Almost every coin dated after World War II is worth face value, nothing more. This applies to all coins from all countries worldwide, with very few exceptions. No circulating coins today contain gold or silver, although there are plenty of non-circulating coins that do. Non-circulating coins are often proof coins which are bought and sold in special packaging. However, most modern coins, even from exotic places, are basically worth face value except in a few special instances, explained below. Perhaps your coin is special, we hope it is.
These coins come in 2 and 5 reichsmark denominations. Some of the 5 reichsmark do not have the swastika, as shown in our secondary picture below.
Here are some approximate catalog values that apply to all dates in the series, except as noted below.
2 REICHSMARK (0.161 troy ounces silver)
worn: $7 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $8
well preserved: $10
fully uncirculated: $30
You know, GT, here at CoinQuest we are basically collectors at heart. This is why it irks me when governments issue coins and then purposefully limit production to drive prices up. That's what South Africa did with this nice-looking 2013 2 rand coin. Unfortunately, it happens all the time -- all countries do it. Yecch.
And in the advertisements for this coin, they even try to capitalize on Nelson Mandela's death by saying he lay in state inside the Union Building. Double yecch.
It is hard to miss coins with holes at the center. This series of cents has got 'em!
Great Britain issued coinage for part of its empire in the eastern part of Africa from the late 1800s to the mid 1900s. Coins marked East Africa circulated in areas where Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Somalia are today. The coins were minted in various metals, including copper-nickel, bronze (shown), and aluminum.
While a few *key dates* are present, most of the coins, including 1 cent, 5 cents, and 10 cents, are not worth very much unless they are in fully uncirculated condition. Taking them as a whole, the approximate catalog values for the *common date* coins are:
Modern minting technology is really something. It can produce truly beautiful artwork in metal, and sometimes in precious metal.
The UK started minting 2 pound coins in 1986 and have made special versions for collectors in gold and silver. The obverses all have Queen Elizabeth II and the reverses have different patterns. All the coins are worth face value (2 pounds, about $3 US dollar) plus a premium. For gold and silver coins, the premium is equal to the current value of these precious metals. Most circulated coins are worth face value (FV) because they are made of non-precious metal and carry zero premium.
Most coins from New Zealand have really neat patterns, and this one is no exception. Why not try to assemble a collection of New Zealand coins? It would be plenty of fun and cost very little.
The 20 cents is made of copper nickel and is dirt cheap:
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $1
fully uncirculated: $4
These values apply to all dates.
Sure enough, Chris, that's a Trade Dollar pattern coin form 1873. If it were genuine, it would be worth a bundle. Bowers and Merina (now Stack's Bowers) had one at auction a few years ago, and it sold for more than $2000 US dollars.
Very likely you have a replica coin like the one in the picture from eBay seller ixwisdom. These are worth a few dollars.
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