Micronations  & Private Islands

 

Lundy

(1925-1969)

 

 

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Unrecognised States Numismatic Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1929

USNS-LUN-C 001.a

Year: 1929
Metal: Bronze
Condition: UNC
Mint: Heaton’s
Mintage: 50,000
Diameter: 22.5 mm.
Denomination: Half Puffin
Edge: inscribed
LUNDY LIGHTS AND LEADS

USNS-LUN-C 001.b
Pattern –large planchet, thick flan


Year: 1929
Metal: Bronze
Condition: UNC
Mint: Heaton’s
Mintage: RARE
Diameter: ca. 23.5 mm.
Denomination: Half Puffin
Edge: plain

 USNS-LUN-C 002.a

Year: 1929
Metal: Bronze
Condition: UNC
Mint: Heaton’s
Mintage: 50,000
Diameter: 29 mm.
Denomination: One Puffin
Edge: inscribed
LUNDY LIGHTS AND LEADS

USNS-LUN-C 002.b
Pattern –large planchet, thick flan


Year: 1929
Metal: Bronze
Condition: UNC
Mint: Heaton’s
Mintage: RARE
Diameter: ca. 30 mm.
Denomination: One Puffin
Edge: plain

 

 

1965

USNS-LUN-C 003.a

Year: 1965
Metal: Bronze
Condition: UNC
Mint: John Pinches
Mintage: 3,000 (in sets only)
Diameter: 22.5 mm.
Denomination: Half Puffin
Edge: plain

 USNS-LUN-C 003.b

Year: 1965
Metal: Brass
Condition: UNC
Mint: John Pinches
Mintage: 3,000 (in sets only)
Diameter: 22.5 mm.
Denomination: Half Puffin
Edge: plain

USNS-LUN-C 003.c

Year: 1965
Metal: Gold
Condition: UNC
Mint: John Pinches
Mintage: 50 pcs. (25 in sets with 004c)
Diameter: 22.5 mm.
Denomination: Half Puffin
Edge: plain

 USNS-LUN-C 004.a

Year: 1965
Metal: Bronze
Condition: UNC
Mint: John Pinches
Mintage: 3,000 (in sets only)
Diameter: 29 mm.
Denomination: One Puffin
Edge: plain

USNS-LUN-C 004.b

Year: 1965
Metal: Brass
Condition: UNC
Mint: John Pinches
Mintage: 3,000 pcs. (in sets only)
Diameter: 29 mm.
Denomination: One Puffin
Edge: plain

 USNS-LUN-C 004.c

Year: 1965
Metal: Gold
Condition: UNC
Mint: John Pinches
Mintage: 50 pcs. (25 in sets with 003c)
Diameter: 29 mm.
Denomination: One Puffin
Edge: plain

 

 

LUNDY: In 1925 the island of Lundy was purchased by Martin Coles Harman, a wealthy English businessman from Sussex. After the purchase, Mr. Harman declared himself sovereign King of Lundy and the island as a self-governing dominion within the British Empire. In 1929 two coins were issued for use on the island, both bearing the likeness of the self-declared king on the obverse and the local Puffin bird on the reverse. The currency saw some limited use on the island, before the British authorities got wind of them in 1930 and declared them to be illegal currency in defiance of the coin act of 1870.

 

In 1965, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the purchase of the island, 3000 sets of commemorative collector-only puffin sets in bronze and brass were issued, plus 50 coins of each type minted in gold. Many of these sets have been unfortunately been dismantled and have been sold as individual pieces.

 

 

 

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