Micronations:

Conch Republic

 

 

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1972
USNS-CON-C 001A

Year: 1972
Metal: Pewter (cast)
Condition: Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 
Weight:
Diameter: 35 mm
Denomination: 1 Conch Dollar

Edge type: Plain

Conch Shell

Marlin

1983
USNS-CON-C 002

Year: 1983
Metal: .999 Silver
Condition: Proof
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 
Weight: 1 oz
Diameter: 39 mm
Denomination: 1 Conch Dollar

Edge type: Plain

Conch Shell

Key West

1996
USNS-CON-C 003

Year: 1996
Metal: Silver (hammered)
Condition: Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 
Weight:
Diameter: approx  mm
Denomination: 20 Conch Dollar

Edge type: Plain

Sailing Ship

Solar Symbol

2006
USNS-CON-C 004

Year: 2006
Metal: Silver-plated cupronickel
Condition: Proof
Designer: James Godwin
Mint: The Highland Mint
Mintage: 5000
Weight: 1 oz
Diameter: 39  mm
Denomination: 1 Conch Dollar

Edge type: Reeded

Conch Shell

Galleon

The Conch Republic was founded in the early 1980s by business owners annoyed by the negative commercial impact of a roadblock established at the entrance to the Florida Keys by the US Border Patrol in an effort to curtail the alleged transport of narcotics and illegal immigrants to the US mainland. The resulting 20 mile-long traffic jam proved a deterrent to visiting tourists, and on 23 April 1982, the citizens of Key West seceded from the Union, hoisted their flag, declared war on the United States, and then quickly surrendered - in order to qualify for "foreign aid" to rebuild their shattered economy. The unique form of this political protest captured national attention, forcing the removal of the roadblock, and more than two decades later the anniversary of the Conch Republic's founding remains a cause for annual celebration.

The existence of a Conch Republic coin dated 1972 appears to indicate that the notion of Key West as an "independent micronation" pre-dates the events of the following decade; alternatively this piece may in fact be a back-dated 1980s creation. Further research on this subject is clearly necessary.

Conch Republic website: http://www.conchrepublic.com/

2005-2006, USNS / G Cruickshank.
Information courtesy of
G Cruickshank. Scans courtesy of G Cruickshank, E McCrea and C Shiboleth.