Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Joe Campbell, Jun 20, 2022.
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Apart from patterns I can't think of any particularly special aluminium coins either.
I do have one 100% zinc coin, 10 Reichspfennig, struck in Vienna 1944, which reflects the rise and fall of the Third Reich.
That's why I find it interesting. Valuable? Not at all.
From 1939 onwards, no precious metals like gold and silver were used to mint coins. Copper and nickel was needed for military purpose and silver had to pay the bills in Switzerland for imported goods. Because WW2 demanded not only financial but also natural resources even copper became an important material for the armament industries. That is why during the war coins were minted of zinc and aluminium.
I've got all of... 1 hehe
What the Krause book refers to as "a horseshoe design" appears to be a Manilla, a primitive African currency.
Wow, that brings back memories. I was in grade school at the time and remember the humanitarian concern over the starvation and war in Biafra. I did not know they ever had their own coinage.
Somewhere in all my stuff, I've got a £1 banknote similar to this:
Yup that’s a great example.
I have a pretty cool and valuable aluminum so-called-dollar as well. Lots of cool types there.
Wow, aluminum was still fancy new stuff at that point!
In particular the 1943 Federal Reserve 5 fen is probably underrated and rarely appear in the market. Last time I saw one was sold well over 4 figure. The second would be Manchukuo 1943 1 jiao.
I'm suspicious about the authenticity of the 1 jiao.
The actual manilla depicted is of course not aluminum but rather of copper, bronze or brass by memory.
I've only see a 1 franc in hand, but here are a couple Heritage auctions including the 2 franc. Not sure why the 2 franc is a specimen as those look like the circulation strikes.
Here is the 1 franc alongside the standard coin so you can see the difference in the obverse sides.
Japan has many aluminum trial strikes, but this one was an occupation piece:
And if you count trial pieces:
There's more. This was just a fairly quick scroll through the Heritage archives on my part (I was looking for the mule coins to link).
The interesting thing about aluminum coins is they are often of 'common' varieties but they don't survive well environmentally speaking, so gem quality is hard to get.
Many countries utilized the metal heavily near the end of WWII and in the post war period. It took me years to find some of the Japanese aluminum coins in anything approaching gem condition (and some still elude me as I've settled for 'near gem', or at least 'not crap'). The catalog values are low, but good luck finding them.
Here's one in a PCGS 65 slab. 1946 post war 10 sen. The issuing authority is (still reading right to left this year) 府政本日 or "Nippon seifu" which translates to "Government of Japan" (moving from the post war era and before the formation of the new government).
Very good question. I was wondering the same as I tried to save a couple of aluminum Belgium coins. As far as commonly circulated coins, I guess not, but if you want to talk about tokens, there are several "white metal" tokens that are valuable.
I mention some in this article:
This is absolutely a contender for the best image of an ear of rice on a coin.
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