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China Fengtien (Fung Tien, Feng Tien) Dollar (Fakes are possible)  1898China Fengtien (Fung Tien, Feng Tien) Dollar (Fakes are possible) 1898 France 10 and 20 Francs  1849 to 1851France 10 and 20 Francs 1849 to 1851
Czechoslovakia 2 Koruny  1972 to 1990Czechoslovakia 2 Koruny 1972 to 1990 Great Britain Pound  1983 to DateGreat Britain Pound 1983 to Date
Tunisia 10 and 20 Francs  1891 to 1928Tunisia 10 and 20 Francs 1891 to 1928 Mexico 8 Reales  1824 to 1897Mexico 8 Reales 1824 to 1897
Monaco 5, 10, 20, and 50 Centimes  1962 to 1995Monaco 5, 10, 20, and 50 Centimes 1962 to 1995 Australia Penny and Half Penny  1911 to 1939Australia Penny and Half Penny 1911 to 1939
  

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Germany 50 Pfennig  1949 to 2001

This is an interesting series of coins from the Federal Republic of Germany. The girl planting a tree appears on all dates, but the inscription changes between 1949 and 1950, as follows:

1949 and 1950: BANK DEUTSCHER LANDER
1950 to 2001: BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND

The 1950G coin is important, and we describe it first. There are two 1950G coins. One is very valuable, and the other is not, as follows:

1950G BANK DEUTSCHER LANDER

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Switzerland 5, 10, and 20 Rappen  1879 to Date

Just about all of Swiss 5, 10, and 20 rappen coins are minted in copper nickel. The one in our picture is special ~~ it is minted in brass. Copper nickel coins are lighter in color, but the pattern is the same. Some coins were also minted in aluminum brass, which takes on a golden color.

These long-running series have a few special dates, but most are worth less than $1 US dollar in average circulated condition. Here is a run-down on these three coin series. Values shown are for coins in well preserved condition, like our picture. If your coin is not a nice as the picture, it will be worth substantially less. If your coin is fully, absoluately uncirculated, then it will be worth about twice these values:

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South Africa Farthing (1/4 Penny)  1923 to 1960

Like all British coins, the reigning monach appears on the 'heads' side. In the case of the South African farthing, Kings George V and George VI appear, then Queen Elizabeth. The back 'tails' side has the two bird pattern on all coins.

The older versions of the coins can command decent collector value, but modern coins are worth very little. Here are some approximate catalog values. Use our Important Terminology link (at the upper left) to properly interpret these values and convert them to actual buy and sell prices.

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India (British) Pice  1943 to 1947

It's hard to miss this coin. The giant hole in the middle makes it very unusual. These were minted by the British about the time they were leaving India in 1947. The Portuguese were there until 1961. The coins were minted in 2 grams of bronze and have a diameter of 21.32mm.

These coins are worth very little. There were hundreds of millions made and many are still around due to their unique characteristics. But, as is often the case in coin collecting, there is a twist.

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US Barber Quarter  1892 to 1916

You've got a nice Barber quarter dollar, named after its designer Charles Barber. Catalog values for 'common date' Barber quarters run as follows (see below for the 'better dates'):

worn: $12 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $45
well preserved: $80
fully uncirculated: $350

Find out what 'catalog' means by reading the Important Terminology page on this web site. Click the link at the upper left.

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Germany 1 Reichspfennig and 1 Rentenpfennig  1923 to 1936

Your well preserved 1 reichspfennig coin from the Weimar Republic of Germany catalogs for about $4 US dollars more if in better condition, as follows:

worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $2
well preserved: $5
fully uncirculated: $12

The coin in the picture is in good shape and it is probably worth a three or four dollars in catalog value.

Collectors are very picky about the overall appearance of their coins, and are willing to pay a premium for good eye appeal. Be sure you understand what catalog value is. Use our Important Terminology link at the upper left to find out.

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