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Medal: US Crusader Ornament Medal: US Crusader Ornament Medal: US Large St. Gaudens Novelty Piece  1907Medal: US Large St. Gaudens Novelty Piece 1907
Ancient Parthia Orodes I and Artabanos II Drachm and Tetradrachm  90BC to 62BCAncient Parthia Orodes I and Artabanos II Drachm and Tetradrachm 90BC to 62BC Guyana ~ Guiana Stiver and Half Stiver  1813Guyana ~ Guiana Stiver and Half Stiver 1813
Ancient Rome Maximinus Thrax Denarius  235AD to 238ADAncient Rome Maximinus Thrax Denarius 235AD to 238AD Ancient Parthia Gotarzes I and Sanatruces Drachm  93BC to 69BCAncient Parthia Gotarzes I and Sanatruces Drachm 93BC to 69BC
  

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New Zealand Crown (5 Shillings)  1953

Hi marg , there were 250,000 of these copper-nickel New Zealand 1 Crown(5 Shillings) coins minted that year commemorating the Coronation of British Queen Elizabeth II (1952). Here is what the coin catalogs say about these neat coins:

average circulated: $6.50 US dollars approximate catalog value
fully uncirculated: $10

Coin: 17633
Requested by: marg, Wed, 20-Aug-2014 09:56:36 GMT

US Quarter Washington Bicentennial  1975 and 1976

The Washington quarter is the present quarter dollar or 25-cent piece issued by the United States Mint. The coin was first struck in 1932. For other Washington quarters, see this CoinQuest page [Press Here]. We also have a page on special Washington Statehood quarters at this link [Press Here]

In 1973 the mint announced that the quarter, half dollar, and dollar coins would be re-designed for the country's bi-centennial by citizen artists via a $5,000 contest. Eventually three designs were chosen and plans to cancel the same three 1975 coins, make silver versions, and issue a new two dollar bill became reality. A victory torch encircled by 13 stars and a colonial drummer along with the typical mandated writing won the quarter design. JLA under the left arm are the initials of Jack L. Ahr, the winning designer. This quarter was issued over a two year period (1975 and 1976) with more than 800 million issued. So these are not rare and even in high grade they are very common and worth very little. All circulated coins made of copper-nickel are worth face value. Some silver proof coins were made especially for collectors and there are worth their weight in silver.

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Italy (Venice) 1, 3 and 5 Centesimi  1849

The seated Lion of St. Mark on the front of this coin symbolizes the Republic of San Marco, an Italian state which existed briefly in 1848 and 1849. With Venice as a capital (which had earlier ceded to the Austrian Empire following Napoleon's conquests) the republic declared independence on March 22nd 1848, but was recaptured by Austria after a long siege just 17 months later, and soon after ceded back to Italy after being held by France as an intermediary.

But enough historical politics. The republic minted other centesimi coins with the Lion of St. Mark, but only the 1, 3 and 5 centesimi have the lion facing directly outwards. Values are decent for coins in better condition.

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Poland 6 Groschen  1623 to 1627

Sigismund (Zygmunt) III, king of Poland between 1587 and 1632, must have really enjoyed seeing his name and face on coins. He minted tons of them, each with slightly different portraits and inscriptions, which makes identification tough. They are usually pretty well worn, so that doubles the difficulty when reading the already-difficult inscriptions. Then, just when you think you have faithfully ID'd your coin, the catalogs chime in with phrases like varieties exist.

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Trinidad and Tobago 10 Dollars  1972 to 1980

Trinidad and Tobago, off the coast of Venezuela in South America, became independent in 1962 and started producing coinage in 1966. The large $10 dollar coins appeared in 1972 and continued until 1980.

COINS DATED 1972: produced in silver
COINS DATED AFTER 1972: produced in both silver and copper-nickel

The first step in evaluating these coins is to determine the metallic composition. If you have been collecting for a while, you instinctively know the difference between silver and copper-nickel. If you are new, take your coin to a jeweler to be sure.

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Token: US California Fractional Gold Fake  1852 to 1857

This page shows two of the most common fake California Gold pieces, dated 1852 and 1857, but there are oodles more fakes.

The numismatic (coin collecting) specialty area known as US California Fractional Gold is highly sophisticated and very complex. Genuine pieces are tiny and valuable, and they may appear crude and poorly made. It is not surprising, then, that crooks and shysters choose this area as fertile ground for ripping off collecting novices. Don't be a victim.

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Bahrain 500 Fils  1968 to 1983

Bahrain, as small island nation in the Persian Gulf, became independent in 1971 but had been minting coins a few years prior to that, since 1965. The Sheikh on the front of this coin is Isa Bin Salman, ruler of Bahrain between 1961 and 1999.

By 1968 most countries in the world had stopped minting coins in silver, replacing them with copper-nickel look-alikes. But this 500 fils is different. It contains 0.4707 troy ounces of silver. The same pattern was used again in 1983, but with more silver: 0.537 troy ounces. Sometimes people gold-plate silver coins, which makes them look spiffy but adds no value. In fact, gold plating a fully uncirculated silver coin subtracts value.

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Medieval Great Britain Alfred the Great Coinage (Ashmore Fakes)  871AD to 899AD

Alfred the Great ruled the Kingdom of Wessex for almost two decades towards the end of the 9th century. He defended his realm against Viking raids, and initiated vast reforms of his kingdom's military and economy.

Trever Ashmore has produced fake coins for over four decades and is still going. He is known for his counterfeits of medieval English coins.

Even for Alfred the Great, there seems to be at least 10 different types fakes by Ashmore, including the types with a bust, a monogram, or 'EXA' with dots on the sides. One of the types are shown here. They all have roughly the same look, though it can take a while to learn to spot them. Genuine coins from the 9th century, not surprising, are very valuable. Numismatic (coin collecting) research, experience, and 'trained eyeballs' are necessary to sort the counterfeits from the genuine.

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