Poland 5 and 10 Groszy 1816 to 1840
That double-headed eagle is hard to miss. It is an emblem that appears on many old Austrian, Polish, and Russian coins. Your coin, with the denomination 10 grosy, is from Poland. The Austrians used kreuzers (or kreutzers) and the Russians used kopeks.
Grosz (plural groszy) coins were minted in 1, 3, 5, and 10 groszy denominations by Poland between 1816 and 1840. The 1 and 3 groszy coins were minted in pure copper, the 5 and 10 groszy have 19 percent silver added.
Here is a run-down of approximate catalog values for these coins.
worn: $4 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $18
well preserved: $35
worn: $8 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated): $25
well preserved: $50
All the dates of these coins are worth about the same except the 1832 and 1833 dates. In 5 groszy, the 1832 is worth about twice as much as the *normal* dates, and in 10 groszy, the catalogs won't even venture a guess at value because they are so rare. Hope you have one of those!
Be sure to apply the principles set forth on our Terminology page when interpreting the catalog values shown above.
, Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: , Mon, 06-Sep-2010 23:17:03 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Mon, 02-Sep-2013 13:52:33 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Wed, 02-Sep-2015 14:06:31 GMT
Requester description: 1839 The front side of the coin has 2 birds back to back holding different objects in their claws. These objects look like a sword of some kind and a ball with a tiny cross on top. In between their tails and claws are the letters M and W. Above these birds is a crown. The other side has wheat stalks similar to an American dime and says '10' above 'GROSZY' and underneath that is '1839'. I think it may be copper.
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