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Danish West Indies 5 and 20 Cents  1859 to 1878
Danish West Indies 5 and 20 Cents 1859 to 1878

Neat coin, Bob. And valuable too. These coins from the Danish West Indies (the US Virgin Islands today) show King Christian IX of Denmark on one side and a square rigged sailing ship on the other.

Usually you find these coins pretty well beat up. Most of them have scratches, stains, spots, cleanings, gouges, or nicks, and this slashes the value to almost nothing. But the one in our picture is different -- way different. It is in *gorgeous* condition with almost no wear and great eye appeal. This coin sold for $520 US dollars in a 2013 auction by prestigious auctioneer Stephen Album Rare Coins in Santa Rosa, California, USA. Just about all these coins are worth far less than Stephen's.

Typical catalog values run like this:

5 CENTS 1859
worn: $5 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $15
well preserved: $30
fully uncirculated: $50

5 CENTS 1878
worn: $5 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
well preserved: $70
fully uncirculated: $500

20 CENTS 1859
worn: $8 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
well preserved: $70
fully uncirculated: $500

20 CENTS 1878
worn: $15 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $50
well preserved: $120
fully uncirculated: $700

Consult our Important Terminology page for instructions about interpreting catalog values.

Coin: 15500 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: bob, Fri, 20-Sep-2013 09:50:30 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 19-Oct-2013 01:48:20 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Thu, 17-Sep-2015 14:34:28 GMT
Requester description: 1859 colonial Danish west indies with a boat on on 5 cent denomination. 5 cents
Tags: danish denmark west indies 5 20 cents cent danmark dankse dansk danske danmarks ouest western wests oest indie peny pennys pennies penny colonial colony boat ship denomination colonies colonization colonie kolonie colonizacao saling sailing steamboat clipper warship sailboat sails masted ships boats outriggers vessel sail sailingship outrigger christian christ ix konge koenig vestindisk mont christianvs christianus christianiss koeni konung konigr koningsryk kongeriket koenigin koningrik koenigreich koningrujk kongung kong koninklike koningin koin koning koningrijk koningryk konigreich kongeriget koninkrijk koen koenigreigh koeing konigin konig kongerike

  

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