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.
These are neat coins from Cyprus when the island was a British colony. They have the ruling monarch on one side, Victoria, Edward, or George, depending on date, and a crowned arms with rampant lion on the other side. There are coins with other patterns, but this page applies only to those similar to the one shown in our picture. There are three denominations:
4 1/2 PIASTRES: 0.0841 troy ounces silver
9 PIASTRES: 0.1682 ounces silver
18 PIASTRES: 0.3364 ounces silver
This coin comes from a period in India known as the Bengal Presidency. In 1765 emperor Shah Alam gave some possessions in Bengal to the British East India Company, starting the presidency. This coin comes from Shah Alam's successor, Shah Alam II.
There is a distinguishing feature of a fork, trident, or trisul on this coin. Several versions exist with minor differences. A great page with more info can be found over at our friends ChiefaCoins.
These grand old silver coins were minted when Carl XII was king of Sweden, hence the large 'C' monogram on the front. They are nice collectible pieces. Coins that have been authenticated, graded, and encapsulated by PCGS, NGC, ANACS, and ICG are generally worth a little more than 'raw' loose coins.
Here are some approximate catalog values for these coins.
worn: $40 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $120
well preserved: $300
The coin in our main picture at the upper left is in superb shape, better than our 'well preserved' criteria. It has great color and almost no wear. Its pleasing eye appeal adds to value. It is a $350 coin.
These very pretty silver rupees come from the Bombay Presidency period of British India during the early to mid-1800s, under Shah Alam II. The Hejira date of AH1215 (equivalent to 1800AD Gregorian) is clearly seen in Arabic numerals. The denominations are:
1 RUPEE: 29 mm diameter, 11.6 grams
1/2 RUPEE: 26 mm, 5.8 grams
1/4 RUPEE: 18 mm, 2.8 grams
Comparing recent auction results with older catalog values shows that the catalogs generally underestimate value. The coins are selling for more than the catalogs indicate.