Middle East/Asia

Yemen. Al-Mutawakkil Yahya bin Muhammad, as Imam and King. AH 1344 (1925-1926) Imadi Rial, AH 1344 (1925). KM-Y-7. Struck over a number of years without changing the date of this coin, this crown sized coin is very well produced and preserved. Silky luster and problem free surfaces. It is the finest specimen graded PCGS MS-67+.

Yemen. Al-Mutawakkil Yahya bin Muhammad, as Imam and King. AH 1344 (1925-1926) Imadi Rial, AH 1344 (1925). KM-Y-7. Struck over a number of years without changing the date of this coin, this crown sized coin is very well produced and preserved. Silky luster and problem free surfaces. It is the finest specimen graded PCGS MS-66+.

1963 (1382 AH). Yemen Arab Republic Rial. 40mm (19.60 grams) .720 Silver (0.4572 oz. ASW). Reference: Y#31. Obv: Denomination within circle. Rev: Leafy branch within, wreath and date below. NGC MS-67.

1941-H. Sarawak - Charles V Brooke Type II, 1941-H Specimen One Cent - A superb example of this key SE Asian rarity, fully brilliant red and with superb details. Sarawak was a former British Protectorate located in present-day Malaysia from 1841 to 1941 before becoming a British Crown Colony after a brief period of Japanese occupation. The 1941-H One Cent, being the last year of issue known to exist, is survived by approximately 50 pieces extant. Remick (1971) wrote that the few surviving examples mostly turned up in England with the issue being unknown in Sarawak suggesting that the coins never made it there. It has been suggested that the ship carrying the coins had sunk on the way to Sarawak as there was a heavy Japanese naval presence in the area at the time. 

Alternatively, the issue might have simply been melted down as there was a lot of demand for copper at the time for the war effort and as Sarawak had fallen to Japanese forces by December/1941. This makes it unclear how most extant examples have survived. PCGS certified SP-66 RD.

1969. Biafr.a Republic Crown. KM-5. Obv: Bust of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, chief of staff during Biafra's brief independence 1967-1970. Rev: Palm tree at center, motto at the top and value at the bottom in the outer margin. Little is known about this seldom encountered commemorative, probably intended for two years of independence, and inscribed "independence and liberty." No specimen has appeared in any other auction outside of ours to our knowledge. It has been suggested that it was produced by an Italian operation known as Istituto Numismatico Europeo, but there is no evidence to confirm this assumption. Uncertain letters, perhaps N.C.R., beneath the trunk of the palm tree and letter C at base of palm may reflect mint and designer's initials. In any case, the style & arrangement are totally different from any of the other issues struck for Biafra during its ephemeral existence. One the rarest of modern crown coins and this the finest graded by PCGS and second finest at NGC. PCGS MS-63.

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