Unappreciated Rarity: 1982 New Hebrides 5 Francs, very nice Uncirculated
PCGS Europe did a small "newsie" on the 1982 NH 1 Franc coin that had the basics. In 1980 the country gained some measure of autonomy and was renamed "Vanuatu". The former colony had French-derived coins struck at Paris with the last issue in 1979. However as there was a perceived coin shortage, new coins were ordered up with the old New Hebrides designation utilized.
1 and 5 francs were minted in somewhat limited numbers and are recorded to have been extensively melted. Also reportedly struck were 10F and 20F pieces that may never have been delivered, or if so in limited numbers and it was long felt they were rumored and not confirmed. Eventually a couple of pictures of each surfaced on the internet but they were not exactly pristine with the 20F looking like it had spent time on an expressway for a while with fair amount of damage.
Anyway, I had the 1F and was looking for the others diligently when the following 5F showed up in an English auction. IMHO quite presentable and may get it graded but here for you all to see (the luster in hand breathtaking):
Well, just Love coins, period.