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UNUSUAL COINS & NOTES

What strange coins will they come up with next?
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 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




NEWGERMAN 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



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



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



NewODD SHAPED COIN FROM JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLANDS

Juan Fernandez Islands 5000 Pesos 2022The Juan Fernandez islands are three volcanic islands located in the South Pacific some 416 miles (670km) off the coast of Chile.  They were discovered in 1574 by Spanish sailor Juan Fernandez.  An attempt by the Spanish to populate the islands with 600 Indians, who were given goats and chickens, ended in failure.  After that the islands were occasionally inhabited by pirates or sealers.  The islands most famous inhabitant was Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk who lived alone on the main island from 1704 to 1709 after quarreling with the captain of his ship.  Writer Daniel Defoe used his story as the basis for his novel Robinson Crusoe.  In 1970 Chile renamed the main island Robinson Crusoe Island in an effort to promote tourism.  Fighters for Chile’s independence lived in caves on the islands during the early 19th century.  A penal colony existed on the main island in the 1830’s, until the prisoners rose up, killed their guards and fled to the mainland where they were later hunted down and shot.  Today the islands are a UNESCO biosphere reserve.  They have a population of about 926 that depend on tourism and fishing for a living.   This odd-shaped unofficial Juan Fernandez Islands 5000 Pesos is dated 2022 features the coat of arms and the denomination the obverse.  The reverse depicts Juan Fernandez and his ship.  The 49mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 145 pieces.
Item JUAN JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLANDS 5000 PESOS 2022 PROOF $19.95



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





RUSSIAN POSTAGE STAMP MONEY

Russia 15 Kopeck Postage Stamp Note (1915) P22Russia faced a severe coin shortage during World War I.   In order to provide for much needed small change, the government created this emergency issue of postage stamp notes.  The postage stamp notes were printed on thin cardboard using the designs of stamps issued in 1913 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty.  The back had the imperial Russian eagle and text indicting that the stamp money should be accepted the same as silver or copper coins.   The brown 15 Kopeck features Czar Nicholas I, who reigned from 1825 to 1855.  It is 24 x 13mm.   Just two years after the czarist postage stamp notes were issued the Romanov dynasty was deposed the last Czar and his family murdered. 
Item RU-15K-STMP RUSSIA 15 KOPECK POSTAGE STAMP NOTE, (1915) P22 AU-UNC. $5.00


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



NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEVADA & UTAH GOLDBACK NOTES

1 Goldback Aurum gold notes for New Hampshire, Nevada and Utah
Goldback 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. Goldback Aurum notes have been issued for Utah, Nevada and New Hampshire, states that allow certain forms of gold as legal tender. 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.
NEW 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
Item GOLDBACK3 ALL 3 OF THE ABOVE GOLDBACK NOTES UNC. $20.00



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


NewSAILING SHIP ON WATER ISLAND COIN

Water Island 1 Daler coin 2021Water Island is just south of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  When the rest of the U.S. Virgin Islands were acquired by the United States from Denmark, Water Island was excluded.  The United States purchased Water Island from Denmark in 1944.  From 1944 to 1950 it was controlled by the Department of Defense which used it to test chemical warfare agents.  In 1996 it was formally transferred to the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The 491.5 acre (1.989 sq.km.) island has a population of less than 200.  This unofficial 2021 coin of Water Island commemorates the 25th anniversary of transferring Water Island to the Virgin Islands. The coin depicts a sailing ship on one side and the coat of arms on the other.  The 40mm silver-plated Proof coin is denominated 1 West Indian Daler and has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item WATER WATER ISLAND 1 DALER 2021 PROOF $22.00



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