We know that many of you have been looking for the Isle of Man, Silver Proof Christmas 50 Pence from 1980, published in our latest newsletter. Unfortunately, that was the only piece we had in stock and it sold out immediately after it was published. In all honesty, although we expected it to go quickly, we did not expect the demand for the coin to be so high. Some of you even called the office on a Saturday to find out if we still had any in stock...
For those of you who didn't call, the answer is no...we no longer have the coin in stock.
But since we can't sell you this particular coin (because one lucky collector bagged it), we brought you a few Christmas items that we think you might like. They are all listed under Unusual Christmas Gifts, but you can find the new items below. Have a look and see if there's anything you like. If there is, act quickly to ensure you don't miss out this time...
Scotland, £8 Christmas Staffa (The Angel), 1981 £14.50 (STP010)
We have found this wonderful Staffa Gold, just in time for Christmas. Staffa is one of the Scottish islands and it issues its own stamps. This is an £8.00 stamp issued in 22ct gold foil in 1981.
It features an Angel in the sky on this oversized large gold foil stamp. Now, these stamps are issued for local posting only, but it comes in a red gold embossed folder with a green inner. What could be more appropriate for Christmas than a gold foil Angel stamp in a red and green presentation folder?
Byzantine Gold solidus of Heraclius – The Three Wise Men coin £495.00 (SGM240-8343) Dimensions:19.10 mm approx.
This coin, issued by Heraclius around AD 631 and minted in Constantinople, depicts the three figures of Heraclius, Heraclius Constantine, and Heraclonas and was thought to intentionally recall the biblical story of the three wise men who journeyed to Bethlehem to attend the birth of Christ.
Heraclius is remembered by the Western church for his reputed recovery of the 'True Cross', the name for the physical remnants of the cross upon which Jesus was crucified. Heraclius returned the cross to Jerusalem around AD 630. A fantastic ancient gold coin just in time for Christmas.
The coin is in very fine condition. £495
The photograph is representative and the item illustrated here might not necessarily be the same you will receive upon ordering.
Byzantine Bronze Coin Of Christ Fine £75.00 (ABC0043)
These Byzantine bronze Follis are the first coins to portray Jesus Christ. They were issued in the 10th or 11th Century AD and have a portrait of Christ on one side and either a cross or lettering on the other. These coins are individually struck one at a time by hand, so the designs and strikes will differ. Here we offer these coins in Fine grade; they have a lot of detail. It has been some time since we had so many nice examples.
25 Silver Threepences for Christmas Pudding £75.00 (U3DS25)
At Christmas, these were used as gifts and also went into the Christmas pudding. the person who finds it gets a present. They make excellent holiday gifts. They are circulated but there are no dogs, we made sure of that and you can buy them in quantities of 5, 10, 25 or 100. A great Christmas Gift!
The people who came up with the idea of this polymer bill wanted to incorporate a piece of real gold and this is what they have done. Embedded in this polymer Cash Gold note is 0.01 grams of real gold in the form of a small ingot. The note itself is polymer with the illustration of a three-masted ship on the front and a lion’s head on the back.
Set of 10 Different Uncirculated British Military Notes £15.95 (BMB3855)
After the Second World War was over the British Military used their own currency in their bases overseas. This was to avoid black marketeering. These so-called British Armed Forces Vouchers were issued between 1946 and the late 1970s. These notes were printed by two different Security Printers, Bradbury Wilkinson and Thomas de la Rue.
With this 1000 francs note, it’s easy to see the French influence in the design and printing. Printed in that inimitable French style in pastel shades of orange and yellow it tells a tale of old and new transport in this tiny but strategic entrepot that sits on the Horn of Africa. The front shows diesel trains while the back illustrates the more traditional form of transportation and the camel train.
Are you tired of receiving presents you didn't ask for or even need? What about receiving collectable items you already own – does that upset you? Or even worse, receiving coins or banknotes that simply do not suit your collection(s), all because you've told someone that you own a coin/banknote collection?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the wishlist feature on our website will be particularly useful to you this Christmas, as it will allow you share all the items you DO WANT for Christmas with your friends and family.
Simply add the items you want on the product's page using the add to wishlist button, as seen below.
You'll find them all of the items added under My Account > Wishlist
Once you're happy with your wishlist, you can use the Email a friend button to email your wishlist, or copy and paste the URL into a social media post and let all your friends and followers know what you really want this Christmas.
If you do decide to share your wishlist on social media, use the hashtags below and make your voice heard across the internet!