This is one example of an old copper coin (falus) from Afghanistan which cannot be readily assigned to a particular kingdom, ruler, or date. There are many patterns and many different minting sites. It takes an expert to figure out these coins. We have asked experts to consider GR's coin, and here is what they said: [PRESS HERE] for World of Coins.
Checking auction prices for Afghan civic copper, generally:
When you find a coin that looks like it could be an error, the first question you must ask is whether the error occurred at the mint, or after the coin left the mint. Coins with errors at the mint are valuable. Coins with errors after the mint are damaged and worth zero.
Linda sent us this image of her cool brockage error coin from the Bank of Upper Canada. You can see an error-free example at this CoinQuest link. The intriguing thing about brockage errors is that one of the patterns is reversed, i.e., it is a mirror image of a normal pattern. Obviously, this error occurred at the mint, so Linda's coin is valuable.
Amadeo I ruled Spain only from 1871 to 1873. These 5 pesetas coins bear a large 1871 as the authorization date, plus other dates in the tiny stars on each side of the king's portrait. They are valuable coins when found in good condition:
worn: $25 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $35
well preserved: $100
fully uncirculated: $500
If you can find a coin with DE initials and a tiny 73 in the small star, it is worth more:
Thanks for your thorough description, Caley. Sure enough, we did not have this issue of the British penny in our database. Now it is here.
All the old pennies and half pennies from Great Britain make wonderful collectibles. They come from a time when a penny was *worth* something! But millions and millions were made, so their value today is not that high. Here is a run-down:
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
According to Wikipedia: 'In recreational mathematics, a magic square is an arrangement of distinct numbers (i.e., each number is used once), usually integers, in a square grid, where the numbers in each row, and in each column, and the numbers in the main and secondary diagonals, all add up to the same number, called the 'magic constant.''
Such a square appears on the reverse of this token.
These are nice silver and gold coins from Guatemala. They show the dazzling bird known as a quetzal on both sides. Here are the denominations:
5 CENTAVOS: 1925 to 1943, 0.038 troy ounces silver
10 CENTAVOS: 1925 to 1943, 0.077 ounces silver
1/4 QUETZAL: 1925 to 1949, 0.193 ounces silver
1/2 QUETZAL: 1925 only, 0.386 ounces silver