Before Ireland joined the Euro, they used their own coinage. But because the population of Ireland is so low, the mintages of their coins also tended to be rather low. Here we present a Irish pre Euro coin, the 50P in Brilliant Uncirculated condition and you don’t see many this nice. Supplies are of course very limited and these are in bright and beautiful condition.
The first Irish Threepence was issued in 1928 when it’s first coinage was struck. The last of the Decimal Irish coinage was in 1968. This Threepence is dated 1968 and in Uncirculated condition. You have an Irish hare on one side and an Irish Harp on the other side. 1968 was the date of the last ever Irish Threepence and the coins on offer are in Uncirculated condition, something you will not find in Ireland these days.
In 1980 when the Queen Mother turned 80, a number of countries issued special commemorative crowns to honour the event. The Isle of Man was such a place. This handsome crown is struck in Uncirculated cupro-nickel. You have a facing portrait of the Queen Mother on one side and on the other you have a profile portrait of her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II. These crowns are now 39 years old and in Uncirculated condition.
Isle of Man, 1/2p 1985 Brilliant Uncirculated. In 1984 the Isle of Man started a new series of designs for the reverses of its coins. The new design was issued to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the College of Arms We have a group of Halfpennies from this series all dated 1985, the final year that this denomination was issued for circulation. Struck in Bronze this is the only decimal halfpenny with the Maklouf portrait of the Queen.
It happened in 1940 that Mussolini declared war on Great Britain; he sided with Hitler and the Japanese and decided he was going to win and take us over. We guess he didn’t win. On this large nickel coin, you have the head of Victor Emanuele III and on the other side, you have an eagle with his wings full spread and an axe behind him. You just don’t get many coins from Italy issued during World War II, especially from the year they declared war on us. We shan’t make jokes about the Italian armed forces, after all, a lot of people died in the battles with them. The coin is large and in Extremely Fine condition and we think it was a fantastic find. We are going to use them in our World War II Remembered Collection that will be coming out later this year. This coin is too important to wait for it, you can own it now.
The Italian Naval League was honoured in 1997 on a brass 200 Lire coin of Italy. Of course, Italy no longer uses the Lire denomination, they now use the Euro. You have Italy featured on one side and the arms of the Naval League on the other side. They are now 12 years old and one of the last 200 Lire coins to be struck. They are of course, in Uncirculated condition
Before Italy joined the Euro Zone, they, like most countries issued their own coinage. But unlike other countries there were about 3,000 Lire to the Pound. The coins, when you could find them, cost more to make than their face value! We have a collection of five Italian coins struck before the Euro, 4 are Uncirculated but the very difficult 200 Lire is in circulated condition. You get the 5 and 10 Lire in aluminium, the 50 Lire a scarce denomination in Uncirculated, the 100 Lire Uncirculated and the very difficult 200 Lire in circulated condition. They date between 1969-1996 and were difficult to find even before they were replaced by the Euro.
Chinese Cash coins are easy to find, you can not say that about Japanese Cash coins. A Cash coin is a round coin with a square hole in it. If you do the I-Ching, then you need three coins all the same. This coins is in Very Fine condition. We don't know what the market is in Japan, but we do know that they are much scarcer than their Chinese counterparts.
Here we offer Japanese Gold Meiji 2 Bu-Kin (1868-1869). Before these rectangular issues, the Japanese used cash coins, round coins with a square hole in the middle. Because so many of the cash coins were damaged, the Shogunate in Japan issued these rectangular gold coins. These Gold coins are gold mixed with some silver to bring down their face value. All the coins are in Very Fine or better condition and weigh 3 grams. After this, they did what the rest of the world did and issued round coins.
In 1977 Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Silver Jubilee 1952-1977 and the whole world went wild. For the first time many of her overseas countries issued crowns to celebrate the event. Today the coins would be the same size but have a face value of £2-£5 and sell for more. We have just found two rolls of the Jersey 1977 Silver Jubilee Crown in Uncirculated cupronickel. They are 42 years old and struck by the Royal Mint.
Coins from the Crypt, what could be better for Halloween? The island nation of Kiribati in the South Pacific issued a set of four silver crowns in 2016. Each one has a colour rendition of a werewolf, Mummy, Headless Horseman, and the Grim Reaper. They are struck in Sterling Silver and have a rather nice portrait of Her Majesty the Queen on the obverse. But what is perhaps best is the case, which is in the shape of a coffin. The coffin used to let out a scream, unfortunately, it no longer does. That is why we are giving away the coffin for free, letting you have the whole set for £95.00, less then £25 a silver crown. The set was originally sold at £160.00...