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The Sealand dollar or Sealandic dollar is a purported currency issued by the Principality of Sealand, a micronation founded on HM Fort Roughs in the North Sea. These coins can only be considered as souvenirs or "rounds" since they are not circulated anywhere and are not accepted by any country.
HM Fort Roughs initially was established by the United Kingdom in 1943 for defense against the Germans during World War II. With the intention of setting up a pirate radio station on the fort, Paddy Roy Bates seized it from a competing group of radio broadcasters in 1967. Bates' family and associates occupied the former military base soon after, and the platform eventually became known as "Sealand" by its occupants. A constitution was established by Bates — who now stylized himself as His Highness Prince Roy of Sealand — in 1975. In 1978 an act of "treason" by Prime Minister Alexander Achenbach led to the creation of Sealand Rebel Government, which is currently headed by Johannes Seiger. Roy died at the age of 91 on October 9, 2012, and his son Michael was declared the new sovereign of the principality.
The first coin of the Principality of Sealand, a sterling silver 10 dollar piece, was minted in 1972. In 1975 a silver 20 dollar coin was issued by the micronation, and in 1977 a series of silver 10 dollar coins and a 100 dollar coin composed of gold were produced. The Sealand Rebel Government issued its first and only coin in 1991, denominated at 100 dollars and composed of "antiqued" silver.
The "Treasures of the Sea" series of Sealandic coins was minted by The Collector's Mint in 1994. This series consists of 25 cent pieces composed of bronze and silver, ½ dollar coins made of cupronickel and silver, 1 dollar coins of silver and gold, 2½ dollar pieces of bronze, silver, and gold; and 5 dollar coins composed of gold. Trial strikes are also known to have been minted this year, as are a number of ½ dollar pieces with an erroneous scalloped edge instead of a reeded one.
In 2013 to commemorate the reign and death of the recently deceased Paddy Roy Bates, a sterling silver 25 dollar piece was authorized for production at the Birmingham Mint by Prince Michael and designed by Michael Alexander of the London Banknote and Monetary Research Center. A gold 250 dollar coin is also expected to be produced.
|Currency Wiki has 4 images related to the Sealand dollar.|
- Coins and postage stamps of Sealand on the English Wikipedia
- The Imperial Collection – Principality of Sealand (archive link)
- Coin Update – Prince Roy of Sealand Memorial Coin Launched
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