Saint Barthelemy is located in
the Caribbean, as a part French Over Seas Department of Guadelope (under
French rule since 1635). It's capital is Gustiva.
Robert Miles Reincke, the
self-appointed “King of L'Urin” issued one shilling coin dated 1970.
This coin is also known as "Reincke's Necessity Pieces". This
unusual and rare coin was supposedly minted to alleviate a shortage caused
by hoarding of silver French 5 Franc pieces on the island in late 1960s. The
coin also bears the name “Les Castelets”, his hotel in the village of L'Urin.
Their coin is called
“the world's first convertible coin” because you could exchange it for other
currency in Sweden as well as Saint Barthelemy.
This coin features Mr.
Reincke's three quarter right portrait wearing a laurel wreath. The legend -
AMORE - IACET HA / MILESIUS REXUS URINUS / HA AS REDEEMARLE FOR US $1 and
Translation reads, LOVE and
WIT, MILES KING OF L'URIN. AS is in conjunction with the REDEEMABLE FOR US
$1 INDICATING "AT 5" in French means "at 5 Francs to the US
Dollar". The HA-HA marking are believed to hark back to the mintmark's
on the French colonial 5 and 10 centimes pieces. "H" for La
Rochelle and "A" for Paris.