Wow, these are nice coins. From way back at the time of Queen Anne. The example in our picture is in gorgeous condition, with virtually no wear and pleasing golden rainbow toning. It is a shilling from world renowned Heritage Auctions where it sold for $1300 US dollar in a 2012 auction. This gives you an idea of just how valuable these coins can be when in perfect condition. Coins with heavy wear, ugly looks, or major problems will be worth far, far less.
Back in those days, and for quite some time afterwards, the government of Great Britain figured that the size of a coin, not the words inscribed on it, would be enough to tell the denomination. So you won't find SIXPENCE or HALF CROWN inscribed on these coins. Instead, measure them to tell what you've got:
SIXPENCE: about 21 mm diameter
SHILLING: about 25 mm
HALF CROWN: about 32 mm
CROWN: about 40 mm
Also, there are many variations of the pattern on the back of these coins. Some have empty space between the four crowned shields. Others have fleurs, rosettes, or scepters. If you have a decent example of one of these coins, take it to a knowledgeable collector or professional coin dealer for an in-person inspection. We can only give general values on CoinQuest.
It is also very important to watch for fakes. There are oodles of them. Check this CoinQuest page [Click Here] for an example of a Queen Anne fake.
worn: $30 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $200
well preserved: $600
worn: $40 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $450
well preserved: $1000
worn: $50 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $600
well preserved: $1800
worn: $250 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1000
well preserved: $3000
These are approximate catalog values. Be sure to read our Important Terminology page to understand how to convert these values to actual buy and sell values.