NEW 2007 PALAU COIN CONTAINS A REAL PEARL.
A real pearl is embedded in this 2007 sterling silver Proof 5 Dollar coin from Palau. The design features an open oyster shell, with a real pearl attached to the coin.
The coin comes in a clear plastic capsule to protect both the coin and the pearl. The reverse of the coin portrays the Palau arms featuring Neptune, a topless mermaid, and a treasure chest on a shield, surmounted by an outrigger canoe.
The coin was issued as part of Palau's continuing series on Marine Life Protection. It is an attractive and unusual coin with a mintage of just 2500 pieces. Previous issues of the pearl coins have quickly sold out, and I expect this to be no exception.
METEORITE IN PALAU COIN.
This silver Proof Palau 5 Dollar coin contains an authentic piece of a Nantan Meteorite embedded into the coin.
The Nantan Metorite fall took place in China in May of 1516.
One side of the coin includes a small embedded piece of this famed meteorite and pictures a farmer plowing his field by oxen with meteors streaming overhead.
The other side features the Palau arms.
The 38.6mm silver Proof coin is dated 2006 and has a mintage of just 2500 pieces.
PALAU COIN FEATURES VOLCANIC ROCK FROM PALAU.
Palau consists of 241 small islands in the Pacific, only 11 of which are inhabited. All of the islands were were originally of volcanic origin.
Coral limestone built upon the volcanic base, and volcanic islands form what is today Palau.
To honor its geographic origin, Palau issued this multi-color sterling silver Proof coin containing an embedded piece of volcanic rock from Palau.
The 38.6mm coin features a multi-color exploding volcano on one side and the Palau arms on the other. The coin is dated 2006 and has a mintage of just 2500 pieces.
GOOD LUCK COIN WITH A REAL 4-LEAF CLOVER!
A real lucky four-leafed clover is embedded in the 1 ounce .999 fine silver Proof 5 Dollar coin from Palau.
The inscription on the coin reads: "Better an ounce of luck than a pound of gold".
The obverse of the coin features the Palau arms.
The undated 38.6 mm coin has a mintage of just 5000 pieces. Because the clovers are real, no two coins are exactly alike.
I cannot guarantee that the coin will be lucky, but I gave one to Lila at a casino, and she won $400 within half an hour!
NIUE COIN LIGHTS UP - WITH A REALWORKING LIGHT BULB!
The tiny island nation of Niue issued this unique 39mm copper-nickel 1 Dollar coin to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Thomas Edison's first light bulb factory. If you gently squeeze the coin it lights up!
The coin contains a real working LED bulb that lights up. The obverse of the 2005 dated coin has a portrait of Edison. The reverse features the working light bulb. The coin comes in a hard plastic capsule to protect it - so you will have to open the capsule to light it up. Also the light bulb is a modern LED, rather than an incandescent bulb that was patented by Edison. And the only connection I have figured out between Niue and Edison's first light bulb factory is that they use light bulbs in some parts of Niue. Anyway, it is a fun, interesting and unique coin that further extends the concept what coins is.
HUGE WORLD CUP SOCCER COINS.
To commemorate the World Cup Soccer games held in Germany in 2006, Liberia issued a pair of huge 5 Dollar coins. The coins are 65mm (over 2.5 inches) in diameter an weigh 120 grams (over 1/4 pound ).
One coin is antiqued silver plated copper-nickel that features players being carded by a referee. The other has an antiqued copper finish and features a player kicking a ball, a map of Germany and pictures of each of the stadiums in Germany where matches were played.
The reverse of both coins features the Arms of Liberia. The coins have a mintage of only 5000 pieces each, most of which were sold in Europe at a fancy price. We got a few leftover sets which we can offer at a greatly reduced price.
MULTI-COLORED MOTORCYCLE COINS.
Based on the success of their Guitar Coin program, the Federal Republic of Somalia recently issued a set of six silver-plated multi-colored coins shaped like motorcycles!
The designs are based on Harley-Davidson and other popular motorcycles. The coins are dated 2007 and carry the denomination of 1 Dollar. Each coin is approximately 45mm (1.75 inches) long and 25mm (1 inch) high.
The coins are legal tender issues that do not actually circulate (considering Somalia has been involved in civil wars for over a decade, I doubt any coins circulate). I expect these coins to be popular with both coin collectors and motorcycle enthusiasts.
GUITAR COINS FROM SOMALI REPUBLIC.
The multi-colored Guitar coins have proved unbelievably popular with coin collectors, guitar enthusiasts, Rock 'n Roll fans and the general public. These multi-color guitar coins are designed after famous electric guitars. The coins are dated 2004 and were issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Rock 'n Roll. The designs include the classic red and white Fender Stratocaster, an American Flag Stars and Stripes Gibson Flying V, a black Gibson Flying V, a pink star Guitar used by various rock stars including Gary Glitter and Abba, a blue Gibson X-Plorer and a yellow Klein.
The coins are 1 Dollar legal tender coins issued by the Somali Republic (though I seriously doubt any have ever circulated in Somalia). They are approximately 45mm (1.75 inches) long. We currently have all of the issues in silver plate and the American Flag guitar in copper-nickel. The designs of the copper-nickel and Silver-plated issues are identical.
ODD SHAPED OLYMPIC MAP COIN FROM ZAMBIA.
The silver Proof 5000 Kwacha coin issued by Zambia to commemorate the 2000 Sydney Olympics is one of the strangest shaped coins ever issued.
The unusual coin was made in the shape of the conjoined maps of Australia and Zambia Though Australia is approximately ten times the size of Zambia, the two are shown to be roughly the same area on the coin.
The countries are joined together, with northern Zambia being attached to Northern Australia, even though the countries are halfway around the world from each other! A shaded area on both the obverse and reverse represents a gap between the two maps.
The obverse of the 2000 dated coin features Queen Elizabeth, the Zambian coat-of-arms and the famous Sydney Opera house. The reverse shows a field of six runners completing a track event. The large size coin is approximately 49mm x 42mm and contains approximately one troy ounce of silver. It is certainly one of the strangest looking coins around.