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The Principality of Sealand, a micronation founded on a former World War II fort in the North Sea, issued a number of coins and stamps for collectors. These coins and stamps are denominated in "Sealand dollars" (SX$). Sealand coins can be considered souvenirs only or "rounds" since they do not circulate anywhere and are not accepted as currency by any nation.[1]

History

The Principality of Sealand began commissioning coins in 1972. The first to be minted was a SX$10 coin with a mintage of 2000. More coins were minted in 1975 and 1977, introducing the SX$20 and SX$100 coins. The SX$10 was minted in 925‰ fine silver, the SX$20 was minted in silver, and the SX$100 was minted in 900‰ fine gold.

In 1991 the "Sealand rebel government" minted antiqued silver SX$100 coins.

In 1994 the "Treasures of the Sea" Sealand dollars were minted, with an orca (killer whale) on the reverse. The SX$0.25, SX$0.5, SX$1, SX$2.5 and SX$5 were also introduced. The SX$0.25 was minted in bronze and 999‰ fine silver; the SX$0.5 was minted in cupronickel and silver; the SX$1 and SX$2.5 in bronze, silver and gold; and the SX$5 was minted in gold.

Sealand printed stamps in 1969 and 1970. These were reportedly used to carry mail between the Fort Roughs (Sealand) and Brussels.

Coins of Sealand

Image Value Year Description Metal Mintage
SX$0.25 1994 Obverse: Coat of arms of Sealand
Reverse: Orca Whale
Bronze 1,111
SX$0.25 1994 Obverse: Coat of arms of Sealand
Reverse: Orca Whale
.999 Silver 500
SX$0.50 1994 Obverse: Coat of arms of Sealand
Reverse: Orca Whale
Cupro-nickel 1,111
SX$0.50 1994 Obverse: Coat of arms of Sealand
Reverse: Orca Whale
Silver 500
SX$1 1994 Obverse: Coat of arms of Sealand
Reverse: Orca Whale
Silver 20,000
SX$1 1994 Obverse: Coat of arms of Sealand
Reverse: Orca Whale
Gold 1,111
SX$2.50 1994 Obverse: Coat of arms of Sealand
Reverse: Orca Whale
Bronze 10,000
SX$2.50 1994 Obverse: Coat of arms of Sealand
Reverse: Orca Whale
Silver 500
SX$2.50 1994 Obverse: Coat of arms of Sealand
Reverse: Orca Whale
Gold 1,111
SX$5 1994 Obverse: Coat of arms of Sealand
Reverse: Orca Whale
Gold 2,500
SX$10 1977 Obverse: Princess Joan
Reverse: Sailing vessel
.925 Silver 2,000
SX$10 1977 Obverse: Princess Joan
Reverse: Coat of arms of Sealand
.925 Silver 2,000
SX$10 1977 Obverse: Prince Roy
Reverse: Coat of arms of Sealand
.925 Silver 2,000
SX$20 1975 Obverse: Princess Joan
Reverse: Coat of arms of Sealand
Silver Unknown
SX$25 2012 Obverse: Prince Roy, 1967-2012, motto "E Mare Libertas" and the Coat of arms of Sealand
Reverse: Principality of Sealand, 25 Dollars, 1921 "In Memorium" 2012
.925 Silver 300
SX$100 1977 Obverse: Prince Roy, Princess Joan and the Principality of Sealand
Reverse: Coat of arms of Sealand
.900 Gold 2,000

Error coin

In 1994, fewer than 150 copies of the half dollar were accidentally cut with a scalloped edge instead of the normal reeded one. This is Sealand's only error coin to date. In addition, a mule of a Navy SEALs commemorative medallion was inadvertently struck, by the same private mint that produces Sealand's coins, using the reverse of a Sealand half dollar. 75 of these were struck before the error was noticed.[2]

Rebel Government Coin

A rebel government, referring to itself as the "government in exile", seeking to occupy Sealand, issued a single commemorative coin in 1991.

Image Value Year Description Metal Mintage
SX$100 1991 Obverse: Prime Minister Seiger (Johannes Seiger, "Sealand Rebel Government")
Reverse: Coat of arms of Sealand
Antiqued Silver Unknown

Stamps

1969: Explorers

  • Vasco da Gama 1497 - 2c (later 10c)
  • Christopher Columbus 1492 - 3c (later 10c)
  • Sir Walter Raleigh 1584 - 5c (later 5c)
  • Sir Francis Drake 1588 - 6c (later 10c)
  • Captain James Cook 1770 - 14c (later 10c)
  • Ferdinand Magellan 1519 - 20c (later 20c)
  • Sir Martin Frobisher 1578 - 50c (later 10c)

1970

  • Ship - SX$1
  • Ships - SX$1
  • Edward Teach - SX$1
  • Squid - SX$1

1970: Ships

  • Ships

1970: Fish

  • Fish

1975: International Women's Year

  • Africa - 10c
  • Australia - 20c
  • Europe - 30c
  • Asia - 50c
  • America - 90c
  • Joan I - SX$1

1977: Sailing Ships

  • Ship of Ferdinand Magellan 1519 - 10c
  • Ship of Vasco da Gama 1497 - 20c
  • Ship of Christopher Colombus 1492 - 30c
  • Ship of Captain James Cook 1770 - 40c
  • Ship of Sir Walter Raleigh 1584 - 50c
  • Ship of Sir Martin Frobisher 1578 - 60c
  • Ship of Sir Francis Drake 1588 - 70c
  • Sealandic Coat of Arms - 80c
  • Roy of Sealand - 90c
  • Joan of Sealand - SX$1

2010

  • Green stamp $3.50
  • Red stamp $1.50
  • Blue stamp "Inland"[3]

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