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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.



NEWSILK BANKNOTE OF BIELEFELD, GERMANY

Bielefeld silk 25 Mark note 1921
One of the most unusual pieces of notgeld issued in Germany following World War I is the silk money of Bielefeld. The Stadtsparkasse Bielefeld, which was the city owned Savings Bank of Bielefeld, issued this 25 Mark note to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the founding of the city.  The note, dated July 15, 1921, was made with two pieces of printed silk sewn together. It depicts cripples with crutches entering a pool and emerging healed.  The 25 Mark notes were originally sold for 100 to 150 Marks.  The unusual silk note was wildly popular with collectors throughout the world and prices soared to over 1000 Marks.  The town and bank came out with additional issues to meet collector demand - and fill the town coffers.  The bank, which traces its origins back to 1825, is still owned by the city and still in business today.
Item BIELEFELD-SILK25 BIELEFELD 25 MARK SILK NOTE, 1921 AU-UNC $39.50



NewPORCELAIN COINS FROM SAXONY

Set of Saxony Porcelain coins, 20 Pfennig - 2 Mark, 1921
In 1921 the German state of Saxony issued an unusual series of 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.  This set of four red porcelain coins of Saxony includes a 2 Mark depicting an eagle, 1 Mark featuring a sailing ship, 50 Pfennig with wind grapes and a shovel and 20 Pfennig with grains and a sickle.  The denomination is on the reverse of each coin.
Item SAX-SET4 SAXONY SET OF 4 PORCELAIN COINS, 20 PFENNIG - 2 MARK 1921 AU-UNC $32.50
Item SAX-50PF SAXONY PORCELAIN 50 PFENNIG FROM THE ABOVE SET AU-UNC $7.50




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-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



BEER BOTTLECAP SHAPED COIN CELEBRATES GERMAN BEER PURITY LAW

German Beer Purity Law coin from PalauThis unusual multi-colored silver bottlecap shaped coin was issued by Palau to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Bavarian Beer Purity Law or Reinheitsgebot.  The original law limited the ingredients of beer to just barley, hops and water and set the prices that could be charged for beer.  The law has changed over the years, but still dictates the ingredients used in German beers today.   The 1 Dollar coin features a colored image of a pair of beer steins against the Bavarian flag on one side.  The other side has the arms of Palau.  The coin comes in a custom metal box with a Certificate of Authenticity printed on a beer coaster.  The 2016 dated coin is struck in .999 fine silver, weighs approximately 2.5 grams and is approximately 32mm in diameter.  It has a mintage of only 2500 pieces.  This unusually shaped coin  is sure to be popular with coin collectors and beer drinkers throughout the world.
Item PW-BEER PALAU 1 DOLLAR 2016 BEER PURITY LAW, PROOFLIKE $75.00



2016 HIGH RELIEF SILVER CANNABIS COIN FROM BENIN 

Benin 1000 Francs 2016 Cannabis Sativa, concave high relief 31.1 grams .999 fine silverA bright, green Cannabis Sativa leaf is featured on this 2016 1 troy ounce, .999 fine silver  1000 Francs coin from Benin.   The high relief concave Proof coin is partially colored.  With a mintage of only 999 pieces it is expected to sell out quickly.  Cannabis Sativa is commonly known as marijuana, Mary Jane, pot, grass, weed and many other names as well.   Cannabis has long been used for making fiber, rope, oil, paper and medicines. It is now most widely used as a recreational drug.  The attractive coin is 38.61mm in diameter and comes in a capsule with a certificate and box.  The obverse features the arms of Benin.   It is a highly recommended high relief coin. 
Item BJ-MJ16 BENIN 1000 FRANCS 2016 CONCAVE HIGH RELIEF SILVER CANNABIS COIN, PROOF $99.00


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



NEW2010 CANNABIS COINS FROM BENIN

Benin 100 Francs 2011 Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana) coinThe West African nation of Benin issued this 2010 100 Francs coin coins featuring Cannabis Sativa, commonly known as marijuana, pot, grass, weed and many other names as well.   Though long used for making fiber, rope, oil, paper and medicines, Cannabis Sativa is now most famous for use as a recreational drug.  The 38.61mm gold plated copper-nickel coin depicts a green marijuana leaf on the reverse and the arms of Benin and the denomination on the obverse.  The coin has a mintage of 2500 pieces and comes in a protective capsule.
Item BJ-MJ10 BENIN 100 FRANCS 2010 CANNABIS, ROUND COIN, PROOF $49.75



PALAU "SECRETS OF THE SEA" PEARL COIN Price Reduced

Palau 2013 silver proof 5 dollar coin with embedded pearlA real freshwater pearl is mounted in this sterling silver Proof coin. The Palau 2013 "Secrets of the Sea" 5 Dollar coin displays the pearl attractively mounted on a multi-color image of an oyster shell.  The obverse features the arms of Palau. The 38.6 mm coin weighs 25 grams and has a mintage of just 2500 pieces.
Item PW-PEARL13 PALAU 5 DOLLARS 2013 WITH PEARL, PROOF $85.00



NEWBALEARIC ISLANDS CELEBRATES 50th BIRTHDAY OF KING PHILLIP VI

Balearic Islands 2000 Pesetas 2018, 50th birthday of King Phillip VIThe Balearic Islands (Illes Balears) are a group of islands in the western Mediterranean which includes Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera.  They are an autonomous province of Spain.  According to legend, in prehistoric times they had no gold or silver coin, and forbade the importation of the precious metals, so that those who served as mercenaries took their pay in wine and women instead of money.  This unofficial 2018 2000 Pesetas coin of the Balearic Islands was issues to mark the 50th birthday of Spanish King Phillip VI.  A stylized portrait of Phillip and king's coat of arms is on the obverse. The obverse depicts the Balearic Islands coat of arms and a five towered castle. representing the Royal Palace of La Almudaina in Mallorca , which appears on the islands flag.  The six-sided 38mm silver-plated coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces and is Proof.
Item BALEARIC BALEARIC ISLANDS 1000 PESETAS 2018 PROOF $19.95



NEWODD SHAPED TORRES STRAIT ISLANDS COIN

Torres Strait Islands 100 Kina 2019The Torres Strait islands are a group of over 270 small islands between Papua New Guinea and Australia's York Peninsula.  Most of the islands are controlled by Australia, with those close to the mainland of New Guinea controlled by Papua New Guinea. The Torres Strait was a land bridge that connected Australia with New Guinea until it was submerged at the end of the last ice-age about 12,000 years ago.  Continued rising of sea levels caused by global warming threatens many of the islands. Recently a group if islanders lodged a complaint against Australia at the United Nations claiming the Australian government's actions to prevent climate change represents an abuse of their human rights. There is an active independence movement for the islands.  This unusual curved shaped 2019 100 Kina coin is an unofficial issue for the Torres Strait Islands. The obverse depicts an Imperial Pigeon and the islands emblem.  A sailing ship is on the reverse.  The 49mm silver-plated coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces and is Proof.
Item TORRES TORRES STRAIT ISLANDS 100 KINA 2019 PROOF $19.95



NEWCHAFARINAS ISLANDS COIN FEATURES SPANISH GALLEONS

Chafarinas Islands 1000 Pesetas 2019The Chafarinas Islands are a group of three small islands; Isla Isabel II, Isla del Congreso, and Isla del Rey, located about 2 miles (3km) off the coast of Morocco.  They were unclaimed and uninhabited in 1848 when France decided to send troops to occupy the islands.  Spain found out about the plan and sent their troops to the island.  The Spanish force arrived first and the islands have been under Spanish control ever since, though Morocco also claims the islands. The total area of the three islands is only about .2 square miles (.525 sq.km.).  Isla de Congreso was inhabited in Neolithic times around the 5th millenium BC. In the early 1900's the islands had a population of almost 1000.  Today only Isla Isabel II is inhabited, with a population of about 50 troops and scientists.    This unofficial eight-sided 40mm 1000 Peseta silver-plated Proof coin of the Chafarinas Islands is dated 2019.  The obverse of the coin features the coat-of-arms of the islands which features Queen Isabella II, a sailing ship and a lighthouse, representing the thee islands in the group.  The reverse includes two galleons and Spanish coat-of-arms.  The coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item CHAFARINAS CHAFARINAS ISLANDS 1000 PESETAS 2019 PROOF $19.95



NEWPEREJIL ISLAND COIN DEPICTS EAGLE AND MAP

Perejil Island 500 Pesetas 2019Perejil Island is a tiny (480 x 480m, 1575 x 1575 feet) rocky island located 800 feet (250m.) off the coast of Morocco. The inhabited island is claimed by both Spain and Morocco.  Moroccan shepherds use the island to graze goats.  In July 2002 Morocco sent Naval Cadets to the island to set up a permanent base.  Spain responded a week later by invading the island with a group of Special Forces, supported by the Spanish Navy and Air Force.  They quickly captured the island without resistance and the Cadets were sent back to Morocco. This unofficial Perejil Island 500 Pesos is dated 2019.  The 39mm six-sided silver-plated Proof coin features Spanish King Felipe VI and the Spanish arms on the obverse.  The reverse depicts an eagle and a map of the island.  The coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item PEREJIL PEREJIL ISLAND 500 PESETAS 2019 PROOF $19.95




NEW2019 ALAND 5 EUROS COIN

Aland 5 Euros 2019 coinAland is a group of islands belonging to Finland located in the Baltic Sea between Finland and Sweden.  Most of the residents speak Swedish.  Following World War I the residents voted to join Sweden, but in 1921 the League of Nations decided that Aland should be an autonomous, demilitarized region under Finnish sovereignty.  This unofficial 2019 square 5 Euro coin of Aland was issued to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Aland's first postage stamps.  One side of the coin depicts a postal boat as it appeared on some of the islands' stamps which were issued in 1984.  The other side includes the coat-of-arms of Aland.  The 30mm silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces. .   We also have available Aland postage stamps which depict the boat.  Stamps are in mint condition, denomination is our choice, orders for multiple stamps will receive multiple denominations. 
Item ALAND ALAND 5 EUROS 2019 PROOF $19.95



NEWODD SHAPED RODRIGUES COIN

Rodrigues 5 Rupees 2018 Proof coinRodrigues is an autonomous outer island of the Republic of Mauritius. It lies about 375 miles (600 km.) east of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.  It is about 11 miles (18 km.) long and 5 miles (8 km.) at its widest. It has a population of less than 50,000.  The island was uninhabited but periodically visited by Arab traders and Portuguese exploders.  It was named after Portuguese explorer Diogo Rodrigues in February 1528.  During the 18th Century the French made several attempts to settle the island.  They imported African slaves who are ancestors of the present population. In 1809 the British occupied the island and in 1834 abolished slavery.  Rodrigues was joined with Mauritius in 1968 when they obtained independence from Great Britain.  This unofficial, odd-shaped 2018 5 Rupees coin commemorates the 50th anniversary of independence from Britain and joining with Mauritius.  One side features the coat-of-arms of the Outer Islands of Mauritius and the dates "1968",  "2018".  The other side features a boat sailing near the island and the logo of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  The silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces.
Item RODRIGUES RODRIGUES 5 RUPEES 2018 PROOF $22.00





NEWTRIANGULAR COIN FROM THE DISPUTED TERRITORY OF HALA’IB

Hala'ib 10 Pounds 2018 triangular coinHala’ib is a disputed territory on the Red Sea.  It is claimed by both Sudan and Egypt, though is controlled by Egypt.  This unofficial triangular 2018 dated 10 Pound coin was recently issued for the “Independent Territory of Hala’ib”.  Though independence might solve the dispute, it is highly unlikely that Egypt or Sudan would allow it to happen.  One side features the eagle emblem of Independent Halab.  The other side pictures a Dorcus Gazelle (also known as Ariel Gazelle), which is native to the region.  The silver-plated Proof coin has a mintage of only 150 pieces
Item HALAIB HALA’IB 10 POUNDS 2018 PROOF $19.75


RARE SHRIMP ON COPPER-NICKEL & PINK TITANIUM ASCENSION COINS

Ascension 1 Crown 2018, shrimp, pink titanium coinAscension 1 Crown 2018, shrimp, copper-nickel coin
Ascension Island depicted Procaris ascensionis, a rare species of shrimp, on their 2018 copper-nickel and pink titanium 1 Crown coins.  The shrimp are endemic only to two rock pools on Ascension, the largest is only about 15 feet (4.5m) wide and 18 inches (45cm) deep.  Both versions of the coin have the same design featuring a pool of the shrimp on the reverse and Queen Elizabeth on the obverse. The pink titanium version is 36.1mm in diameter, comes in a box with a Certificate of Authenticity and has a mintage of 7500 pieces.  The copper-nickel (CN) version is 38.6mm and has a mintage of 10,000 pieces.
Item ASC-TIT-SHRIMP ASCENSION 1 CROWN 2018 SHRIMP PINK TITANIUM BU $55.00
Item ASC-CN-SHRIMP ASCENSION 1 CROWN 2018 SHRIMP COPPER-NICKEL 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 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



UNITED STATES CAPITOL SHAPED COIN FROM THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

U.s. Capitol Dome shaped building of the British Virgin IslandsThe British Virgin Islands issued this unusual 2017 dated 1 Dollar coin shaped like the dome of the United States Capitol building. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.  The nickel-silver coin measures 55mm x 41mm and has a mintage of just 5,000 pieces.  It comes in a red, white and blue faux leather pouch.  A competition was held in the spring of 1792 with a prize of $500 to see which architect could propose the best design for the Capitol building. A late entry from amateur architect William Thornton was the source of the iconic shape that we see today. Thornton, born in the British Virgin Islands, was well travelled and gained inspiration for the frontage of the building from east front of the Louvre and the Paris Pantheon.  The first cornerstone of the Capitol was laid by George Washington in 1793 and construction of the 16 acre building continued until 1800. The Capitol was partially burned by the British during the War of 1812 and subsequently rebuilt.   The dome we see today was built in the 1850's and is three times as tall as the original.  The dome is cast iron, carefully painted to match the stone of the main capitol building. 
Item BVI-CAPITOL BRITISH VIRGIN IS. 1 DOLLAR 2017 U.S. CAPITOL DOME SHAPED COIN, BU $24.00



SEA LIFE ON SOUTH GEORGIA & SO. SANDWICH ISLANDS 2017 TITANIUM AND COPPER-NICKEL COINS

South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Elephant Seal - Green TitaniumSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Elephant Seal - copper-nickelSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Blue whale - Blue TitaniumSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Blue whalel - copper-nickelSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Colossal squid - Blue TtaniumSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 2 Pounds 2017 Colossal squid - copper-nickelSouth Georgia & South Sandwich Islands coins feature Queen Elizabeth on the obverse
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands released attractive 2017 dated 2 Pound coins featuring native sea life.  One coin features a male and female Elephant Seal sitting on a beach. The seal gets its name from its great size and the large inflatable proboscis of the adult males, which is used to make extraordinarily loud roaring noises, especially during the mating season.  The coin was struck green titanium and copper nickel.  Another coin features a Blue Whale mother and her calf.  Blue whales are the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth. These magnificent marine mammals rule the oceans at up to 100 feet long and upwards of 200 tons. Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant. Their hearts can be as large as an automobile.  A third issue features a Colossal Squid.  The squid is known from only a few specimens.  It is believed to reach a maximum size of over 40 feet (12 meters) and weigh as much as 1,650 pounds (750kg.).  .  The copper-nickel versions of the coins have a mintage of 10,000 pieces and are 38.6mm in diameter.  The titanium has a mintage of 7,500 pieces, is 36.1mm in diameter, weighs 10 grams, and come in a box with a Certificate of Authenticity.  All the coins portray Queen Elizabeth on the obverse and are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item SGI-TIT-SEAL17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 GREEN TITANIUM ELEPHANT SEAL BU $59.00
Item SGI-CN-SEAL17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 COPPER-NICKEL ELEPHANT SEAL BU $14.00
Item SGI-TIT-BWHALE17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 BLUE TITANIUM BLUE WHALE BU $59.00
Item SGI-CN-BWHALE17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 COPPER-NICKEL BLUE WHALE BU out
Item SGI-TIT-SQUID17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 BLUE TITANIUM COLOSSAL SQUID BU $59.00
Item SGI-CN-SQUID17 SO.GEORGIA & SO.SANDWICH IS. 2 POUNDS 2017 COPPER-NICKEL COLOSSAL SQUID BU OUT



SHARKS ON 2016 TITANIUM COINS OF BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

British Virgin Islands 5 Dollars 2016 Lemon Shark yellow titanium coin       British Virgin Islands 5 Dollars 2016 Great White Shark turquoise titanium coin   
The British Virgin Islands released 2016 coins depicting two different sharks: the Lemon Shark and the Great White Shark. The Lemon Shark is a stocky and powerful animal often found in shallow subtropical waters.  The shark’s yellow coloring serves as a perfect camouflage when swimming over the sandy sea floor of its coastal habitat.  The Great White Shark is a species of large shark which can be found in the coastal waters of all the major oceans.  The lifespan of great white sharks is estimated to be as long as 70 years or more making it one of the longest lived fish currently known.  It has no natural predators other than the Orca.  The coin shows an underwater scene looking up at the Great White Shark.  Both designs were struck in colored titanium. The titanium coins are denominated as 5 Dollars, are 36.1mm in diameter, but weigh only 10 grams (about a third of an ounce).  They have a mintage of only 5000 pieces each and come in a capsule and presentation box with a Certificate of Authenticity.  The Lemon Shark coin is struck in yellow titanium.  The Great White Shark is struck in Turquoise Titanium. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. 
Item BVI-TI-LEM16 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS LEMON SHARK 2016 YELLOW TITANIUM BU $65.00
Item BVI-TI-WHITE16 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS GREAT WHITE SHARK 2016 TURQUOISE TITANIUM BU $65.00


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 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


FIJI CELEBRATES THE GREAT CITIES OF THE WORLD

Fiji $1 2015 Great Cities of the World coin set
Fiji recently released a series of six gold-plated, rectangular, multi-colored coins featuring “Great Cities of the World”.  Each coin features an iconic picture of the city on the obverse and the Fiji coat-of-arms on the reverse.  The 2015 dated coins are denominated 1 Dollar.  Included are Berlin, London, Moscow, New York, Sydney and Tokyo (somehow Grover Beach was not included). The obverses depict the coat-of-arms of Fiji and the date. The coins are 45mm x 26mm and are Brilliant Uncirculated.  We also have selected cities avaiable individually.
Item FJ-CITY FIJI SET OF SIX 1 DOLLAR GREAT CITIES COINS,2015 BU $75.00
Item FJ-BERLIN FIJI 1 DOLLAR BERLIN, FROM THE ABOVE SET COINS, BU $15.00
Item FJ-MOSCOW FIJI 1 DOLLAR MOSCOW, FROM THE ABOVE SET COINS, BU $15.00
Item FJ-SYDNEY FIJI 1 DOLLAR SYDNEY, FROM THE ABOVE SET COINS, BU $15.00
Item FJ-TOKYO FIJI 1 DOLLAR TOKYO, FROM THE ABOVE SET COINS, BU $15.00


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