Look at the coin in the picture, Nancy. It is in beautiful numismatic condition, with little or no wear. If your coin looks like this one, figure a catalog value around $25 US dollars. Coins with wear go down in value quickly ~~ to about $2 or so.
Most of the half marks from the old German Empire are about the same. For common date half marks, the catalogs report the following approximate values:
worn: $2 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $5
well preserved: $25
fully uncirculated: $125
There are some general exceptions:
• Coins dated 1905 and 1906 catalog for under $100 in fully uncirculated, and $5 in well preserved condition.
• Coins dated after 1914 catalog for $30 in fully uncirculated condition, $8 in well preserved.
Then there are some specific exceptions.
The values after the date and mint mark below are for coins in average circulated condition.
1905J: $8 US dollars approximate catalog value for average circulated coins
1908G, J: $45
1909G, J: $20
1911F, G: $15
1912D, E, F: $18
1913G, J: $15
1917F, G, J: $15
1918E, F, G, J: $12
1919D, E, J: $12
The king of the series is 1908F. Only 1000 of these were made, and they catalog at $5000 in average circulated condition!
Please be sure you understand what 'catalog value' means. See our Terminology page.
CoinQuest thanks eBay seller Victor5 for use of this nice coin photo.