Most people think that old fashioned wheat-backed Lincoln cents (pennies) are very valuable. In fact, millions and millions of them were minted and all but a handful carry no significant value. When worn or in average circulated condition, most wheaties are worth a few cents each. Even in fully uncirculated condition, coins dated after 1933 are worth a few US dollars each. For most coins before 1934, here is how the catalog values run:
LINCOLN CENTS DATED BEFORE 1934 (except as noted below):
Malawi is a small country in southeastern Africa. They are on a decimal coinage system now, but, before 1970 they used the old British system of pence, shillings and crowns.
The six pence coin is made of copper-nickel and carries collector value as follows:
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $1
fully uncirculated: $3
Sixpence dated 1967 are slightly more rare than other dates. If you have a 1967 coin, double the catalog values above.
Just about all Belgian coins have legends in two languages:
French: ROI DES BELGES, QUATRE BELGAS
Dutch: KONING DER BELGEN, VIER BELGA
No matter which coin you have, it is made of nickel, not silver, and this lowers value somewhat.
COINS WITH EITHER FRENCH OR DUTCH INSCRIPTIONS:
worn: $20 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $50
well preserved: $100
The coin in our picture comes from Jean Elsen et ses Fils in Brussels where it sold for 460 euros (about $500 US dollars) during a 2015 auction. These are valuable coins.
worn: $100 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $180
well preserved: $450
fully uncirculated: $1200
The values above apply to all dates, but there is one coin that shines far above these.
The clasped hands on this coin from Sierra Leone celebrate the fact that it was a refuge for freed slaves from the British Empire, runaway slaves from the United States, and Africans discharged from the British armed forces. Unfortunately, the first settlers were virtually wiped out by tribal attacks and disease. The colony was re-established under the control of the Sierra Leone Company, which issued these coins, and then transferred to British Crown in 1807.
These are valuable coins. Our listings below are basically lifted from a coin catalog, but they are extremely approximate values since individual coins stand on their own merits. See our comparison graphic below on this page for more information about value. If you have a decent specimen of this coin, be sure to seek out a knowledgeable collector or professional coin dealer for an in-person appraisal. Most coins are dated 1791, but some carry other dates as shown below.
B send us this picture of her neat BULAU token dated 1893. It stumped us for a long time, but then constanius over at World of Coins figured it out. The token comes from an East African plantation owned, presumably, by the Bulau family. Constanius even found an auction where one of these tokens sold for (are you ready?) $330 US dollars in 1999. Nice! It is a rare piece.