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Because of the shortage of small change in 1811-1812 merchants issued silver tokens with the denominations of Sixpences and Shillings. To be honest these private tokens are not only more interesting than the normal coins that would have been struck. But, they are much scarcer and more difficult to find than the coins. The designs vary and you might well find one from a locality that means something to you, but that I cannot guarantee. It has been sometime since we last had these scarce tokens; when we did offer them, they quickly sold out. These Sterling Silver Shilling tokens are in Very Fine condition and well worth having.
Canada is made up of a number of different countries or provinces. Three of them issued coins on their own and now is your opportunity to own one of them. Canada is a vast country and has been settled by many different and varied nationalities. But three parts of Canada issued their own coins. You have New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island plus Canada. They issued bronze pennies all of which had a portrait of Queen Victoria on them. Here we present the Canadian Large Cent. It is well over 100 years old and not that easy to find.
Edward VII had a very short reign, 1901-1910, because his Mother, Queen Victoria, lived so long. Much of his coinage is difficult to get and in some cases rather expensive. All of his silver coins were struck in Sterling Silver and a crown was only issued in 1902 for his Coronation. So we offer the Sterling Silver Halfcrown, the largest denomination silver coin stuck for regular usage. It has the bare head of the King on one side and a beautiful crowned shield on the other side. Dates will be of our choice, but no rare dates are included. Available here in Fine condition.
In 1902, the year that King Edward VII was crowned, they also struck the smallest denomination ever for this Monarch. It was the bronze Third Farthing and there were 2,880 to the Pound. It was mostly used overseas, but still legal tender and of some use in this country. The 1902 Edward VII Third Farthing was only issued for one year, the total mintage is just 288,000 or £100 face value, it is the smallest denomination issued for this monarch and the lowest denomination issued in the 20th Century. We have had hoards of the George V issue, but this is the first real hoard of the Edward VII issue that we have had. The coins on offer here is in Uncirculated condition and remember they were only issued in 1902 the Coronation year of King Edward VII. Think of all the fun you can have with this one, tell your friends that you have a Third Farthing and they won’t believe you. Show them the coin and they still won’t believe it.
In 1902, the year that King Edward VII was crowned, they also struck the smallest denomination ever for this Monarch. It was the bronze Third Farthing and there were 2,880 to the Pound. It was mostly used overseas, but still legal tender and of some use in this country. The 1902 Edward VII Third Farthing was only issued for one year, the total mintage is just 288,000 or £100 face value, it is the smallest denomination issued for this monarch and the lowest denomination issued in the 20th Century. We have had hoards of the George V issue, but this is the first real hoard of the Edward VII issue that we have had. The coins on offer here is in About Uncirculated condition and remember they were only issued in 1902 the Coronation year of King Edward VII. Think of all the fun you can have with this one, tell your friends that you have a Third Farthing and they won’t believe you. Show them the coin and they still won’t believe it.
‘The Two Dragons' Silver Crownsized £2 coin issued in 2018 by the Royal Mint. Obverse: fifth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II right. Reverse: both the Eastern dragon and the Welsh dragon. Sold in a capsule.
In 1990 the Royal Mint reduced the size of the Five Pence piece, to the size we use today. The 1990 Proof Set is rather Special, as it contains both sizes of the Five Pence, both large and small. The large sized Five Pence was not struck for circulation. In fact this Proof Set contains three coins that were not issued for circulation, the large sized 5p, the 10p and the 50p. So this is a very important set and one that many collectors are missing. You get the £1, 50p (not issued for circulation), 20p, 10p (not issued for circulation), Large sized 5p (not issued for circulation), small sized 5p, 2p and 1p. Offered here is the 1990 Proof Set in the normal blue case.
It is now 65 years since Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II. I have been privileged to visit Tree Tops where they have a plaque commemorating the place that Elizabeth first became Queen. This is the first Queen Elizabeth II Crown, this is the Coronation Crown, and this is the first coin to be issued for our Monarch. It shows the Queen riding on her horse and the design was much more unusual than anything issued before it. Despite being 65 years old and the first coin of our Monarch, the prices are still very reasonable, or at least our prices are. I have seen one of the marketing companies charging £30 for one and they don’t even give you the grade. We are offering these in Uncirculated.
We bought these some time ago, but due to lack of space, we asked the dealer we bought them from to store them for us. He recently asked if we still wanted them? As we had already paid for them, we said yes and now you can own one of these fantastic display pieces at a lot less than is being asked elsewhere. You can take one or more coins or any other collectable, put it in this frame and it will appear to be floating in space. When we first saw it, it blew us away. This is the answer to displaying your coins or other collectables without damaging them. Using it is quite simple: you open the case, position your items where you want them, close the case and there they are – floating in space. If you want to replace the items, all you have to do is open the case, take the items out and replace them with a new coin. These were originally made to sell for £19.95, but the manufacturer never got around to advertising them. We bought them right, as is our plan, if we buy right we sell right. The outer case measures 13 x13 cm and the inner surface measures 10 x10 cm. Once you have seen one you will want to buy some. Remember, they are not just for coins you can display stamps, buttons, curios just about anything that you want.
Massalia is the ancient name of the French city of Marseilles. Established about 600 B.C. by Greek colonists coming from Phocaea (now Foça, in modern Turkey) it soon became rich as the link between Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. One citizen, Pytheas, sailed North between 330-320 B.C. to find a cheaper sea trade route for Cornish Tin. While exploring he was the first to link the tides to the moon, the first Mediterranean to see floating sea ice, the Midnight Sun in the arctic, and to explore the British Isles! He travelled around the coast by boat and on the land on foot. The coins on offer here are Silver Obols struck between Ca. 350-150 B.C., the peak of Massalia’s prosperity. They show the head of Apollo on the obverse and on the reverse a wheel with ‘M-A’. They are Very Fine in grade but typically some are slightly off struck. As always the first to order will get the best.
In 1919 the Royal Mint issued the last ever Sterling Silver Threepence for circulation. The next year, 1920, they reduced the silver content in our coins from 925 fine silver to 500 fine silver. King George V was on the Throne and World War I was just over, the economy needed the extra income from less silver in our coinage. We can offer the last ever Sterling Silver Threepence in Fine condition for just £8.50. It shows what inflation does to our money, today there is no silver in our coins just cupro-nickel and even the smallest coins are only copper plated steel.
In 1912 the unsinkable ship the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank. It is a part of our history that has been told in books and movies. It was unbelievable, yet it actually happened. Many lives were lost and many tails of heroism have come out of that horrible happening. We were recently offered a group of 1912 Gold Sovereigns, the same year of issue that the ship sailed for the first time and just didn’t make it. Memorabilia from that ship brings fantastic monies. We are not in any way saying that any of these coins are connected to the Titanic; were simply saying that they were issued the year the ship was launched and sank. The new Monarch, King George V is on the obverse and St. George slaying the dragon is on the reverse. They were struck in 22ct gold and carry the date 1912. They weigh about 8 grams and are in Uncirculated condition. An interesting coincidence if nothing else…
In 1947 the Royal Mint took out all Silver from our coinage and used cupronickel instead. They still made two types of Shillings each year, with an English reverse and a Scottish reverse. This short series 1947-1951 has some very interesting aspects about them. The 1947 and 1948 issue had one legend, and then when India got independence they had to change the legend again. NO Shillings were struck for circulation in 1952 as the King died and Princess Elizabeth became our Queen. Normally we sell the two sets, English and Scottish in Sandhill Holders, but as Sandhill is no longer making cases, that is now impossible. Our normal price on the two sets in selected circulated condition is £29.95; there are a total of ten coins in the set. We have had the two sets sorted into snap lock plastic bags, one for English Shillings and one for Scottish Shillings. We are going to offer them for just £9.50 for both sets. That will save you £20.45. You don’t get the Sandhill Cases but you do save £20.45!
After the Roman Empire fell in the West in A.D. 476 its Eastern half continued until A.D. 1453! The Eastern Part of the Empire was then named 'Byzantine' in the 16th-century CE by historians because the capital city's first name was Byzantium before it became Constantinople. From A.D. 886-912 was ruled by Leo the Wise. Never a warlike man he finished a codex of law, the ‘Basilika’, started by his predecessor, Basil. Leo is famous for other reasons! Like Henry VIII, he struggled to produce a male heir, and it took him four marriages to produce a son. And, like Henry, he fell out with the Church, who banned him from the Hagia Sofia! We offer the large bronze Follis of Leo the Wise in an About Very Fine condition. The obverse shows the bust of Leo facing in a crown while the reverse has a four-line legend proclaiming him King of the Romans. Get the coin of the Byzantine Henry VIII before they sell out.
In 1947 New Zealand changed their coins over from silver to cupro-nickel. But as India got its independence, they had to change King George VI’s title from Emperor to King the very next year. That makes the 1947 coinage of New Zealand a one year type coinage. You get the Halfcrown, Florin, Shilling, Sixpence and Threepence in cupro-nickel plus the bronze Penny and Halfpenny. They were the first of the new coinage, but they only lasted a year. All coins are in selected circulated condition. Well worth adding to your collection, after all it is George VI and a one year type
Direct from the Bank of Papua New Guinea is this fantastic set of 1995 Uncirculated coins. We would call them Prooflike or specimens but the bank called them Uncirculated, so Uncirculated they are. The set comes in a beautiful full-colour folder displaying both sides of the coin. Papua New Guinea is so heavily filled with trees and plants that it wasn’t until the 1930s that they found a million people in their interior. There are many different tribes and languages there and it can be a tough country. You get the 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 Toea and the 1 Kina. The 1 Kina has a hole in the middle and sea and river crocodiles chasing each other. The other coins have other native animals. Supplies are limited and you wouldn’t want to miss out on this one, it is fantastic!
From Thailand we offer a commemorative coin which is 23 years old. The 20 Baht of 1995 was issued for the 50th anniversary of the Kings reign An interesting piece from this Far eastern country still in mourning following the death of it’s ruler!
On the 22nd of March 1970, a hoard of choice Constantinian Roman bronze coins was found in a field adjoining the Fosse Way, near Bourton-on-the-Water. The locals called the area the ‘Money Ground’ because so many Roman coins were found there over the years. This time they found the ultimate source, what had been an original sack of coins hidden almost 1,700 years ago. Correctly, the hoard was handed in and declared as Treasure Trove. We are always being asked for Roman coins struck in Britain and especially for those of Constantine the Great, often because he was declared emperor in York in A.D. 306. Our answer? "The only coins you can be sure of will have a London Mintmark", which is usually ‘PLN’. But there are others and these Mintmarks are rarer! From (this declared hoard/the ‘Money Ground’ hoard) we can offer you: ‘MLL’, ‘MSL’ or ‘MLN’. The Mintmark will be of our choice but the first to order will get the rarest of the three: ‘MLL’. They grade Extremely Fine having been buried very soon after they were struck. Remember, this is a bronze coin of Constantine the Great struck 1,700 years ago, in an incredible condition from the ‘Money Ground’ Hoard and with Rarer London Mintmarks. What more can you want?