In 1952 King George VI died. The last ever British Silver Threepence was issued in his name up to 1944. But in South Africa they issued a Silver Threepence for circulation in 1952 and that is the coin we have on offer today. You have the bare head portrait of the King on one side and a plant and sticks of wood on the other. We have this last ever George VI Silver Threepence in two different grades, Extremely Fine and Uncirculated. An interesting memento and if you have one of our George VI sets, even more interesting.
In 1952 King George VI died. The last ever British Silver Threepence was issued in his name up to 1944. But in South Africa they issued a Silver Threepence for circulation in 1952 and that is the coin we have on offer today. You have the bare head portrait of the King on one side and a plant and sticks of wood on the other. An interesting memento and if you have one of our George VI sets, even more interesting.
Because of the pandemic, mints all over the world had to reduce production and thus the number of coins they issued. The first coins to be cut were the silver bullion coins and South Africa was no exception. At one point dealers wanted £45 each for a 2020 South Africa silver Kruger plus VAT from us! We did what any smart company would do, we said NO. We would wait till the price became more realistic. Now it has! These Brilliant Uncirculated coins which contain one ounce of pure silver, could well end up being the key date of the series. We have them at what we think is a fair price and a warning they could well turn out to be a key date. Supplies are very limited.
When Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison after many years of hard labor, he shocked the world. He came out in a suit and didn’t hate those who put him inside. Rather he realised that he could help his country go forward and regain its place in the world. He was a hero and loved and admired by not only his own countrymen but by people all over the world. The South African Government made both a coin and a banknote with his portrait on them. A friend in South Africa made up a handsome folder with both the coin and the banknote, which we are now proud to be able to offer. Supplies are running out and we don’t know where or when we will be able to get any more. A true gentleman, someone who put his country before himself and someone we admire. Add the set to your collection today.
This is a set of 1999 South African coins, but then the fun begins…The coins are 5c, 50c, 5 Rand and Protea which is a small sized Silver crown. The three small coins are Prooflike Uncirculated but the Protea is only listed as a Silver Proof, which this is. But, and here is the good part, Krause list the Protea as having a mintage of just 1,500 pieces (KM232). These coins were bought from the South African Government and sent to a marketing company in Norway. They were placed into a presentation folder where the text is in Norwegian. It is all a little confusing to us. But we do know that the Silver Proof Protea has a very small mintage of just 1,500 pieces. We are going to offer you the complete 1999 South African Mint Set for just £39.50 which is about half the catalogue price of the Silver coin alone. We think this is an excellent buy and would make a most interesting and exciting present for someone.
Coins of Spain issued during the Civil War are known as Republic issues 1931-1939. We have come across a wonderful group of Brilliant Uncirculated 25 Centimos of 1938. These Spanish coins were only struck for one year and issued with a hole in the centre to distinguish it from the higher denomination. Chain links on one side and the value on the other side. The current catalogue value is $25.00 in mint state 63 condition and these coins are that grade or higher. They are real Brilliant Uncirculated coins and over 80 years old.
We have a nice group of early Spanish Silver Crowns or 5 Pesetas from the reign of Alfonso XII in the 1800’s. These Spanish crowns were issued between 1874 till 1885. They are still excellent value considering their age and silver content. How long this will last is anyone’s guess. Get them while you can! These crowns are in Fine or better condition.
Ernest Hemingway took part in the conflict known today as the Spanish Civil War, he wrote about it and it was that writing that brought this coin to our attention. Today Spain is almost on the brink of another Civil War with parts of the country trying to split off and gain independence. This 25 Centavo was issued in 1937, it has a group of arrows tied in a bow on one side and arms of Spain on the other side. Today this coin is 84 years old and in a very high grade. We have graded them Good Extremely Fine, but some dealers would call them uncirculated. We prefer to grade the coin properly so you are happy when it arrives. Another interesting point is that the coin has a hole in the middle and was actually struck in Vienna! High quality and low prices make an interesting coin even more interesting…
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso was the greatest artist of the last century. His name is recognised by everyone and his styles led rather than followed the art world. These styles and periods include Blue Period, Rose Period and Cubism. His most famous painting is Guernica. This portrayed his outrage against the German bombing of the city of Guernica under the auspices of General Franco. Picasso was born in Spain in 1881 but spent a large part of his life in France. He is considered the ‘Old Master’ of contemporary art. We are pleased to be able to offer again these magnificent Picasso Euro pieces, in two different finishes. Illustrated here is the Brass type.
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso was the greatest artist of the last century. His name is recognised by everyone and his styles led rather than followed the art world. These styles and periods include Blue Period, Rose Period and Cubism. His most famous painting is Guernica. This portrayed his outrage against the German bombing of the city of Guernica under the auspices of General Franco. Picasso was born in Spain in 1881 but spent a large part of his life in France. He is considered the ‘Old Master’ of contemporary art. We are pleased to be able to offer again these magnificent Picasso Euro pieces, in two different finishes. Here we present the Cupronickel type.
One of our sources managed to supply 98 sets of these Spanish coin sets. First you get the set of 3 coins (1, 5 & 25 Pesetas) issued under Franco. Then you get 3 other coins (1, 5 & 25 Pesetas) issued under Juan Carlos. Finally you get 3 coins issued under King Juan Carlos but for The 1982 Football World Cup. You get a total of 9 different Spanish coins, showing two rulers and one with Football commemorative coins. The coins are circulated but have been specially selected for our collectors. Remember just 98 sets of 9 coins available.
At the paper money fair in The Netherlands, we met a dealer from Sri Lanka. He had just 100 sets of their coinage with him and we bought all of them. After all, finding, let alone buying the coins of Sri Lanka is not easy at all. There are 10 different Brilliant Uncirculated coins, some odd-shaped. They are 1, 2, 5, 10, 25 & 50 Cents plus 1, 2, 5 & 10 Rupees 1988-2016. It is a very difficult set to put together, especially in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. Once they are gone, they are gone...
In 1998 Sri Lanka struck this attractive 10 Rupee coin to honour the 50th Anniversary of Independence. The Obverse bears a traditional building within circle. The Reverse features the denomination and 'Sri Lanka' (written in three languages English, Sinhala and Tamil!). Priced at just £4.95 this coin is a must for collectors of both Sri Lankan coins and Bi-metallic issues.
This Scarce St. Thomas & Prince 1000 Dobras Olympic crown was issued in 1996 for the games held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. It depicts swimmers and is struck in Proof cupronickel. Very high relief and quite a scarce crown.They have toned over the years. This is a good value, especially at our price of just £19.95!
In 1986 on the 23rd of July Prince Andrew married Miss Sarah Ferguson, a marriage that was not to last, unfortunately. Two South Atlantic islands, St. Helena and Ascension Island, combined to honour this event and by combining they made a rather interesting piece. You have the couple on one side with Prince Andrew in military uniform, a few years earlier he served as a helicopter pilot in the Falkland Islands. The other side has Prince Andrew’s Mother, better known as H.M. Queen Elizabeth II. These are cupronickel crownsized 50 Pence pieces and are in Uncirculated condition. They are now 33 years old and being sold for about the same price that they sold for 30 years ago! Your gain!
The tiny island of St. Helena, where Napoleon died, has honoured St. George slaying the dragon, with a beautiful Sterling Silver Proof crown. This was originally designed by Pistrucci for the new coinage of George III in 1818. It is still being used on our Gold Sovereigns today. They issued a crownsized 25 Pence in 2013 with H. M. Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse and St. George slaying the dragon on the reverse. To make it even more impressive they have highlighted the Sterling Silver Proof St. George and the dragon crown, in gold. Each choice Proof coin comes in a protective capsule. But supplies are very limited on a Rare and most impressive coin. I think the price is also impressive. Today the mints would charge about £80-£85 for this coin, but NOT Coincraft. We bought them right, we sell them right.