This is a transportation token, denomination 20 para, used for the famous Galata Bridge in Istanbul. According to Numista, the date is 1913.
The tokens are still easily found, as many were collected over the years. As always, condition matters. Here are approximate catalog values:
This is a modern-day reproduction of an old thaler of Sigismund I, dated 1533. It is made out of brass and apparently plated with sterling silver. The annotation Ag 925 means sterling silver: 'Ag' is the chemical symbol of silver, and '925' means 92.5% silver, which is the purity of sterling.
These modern-day coins sell for a few dollars, usually less than $5 US dollars each.
There are earlier, nineteenth century, replicas which are valuable. The picture below is one from a Polish auction that sold for $1250 US dollars. Note that the Ag 925 annotation does not appear.
Zanzibar, an Archipelago in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania, was the center of the Arab slave trade. It came under British rule with an effort to end slavery during the mid-1800s and became fully independent in 1963. This coin, with Islamic date AH1304 (1887AD) comes from the time of the British protectorate.
These pysa are difficult to find in well preserved condition. Approximate catalog values run like this:
The design of these beautiful old coins has Madonna and Child (Mary, mother of God and patron saint of Hungary, MARIA MATER DEI PATRONA HUNG), with a crowned shield and angels alongside. These patterns show on two different versions of this coin, covering four different rulers:
1/2 THALER: 32 mm diameter 0.376 troy ounces silver
THALER: 40 mm diameter, 0.752 ounces silver
MARIA THERESA: 1767 to 1780 (M Ther, inscription on side with angels)
Syria produced these coins in aluminum as an emergency issue during World War II. Not many survive today, and that drives the price up. There is no date shown on the coin, but 1941 is usually assigned.
The trick is to find a specimen that is in fairly decent condition. Many of the surviving coins are bent, corroded, split, or otherwise damaged. The coin in our picture is in average circulated condition.
Approximate catalog values run like this:
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
The Rhinelands are a loosely defined region embracing the land on either bank of the River Rhine in Central Europe. Since the year 925AD the Rhinelands have been associated with Germany, and this medal commemorates this 1000 year history.
'Tausend jahre deutscher rhein promemoria' = 'A thousand years of german rhine promemoria'
'Deutsch ist der rhein - deutsch soll er sein' = 'German is the rhine, German it should be'
The medal is made of bronze and is plated with silver. Since it is not solid silver, there is no value due to precious metal. The value comes solely from collector demand, as follows:
This is a copper token (jeton) used for gifts, games, commerce, counting, and the like from the town of Saint Manvieu in northwestern France. 'Pierre le Marchante' (Peter the merchant) is proudly displayed on the side with the helmet and coat of arms. On the other side AETERNITATI (eternity) encircles two mountains topped with flaming hearts.
The jeton in our picture is in very good condition, with all inscriptions and devices very clear. The eye appeal is good. It sold for 40 euros (about 50 US dollars) during a 2011 auction by Jean Elsen et ses Fils in Brussels. It might sell for more today.
In the late 800s, vikings from Scandinavia invaded England and, after 100 years or so, became assimilated into medieval society there. Coins of the era and region bear several different patterns. This pattern is called 'St. Peter's Sword' or 'Sword and Hammer.' The inscriptions are difficult to read, but spell SCIIE TPIIO in two lines, separated by the sword image.
The silver penny shown at the upper left is a genuine coin from the York Vikings. It is in absolutely gorgeous condition, and sold for 6500 British pounds (about $8000 US dollars) during a 2015 auction by Spink. CoinQuest thanks Spink for use of their coin photo. A similar coin in worse condition would still be worth several thousand US dollars.
Congratulations, Marcus, you have a valuable penny token from New Zealand. Britain's Captain Cook surveyed the islands of New Zealand during the mid-1700s. In 1840 the Brits made a treaty with the native chiefs and white men arrived in droves. There was a massive shortage of government-issued British money, so merchants started to produce their own in 1857. A total of 147 varieties of these fascinating tokens were produced from 10 different cities, including Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, and Dunedin.
Lebanon minted these 1 piastre coins in copper nickel between 1925 and 1936, when Lebanon was a French protectorate after World War I. Catalog values run like this:
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $4
well preserved: $30
fully uncirculated: $80These are catalog values that apply to all dates. Actual buy and sell values will be different, as described on our Important Terminology page.