Chelsea has submitted a 100 fils coin from Kuwait. All modern Kuwait coinage looks quite similar, so the trick is in figuring out what denomination you have. The obverse of these coins shows a ship with two dates below it - one from the Gregorian calendar on the left and one from the AH (Anno Hegirae) calendar on the right. Chelsea's coin has the dates '???? ????,' which translates to '1403 - 1983.'
The reverse is where you find the denomination. Inside the circle you will find the number (for Chelsea's coin, this is the '???' or '100') and below that is '???' or 'fils.'
Here is a simple checklist for each denomination:
1 fils: 2 grams of nickel-brass, 17mm in diameter. Denomination is '?' or '1.'
5 fils: 2.5 grams of nickel-brass, 19.5mm in diameter. Denomination is '?' or '5.'
10 fils: 3.75 grams of nickel-brass, 21mm in diameter. Denomination is '??' or '10.'
20 fils: 3 grams of copper-nickel, 20mm in diameter. Denomination is '??' or '20.'
50 fils: 4.5 grams of copper-nickel, 23mm in diameter. Denomination is '??' or '50.'
100 fils: 6.5 grams of copper-nickel, 26mm in diameter. Denomination is '???' or '100.'
Now for the values. Almost all of these coins have catalog values below $2 (U.S. dollars) in fully uncirculated condition. The majority of them are worth $1 or less even if they are uncirculated. There are some with catalog values above $2 when fully uncirculated, and those dates are outlined below. If your coin is not included below, it has a catalog value of $2 or less no matter what condition it is in.
20 fils fully uncirculated
50 fils fully uncirculated
1961, 1964, and 1971: $2.50
1968 and 1970: $4
100 fils fully uncirculated
1964 and 1968: $6
1969 and 1971: $4
1972, 1973, 1974: $3
1975 to 1998: $2.50
There are silver and gold issues for some of these types that are not covered in this article. If you have a silver or gold coin, its value will be higher.
Please keep in mind these are catalog values, which often differ from actual buy and sell values. For more information on catalog values check out our Terminology page.