1879 Italy 5 Lire





Year: 1879

Country: Italy

Mint: Rome (R)

Denomination: 5 lire

Weight: 25 g

Mintage: 4,000,000

Certification: NGC VF25

KM # 20

Comments: Obverse features Umberto I, Reverse features crown shield and denomination. Nice original toning on this one.  Reverse appears to have more wear than the obverse.  Another nice crown purchased for around $50. 

1486 Austria Guldin 1953 Restrike





Year: 1486 (1953 Restrike)

Country: Austria

Denomination: Guldin / Guldiner / Guldengroschen

Weight: 34.558 g

Mintage: Unknown

Certification: NGC MS66

X # M28

Comments: Obverse features Crowned Arch Duke Sigismund of Tyrol, lion left, helmet right.  Reverse features knight on horseback with banner surrounded by 14 shields. Sometimes referred to as the first crown coin.  I was able to pick this one up at around $50. I don't usually collect restrikes but I can't afford an original of this coin so this is a good alternative for me.  I think I got a good deal as there are couple on ebay listed at over $200. 

1765 German States - Bavaria Madonna and Child Taler





Year: 1765

Country: Bavaria (German States)

Denomination: Thaler

Weight: 28.53 g

Mintage: Unknown

Certification: NGC VF35

KM # 234.1

DAV - 1952

Comments: Obverse features head of Maximilian III Joseph of Bavaria.  Reverse features radiant Madonna and Child.  This coin is often referred to as the Madonna and Child Taler.  I have had this coin on my want list for quite some time but kept finding myself the under bidder.   This is a fairly affordable coin in circulated grades.  I was able to pick this one up at around $100.


1936 Venezuela 5 Bolivares



Year: 1936

Country: Venezuela

Denomination:  5 Bolivares

Weight: 25 g

Silver Composition: .900

Mintage: 2,000,000

Certification: NGC AU55

KM Y # 24.2

Comments: Obverse features Bolivar head left.  Reverse features ribbon date and arms.  Picked this one up recently for under $50.  Been on a bit of a buying hiatus of late, hopefully that will turn around soon.

1990 Isle of Man Penny Black Anniversary Crown




Year: 1990

Country: Isle of Man

Denomination:  Crown

Weight: 28.8 g

Silver Composition: .925

Mintage: 30,000

Certification: NGC PF67 Cameo

KM # 267a

Comments: Subject of this coin is the 150th anniversary of the Penny Black stamp.  I have seen these come up for auction here and there and always liked the reverse design with the stamp although I have never been interested in collection stamps.  The coin is finished with a cool dark patina I think they call pearlblack

1875 Italy 5 Lire





Year: 1875

Country: Italy

Denomination:  5 Lire

Mint: M (Milan) BN

Weight: 25 g

Silver Composition: .900

Mintage: 8,982,000

Certification: NGC AU53

KM # 8.3

Comments: Obverse features head of Victor Emmanuel II right.  Reverse features crowned shield within wreath denomination below.

1978 Norway 50 Kroner




Year: 1978

Country: Norway

Denomination:  50 Kroner

Weight: 27 g

Silver Composition: .925

Mintage: 800,000

Certification: NGC MS67

KM # 424

Comments: Subject of the coin is 75th Birthday of King Olav V.  Obverse features Olav V head left.  Reverse features single flowered stem dividing signature and dates.  I picked up this coin as part of a lot from the R.L. Lissner collection which was originally auctioned off in August 2014.