The Royal Black Institution is a religious and fraternal organization, similar to, and related to, other secret societies like the Freemasons and Knights Templar.
There are several different tokens issued by the Blacks, most notably those of Canadian chapters and shown in the pictures on this page.
Genuine vintage tokens can be quite valuable when in decent condition. Very approximately:
The 1957 5, 25, and 50 pesetas coins from Spain are ones that can get collector juices flowing. The vast majority of these coins are very common, low-value pieces. These coins are made of copper-nickel and are worth only face value. A collector might pay a few US dollars to add a fully uncirculated specimen to his or her collection.
ALL COINS EXCEPT THOSE DESCRIBED BELOW:
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
These old coins from China are quite interesting. The dragon is one of the favorite patterns. Conversion of the monetary units goes like this:
3.6 candareens = 5 cents
7.2 candareens = 10 cents
1 mace and 4.4 candareens = 20 cents
3 mace and 6 candareens = 50 cents
7 mace and 2 candareens = 1 dollar
The value of these coins is quite high, especially in well preserved condition.
Nowadays not many people remember when silver coins actually circulated in America. Up to 1964, our silver coins ~ dimes, quarters, half dollars ~ were made of actual silver. A full 90 percent of each coin was pure silver. The remaining 10 percent was copper. Then, in 1964, the Federal Government decided, with the rest of the world (pretty much), to do away with precious metal in coins and strike them out of cheap alloys. Coins minted from 1965 until now have zero silver content. Dimes, quarters, and half dollars are made of copper with a thin clad layer of nickel.
Thomas Fuller, the prolific English author, once said
Fools' names, like fools' faces, Are often seen in public places.
These are nice coins from the Netherlands. The straight line patterns are quite distinct. 1, 2 1/2, and 5 gulden denominations were issued until the time that Euro coinage took over in 2001.
1 GULDEN: 1982 to 2001, nickel
2 1/2 GULDEN: 1982 to 2001, nickel
5 GULDEN: 1987 to 2001, bronze clad nickel
Some of the later date coins (post-1990) have lower mintages and catalogers have reflected this in pricing, assigning catalog values as high as $10 to $15 US dollars. We have not seen such high prices in actual auction results, so CoinQuest's best estimates of value are low, as follows: