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It is now over 500 years since the first ships sailed into Bermuda although the island has only
been inhabited for around 400 years. One famous visitor, Mark Twain, who visited the island
in 1867 aboard the S.S. Quaker, described Bermuda as a Paradise and he returned many times
to the island.
This commemorative crown was issued in 1985 to honour cruise ship tourism and shows an
early refrigeration buttery with a cruise ship in the background and palm trees to the right. It
is struck in cupro-nickel and is in Brilliant Uncirculated condition in the original presentation
When Prince Charles announced his engagement to Lady Diana Spencer, Coincraft was the only company in the whole
world who managed to get out a medallion in the very short time allotted. But we even managed two different designs. When the informal bust design sold out, we had a second issue made with an informal dress. It is this
second and scarcer of the two with formal dress that we now offer you.
Steve found 45 of the formal bust engagement medallion in goldine when we moved.
They are in Brilliant Uncirculated condition and really are difficult to find, we should know, we had them made in 1981.
Before the Crisis of the Third Century, most cities in the Roman Empire did not have walls, dried fruit from Syria could be bought in Britain and copper from Cornwall was traded in Egypt! Sadly this did not last and continuing with our series we offer one of the harder major Emperors to get from the Crisis, Claudius II Gothicus.
Born around A.D. 214 he had held several important military commands during the reigns of Valerian I and Gallienus. When Gallienus was murdered at the siege of Milan, Claudius was swiftly proclaimed emperor by the troops and approved by the Senate. He took the city of Milan and suppressed the rebellion. He quickly defeated the invading Alemanni tribe, then the invading Goths in A.D. 269, winning the title ‘Gothicus Maximus’. Next year the Goths attacked again in Thrace, but an outbreak of plague left them so weak they were again defeated by Claudius. But the plague spread from the
captured Goths to the Roman army. Claudius himself fell victim and died of plague at Sirmium in August A.D. 269. He was the turning point in the fortunes of the Roman Empire, the beginning of a long struggle back to stability from The Crisis.
We offer Billon Antoninianus with various reverses in an About Very Fine grade with various reverses. As is typical with these coins from The Crisis some will have weaker sections and the first to order will get the best! Claudius Gothicus is one of the hardest Crisis emperors to get so these will run out fast.
In 1995 the Royal Mint issued a series of crowns for the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.
Countries from as far afield as Bhutan and Barbados joined the programme. Years ago we bought out
all the crowns that remained. Due to our move to our New Customer Service Department, we found one
that we knew we had but was always missing, the scarce one, the full-sized Cuban United Nations Crown.
This full crownsized 1 Peso has 5 children and a dove of peace on one side and the arms of Cuba on
the other side. We don’t know if these crowns were struck by the Royal Mint or the Cuban Mint, we do know
that many collectors are looking for it.
The hoard of Edward I Silver Pennies was found at Montrave, Fifeshire in Scotland in 1877.
It was found on the land belonging to Mr. Allan Gilmour of Lundin and Montrave. It was
fully declared and sat in the British Museum for 40-50 years while they examined it. We
recently bought a large part of the hoard from one of the heirs of the man who found them in
We are offering you the chance on one of the Rarer Mints, Durham. If you come from one
of these place Durham, so much the better. Each coin comes with a certificate certifying
that your coin comes from the Montrave Treasure Hoard and from the town of Durham.
In the short reign of King Edward VII (1901-1910) the coins were still being struck in (0.925) Sterling Silver. It was a short reign so there were not all that many coins struck and some of the dates are rare but we are offering you nice type examples for your collection, NO RARE DATES AVAILABLE. The coins are in Very Good condition.