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Shipwreck Beads   Tubular, milk-white beads of variable size, these are collected as they wash up on the beaches of the Casamance district of Senegal, along with Green-hearts, another crude, early Venetian trade bead. The circulating beads of the same type are called "Goombah".   649a) Strand (24") of circulated Goombah beads $8.50;    649s) Long strand (32") of sea-damaged Goombah beads, called Casamance beads. Rough, crazed surfaces with a crude charm. ($10 each per 5 strands). Single strand: $11.50

Dutch Malacca   MN36     Tin 1/2 Bazaruco of ca. 1641 in imitation of earlier Portuguese coinage of Dom Felipe II (1598-1621), O: Heraldic sheld of Felipe, R: Cross surrounded by border of dots , 13-15m, avg. 1.14g   The only coin type specifically issued by the Dutch for use in Malacca. (It has long been known from a report by Justus Schouten of 7 September, 1641, that upon conquest of Malacca from the Portuguese, underweight tin coins of local style were issued, but until recently these issues had not been identified. In Research Article No. 2 of 1989 (Malaysia Numismatic Soc.), PortugueseOccupation (1511-1641), Unlisted Tin Coins Found in Malacca (photocopy available $1.25) E. E. Sim catalogs and discusses a number of types, now generally thought to be products of the forgery factory still operating in Kuala Lumpur. He speculates that the last four varieties may represent the legitimate Dutch issues, and from the numbers of pieces found in recent excavations and dredgings, it is now quite apparent that this is the case. After this brief issue, the Dutch used regular VOC coinage in Malacca.)   MN-nl, SS-nl, V-F2/13.01, Sim (1983) AF2.6   rough F-VF 23.50

CHINA: (XC) Uncirculated Large Cash   C26.5.2 Yunnan Prov. Emp. Hsien Feng, 1851-61 10 Cash, 40mm, Xian Feng Zhong Bao, Rev: Boo Yun Dang Shi (Value Ten)   From a mint-state hoard, a little rough surfaced as pre-circulated cast coinages are, some greenish patina & soil   8.50

Colombia (CO)   L14 Leprosarium 50 Centavos, brass, 1928   Vg-F Five pieces $30; Each: 7.50
- - - -    K196 10 Centavos 1941,42B Selected from hoard    UC 5.50

Equatorial Guinea (EH)   The "real" coinage of this pseudo-coin mill was quite scarce at one time, as few westerners were able to get in. I used to get one or two pieces at a time from China. By the time somebody cracked this country in the early 1990s, some types wre hard to find in UC.
- - - -    K59    100 Francos 1986    EF-AU $25; AU-UC $35
- - - -    K60    25 Francos 1985 UC   8.50
- - - -    K62    5 Francos 1985 UC   6.00

Ethiopia (ZZ)   587 Coptic Crosses   Historically from about 400 AD Ethiopian Christians have cast, or carved from large silver coins such as the Maria Theresa Thaler, ornate looped crosses with styles distinctive to each highland town. These hand carved nickel pieces are still made and worn today. Not a money item.   Mixed designs as shown, $9 Each; $35 / 5 different; $60 / 10 different

German Colonies (XG)   220) "Donut" Beads, glass, possibly Franconia, c. 1820s-40s. Most of the trade beads used in Africa, Polynesia, and the Americas were made in Venice; this is the only type securely attributed to Germany. These specimens come from the Dogon region of Mali, and are known as Dogon Beads. Size 12-13m   Single bead $0.50; five beads, including blue-black, amber, and clear $2   511) Long strands of either clear or blue (Samples shown) $38.50 each.

German Africa Trade (XG)   677) Visually convincing glass imitations of carnelian agate, from Germany, traded into Mali and Senegal. The stone beads (from India) were popular in the Africa trade. Most beads 10-15mm.    Five beads, mixed sizes & shapes: $4;     Strnd 15", about 70 beads, typical strand shown: 36.50

INDIA GOLD (IGO)    M927a) Vijayanagar Empire (South India) Srirangaraya III 1642-79 Gold Double Fannam seated Swami, R: raised circular area. One of the last coins of Vijayanagar, and a miniature version of the "Single Swami Pagoda" imitated by the European powers .76gm Mitchiner 927-var crude VF-EF 49.50

Kurdistan (KD)   Here is an interesting fantasy issue which is actually being imported into the semi-independent Kurdish region of Iraq: 1 Dinar bz-plated zinc 27m, 10 Dinar ni-plated bz 39m, 100 Dinar silver 27m. Common reverse shown. There are also a gold 1000 Dinar struck over Canadian Maple leafs, and various off-metal strikes. To purchase, contact Joel Anderson.

Mozambique (MZ)   K115-122   1,5,10,20 (all brass),50, 100,500,1000 (cu-ni?) Meticais 1994 Mostly nature designs, buildings on two largest   UC 12.50

Palestine Trade Beads (XG)   536   The heyday of trade beads was the 15th-16th centuries when Venice produced a wide variety for overland trade to Africa and Asia, and later the sea trade to a wider world. Bead expert Peter Francis in Beads of the World p.78 describes a more primitive bead produced during the Crusades "in Hebron near Jerusalem sometime after the twelfth century. They made beads there, using the salts of the Dead Sea as their alkali. Their glass was opaque yellow and green, sometimes blue and black. The beads were furnace-wound and were popular in Egypt and in sub-Saharan Africa." Nowadays, well pitted and often filed down, these beads can still be found in the Sudan.    536T) Colors set Yellow are commonest, green scarcer, and dark colors much scarcer. Set of nine beads, including 3 sizes/shapes of Yellow, a Green, a Blue, and a small cut-down bead, plus (not shown) three baby and "infant" sized beads: $22.50;   536S Yellow & Green beads alone $6.50;   536Y Yellow bead $3.50;   Graduated 24" strand of 49-52 yellow beads $49.50    536B) Baby Hebrons Shown with full-size beads for comparison. Strand 25-26" of either baby or smaller "infant" size $29.50 per strand

Sailendra Kingdom (HS)   WM8.5a   Silver Massa of this Javanese Kingdom, c. 1150-1300 AD   Concave flan, with Sandalwood Flower incuse, R: Nagari Ma for Massa, 2.05-2.40?gm, 13m   Wiicks (p.255) Class F, M734-738, Millies 21-22   Sample piece shown as "F" in scan. Selected from a large group, actually better but crudity of convex inscription makes them look worn: Vg-F 13.50



Saudi Arabia (SQ)    KA3   1/2 Ghirsh 1344/2 (1926) Copper   Toned, yellow-brown UC. May not look as bright as sample piece, as it is difficult to convey degree of toning in a scan. $40

NEPAL - TIBET - CHINA WAR (TT)   C20c     Black tanka, NE842 (1722), Nepali coin produced for decades for export to Tibet, it became baser to the point that the Lamas refused to pay. I read somwhere that this was the cause of the 1791 invasion against which the Lamas invited Chinese troops, significantly deepening control over the country until 1913. Is there any other coin that "caused" a war?     Tri-lobe below trident variety, possibly 1735-53, K108 under NEpal in KM. Samples shown. Vg+-F $10; F+-VF $13.50



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