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NEWUNUSUAL GERMAN PORCELAIN COINS

Germany - Bad Weixdorf-Lausa porcelain 50 Pfennig coin, 1921Germany Friedrich Wolff, Dresden, porcelain 20 Pfennig cionGermany porcelain coins, circa 1921-1922
During the collapse of the German economy following World War I, some towns and companies issued emergency coins, called notgeld, made from porcelain. These two porcelain coins were produced at the famed Meissen Porcelain works in Saxony and carry the Meissen crossed swords "hallmark".

From Bad Weixdorf-Lausa is this 25mm brown porcelain 50 Pfennig dated 1921. Bad Weixdorf-Lausa was a public bath (bad means bath in German) that included a lake for swimming and boating. Weixdorf-Lausa was formed in 1914 through the mergers of the villages of Weixdorf and Lausa. It is now part of Dresden. The coin features an acorn and oak leaves on the reverse.

Friedrich Wolff, a Jewish typewriter merchant in Dresden, issued this porcelain 20 Pfennig coin. The 27mm brown porcelain coin features the head of a wolf. The undated piece was probably produced in 1921 or 1922, when a typewriter was the ultimate in office technology.

We also have a few other types of German porcelain coins from the early 1920's in quantities too few list, which we can offer at a discounted price.
Item DE-WEIXDORF BAD WEIXDORF-LAUSA 50 PFENNIG PORCELAIN COIN, 1921 UNC. $15.00
Item DE-WOLFF FRIEDRICH WOLFF, DRESDEN 20 PFENNIG PORCELAIN COIN UNC. $15.00
Item DE-PORCx1 Single German Porcelain coin, type of our choice, 1921-1922 Unc. $10.00
Item DE-PORCx3 3 Different German Porcelain coins, types of our choice, 1921-1922 Unc. $29.00


CARDBOARD MONEY OF PASSAU, GERMANY

Passau 1 Pfennig thin cardboard circa 1920Passau is a city in Bavaria, Germany located on the border of Austria. Shortly after World War I, Germany suffered a serious shortage of small change. The Passau responded by issuing thin cardboard 1 Pfennig notes that could be used within the city. The redish-brown notes are about 20.5mm square. They have same design on both sides, with just the denomination and name of the city.
Item PASSAU PASSAU 1 PFENNIG THIN CARDBOARD, circa 1920 AU-UNC. $3.00



SPANISH CIVIL WAR STAMP MONEY

Spanish Civil War (Republic) stamp money
To deal with the coin shortage caused by the Spanish Civil War, in 1938 the Republic government authorized that postage and revenue stamps to be affixed to special 35mm cardboard disks and pass for change. The disk features the Spanish coat-of-arms on the back. We offer a two piece set of these unusual coins (or maybe they are notes as they are listed in the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money as P96P & P96I). Included is the 10 Centimos using a revenue stamp and the 25 Centimos using a portrait postage stamp.
Item ES-STAMP SET OF 2 SPANISH CIVIL WAR STAMP MONEY (1938) $8.00

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SIAMESE PORCELAIN MONEY Back in stock

Siam porcelain money (Pe), 19th CenturyThere was often a shortage of small change in Siam. Porcelain gaming tokens, also known as Pe, issued by Chinese owned gambling houses were widely used as money in Siam during the 18th and 19th century. They come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and colors. After a period of time the gambling houses would recall the tokens and they would be declared valueless.
Item TH-PORC SIAMESE 19th CENTURY PORCELAIN MONEY $8.00


SCARCE WWII CLAY COINS FROM JAPAN

Japan brown baked clay 1 Sen KM110This scarce clay 1 Sen coin circulated for only a few days at the end of World War II in central Japan. The undated coin features Mt. Fuji on one side and a flower on the other. This unusual coin was pressed into service due to the shortage of metal in Japan caused by World War II. The 15mm coin is made from red or-brown clay. It is quite scarce and unknown to many collectors.
Item JP-110-RED JAPAN RED CLAY 1 SEN (1945) KM110 UNC. $33.00
Item JP-110-BROWN JAPAN BROWN CLAY 1 SEN (1945) KM110 UNC. $30.00



UNUSUAL FIBER COINS FROM WWII JAPANESE OCCUPATION OF CHINA Restocked

Manchukuo 1 Fen 1945 Y13a "red fiber"Manchukuo 5 Fen 1944-1945 Red Fiber YA13a
Manchukuo was a Japanese puppet state carved out of Northeastern China prior to World War II. Due to a severe metal shortage towards the end of the war, it issued these unusual 1 Fen and 5 Fen coins struck in a thick, red material rather than metal. The coins are dated in the year of the reign of Emperor Kang Te of Manchukuo. Kang Te was formerly known as Pu Yi, who was the last Emperor of China until he was deposed in 1911. The Japanese used him as the figurehead leader for Manchukuo. The 1 Fen struck only a single year; 1945. The 5 Fen was struck in 1944 and 1945. Because the material used was relitively soft, the coins show considerable wear. These historic World War II coins are some of the few circulating non-metallic coins of the 20th century.
Item MAN-1F MANCHUKUO 1 FEN 1945 Y13a G-VG $4.00
Item MAN-5F MANCHUKUO 5 FEN 1944-45 YA13a G-VG $7.50


THE COIN WITH A SOUL! Restocked

Gizzie Iron from West Africa
The "Kissie Penny" or "Gizzie Iron" are twisted iron rods, about 7 to 12 inches (18 to 30cm) long, that were used for money in Liberia and Sierra Leone from the 19th to the mid 20th century. They were said to contain a soul. If the Kissie were broken the soul would escape and it would be valueless. Of course, the local "witch doctor" could restore the soul, for a small fee. A bunch of bananas might cost 2 Kissies, a cow 2000 Kissies, or a bride 4000 Kissies.
Item KISSIE WEST AFRICAN KISSIE PENNY $7.50
Item KISSIEx5 5 PIECES OF WEST AFRICAN KISSIE PENNY $24.00


AFRICAN SLAVE BRACELET MONEY

African Manilla money
The Manilla, also called "slave bracelet money" was used extensively on the "slave coast" of west Africa. The Manilla comes in various sizes and forms, though it was usually made from a copper and lead alloy. The value fluctuated from time to time and place to place. Manillas were often manufactured in Europe for use in the African slave trade. In the 15th and 16th century male slaves went for 2 to 10 Manillas each. By the time the Manilla was demonitized in Nigeria in 1947 it was worth only 3 pence. This Manilla is about 70mm (3 inches) across and was used from the 18th to the mid 20th Centuries.
Item MANILLA WEST AFRICAN MANILLA $13.50



SWEDISH PLATE MONEY FROM THE WRECK OF THE NICOBAR Price Reduced

Swedish Plate Money: 4 Daler of Frederick (1720-1751)Swedish Plate Money: 4 Daler of Adolph Frederick (1751-1771)
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Sweden, having an abundance of copper and a shortage of other precious metals, issued huge copper coins called Platmynt or Plate Money in the 17th and 18th centuries. The coins contained their full face value of copper; however copper having of relatively low value in relation to silver, resulted in very large coins weighing as much as 44 pounds (20kg.) for a 10 Daler coin. That size proved too large and heavy. From 1750 to 1771 Swedish plate money was produced in denominations from 1/2 to 4 Daler. The large coins would have five stamps, a center stamp in the middle with the denomination and a stamp in each of the four corners with the monogram of monarch and the date. In 1777 the large coins ceased to be legal tender. Most were eventually exported and melted for their copper. On July 23 1782 the Danish East India Company ship the Nicobar departed from Cronborg, Sweden. It carried with it a load of copper plate money which served as ballast. It was bound for the Danish trading posts on the coast of India. On May 20, 1783 it stopped at False Bay South Africa to replenish food, supplies and crew, many of whom were too ill to continue. The Nicobar left False Bay on July 10th, 1783. That night it met with a severe storm and ran aground. In 1987 two divers discovered the wreck. Approximately 3000 pieces of Swedish plate money were recovered, along with other artifacts. As might be expected many of these shows signs of significant corrosion after being in the ocean for over 200 years. For a few years after the discovery Swedish plate money from the Nicobar was available. The hoard has long been disbursed and is now difficult to find. We recently obtained two 4 Daler Swedish plate money coins recovered from the Nicobar. The 4 Daler is the largest size that is generally available and affordable (only about ten of the 10 Daler coins are known – and most are in museums). Both of these coins show signs of significant corrosion, however they still make an impressive addition to any collection.
One piece is a 4 Daler coin of King Frederick, who reigned from 1720 to 1751. 3 of the 4 corner stamps are still partially visible, one clearly showing the crowned FRS monogram of King Frederick and the last digit of the date (6). The center stamp is partially visible. The coin weighs 4 pounds, 4 ounces (1.9 kg.) and is approximately 8.5 inches by 10 inches (21.5cm x 25cm).
The other piece is a 4 Daler coin of King Adolph Frederick who reigned from 1751 to 1771. It has a reasonably clear center stamp "4 DALER SIMF MYNT" (4 Daler silver money) and one visible corner stamp with the AFRS monogram of the King. It weighs 3 Pounds 6 ounces (1.5kg.) and is approximately 9 inches x 8 inches (23cm. x 20cm.)
Item PLATE-FRS SWEDISH COPPER PLATE MONEY, 4 DALER, FREDERICK 1720-1751, CORRODED $395.00
Item PLATE-AF SWEDISH COPPER PLATE MONEY, 4 DALER, ADOLPH FREDERICK 1751-1771, CORRODED $375.00



AFRICAN COINS FEATURE TRADITIONAL AFRICAN MONEYPrice Reduced Wholesale prices available to dealers


Africa 1500 Franc coins of 2005 Common reverse of African 1500 Franc 2005 issues
Six member nations of the African Development Bank issued a series of coins, each of which features a form of traditional money used in the member nation. Each coin bears the denomination of 1500 CFA Francs. The coins are 27mm nickel-plated steel and are dated 2005. One side features an Elephant’s head and a map of Africa while the other features a form of traditional money. The Cameroon issue features a Mambila. Three pieces of Spear Money is shown on the coin of the Central African Republic. A Manilla is shown on the Chad issue. A Katanga Cross is on the coin from the Congo Republic. A pair of Cowrie shells is on the Equatorial Guinea coin. The Gabon coin shows a piece of Throwing Knife Money. Each coin has a mintage of only 2005 pieces! Individually they are interesting coins. As a set they display the wide range of items used for money in Africa prior to the introduction of coins and currency.
Item CM-PRIM CAMEROON 1500 FRANCS 2005 Mambila Br.X26 Unc. $9.50
Item CF-PRIM CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 1500 Francs 2005 Spear Money Br.X12 Unc. $9.50
Item TD-PRIM CHAD 1500 Francs 2005 Manilla Br.X19 Unc.$17.50
Item CG-PRIM CONGO REPUBLIC 1500 Francs 2005 Katanga Cross Br.X46 Unc. $9.50
Item GQ-PRIM EQUATORIAL GUINEA 1500 Francs 2005 Cowries Br.X124 Unc. $9.50
Item GA-PRIM GABON 1500 Francs 2005 Throwing knife Money Br.X16 Unc. $9.50
Item AFRICA-PRIM SET OF ABOVE 6 AFRICAN COINS PICTURING PRIMITIVE MONEY Unc. $59.00

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