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FORVM is an ancient coin specialist. Normally we do not handle modern world coins, but we occasionally receive them in collections or consignments.


Great Britain, George III, 1760 - 1820, Modified Into a "Secret" Box

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Similar boxes made from American silver dollars are sometimes called "Opium Dollars."

In 1797, at the Soho Mint, James Watt and Matthew Boulton used their steam powered presses to strike 50 tons of the new "cartwheel" twopence, at 2 ounces of copper per coin. The twopence was found to be too heavy for regular use and was only struck for that single year.
SH72321. Copper twopence, SCBC 3776, aVF, modified from two coins into a screw top box, weight 15.865 g, maximum diameter 35.93 mm, die axis 135o, Soho mint, 1797; obverse GEORGIUS III D G REX, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse BRITANNIA 1797, Britannia seated left on rocks, olive-branch in right hand, trident in left, Union shield at side, tiny SOHO on rock below, sailing ship on water at a distance on left, diving whale right, waves in exergue; SOLD


France, Third Republic, 1871 - 1940, Gold 20 Franks, 1898, ICG MS-63

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21.6 karat gold (.900) fine, 0.1867 troy oz gold net.
SL26021. Gold 20 Franks, FR 592, Krause KM 825, ICG MS-64, weight 6.451 g, maximum diameter 21 mm, die axis 180o, Paris mint, 1898; obverse REPUBLIQE FRANCAISE, angel stands right, writing the constitution on a tablet, fasces behind, rooster before; reverse LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE, 20 FRANKS 1898 within wreath, A mint mark below; SOLD


France, Third Republic, 1871 - 1940, Gold 20 Franks, 1897, ICG MS-64

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21.6 karat gold (.900) fine, 0.1867 troy oz gold net.
SL26022. Gold 20 Franks, FR 592, Krause KM 825, ICG MS-64, weight 6.451 g, maximum diameter 21 mm, die axis 180o, Paris mint, 1897; obverse REPUBLIQE FRANCAISE, angel stands right, writing the constitution on a tablet, fasces behind, rooster before; reverse LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE, 20 FRANKS 1897 within wreath, A mint mark below; SOLD


France, Third Republic, 1871 - 1940, Gold 20 Franks, 1877, ICG MS-64

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21.6 karat gold (.900) fine, 0.1867 troy oz gold net.
SL26023. Gold 20 Franks, FR 592, Krause KM 825, ICG MS-64, weight 6.451 g, maximum diameter 21 mm, die axis 180o, Paris mint, 1877; obverse REPUBLIQE FRANCAISE, angel stands right, writing the constitution on a tablet, fasces behind, rooster before; reverse LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE, 20 FRANKS 1877 within wreath, A mint mark below; SOLD


France, Third Republic, 1871 - 1940, Gold 20 Franks, 1877, ICG MS-64

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21.6 karat gold (.900) fine, 0.1867 troy oz gold net.
SL26024. Gold 20 Franks, FR 592, Krause KM 825, ICG MS-64, weight 6.451 g, maximum diameter 21 mm, die axis 180o, Paris mint, 1877; obverse REPUBLIQE FRANCAISE, angel stands right, writing the constitution on a tablet, fasces behind, rooster before; reverse LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE, 20 FRANKS 1877 within wreath, A mint mark below; SOLD


Switzerland, Gold 20 Franks, 1927B, NGC MS-64

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21.6 karat gold (.900 fine), 0.1867 troy oz. gold net.
SL26030. Gold 20 Franks, Krause KM 35.1, NGC MS-64, weight 6.4516 g, maximum diameter 21 mm, die axis 180o, Bern mint, 1927B; obverse HELVETIA, female bust left with mountains behind; reverse shield with Swiss cross, 20 - FR, 1927B; SOLD


France, Third Republic, 1871 - 1940, Gold 20 Franks, 1893, ICG MS-63

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21.6 karat gold (.900) fine, 0.1867 troy oz gold net.
SL26020. Gold 20 Franks, FR 592, Krause KM 825, ICG MS-63, weight 6.4516 g, maximum diameter 21 mm, die axis 180o, Paris mint, 1893; obverse REPUBLIQE FRANCAISE, angel stands right, writing the constitution on a tablet, fasces behind, rooster before; reverse LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE, 20 FRANKS 1893 within wreath, A mint mark below; SOLD


Republic of Venice, Doge Paulo Rainer, 1779 - 1789

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The design of the famous Venetian gold ducat, or zecchino, remained unchanged for more than 500 years, from its introduction in 1284 and the conquest of Venice by Napoleon's troops in 1797. Paulo Rainer was the Doge of Venice before the last, at the end of 1000 years of Venetian independence.
SH46572. Gold zecchino, Friedberg 1434, VF, holed, clipped, weight 1.804 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 0o, Venice mint, 1779 - 1789; obverse PAVL RAINER DVX S M VENET, St. Marco stands right blessing Doge, long staff with cross between; reverse REGIS ISTE DVCA SIT T XPE DAT Q TV, Christ in mandorla with 16 stars, 7 on each side, 1 at top, and 1 at bottom; SOLD


Colonial Mexico, Carlos III, King of Spain, 1759 - 1788 A.D., 1785 Mo FM 8R

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WO47793. Silver 8 reales, Krause KM 106, aVF, rainbow toned, weight 26.77 g, maximum diameter 38.9 mm, die axis 0o, Mexico mint, 1785 A.D.; obverse •CARLUS • III • DEI • GRATIA •, laureate, draped, and armored bust of Ferdinand right, from being, date 1785 below; reverseHISPAN • ET IND • REX • Mo • 8R • F • M •, crowned Spanish coat of arms, flanked by pillars of Hercules draped with banner reading "PLVS VLTRA"; SOLD


France, Philip IV, 1285 - 1314 A.D.

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King Philip IV, deeply in debt to the Knights Templar, took advantage of rumors about the Order's secret initiation ceremony. On Friday, October 13, 1307, he had the Order's members in France arrested (the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition). Pope Clement, under threat from Philip, instructed all Christian monarchs in Europe to arrest all Templars and seize their assets. Many Templars were tortured into giving false confessions and burned at the stake. Grand Master Jacques de Molay, burned alive in Paris in 1314, called out from the flames, "Dieu sait qui a tort et a pëché. Il va bientot arriver malheur à ceux qui nous ont condamnés à mort" ("God knows who is wrong and has sinned. Soon a calamity will occur to those who have condemned us to death"). Pope Clement died only a month later, and King Philip died in a hunting accident before the end of the year.
ME47829. Silver Gros Tournois, Duplessy 213 ff., F, slightly grainy, weight 3.664 g, maximum diameter 25.9 mm, die axis 0o, obverse + BNDICTV: SIT: NOmE: DNI: nRI: DEI: IhV. XPI (outer), + PhILIPPVS REX (inner), cross pattée, legend around in two rows; reverse TVRONVS CIVIS, Châtel tournois topped with a cross, border of twelve lis within arches; SOLD


Carolingians, West Frankish Kingdom, Charles the Simple, 897 - 922 A.D., Reverse Brockage

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In 911, a group of Vikings lead by Rollo besieged Paris and Chartres. Charles decided to negotiate. Rollo was granted lands for which he promised loyalty and military assistance. Rollo also agreed to be baptised and to marry Gisela, Charles' illegitimate daughter. Rollo's descendants were the Dukes of Normandy, and following the Norman conquest in 1066, kings of England.
ME65994. Silver denier, cf. MEC I, p. 552, 993 ff., VF, reverse brockage, weight 1.357 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, obverse incuse of reverse (normally GRATIA D-I REX, Karolus monogram); reverse CIN◊MANIS CIVITAS, cross pattée; SOLD


Great Britain, George III, 1760 - 1820, Modified Into a "Secret" Box

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Similar boxes made from American silver dollars are sometimes called "Opium Dollars."

In 1797, at the Soho Mint, James Watt and Matthew Boulton used their steam powered presses to strike 450 tons of the new "cartwheel" pennies, at 1 ounce of copper per coin. The penny was found to be too heavy for regular use and was only struck for that single year.
UK73033. Bronze penny, SCBC 3777, VF, altered into a screw top box, screws worn, weight 20.008 g, maximum diameter 35.4 mm, die axis 0o, Soho mint, 1797; obverse GEORGIUS III D G REX, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse BRITANNIA 1797, Britannia seated left on rocks, olive-branch in right hand, trident in left, Union shield at side, tiny SOHO on rock below, sailing ship on water at a distance on left, diving whale right, waves in exergue; SOLD


England, Elizabeth I, 1558 - 1603

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WO32246. Silver sixpence Seaby 2578A, North 2015, F+, scratches, weight 2.753 g, maximum diameter 26.1 mm, Tower mint, 1600; SOLD


France, King Louis XVIII, 1814 - 1824 A.D.

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WO47796. Silver 5 Francs, Krause KM 711.1, VF, toned, weight 24.927 g, maximum diameter 37.2 mm, die axis 180o, Paris mint, 1821 A.D.; obverse LOUIS XVIII ROI DE FRANCE, head of Louis XVIII left, MICHAUT F and horse's head right below; reverse crowned coat-of-arms within wreath, 5 - F across fields, 1821, rooster standing left, and A (date, mintmaster's mark, and mint mark) in ex; SOLD


Great Britain, George III, 1760 - 1820

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In 1797, at the Soho Mint, James Watt and Matthew Boulton used their steam powered presses to strike 50 tons of the new "cartwheel" twopence, at 2 ounces of copper per coin. The twopence was found to be too heavy for regular use and was only struck for that single year.
WO60206. Copper twopence, SCBC 3776, VF, marks, edge bumps, weight 57.912 g, maximum diameter 40.9 mm, die axis 180o, Soho mint, 1797; obverse GEORGIUS III D G REX, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse BRITANNIA 1797, Britannia seated left on rocks, olive-branch in right hand, trident in left, Union shield at side, tiny SOHO on rock below, sailing ship on water at a distance on left, diving whale right, waves in exergue; a huge impressive bronze!; SOLD


Pahang Sultanate, Malaysia, 1819 - 1889

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Ingots made from tin (one of Malaysia's most abundant natural resources) were adapted into a coinage system by the Malay sultanate of Pahang. The shape of this particular type earned it the name 'tin-hat' money. The first tin-hat shaped ingot was issued in 1819. The Tampang (1/25 dollar) and other denominations continued to be minted in Pahang until 1889 and was legal tender until 1893.
AS56353. "Tin-hat" money, 1/4 Tampang (one cent); 30.0x30.4mm, 10.438g, Fair, holed, square coin with a square raised hollow center, resembling a hat with a flat rim, Jawi language inscriptions in Persian script (including ruler and date) on top and bottom of the "rim"; SOLD


Russia, Elizabeth I, 6 December 1741 - 5 January 1762

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At the age of thirty-three, this naturally indolent and self-indulgent woman, with little knowledge and no experience, found herself at the head of a great empire at one of the most critical periods of its existence. Fortunately for herself and for Russia, with all her shortcomings (documents often waited months for her signature), Elizabeth inherited some of her father's genius. What sometimes appeared as irresolution and procrastination, was often a wise delay of judgment. She led Russia during the War of Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War. She encouraged foundation of the University of Moscow and the Imperial Academy of Arts. The Winter Palace and the Smolny Cathedral are the chief monuments of her reign. Elizabeth is one of the most popular Russian monarchs due to her opposition to Prussian policies and her abstinence from executing a single person during her reign.
WO66129. Bronze 5 Kopecks, Krause C59.1, no mintmark, oblique milled edge, F, weight 46.411 g, maximum diameter 41.2 mm, die axis 0o, Ekaterinburg or Sestroretsk mint, 1761; obverse "Five Kopeks" in Russian on banner below, coat of arms of Russia: facing double-headed eagle, wearing three crowns, wings open, scepter in left talon, globus cruciger in right, shield with St. George on horseback right slaying dragon on breast; reverse crowned monogram, 17-61 flanking across field, all within wreath; huge bronze; SOLD


Netherlands-Utrecht, Daalder (48 Stuivers), 1639

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On 13 March 1639, Harvard University was named for clergyman John Harvard.
WO63487. Silver Daalder (48 Stuivers), Krause and Mishler 30, VF, weight 26.733 g, maximum diameter 42.6 mm, die axis 0o, Utrecht mint, 1639; obverse MO . ARG . PRO . CON_FOE . BELG . TRA, Armored half-length bust of William I, Prince of Orange, left, shield with crowned rampant lion below, all breaking inner beaded circle; reverse CONFIDENS . DNO . NON . MOVETVR . 1639, rampant lion left, within inner beaded circle; SOLD


France, Philip IV, 1285 - 1314 A.D.

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King Philip IV, deeply in debt to the Knights Templar, took advantage of rumors about the Order's secret initiation ceremony. On Friday, October 13, 1307, he had the Order's members in France arrested (the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition). Pope Clement, under threat from Philip, instructed all Christian monarchs in Europe to arrest all Templars and seize their assets. Many Templars were tortured into giving false confessions and burned at the stake. Grand Master Jacques de Molay, burned alive in Paris in 1314, called out from the flames, "Dieu sait qui a tort et a pëché. Il va bientot arriver malheur à ceux qui nous ont condamnés à mort" ("God knows who is wrong and has sinned. Soon a calamity will occur to those who have condemned us to death"). Pope Clement died only a month later, and King Philip died in a hunting accident before the end of the year.
ME47832. Silver Gros Tournois, Duplessy 213 ff., aF, weight 3.720 g, maximum diameter 26.8 mm, die axis 90o, obverse + BNDICTV: SIT: NOmE: DNI: nRI: DEI: IhV. XPI (outer), + PhILIPPVS REX (inner), cross pattée, legend around in two rows; reverse TVRONVS CIVIS, Châtel tournois topped with a cross, border of twelve lis within arches; SOLD


Denmark, Silver 25 Ore, 1874

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WO37797. Silver 25 Ore, KM 796, AU, weight 2.428 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 0o, obverse CHRISTIAN IX KONGE AF DANMARK 1874, bare head right; reverse 25 ORE, porpoise, star, and stalk of grain; SOLD


England, Elizabeth I, 1558 - 1603

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At twenty-five years old, Elizabeth inherited a weak bankrupt nation, torn by religious discord. Her supporters counseled that her only hope, was to marry quickly and lean upon her husband. Instead, she ruled alone for nearly half a century, driven by her genuine love for her subjects. She is perhaps the greatest English monarch in history.
WO33473. Silver sixpence, Seaby 2562, VF, clipped from c. 3.0 g, weight 2.669 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, die axis 315o, Tower mint, 1574; obverse ELIZABETH D G ANG FRA ET HIB REGINA star, crowned bust left, rose behind; reverse POSVI:DEV'ADIVTOREM· MEV: (I have made God my helper), quartered coat-of-arms (passant lions and fleurs-de-lis) on long cross fourchée, 1574 above shield; SOLD


Kingdom of Naples and Sicily, Philip IV of Spain, 31 March 1621 - 17 September 1665

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Naples was ruled by the Crown of Aragon as part of the Spanish Empire from 1504 to 1714.
ME66313. Bronze 3 cavalli, MIR Napoli 275/2 (1631, R) or 275/3 (1632, R3), F, weight 2.577 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 0o, Naples mint, 1631 or 1632; obverse PHILIPP IIII D G R S 1631 (or 1632), radiate bust left, uncertain letter or symbol (control) before, S (mint master Lorenzo Salamone) behind; reverse foliate cross, rosette at center, flame from each angle; rare; SOLD


World Coin Lot, 143 Ringed Bi-Metal Coins

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A quick look spotted coins from Italy, France, Portugal, Mexico, Finland, Jordan, and Canada.
LT36758. 143 coins, all ringed bi-metal types, worldwide variety, all in attractive condition; SOLD


Mexico, First Republic, Cap and Rays 8 Reales, 1832-RM/L

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WO47791. Silver 8 reales, Krause KM 377.4, VF, golden toning, weight 27.251 g, maximum diameter 38.3 mm, die axis 0o, Durango mint, 1832; obverse * 8R . Do 1832 . R . M . 10 Ds. 20 Gs, Pileus (freedom cap) inscribed "LIBERTAD", surrounded by rays; reverse REPVBLICA MEXICANA, eagle standing left on cactus, head turned back, serpent in beak and talon, within oak and olive wreath; SOLD


Kingdom of Naples and Sicily, Philip IV of Spain, 31 March 1621 - 17 September 1665

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Naples was ruled by the Crown of Aragon as part of the Spanish Empire from 1504 to 1714.
ME66314. Bronze 3 cavalli, MIR Napoli 273/1 (NC), aF, weak strike, light corrosion, weight 1.406 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 180o, Naples mint, 1625; obverse PHILIPP IIII D G REX, radiate head right, B (mint master Fabrizio Biblia) behind, 1625 below; reverse IN HOC SIGNO VINCES (In this sign you will conquer), cross potent, flame from each angle; scarce; SOLD


Kingdom of Naples, Ferdinand II of Naples, January 1495 - 7 September 1496

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Ferdinand II was the son and successor of Alphonso II, and heir of the Brienne claim to the Kingdom of Jerusalem. About one month into his reign, on 20 February 1495, Charles VIII of France invaded and took Naples, Ferdinand fled with the royal family and an escort of 14 galleys to the castle at Ischia. The commander of the island fortress had made an agreement with the French, and opposed the King's entrance. Ferdinand killed the commander personally and had his body thrown into the sea. Ferdinand later moved to Messina, where he joined his cousin Ferdinand II, king of Sicily and Spain. In the meantime, Pope Alexander VI formed a coalition against Charles, made up of Emperor Maximilian, Venice, Milan and Spain. When the French king was forced to leave Naples with most of his army, Ferdinand returned on 7 July 1496. The citizens, irritated by the terrible conduct of their French conquerors during the occupation, received him back with enthusiasm. He died two months later. Since he actually ruled for only three months, it is not surprising that all of his coin types are rare.
ME90653. Silver cinquina, MIR Napoli 103 (R); MEC Italy III 1060; Biaggi 1703 (NC); CNI XIX p. 243, 89; Pannuti-Riccio 6, aF, weight 0.447 g, maximum diameter 15.07 mm, die axis 135o, Naples mint, Jan - 20 Feb 1495, or 7 Jul - 7 Sep 1496; obverse + FERRANDVS : II : D : G : R : (double annulet stops), mountain of diamonds, T between two flowers below; reverse + SICILIE : IERVSALEM (double annulet stop), Jerusalem cross; rare; SOLD


France, Philip IV the Fair, 1285 - 1314

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King Philip IV, deeply in debt to the Knights Templar, took advantage of rumors about the Order's secret initiation ceremony. On Friday, October 13, 1307, he had the Order's members in France arrested (the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition). Pope Clement, under threat from Philip, instructed all Christian monarchs in Europe to arrest all Templars and seize their assets. Many Templars were tortured into giving false confessions and burned at the stake. Grand Master Jacques de Molay, burned alive in Paris in 1314, called out from the flames, "Dieu sait qui a tort et a pëché. Il va bientot arriver malheur à ceux qui nous ont condamnés à mort" ("God knows who is wrong and has sinned. Soon a calamity will occur to those who have condemned us to death"). Pope Clement died only a month later, and King Philip died in a hunting accident before the end of the year.
ME58619. Silver double tournois, Duplessy 229, aVF, clashed dies, weight 1.020 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 180o, 1295 - 1303; obverse + PhILIPPVS REX, short cross pattée, lis in quarter; reverse + MON DVPLEX REGAL, roof Châtel tournois, between lis; rare; SOLD


Ireland, James II, 1685 - 1691; 'Williamite War "Gunmoney"

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James II struck base metal coins called gunmoney because the metal was in part obtained from old cannons. He promised that once he was back in power he would call in the coins, one month's worth at a time, and exchange them for proper silver coins. After James was defeated the coins continued to circulate but at a value based on copper.
WO58745. Bronze half crown, Seaby 6580B, VF, centers weak, scratches, weight 9.671 g, maximum diameter 28.8 mm, die axis 0o, Dublin mint, May 1690; obverse IACOBVS II DEI GRATIA, laureate bust left; reverse MAG BR FRA ET HIB REX 1690, crown, J - R across field XXX above, MAY below; SOLD


England, Elizabeth I, 1558 - 1603

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At twenty-five years old, Elizabeth inherited a weak bankrupt nation, torn by religious discord. Her supporters counseled that her only hope, was to marry quickly and lean upon her husband. Instead, she ruled alone for nearly half a century, driven by her genuine love for her subjects. She is perhaps the greatest English monarch in history.
WO60205. Silver sixpence, Seaby 2596, star mint mark, aF, weight 2.732 g, maximum diameter 26.0 mm, die axis 225o, Tower mint, 1562; obverse ELIZABETH D G ANG FRA ET HIB REGINA, crowned bust left, decorated dress; reverse POSVI DEVM AD IVTORE M MEVM, coat-of-arms (passant lions and fleurs-de-lis) on long cross fourchée, 1562 above; scarce early milled issue; SOLD


Spain, Philip III, 1578 - 1621

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Cob 2 reales circulated throughout the New World. In the 13 Colonies, they were sometimes known as "two bits," a denomination which became our quarter. The term is still used.
WO60233. Silver 2 reales, F, weight 6.278 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 90o, uncertain Spanish Colonial America mint, c. 1620; obverse PHILIPVS III D G HISPANIARVM (or similar), arms of Spain, •II• at right; reverse INDIARVM ET REX (or similar), Jerusalem Cross with two castles and two lions in quarters, all inside a quatrefoil design; SOLD


France, Henri IV, 1589 - 1610

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ME47846. Copper double tournois, Duplessy 1273, Lafaurie 1111, aVF, weight 3.087 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 180o, Paris mint, 1608; obverse HENRI•IIII•R•DE•FRAN•ET•NAV, laureate and cuirassed bust of Henry IV right, A (Paris mint mark) below; reverse + DOVBLE•TOVRNOIS•1608, three lis in the central field, two lis above, one below; SOLD


France, Philip I, 1060 - 1108 A.D.

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Philip's name, exotic for Western Europe at the time, was derived from Philippos (Greek, meaning "lover of horses"). He was crowned at seven, his mother was the first queen of France to act as regent. Philip was excommunicated after he repudiated his first wife (claiming she was too fat) and taking another. His reign was extraordinarily long for the time.
ME47849. Silver denier, Duplessy 50, Roberts 2376, gF, weight 1.202 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 180o, Orléans mint, obverse + PHILIPVS X REX D-I, Gate, NI-I-IC around, AT inside; reverse + AVRELIANIS CIVITA, cross cantonnée, S in the 1st and 4th quadrants; SOLD


France, Louis XIII, 1610 - 1643

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Money of d'Artagnan and The Three Musketeers!

Louis XIII and especially his devious First Minister Cardinal Richelieu were the antagonists in The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas and its subsequent film adaptations.
ME48688. Copper double tournois, Duplessy 1366, VF, weight 2.865 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 180o, Paris mint, 1630; obverse •LOVIS•XIII R•DE FRAN•ET•NAV• (VI ligated to Y), laureate bust right within circle, A (Paris mint mark) below; reverse +DOVBLE•TOVRNOIS•1630•, three lis in the central field, two above and one below, within circular inner border; SOLD


England, Charles I, 1625 - 1649

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Charles I attempted to reign as an absolute monarch and rule without Parliament. Civil war broke out, the forces of the King lost, and Charles was beheaded.
WO58068. Silver shilling, Seaby 2793, North 2230, aVF, weight 4.910 g, maximum diameter 29.2 mm, die axis 180o, Tower mint, 1639 - 1640; obverse CAROLVS D G MAG BRI FRA ET HIB REX ∆, Crowned bust left, XII behind; reverse CHRISTO • AVSPICE • REGNO • ∆ •, Coat of arms; SOLD


England, Henry III, 1216 - 1272

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Henry III became king as a boy of nine years and reigned fifty-six years, during which England prospered. He made Westminster the seat of government and expanded the abbey as a shrine to Edward the Confessor. He spent much of his reign fighting the barons over the Magna Carta and the royal rights, and was eventually forced to call the first "parliament" in 1264. On the Continent, he unsuccessfully endeavoured to re-establish English control over Normandy, Anjou, and Aquitaine.
UK59289. Silver penny, Voided Long Cross Coinage, Class 3c; North 988, Seaby 1364, VF, weight 1.135 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, moneyer Henri, London mint, 1248-1250; obverse HENRICVS REX III (NR ligate), crowned facing bust of Henry, round pellet-in-annulet eyes, pointed chin, neck indicated; reverse HENRI ON LVNDE, voided long cross with trefoil of pellets in each angle; SOLD


Great Britain and Ireland, James I, 1603 - 1625

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Jamestown was founded in 1607.
WO60202. Silver sixpence, North 2103, SCBC 2658, aVF, scratches, weight 2.630 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, die axis 180o, Tower, coronet mintmark mint, 1607 - 1609; obverse IACOBVS D G MAG BRIT FRA ET HIB REX (by the grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland), crowned bust right, VI behind; reverse QUAE DEUS CONIUNXIT NEMO SPARET (what God has joined, let no man separate), coat-of-arms, date (obscure) above; SOLD


France, Louis IX, 1226 - 1270

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Saint Louis ruled during the so-called "golden century of Saint Louis," when France was at its height, both politically and economically. Louis was a devout Catholic, and he built the Sainte-Chapelle. He died at Tunis, during his second crusade. He is the only canonized king of France; consequently, there are many places named after him, most notably St. Louis, Missouri.
ME66650. Silver denier tournois, Roberts 2413, Duplessy 193A, VF, weight 0.932 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 45o, Touraine mint, obverse + LVDOVICVS•REX, cross pattée; reverse + TVRONIS•CIVIS, châtel tournois; SOLD


Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient TImes to the Present

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A unique and indispensable reference work, which is unsurpassed in content and scope. Covers gold coins from the early coins of the ancient Greeks to the most recently-issued modern commemoratives. More than 21,000 individual coin listings are accompanied by over 8,000 actual-size photographs.
BK43178. Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient TImes to the Present, 8th edition, by Arthur L. Friedberg and Ira S. Friedberg, hard-cover, 800 pages; only one available; SOLD


England, Charles I, 1625 - 1649

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Charles I attempted to reign as an absolute monarch and rule without Parliament. Civil war broke out, the forces of the King lost, and Charles was beheaded.
WO68530. Silver shilling, Seaby 2799, North 2231, triangle-in-circle mintmark, F+, uneven strike, weight 6.123 g, maximum diameter 30.4 mm, die axis 315o, Tower mint, 1641 - 1643; obverse CAROLVS D G MAG BRI FRA ET HIB REX, crowned bust left, XII (value mark) behind; reverse CHRISTO AVSPICE REGNO, cross moline over square-topped shield coat-of-arms; SOLD


Venice, Doge Nicolo da Ponte, 15 January 1491 - 30 July 1585

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Nicolò da Ponte was the eighty seventh doge of Republic of Venice. Elected at 87 years old, he was often ill or would fall asleep, but he carried out an administrative reorganization of the state and ruled effectively over over a fairly quiet period. He died July 30, 1585 at the venerable age of ninety years.
WO35695. Silver 20 solidi, 1/8 Scudo S Giustina, 1 Lira, aVF, weight 4.397 g, maximum diameter 26.9 mm, die axis 180o, obverse S M VENE NIC DA PONTE, *A*M* in ex, S. Marco seated right on left, doge kneeling on right, both hold a flagstaff topped with a cross; reverse MEMORERO TVI IVSTINA VIR, St. Justine, standing facing, palm frond in right, with left crowning winged Venetian lion laying prone right behind, •20• in exergue; rare; SOLD


Mexico, First Republic, Cap and Rays 8 Reales, 1826 Zs AZ

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WO47787. Silver 8 reales, Krause KM 377.13, gVF, flat centers, weight 26.626 g, maximum diameter 38.6 mm, die axis 0o, Zacatecas mint, 1826; obverse * 8R . Zs 1826 . O . M . 10 Ds. 20 Gs, Pileus (freedom cap) inscribed "LIBERTAD", surrounded by rays; reverse REPVBLICA MEXICANA, eagle standing left on cactus, head turned back, snake in beak and talon, within oak and olive wreath; .903 silver; SOLD


'Mereau' Charity Token, Liege, Belgium, 1686

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WO50966. Bronze token, Charity Token, Rev. Num. Belge v. 5-6, p. 125, 19, gVF, weight 4.165 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 180o, Liege mint, 1686; obverse ANNIVERSARIVM 1686, Skull and crossbones; reverse ECCLESI : LEODI :, Crossbones and flames; SOLD


Republic of Venice, Doge Andrea Contarini, 1368 - 1382

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Andrea Contarini served as doge during the War of Chioggia, fought with the Republic of Genoa.
ME55702. Silver grosso, Biaggi 2844; Mint Master F (Filippo Barbarigo 1370 - 1385), VF, holed, weight 1.899 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 180o, Venice mint, obverse ANDR. 9TARENO. S. M. VENETI, Doge, standing on left, wearing corno ducale, receiving tall flag from St. Mark, standing on right, DVX down flag staff; reverse + • TIBI • LAVS • 7 • GLORIA •, nimbate Christ enthroned facing, holding gospels in lap, IC - XC (Jesus Christ) flanking above, star left, F right; scarce; SOLD


France, Louis XIV the Sun King, 1643 - 1715, Counterfeit

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Under Louis XIV, the Sun King, France reached the apogee of its power. His reign began at age four and lasted seventy-two years, three months, and eighteen days; one of the longest of any European monarch. He fought three major wars: the Franco-Dutch War, the War of the League of Augsburg, and the War of the Spanish Succession. Louis converted a hunting lodge into the spectacular Palace of Versailles, and by compelling the noble elite to inhabit his lavish palace, he pacified the aristocracy and eliminated the remnants of feudalism. He consolidated a system of absolute monarchical rule in France that endured until the French Revolution.
WO58408. Silver 1/12th ecu, counterfeit, low weight, debased silver; cf. Duplessy 1464, Krause KM 199.5 (official, Limoges mint, c. 2.287 grams), F, small crack, weight 1.500 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 180o, illegal counterfeiter's mint, 1662; obverse D.G.ER.EINAV.IRXI.IIVD.XIIII (or similar, blundered), young portrait right, laureate, armored and draped; reverse SII.NOΛEN,DOΛIRV.ERNE...CIΛV.1661 (or similar, blundered), crowned arms of France (shield with three lis), I (Limoges mint mark) below; SOLD


Prussia, Wilhelm I and Augusta, 1861 - 1888

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This issue commemorates the coronation of Wilhelm I and Augusta.
WO58777. Silver Thaler, Krause KM 488, EF, toned, weight 18.448 g, maximum diameter 33.0 mm, die axis 0o, 1861; obverse WILHELM KOENIG AUGUSTA KOENIGIN V. PREUSSEN, crowned and draped jugate busts of Wilhelm and Augusta right; reverse SUUM CUIQUE KROENUNGS THALER 1861, WRAR WRAR around imperial eagle; SOLD


Portuguese Far East, João III, 1521 - 1557

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ME59103. Tin soldo, cast tin; Mitchiner NI 3149, F, weight 3.702 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, Malacca (Malaysia) mint, 1554 - 1578; obverse cross potent, I - S / M-A (Ioannes Senhor Malacca) in quarters; reverse armillary sphere; scarce; SOLD


France, Louis XIV the Sun King, 1643 - 1715

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Under Louis XIV, the Sun King, France reached the apogee of its power. His reign began at age four and lasted seventy-two years, three months, and eighteen days; one of the longest of any European monarch. He fought three major wars: the Franco-Dutch War, the War of the League of Augsburg, and the War of the Spanish Succession. Louis converted a hunting lodge into the spectacular Palace of Versailles, and by compelling the noble elite to inhabit his lavish palace, he pacified the aristocracy and eliminated the remnants of feudalism. He consolidated a system of absolute monarchical rule in France that endured until the French Revolution.
WO59110. Silver 1/12th ecu, Duplessy 1464, Krause KM 199.11, VF, weight 2.330 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 180o, Saint-Andre de Villeneuve-les-Avignon mint, 1661; obverse D.G.FR.ET.NAV.REX.LVD.XIIII, young portrait right, laureate, armored and draped; reverse SIT.NOMEN,DOMIN.BENEDICTVM.1661, crowned arms of France (shield with three lis), •R• (mint mark) below; SOLD


France, Abbots of Souvigny, 1080 - 1213

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ME66359. Billon denier, Roberts 4916, Poey-dAvant 2169, F, weight 0.610 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 90o, Souvigny mint, 1080 - 1213; obverse SCS MAIOLVS, facing bust of St. Maieur, crozier right; reverse + SILVINIACO, plain short cross; SOLD


Russia, Catherine II the Great, 9 July 1762 - 17 November 1796

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Catherine the Great was a German princess who became Empress of Russia following a coup d'état and the assassination of her husband Peter III. Russia was revitalized under her reign, growing larger and stronger than ever and becoming recognized as one of the great powers of Europe. The Empire added about 200,000 square miles, including Russian America in Alaska. She was the longest-ruling and is the most renowned female leader of Russia.
WO66128. Bronze 5 Kopecks, Krause C59.3, VF, oblique milled edge, weight 45.857 g, maximum diameter 40.9 mm, die axis 0o, Ekaterinburg mint, 1767; obverse "Five Kopeks" in Russian on banner below, coat of arms of Russia: facing double-headed eagle, wearing three crowns, wings open, scepter in left talon, globus cruciger in right, shield with St. George on horseback right slaying dragon on breast; E - M flanking tail; reverse crowned monogram, 17-67 flanking across field, all within wreath; huge bronze; SOLD


Russia, Nicholas I, 1 December 1825 - 2 March 1855

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Nicholas I was Emperor of Russia, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Finland. He was key to the rise of Russia as a world power and the creation of an independent Greece. His victory in the Russo-Turkish War hastened the disintegration of the aging Ottoman Empire. Before his death, during the Crimean War, the Russian Empire reached its zenith, spanning over 20 million square kilometers.
WO66131. Copper 5 Kopecks, Krause C140.1, VF, weight 22.281 g, maximum diameter 36.4 mm, die axis 0o, Ekaterinburg mint, mintmaster Fedor Khvochinski, 1832; obverse coat of arms of Russia: facing double-headed eagle, wearing three crowns, wings open, Φ - X flanking tail, 1832. below; reverse 5 KOPECKS in Russian, E.M. (mintmark) below; SOLD




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