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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 COINS OF BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS Restocked Price Reduced

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 $55.00



NEWODD 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



PORCELAIN 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




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



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 $15.00




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



RECTANGULAR GOLD COIN FROM THE MEIJI RESTORATION OF JAPAN  

Japan gold 1 BuThis rectangular gold 2 Bu (Ni Bu) was minted in Japan from 1867 to 1869. It was one of the first coins of the Meiji Restoration. The Meiji Restoration overthew the highly traditional and once powerful Shogun warlords and restored the Emperor as the center of the Japanese government.  The Meiji restoration was also a modernization movement, that opened Japan to western ideas. A few years after this coin was introduced, Japan adopted western style round coins, so these coins were soon withdrawn from circulation and many were melted.    The coin weighs approximately 3 grams and is struck in .223 fine gold.   It is an interesting and historic gold coin that represents the end of Japan's traditional ways under the Shoguns and the introduction of new ways under the Meiji Restoration.
Item JP-C21 JAPAN GOLD 2 BU, (1867-1869)  C21d VF $99.75

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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