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.