1845 Great Britain Crown





Year:  1845

Country: Great Britain

Denomination: Crown

Weight: 28.2759 g

Mintage: 159,000

Certification: NGC VF25

Km # 741

Comments: Obverse features Queen Victoria (young head).  Reverse features crowned arms within branches.  Picked this up from Ebay for about $125.  These get pretty expensive in higher grades.

1874 B Switzerland 5 Francs



Year:  1874

Country: Switzerland

Denomination: 5 Francs

Mint: Brussels (B.)

Weight: 25 g

Mintage: 196,650

Certification: NGC VF30

Km # 11

Comments: Obverse features Helvetia, the female personification of Switzerland holding shield.  Reverse features date within wreath.  Picked this up on ebay recently for about $130.  This coin has been on my want list for years and I was glad to pick this one up in an affordable grade.

1966 Lesotho 50 Licente




Year: 1966


Country: Lesotho


Denomination: 50 Licente


Weight: 28.1 g


Mintage: 5,000


Certification: NGC PF 67 Cameo


Km # 4.2


Comments: This coin commemorates the independence of Lesotho.  It features Moshoeshoe on the obverse and teh Lesotho coat of arms on the reverse.  Pretty bad looking dude.  I was luck to be able to pick this up around $25, but have seen them going for more than triple that certified on ebay

1964 Canada Dollar



Year: 1964


Country: Canada


Denomination: Dollar


Weight: 23.33 g

Silver Composition: .800


Mintage: 7,296,832


Certification: NGC PL65


Km # 58


Comments: Obverse features Elizabeth II facing right.  Reverse features the fleur de lis, shamrock and thistle and rose.  Subject of this coin is the 100th anniversary of the meeting is Charlottetown and Quebec that started the process of moving from colonies to a confederation.



1881 Hati Gourde






Year: 1881


Country: Hati


Denomination: Gourde


Weight: 25 g

Silver Composition: .900


Mintage: 200,000


Certification: NGC AU55


Km # 46


Comments: Obverse features head facing right.  Reverse features national coat of arms.  Nice original look to this one
   I have been wanting to pick up a Haitian Gourde for years now but they tend to be pretty pricey, especially certified.  I got this example for around $150.  I am getting to the point on my collecting journey where I already have most of the sub $100 coins that I want.  Unless I purchase a modern or a commemorative, which I do from time to time of the subject of the coin has some interest to me.  I would much rather pic up a coin from the 1600s - 1800s though.  
   For me there is a psychological barrier for paying more than $150 for a coin.  It is kind of silly though as I have had years where I have purchased over a dozen coins at $50 or more each.  But it is just tough for me to spend $150 or more on one coin.  The last few years I have been buying less coins but spending more on each coin so it kind of balances out. Once I break the barrier it gets easier so maybe in a couple years from now I will be purchasing $250 coins on a regular basis.

1881 Switzerland Fribourg Shooting Thaler






Year: 1881

Country: Switzerland

Denomination: 5 Francs

Weight: 25 g

Mintage: 30,000

Certification: NGC XF40

Km # S15

Comments: I only have a couple of these shooting thalers but they are just beautiful,  According to Krause that are not technically coins but I think they fit into my collection just fine.  I probably overpaid for this one a bit but I am happy to add it to mu collection.  Has a nice original look to it.

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.