|West Africa (Federation) 250 Francs 1992 to 1996||Medal: Germany (Prussia) Last Signature (letzte unterschrift) 1888|
|Medal: US Command Medals USN and USCG||Portugal 50 Escudos 1986 to 2000|
|Token: US Honest Abe Great Emancipator||Honduras (British Honduras, Belize) 1 Cent 1911 to 1954|
Joyce, it seems that you have a medal showing the French Emperor Napoleon III and his wife Eugénie de Montijo. The design may or may not be the same as shown here on the page. You describe your medal as made of iron, pewter, zinc or a base metal, though we've found one struck in bronze with a gold plating. With these old medals, you often see the dies moving around and being reused for as long as the medal is relevant to strike, and so you often encounter the same medal struck in different metals.
These coins have been minted in nickel plated steel since 1993. They are worth face value. A collector might pay a few US dollars for one to add to his or her collection.
If you get a coin catalog, such as Standard Catalog of World Coins by Cuhaj, you will see listings of each date and the associated mintage. Some of years these coins were minted by the millions. Other years by only the tens of thousands. This mintage variation is too recent to affect value now. But, when the grandchildren are grown, the low mintage coins will be worth more than the high mintage coins.
You probably have a 6 kreuzer, 1848 to 1849, from Austria, when Franz Joseph I was king. This coin is made of silver, but the fineness is low (43.8% silver), so there is not much value due to silver content.
When a coin is struck after the year shown on the coin, it is called a re-strike. For the 6 kreuzer, coins dated 1849 were struck in 1848, but also between 1850 and 1852, and restruck again during 1859 to 1870. Re-strikes carry the same value as normal strikes.
I have yet to see a splendid example of this medal about the British/Spanish battle near Cartagena, Colombia. All of them appear to be worn to a frazzle. There are several different designs, all carrying about the same numismatic (coin collector) value.
The best one we've seen is at this CNG page [Press Here], and it sold for $295 US dollars. Others look like those in our secondary image and sell for about one-half the value of the CNG specimen.
Helvetia is the female personification of Switzerland, officially Confederatio Helvetica, the 'Helvetic Confederation'. Her image on the coin is the traditional one. A non-traditional rendering by ccdck appears in our secondary image. From Wikipedia: 'Helvetia is the Roman name for an ancient region of central Europe occupying a plateau between the Alps and the Jura Mountains. Helvetia corresponded roughly to the western part of modern Switzerland, and the name is still used poetically.'
That's a neat design for a coin. Even though a 'mob of kangaroos' may be unusual for us regular folks, it's commonplace Down Under. This pattern has been used on circulating Australian dollar coins since 1984. After 2000 the portrait of the Queen changes somewhat. These coins are worth face value: one dollar in Australia. If you can find a nice, uncirculated example, a collector or animal lover might pay $2 or $3 US dollars for it.
This is a rare item associated with colonial times in America. It is a 'mule,' wherein front and back dies are mis-matched in an unnatural way. The front is an Irish halfpenny and the back is a 'Liberty and Security' token minted by William Lutwyche in Birmingham.
The coin in our picture comes from Stack's where it sold for $280 US dollars in a 2005 auction. We think that price is low, and the coin is actually worth much more.
With only 56,000 minted, compared to 695,000 of the 2000 reis minted, this 1000 reis commemorative sells for a little more than the 2000 reis. The trouble is, however, that the 2000 has silver content, while the 1000 is made of aluminum-bronze.
Here are some approximate catalog values for the 1000 reis coin:
worn: $2 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $5
well preserved: $10
fully uncirculated: $25