Interesting coin, Blah. The hole adds character (sort of). The big RF stands for 'Republic Francaise' the French Republic, and 'Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite' means Liberty, Equality, and Brotherhood.
These coins come in four denominations, 5, 10, 20, and 25 centimes. Most of them you see are in poor condition and carry low value. As always, coins in fully uncirculated condition are worth much more than circulated coins. There are a few *good dates* listed below.
Hello Bianca -- You have a silver dollar designed by a man named George Morgan, so collectors call coins like yours Morgan Dollars. They are highly prized collectibles.
Your 1901O specimen is a 'common date' coin like most of the dates and mint marks in this series. 1921 is the most common of the common dates, as there were hundreds of millions of the 1921 coins made. Coins with better dates, not common dates, are listed below. They are more valuable.
These are beautiful gold coins from Turkey from the reigns of Abdul Hamid II, AH1293 to AH1327 (equivalent Western datea are 1876AD to 1909AD) and Muhammad V, AH1327 to AH1336 (equivalent Western dates are 1909AD to 1918AD). The 25, 50, 100, 250, and 500 kurush denominations are all minted in gold and have the tughra with reshat to the right and crossed branches beneath. The other side has branches encircling the inscriptions with a star at the top. There are other Turkish gold coins dated 1293 and 1327 with different patterns. This page applies only to coins with the pattern shown.
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):
You have a 'silver round' which is a piece of pure silver minted into the shape of a coin. It is worth its weight in silver. Since it contains one troy ounce of silver you can easily look up the price at any precious metal site. My favorite is Kitco.com. Look it up now. The price changes every day.
Some fradulent eBay sellers like to advertise 'silver rounds' that are, in fact, only clad in silver. These are worthless. As always, only buy from sellers that you trust when it comes to precious metals.
In 1915 and 1916 Cuba issued several nice-looking gold coins in five denominations: 2, 4, 5, 10, and 20 pesos. These coins gain their value from the gold then contain.
To figure the melt value of these Cuban gold coins, multiply the current price of gold found at web sites such as kitco.com by the troy ounce weight of gold in each coin. Today, at the time of this writing, the price of gold is about $1200 US dollars per troy ounce, but tomorrow it will be different. Look it up.
Hi Deb -- You probably have a well-worn 8 reales coin from the old Republic of Mexico.
These coins contain 0.786 troy ounces of silver. So that sets the minimum value they can attain. For instance, if silver is selling at $12 per troy ounce (look it up for today's price at kitco.com), the minimum price is 0.786 x 12 = $9.40.
Coins with the liberty cap and starburst pattern were minted in smaller denominations than 8 reales. In fact, denominations of 1/2, 1, 2, and 4 reales look the same, only smaller. The denomination appears explicitly on the coin in the place where '8R' appears on the 8 reales. Look for '1/2R', '1R', '2R', or '4R' on your coin and, if you have one, click to this appraisal page.
There is one special coin in this series: a silver 1976 proof version. It is worth about $8 US dollars. All other coins are made of bronze or copper-plated zinc. They are worth a few US cents. Collectors will usually pay a few dollars to add an uncirculated coin to their collections.