Coins and postage stamps of Sealand

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Early Sealandic stamps.

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[edit]

The 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" (see Forcible takeover) 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[who?] used to carry mail between the Fort Roughs (Sealand) and Brussels.

Coins[edit]

Denomination Obverse Reverse Year Metal Mintage
SX$0.25

Sealand Arms

Orca Whale
1994 Bronze 1111
SX$0.25

Sealand Arms

Orca Whale
1994 .999 Silver 500
SX$0.5

Sealand Arms

Orca Whale
1994 Cupro-nickel 1111
SX$0.5

Sealand Arms

Orca Whale
1994 Silver 500
SX$1

Sealand Arms

Orca Whale
1994 Silver 20000
SX$1

Sealand Arms

Orca Whale
1994 Gold 1111
SX$2.5

Sealand Arms

Orca Whale
1994 Bronze 10000
SX$2.5

Sealand Arms

Orca Whale
1994 Silver 500
SX$2.5

Sealand Arms

Orca Whale
1994 Gold 1111
SX$5

Sealand Arms

Orca Whale
1994 Gold 2500
SX$10

Princess Joan

Sailing Vessel
1972 .925 Silver 2000
SX$10

Princess Joan

Sealand Arms
1977 .925 Silver 2000
SX$10 Prince Roy Sealand Arms 1977 .925 Silver 2000
SX$20 Princess Joan Sealand Arms 1975 Silver Unknown
SX$100 Prince Roy, Princess Joan and the Principality of Sealand Sealand Arms 1977 .900 Gold 2000
SX$25 Prince Roy, 1967-2012, motto "E Mare Libertas" and the Sealand Arms Principality of Sealand, 25 Dollars, Sealand Arms, 1921 "In Memorium" 2012 2012 .925 Silver 300

Error Coin[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

Rebel Government Coin[edit]

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

Denomination Obverse Reverse Year Metal Mintage
SX$100

Prime Minister Seiger (Johannes Seiger, "Sealand Rebel Government")

Sealand Arms
1991 Antiqued Silver Unknown

Stamps[edit]

A Sealandic 80 cent stamp.

1969: Explorers[edit]

Envelope with Sealandic stamps from the 1977 sailing ships series.
The same envelope with a SX$1 postage stamp.

1970[edit]

1970: Ships[edit]

  • Ships

1970: Fish[edit]

  • Fish

1975: International Woman's Year[edit]

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

1977: Sailing Ships[edit]

2010[edit]

  • Green stamp $3.50
  • Red stamp $1.50
  • Blue stamp "Inland"[4]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. General information on the Sealand Dollar
  2. Catalogue of Sealand Coins
  3. Church and East tourism information
  4. Images of Sealandic coins and postage stamps (German)