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Saint Thomas & Prince make up a small group of islands, 150 miles off the Western Coast of Africa.
It was uninhabited until the Portuguese discovered it in 1470. Yes, I have visited it and unlike other coin dealers, I was not arrested trying to take coins and notes outside the country. We buy all our material legally and in England. Of course it helped to keep me out of jail, that Claire is fluent in Portuguese.
These are two fantastic sets of their coinage, one older and one current for you. In either case they are most difficult to get legally. All the coins are in Uncirculated condition.
The older set contains five coins: 100, 250, 500, 1,000 and 2,000 Dobras and are all dated 1997, two of the coins are multi sided. The new set of coins contain: 10, 20 and 50 Centimos plus the 1 & 2 Dobras.
We were only allocated 100 sets of both sets of these coins. You get 10 important and difficult to get coins from a country that doesn’t want you to have them and they are all in Uncirculated condition.
Probus became emperor in AD 276 after overthrowing the emperor Florianus. A native of the city of Sirmium in what is now Serbia, he rose to prominence and proved himself a capable administrator and commander and is recognised as an emperor who contributed to the revival of the Roman Empire at a time of severe turmoil and crisis. In AD 277/8 his armies defeated the Goths, Alamanni, Longiones, Franks, and Burgundians. He realised that the best way to keep his soldiers out of trouble was to keep them busy so, with the frontiers of the empire stabilised, he set his men to the task of rebuilding the shattered infrastructure of key provinces that had crumbled under previous emperors by building roads, bridges and fortifications, draining marshes, digging canals and, interestingly, planting extensive vineyards.
New plantations sprang up across Europe and there is mention in some records of Probus authorising
the planting of vineyards in Britain too so we may still be enjoying the fruits of his labours today!
These Antoninianus, or ‘Ants’ as we call them, are as good as they come, virtually as struck and with
original lustre. There are a variety of reverse types most with standing figures but a limited number available
in this grade.
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 Very Good condition.
In 1996 the Royal Mint did something they had never done before. They issued a Proof Set of the then current 1996 coins but, every coin was struck in Proof Sterling Silver. Here we present the 1996 5 Pence in Sterling Silver .
In 1996 the Royal Mint did something they had never done before. They issued a Proof Set of the then current 1996 coins but, every coin was struck in Proof Sterling Silver. Here we present the 1996 £1 in Sterling Silver.