate of Authenticity.  It has a limited mintage of only 2,022 pieces.
Item SL-TUT SIERRA LEONE 1 DOLLAR KING TUT 2022 BU $19.95

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new2BISON SHAPED COIN FROM SOMALIA

Somalia 1 Dollar 2008 bison shaped colored coin Br.X73This unusual 1 Dollar coin from Somalia is shaped like an American Bison.  One side features a multi-color image of a bison standing on the Great Plains.  The other side has the arms of the Federal Republic of Somalia, the denomination and the date.  The 35mm coin is dated 2008.   As might be expected the coins never circulated in Somalia but were made to sell to collectors. 
Item SO-BISON SOMALIA 1 DOLLAR BISON 2008 Br.X73 BU $7.00



TRANSNISTRIA ISSUES WORLD'S 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. $6.00

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