Tokens from the company "TOPAZ" (& islands fantasy)

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I have been collecting various tokens about islands all over the planet for a long time and often look at auctions to know the information. And of course I see various kinds of fantasy releases. Although it is immediately clear that these tokens are a fantasy, it is not often possible to understand or find out who is doing it. And in some cases I know some information.


I recently learned that in Ukraine in the city of Lvov there is an industrial enterprise "TOPAZ" (Львівське державне спеціальне конструкторське бюро "Топаз")

The company previously manufactured jewelry products, but a decade ago they also mastered the production of custom-made numismatic products.

And now I see a site on which, among other things, what they released is presented: Нумізматика України



Previously, I had already guessed that many coins of distant islands in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea were minted somewhere nearby... But now for the first time I find out exactly where, and which issues were made directly in Ukraine. I studied this list and made a selection based on my topic. Some issues have long been sold at auctions all over the world and you have already seen them. Some are quite rare. In general, next I will show what I discovered on this issue.
I hope that it will be entertaining and interesting, and educational from the point of view of design, as well as geography... ))
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For example, the list indicates that three different tokens were manufactured at this enterprise Avocarde island : I already saw one topic about this on the forum

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I also noticed that a series of tokens with sailing ships has become widespread - Gilbert islands

Over the years, several tokens were issued. As a result, the website shows that there are 18 of them, but I know 3 more and in total there are already 21 varieties:
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#3
Tokens about the island of Mayotte were issued in different years, and there are 10 different ones. And for some unknown reason, they depict various extinct dinosaurs that never lived on this island. But it doesn't matter, it's a fantasy:  :)
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Also, I have been seeing tokens for sale at auctions for a long time: Stroma island (Isle of Stroma) ifferent years, three tokens per year, with the various walking cats in different poses. Refers to an island in Scotland.
18 varieties are shown by year:
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Interesting is a series of multi-colored coins with various butterflies, which were issued in 2 types per year for several years: West Nusa Tenggara islands

QuoteWest Nusa Tenggara (Indonesian: Nusa Tenggara Barat) is a province of Indonesia. It comprises the western portion of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with the exception of Bali which is its own province. Mataram, on Lombok, is the capital and largest city of the province. It shares maritime borders with Bali to the west and East Nusa Tenggara to the east.

There are a total of 10 different tokens known:

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I especially found funny two issues of tokens for one island in the Bahamas, which is called Great Inagua island. The tokens show ancient extinct animals that never lived and could not live on this island, but for some reason they are shown here:  8)  :)
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Falcon island is located in Australia. There were two series of tokens, three per year, depicting birds of prey. But due to an oversight by the customer, or by some accident, or by special design, the names of all the birds are written in russian (sic!):
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I am continuing this research.

I have close-up photos of all these tokens, and a few other things that aren't shown. Therefore, if anyone is interested, I can publish them here. For now, the thumbnails will suffice, I guess.

The next one is the Anguilla island. The 1 dollar denominations dedicated to the covid epidemic are shown, but I have also seen 3 dollar denominations separately. I think they also belong to the same company:
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Another interesting issue of fantasy coins that I often see at auctions now. There were two series of 5 coins per year, 10 coins in total. We are talking about some fantastic "Russian empire" that was declared by one crazy millionaire on the Cook Islands in the Pacific Ocean, on the islands of Suwarrow Atoll (the theme on the obverse is dedicated to various naval battles):
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#10
A fantasy series called Shetland Islands was issued from 2015 to 2018 at 2 coins per year. The entire series shows different types of birds:
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Continued research. Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea. 2 series of 4 tokens were produced in 2020 and 2021.
The entire series of tokens features various extinct prehistoric animals:
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San Felix island which belongs to the country of Chile. 5 tokens were produced in 2021 and only 2 tokens in 2022.
The entire series of tokens shows different colorful birds:
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Labuan island is located in Malaysia.
There were 2 different tokens released in 2021. And one more token in 2022. All depict various sea fish:
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There were also several episodes about islands in Indonesia.

In 2019, three tokens with images of butterflies about the Sulawesi island were released:
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