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2017 1-ounce Silver Darth Vader Coin from Nuie

Darth Vader coin

The 2017 Star Wars Darth Vader silver coins are produced by the New Zealand Mint on behalf of the country of Nuie, a small island in the South Pacific Ocean. Each coin contains 1 Troy ounce of .999 fine silver and bears a face value of $2 (NZD) backed by the government of Nuie.

The reverse of the coin features a right profile image of Darth Vader, the evil intergalactic villain of the famous Star Wars saga. His profile is raised and polished on the surface, with a satin matte background that includes the Imperial logo. The weight and purity are stamped along the rim, and the New Zealand Mint logo is next to Vader. The officially licensed coin also has the Lucasfilm copyright stamp.

The obverse features the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, the design from an Ian Rank Broadley sculpture in 1998. Inscriptions include “Elizabeth II”, along with the date, denomination, and country.
The New Zealand Mint is privately owned in Auckland but regularly strikes official coinage for governments such as Nuie and Fiji.

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2017 1-Ounce Silver Spiderman Coin from Tuvalu

2017 Silver Spiderman Coin

Your friendly, neighborhood Spiderman is featured on this .9999 1-ounce silver coin struck by the Perth Mint for the nation of Tuvalu. Released in conjunction with the movie, Spiderman Homecoming, the coin is the first design of the new Marvel series.

The reverse has the image of superhero Spiderman, crouched down, with his hands ready for the attack. A spider web can be seen in the background. Also displayed is the Marvel logo. The obverse has the Ian Rank Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II along with the country, denomination, date and silver content. Expected mintage is not to exceed 50,000.

Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, about midway between Hawaii and Australia. It comprises three reef islands and six true atolls. A referendum was held in December 1974 to determine whether the Gilbert Islands and Ellice Islands should each have their own administration. As a result, the Gilbert and Ellice Islands colony ceased to exist on January 1, 1976; and the separate British colonies of Kiribati and Tuvalu came into existence. Tuvalu became fully independent within the British Commonwealth in October 1978. The 2015 population was around 11,000, with the majority of Polynesian ethnicity.

2017 1-ounce Silver Athena Owl from Nuie

2017 Silver Owl

Another beautiful coin produced by the New Zealand Mint for the country of Nuie is the 1-ounce silver Athena Owl. Containing .999 fine silver, the reverse features the majestic owl on a hammered background, perched on a branch with an olive branch and crescent moon to the left. The letters, "AOE", represent the Greek Alpha, Theta, and Epsilon, or "Athe," representing Athens, where the original Athenian Owl tetradrachm coin originated over 2,000 years ago.

The obverse features the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, a design from an Ian Rank Broadley, along with the denomination (Two Dollars), the country and the date.The unique design on the rim of these coins allows them to easily stack and interlock.

In Greek mythology Athena, the goddess of wisdom, was often accompanied by her owl. As a result, the owl became a symbol of wisdom, strength and insight.

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2017 1-ounce Silver Britannia from Great Britain

Silver Britannia coin

This is the 20th anniversary of the Silver Britannia coin and the first Britannia with a mintmark. The Britannia is the only 2017 coin with an updated obverse design. The obverse, designed by Jody Clark, displays a 2016 updated portrait of Queen Elizabeth II along with the face value of 2 pounds on a new textured background. Clark is the youngest engraver for an official coin in the United Kingdom.

The reverse, designed by Philip Nathan, features the image of Britannia, looking toward the sea, fighting against a strong gale and proudly holding up a trident and with a shield at her feet, ready to protect the great nation of Britain from harm and poised to attack if it is threatened. The sunburst radial design provides another anti-counterfeiting measure.

Each coin contains 1 Troy ounce of .999 fine silver, and the mintage has been limited to 120,000.

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2017 1-ounce Silver Mexican Libertads

2017 Silver Libertad

The Libertad is the official silver bullion coin of the National Mint of Mexico (La Casa de Moneda de México). The National Mint of Mexico, the oldest minting facility in the Americas, was established by Spain in 1535 and has been minting coins ever since. The Silver Libertad was first produced in 1982; and its design is based on the Centenario gold coin, released in 1921 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mexican independence. Though available in a range of denominations, the one troy ounce issue is the most popular issue sold.

The current obverse design depicts a winged Victoria of Mexican independence from Spain in front of a landscape of volcanoes. The Winged Victory goddess, which originated from Roman designs, is considered a significant and historic symbol in Mexico. The volcanoes, named Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, celebrate two lovers from a pre-Columbian legend.

The reverse of the current Silver Libertad features the Mexican National Seal, an eagle with a snake in its mouth sitting on top of a cactus. The eagle is surrounded by symbols that represent Mexico’s ten provinces. At the top is the official Spanish name for Mexico, Estados Unidos Mexicanos. The Silver Libertad is a legal tender coin made of .999 silver.

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2017 1-ounce Silver Austrian Philharmonics

Silver Austrian Philharmonic Coin

The Silver Austrian Philharmonic Coins were first introduced in 2008 and are produced by the Austrian Mint in Vienna, Austria. The Austrian Mint has been producing innovative coinage and currency for over 800 years, making it one of the oldest continuously-producing minting institutions in the world.

The coins are minted with a silver fineness of .999 and have a legal tender value of 1.5 Euros. The Silver Philharmonic carries with it the distinction of being the first silver bullion coin minted with a denomination value in Euros. The design for the coin was originally created by Thomas Pesendorfer to be used for a gold commemorative coin that was first issued in 1989. The design was unchanged and has remained the same each year as of 2017.

The obverse design features a pipe organ from within the Musikverein, a concert hall in the Innere Stadt borough of Vienna, where the actual Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra plays its music. The German words REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICHAR (Republic of Austria) and 1 UNZE FEINSILBER (1 ounce pure silver) are also minted on the obverse. The reverse design features a variety of musical instruments, including a string bass, cellos, violins, a bassoon, harp and Viennese horn, representing Austria's rich musical and cultural heritage. The words DE WIENER PHILHARMONIKER (Vienna Philharmonic) and SILBER (Silver) are also inscribed.

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2017 1-ounce Steamboat Willie Coin from Nuie

Steamboat Willie Silver coin

The 1-ounce silver Steamboat Willie coin features an image of one of the most recognizable characters in the world and the foundation of Walt Disney’s empire, Mickey Mouse. Produced by the New Zealand Mint for the island country of Nuie, the obverse features an Ian-Rank Bradley rendering of Queen Elizabeth II, as does all other New Zealand coinage, along with the country, denomination ($2) and date.

The reverse features a still frame from the animated short film, Steamboat Willie. The film, produced in 1928, is considered the debut of Mickey Mouse and his girlfriend Minnie. The scene show Mickey cheerfully steering the boat. Also on the reverse is the weight and purity of the coin.

A sovereign coin backed by the Nuie government, the 2017 Steamboat Willie coin is 1 Troy Ounce of .999 fine silver. and has a mintage of 250,000.

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2017 1-ounce Silver African Lion Coin from Chad

Silver African Lion coin

The 2017 1 ounce silver African Lion is part of the third issue of the African Lion series and is a coin from the Republic of Chad. Each coin contains one ounce of .999 fine silver.

The obverse of the coin features the continent of Africa, with a recessed section showing the location of the country of Chad. At the top in native French is the inscription “REPUBLIC DU TCHAD", and inscriptions at the bottom include the face value of the coin, “5000 FRANCS CFA”, the date, and weight and purity of the coin.

The reverse features a lioness stalking its prey in the grassy savanna, inscribed with the words, “AFRICAN LION”.

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Russian 5 Kopeks - Late 18th Century Dates - $29.95 each

18th Century Russian Kopeks grp 18th Century Russian Kopek obverse

These coins were minted during the reign of Catherine II (the Great), who was Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796. Catherine was considered one of the most powerful women in the world during her reign and was renowned for her vast expansion of Russian territory and the great modernization of Russian society.

Born Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg in 1729, a German-speaking Prussian princess, Catherine assumed the throne upon the death of her husband, Tsar Peter III, of the Romanov family, under mysterious circumstances. She played a quiet but vital role in the American Revolution, which she predicted would succeed as early as 1776. “The colonies,” she wrote to a friend, “have told England goodbye forever.” Catherine detested the England of King George III, and rebuffed numerous requests by England to help put down the Revolution, either by sending troops or funds.

 The obverse features a crowned monogram ET (Ekaterina Tsarina) in ornate lettering that divides the date, surrounded by a wreath. The reverse features the Romanov crest, a two-headed eagle facing in opposite directions, with crowns above. On the double eagle's breast, a coronation chain surrounds an inset of the legendary St. George slaying the dragon. Cyrillic script isunderneath.

The 5 Kopek is the largest copper coin ever used in regular circulation. Weighing on average 51 grams, they are almost twice as heavy as U.S. silver dollars of the same period.One Kopek was equivalent to a U.S. penny, and the Kopek was unit of currency in Russia for 479 years before it was discontinued in 2013.

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