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The idea of relatively small, round, flat uniform coinage is relatively new, with many historical coins taking on forms that seem unusual to us today. This comprehensive collection showcases 21 of the most fascinating and unusual coins of the world spanning more than 2,200 years, dating from the 3rd century BCE to 1936. Eight silver coins are included in the collection. The first 20 coins in the collection come presented in a custom mahogany finish case; one extremely unusual and large coin in the form of a "slave bracelet" is presented separately. Many of the coins in the collection are scarce and are rare, high-quality collectibles. Travel through the history and geography of the world with this collection of fascinating and historic coins. A certificate of authenticity from Canadian Coin and Currency is included.
1. Bronze Greek Empire Dolphin Money, 3rd–2nd century BCE
2. Silver Mauryan Drachm 272–232 BCE
3. Silver Caliphate Dirham, Spain, La Reconquista 13th–14th century
4. Silver Wire Money, Peter the Great, 1682–1725
5. Silver Turkish with Arabic Script Piastre, 18th century
6. Silver Ottoman Empire Akce, 18th century
7. Silver Fanam, circa 19th century
8. Silver 1/8 Tical, Cambodia 1847
9. Bronze Arrowhead Money, 3rd century BCE–5th century CE
10. Bronze Egypt Alexandria Diobol with "Zeus and two eagles," Ptolemy VI, 180–145 BCE
11. Bronze Danubian Celtic Coin, 2nd–1st Century BCE
12. Bronze King of Kings Tetradrachm, Bazodeo Kushan, 195–225 CE
13. Bronze "M" Follis, Byzantine 527–565 CE
14. Bronze Shahis of Kabul, 800–1000 CE
15. Bronze Byzantine (Scyphate), 1282 CE
16. Bronze Cash Coin of China, Northern Song 960–1127 CE
17. Bronze Queen Diddi Rani Stater 979–1003 CE
18. Bronze Spain and Spanish Colonies 8 Maravedis, 1600–1665
19. Dutch Colonial Tin Pitis, 1776–1803
20. British West Africa One Penny, Edward VIII, 1936
Manilla "Slave Bracelet" Money of Africa - 16th Century to Early 20th Century
This copper Manilla or "slave bracelet" is one of the most unusual "coins" of the world with a dark and fascinating history related to the early slave trade. Early Portuguese traders found the local population eager to accept these "bracelets" in trade, and therefore used manillas in exchange for slaves who were then transported to the Americas and the West Indies. The use of these copper bracelets soon became the main form of payment in the slave trade, resulting in the term "slave bracelet" for this type of currency. The bracelets were adopted as an easily portable means of trade, and were often worn by women to display their husband's wealth.
• 21-Piece "Unusual Coins of the World" 272 BCE – 1936