Foreign Coins and Currency

World Coinage and Currency

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Famous Shekel of Tyre, Judas's
Condition: NGC Ch. AU 4/5
Description: (SOLD October, 2014 by private treaty for $2,000) Silver Shekel of Tyre in Phoenicia, considered to most likely be the coinage of the infamous Silver given to Judas to betray Christ. Popular therefore due to the connection to Biblical lore. In addition, this example is Superb CHOICE with lovely original surfaces and a stunning strike. The 4/5 given by NGC for strike is likely due to the slightly less than perfect centering on the flan, as otherwise the coin displays about as complete a strike as you can hope for, especially on the Eagle. This side is also set off by lovely original toning highlights of blue and red. Recently certified, this had been impounded in the personal holdings of a now retired coin dealer since the 1970’s, so has been off the market for half a Century. Chosen for its quality and attractiveness during a time when quality examples were easier to find than they are now.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003883    See Details...
Roman Denarius, Julia Maesa, Grandmother of Emperors
Condition: NGC Ch. AU 4/5
Description: Roman AR Denarius, showing Julia Maesa, grandmother of Emperor Elagabalus (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus), and a classic example of "the power behind the throne". She engineered more than one coup and placed two grandson's on the throne. Reverse of Felicitas sacrificing. Certified NGC AU, with attractive, choice surfaces with original toning. NO problems, and other than being a bit off center, looks like a “5/5”.
Price: $159.00
Item Id #003884    See Details...
Silver Tram of Levon I, AD 1123-1138, Crusader Coinage
Condition: AU or Better
Description: (Temporarily unavailable) Silver Tram of Levon I, ruler of Cilician Armenia. Early Armenia independent of Rome was, somewhat coincidentally enough, founded by the surviving elements of the Arsacid dynasty from the Sassanid Empire, which having overthrown the Parthian Empire, was in turn overthrown by the Muslim advance of the 7th Century (see coin #3885). This coin came later, and the rulers and country were not linked to the previous dynasty, being founded by refugees fleeing the Seljuk (Turkish) invasion. And we think that we can "solve" the Mid east problem in a couple of decades, with a piece or two of paper! Cilicia was located on the coast of Turkey just north of present Syria, and was a strong ally of the Crusaders as a bastion of Christianity in the East. This example is Choice, and has exceptionally nice central detail that was very nicely rendered on the original dies, although the legends along the outside rim are conversely a bit weak. The cross and lions on the Reverse are very nicely balanced unlike many, and Levon's figure in the central Obverse is also well detailed, unlike the crude examples typically seen. The surfaces are original and lustrous, and this may in fact be an Uncirculated survivor of a hoard. This came out of a very old collection, and was probably originally purchased prior to the present strictness against exportation of cultural items from modern Turkey. Most pieces noted are usually no better than a VF or so, and commonly crude as noted - no surprise as the Kingdom seems to have been in an almost constant state of conflict.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003886    See Details...
Silver Penny of Henry III, AD 1250-72, Nice Original EF/AU
Condition: NGC XF-45
Description: (SOLD June, 2016 for $125 + $49 S&H to England) Silver Penny of Henry III, S-1364A. A nice original EF/AU example of this common type, well centered although a touch uneven at the upper right edge of the Obverse. I was not able however to find a specific reference to the Seaby Variety, so this may be a slightly less common variation.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003888    See Details...
One Giglio of Robert the Wise, Original Very Fine
Condition: NGC VF-25
Description: (SOLD Feb. 2015 for $150) One Gigliato of Naples, Italy, under Robert the Wise. Robert was the son of Charles II (of Anjou) and also titular King of Jerusalem, so this may also be considered linked to the Crusades period. A nice solid VF+, well centered, shows just a touch of clipping at right.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003889    See Details...
Grosso, Mialn as Ambrosian Republic, Rare
Condition: NGC XF-40
Description: One Grosso of the Ambrosian Republic, Milan, Italy as an independent republic following the death of Fillipo Visconti, the Duke of Milan, in 1447. CNI-V-11 variety, quite scarce to rare, given the short 3-4 years life of the Republic. This had been impounded in the personal holdings of a now retired coin dealer since the 1970’s, probably purchased in England during that period. Original color and surfaces. Pricing is difficult given the limited number of trades, so if my price seems completely unreasonable, you may let me know - this is a consigned piece, so I have limited room in the price however.
Price: $199.00
Item Id #003890    See Details...
Thracian Tetradrachm, in the Manner of Alexander the Great
Condition: NGC Ch. AU 5/3
Description: AR Tetradrachm, in the manner and style of Alexander III ("The Great"), 2nd to 1st Century BC. Head of Heracles right, Zeus enthroned with Eagle & scepter. Boldly struck on a huge, wide flan, showing the Obverse design to its fullest. Very attractive overall with better than average centering and no problems. I noted recently that lesser quality coins were being offered by knowledgeable dealer specialists at close to $1000; given that some of that is "fluff" based upon the popularity of the design, I feel that my asking price is in the ballpark.
Price: $899.00
Item Id #005360    See Details...
Spanish Mexico 8 Reales 1738, Original Early
Year: 1738Mo/MF
Condition: EF+
Description: (Temporarily unavailable) KM-105. A nice high grade circulated example of one of America's earliest Dollar-sized coins. No major dings or dents and no scratches. Difficult to find in upper circulated grades without problems. Most specimens noted are either Unc (and worth several thousand Dollars), or lower end circs. This coin is know to me to be genuine, based upon its source - authenticity is of course guaranteed in any case, should you wish to submit it for certification. This coin was the basis used by Jefferson & Madison to establish the value of the U. S. Dollar. Legal tender in the US until the 1850's, an important and historic financial relic.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005917    See Details...
1742H One Sou Marque, Struck for New World French Colonies
Year: 1742H
Condition: NGC EF-45
Description: The French Colonies issues of various denominations & years were struck for general use in the French colonial empire in the New World, but as they were used in what later became Louisiana are also considered a U. S. Colonial issue. As such, they are listed in the Guide Book of U. S. Coins (aka the Redbook), and popular as the only non-English/Spanish colonial issue. This is a rare date and bears the La Rochelle mintmark, however it was Walter Breen's opinion that "99% of those offered" are contemporary circulating counterfeits. I leave it to the viewers opinion, regardless of NGC's attribution. My Asking Price is therefore speculative, and you are free to make me a reasonable counteroffer.
Price: $350.00
Item Id #003922    See Details...
Spanish Mexico 8 Reales 1764,
Year: 1764Mo/MF
Condition: EF Details
Description: KM-105. A decent high grade circulated example of one of America's earliest Dollar-sized coins, and the basis used by Jefferson & Madison to establish the value of the U. S. Dollar. Legal tender in the US until the 1850's, an important and historic financial relic. Certified EF Details by PCGS for cleaning, as almost all specimens have suffered. Certainly not horrible and with attractive old rim toning on the Reverse. A similar example, not too egregiously cleaned and with not too much more detail, sold at a major auction in an NGC holder for over $800. Even damaged pieces sell for $400 - $500, so my asking price should not be too ridiculous.
Price: $420.00
Item Id #005339    See Details...
1807 Neuchatel 1/2 Batzen, KM-68.2, RARE
Year: 1807
Condition: NGC Fine-15
Description: (SOLD November, 2015 for $160) Switzerland, Canton of Neuchatel under Alexandre Berthier. 1/2 Batzen 1807, KM68.2, Reversed 2 in value, Very Scarce to Rare and unpriced in Krause. A pleasing no problem piece, with no defects to note, a bit unusual as the billion composition spots readily. This is out of a very old holding and has not been on the market for close to 50 years, if ever. This is also the only certified piece at NGC, sent there mainly for authentication. As for price, it is very difficult to even begin to calculate a value, as few references are available. However, I was able to locate two European sale references from the last 7 years, the first sold at 285 Euros, the second UNSOLD with an estimate of 600 Euros (high bid 400 Euros). My Asking Price is therefore speculative, and you are free to make me a reasonable counteroffer - as this is a consigned piece however, I have limited latitude on pricing.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003891    See Details...
Spanish Mexico 8 Reales 1808, Last year of Charles IV
Year: 1808Mo/TH
Condition: Unc Details
Description: (SOLD May, 2017 for $150, cheap I think) KM-109. Issued the last year of the reign of Charles IV. Uncirculated, certified by NGC as a details coin for some old spots removed. This is not readily evident without looking for the minor "problem", and I suspect that this coin was professionally conserved. Possibly a sea-salvaged piece that was largely unaffected by water immersion, although no absolute proof of that. My estimate of an equivalent certified grade is MS-62. A true Uncirculated example of a popular 8 Reales, aka "piece of eight" of Pirate legend. This was Legal tender within the United States at the time of issue and up until the 1850's (and, in actual use after that time in areas farther away from nosy officialdom). This was also the coin the U. S. Silver Dollar was originally based upon. As such, all collectors of the U. S. series' should own a specimen - this is a nice coin, at a reasonable price for a BU. My price by nature is somewhat speculative, however is based upon actual auction results for other coins of similar grade & quality.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005829    See Details...
Saxe-Meingen Taler of 1859, Rare Uncirculated Specimen
Year: 1859
Condition: NGC MS-63
Description: KM-167. Struck by one of the hereditary houses of the Pre-Confederation German States. First year of issue of this type & denomination, mintage 39,864. A true old time Choice BU coin, with bright crisp luster under lightly toned surfaces. The overall color is that of "old Silver" with some touches of light red-brown & blue around the edges in the lettering. Completely original and fully natural, this has a slightly Prooflike appearance, not too surprising for a low mintage coin. This is especially on the Reverse, which is particularly nice. A scarce type, most specimens noted seem to be in the 1860's, with 1866 (the last year struck) being the most common. Most Uncirculated specimens also seem to be darkly toned or unattractive, and frankly more than a few are questionable as a Unc. NOT a problem with this present coin, which presents an important opportunity for the serious collector of German States. Only two coins of this date certified by NGC, this being the far better of the two (the other is a DARK, "iffy" MS-62). Less than a dozen of the KM type at NGC & PCGS combined. My price by nature is somewhat speculative, however seems reasonable given the quality and attractiveness of this specimen. Those who object too strenuously may certainly make a counter offer.
Price: $525.00
Item Id #005831    See Details...
Kingdom of Hawaii, Original High Grade Dala (Dollar)
Year: 1883
Condition: PCGS XF-45
Description: An attractive original example of the largest denomination struck for the Kingdom of Hawaii. This still retains a considerable amount of luster on the Reverse, with some nice blue-gray toning. Designed by Charles Barber, this series was struck at the San Francisco Mint, on planchets of the U. S. standard. Original and unmolested, which has become scarce, as most that were put aside by residents were saved as souvenirs and suffered from the Island climate. This series lost its legal tender status after the "liberation" of the Islands by forces working for Spreckles Sugar, with the result that most Halves & Dollars were repatriated to the U. S. for melting and recoinage into U. S. coins. The total PCGS Population in EF-40 and better is a slim 690-odd coins (97 in BU grades) as of June, 2017, out of a mintage of 1/2 Million. If this was a U. S. Federal issue with similar mintage & survivorship, the price would be considerably higher. Should easily CAC based upon others I have seen that are NOT as nice.
Price: $799.00
Item Id #005460    See Details...
Kingdom of Hawaii Hapaha (Quarter), Nice Old Album Toning
Year: 1883
Condition: AU-50
Description: A nice, originally toned example of the Quarter denomination from the Kingdom of Hawaii. While relatively common as a circulated coin, they seldom seem to come with color as most survivors were cleaned at some point.
Price: $239.00
Item Id #005725    See Details...
Kingdom of Hawaii, Hapalua (Half Dollar)
Year: 1883
Condition: PCGS XF-40
Description: An attractive and original, if slightly dark, example of the second largest denomination struck for the Kingdom of Hawaii. Designed by Charles Barber, this series was struck at the San Francisco Mint, on planchets of the U. S. standard. Original and unmolested, this shows surfaces typical of coins saved randomly by the public and stored in a non-numismatic fashion, among the most popular being a Prince Albert Tobacco tin. Such storage may account for the darker surfaces; however it was kept, thankfully it escaped the cleaner's touch. This series lost its legal tender status after the "liberation" of the Islands by forces working for Spreckles Sugar, with the result that most Halves & Dollars were repatriated to the U. S. for melting and re-coinage into U. S. coins.
Price: $299.00
Item Id #005995    See Details...
HK340, 1906 San Francisco Earthquake & Fire Souvenir
Year: 1906
Condition: NGC AU-58
Description: (SOLD October, 2016 for $250) Souvenir medallion struck to commemorate the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, this particular SCD is one of the more difficult to find original and without damage. Uncs are virtually unknown, with only 5 in the combined NGC Population for HK-340 and 340A, as well as about 8 AU-58's (last time I looked). This scarcity is due to the method and pattern of distribution, as these were struck privately and widely distributed to survivors and other locals. They must have originally made a large number, as there are several die varieties known which are not listed in H-K, as well as pieces having been struck in Silver as well as Silver-plated Bronze. This is one of the Silver planchets, identifiable by the weight of 22+ grams as well as other identifying features, chief of which is the absence of Copper showing through the plating in areas that display wear (the silvering was very thin on these). Considered an R-7 in both editions of H-K, certainly all of that as a problem free, certifiable piece as almost all have been cleaned at one point. An NGC AU-55 sold June, 2014 for $764 at a major auction. I think my asking price is more than reasonable, but you may make me a competing offer. More recently, I might add that I had a long discussion regarding this with Jeff Shevlin and others at the 2015 Portland ANA Show. The upshot is that attribution is difficult and fraught with peril, as X-ray spectrography of similar pieces has yielded mixed results, and seems to indicate that even the Silver pieces may have been struck on low content planchets. Absent a destructive test on a otherwise suspected Silver piece, we may never know.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #004222    See Details...
Brazil 200 Reis 1907, Choice Almost Uncirculated
Year: 1907
Condition: Choice Almost Uncirculated
Description: KM-508. Very little wear, just a touch on Libertad's cheek, obviously a lightly circulated hoard coin. This would certify as a fifty-eight if submitted to a U. S. service most likely. Very attractive and not too commonly seen in the U. S. This will be shipped the Airtite holder as shown.
Price: $49.00
Item Id #005856    See Details...
Prussia 2 Marks 1907A, A Nice Original EF+
Year: 1907A
Condition: PCGS MS-61
Description: Prussia, 2 Marks 1907A, KM522, J-102. Original and unmolested, I have been calling this "EF/AU" by typical European standards )American AU or better). I bend to the opinions of PCGS ... either way, my price should be reasonable.
Price: $99.00
Item Id #003695    See Details...
India Rupee 1912b, Nice Original Uncirculated Coin
Year: 1912
Condition: Uncirculated
Description: KM-523. An original BU coin with bright surfaces, 98% white with just a light touch of toning.
Price: $47.00
Item Id #005833    See Details...
1913 Canadian Large Cent, Choice Uncirculated, Unbelievable Toning!
Year: 1913
Condition: Choice Uncirculated
Description: When I walked by a fellow dealer's table at a recent show and saw this coin (along with the Large Cent listed as #5696), I about tripped over my feet. I don't think that ANY "fluff" is necessary to sell this coin to any lover of toned Bronze coinage - the images speak for themselves. Yes, this is genuine. I know the dealer who originally purchased the collection this came from - both coins were impounded for many years in a Wayte Raymond album, and I trust his word without question. You can make up your own mind as personally, I don't really care too much if these two coins sell, certainly any time soon! I would prefer however that the same person purchase both coins, to keep the pair together - to that end, while they are listed separately, if you wish to purchase both please contact me for a combined Invoice at a bit of a discount.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005697    See Details...
Russia 50 Kopeks 1913BC, Original Toned Refugee Coin
Year: 1913BC
Condition: PCGS AU-58
Description: Y-58.2/J-891, Type IX. An attractive coin with original color, long impounded in a family collection (60+ years). Typical of coins that came out of Russia during the First World War and early Civil War period, as refugees fled to Western Europe. I have included images of the coin prior to certification as I think those give a better idea of the color and surfaces.
Price: $139.00
Item Id #005129    See Details...
Russia Ruble 1913BC, Romanov Dynasty 300th Anniversary
Year: 1913BC
Condition: PCGS AU-53
Description: Y-70/J-1229. Popular commemorative Ruble celebrating the 300th Anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty. Long impounded in a family collection (60+ years) prior to being submitted. Typical of coins that came out of Russia during the First World War and early Civil War period, as refugees fled to Western Europe.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005130    See Details...
China Famous
Year: 1914
Condition: NGC MS-61
Description: Republic of China, Yuan or Dollar of Year 3 (1914), Y-329. The famous "Fatman" issue of Yüan Shih-kai. Certified by NGC as MS-61, this is not all hacked up as common for a coin in this grade, with no heavy individual marks, just scattered light chatter. The surfaces display all of the original luster on undipped surfaces, unusual in itself today, just slightly off-white in color. A much more attractive coin than the "limited" numerical grade might indicate, nicer than some 62's and even a few 63's I have seen. Regardless, a true BU example of this popular design. My price by nature is somewhat speculative, however is based upon actual auction results for other coins of similar grade & quality. Those who strenuously object are free to make me a reasonable counter offer.
Price: $450.00
Item Id #005830    See Details...
1920 Canadian Cent, Choice Uncirculated, Unbelievable Toning!
Year: 1920
Condition: Choice Uncirculated
Description: When I walked by a fellow dealer's table at a recent show and saw this coin (along with the Large Cent listed as #5697), I about tripped over my feet. I don't think that ANY "fluff" is necessary to sell this coin to any lover of toned Bronze coinage - the images speak for themselves. Yes, this is genuine. I know the dealer who originally purchased the collection this came from - both coins were impounded for many years in a Wayte Raymond album, and I trust his word without question. You can make up your own mind as personally, I don't really care too much if these two coins sell, certainly any time soon! I would prefer however that the same person purchase both coins, to keep the pair together - to that end, while they are listed separately, if you wish to purchase both please contact me for a combined Invoice at a bit of a discount.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005696    See Details...