Fi you have 10 Dinar COMMEMORATION OF INDEPENDENCE from the Kingdom of Bahrain. Bahrain is an Arabic island country in the Persian Gulf ruled by the Al Khalifa royal family. The archipelago attained its independence in 1971 from British protectorate. This beautiful coin is made of 22 carat gold (0.917 pure) and contains 0.4717 troy ounces of the precious metal.
There is not a lot of information available about this coin. The most comprehensive write-up is found on the Chard web site Tax Free Gold [Press Here], and CoinQuest thanks Chard for use of this coin photo.
If it is a genuine coin, you have a valuable item. That's great. The gold coins come from medieval France during the reign of king Charles V 'the wise.' The inscriptions read KAROLVS (Charles) DI GR (by grace) FRAnCORV (France) REX (king) and VINCIT (conquer) REGNAT (govern) IMPERAT (rule).
The coin in our image comes from Künker GmbH & Co. in Osnabrück, Germany where it sold for 1500 euros, about $2000 US dollars, in a 2014 auction. This gives an idea of the value of these coins. I've seen them sell as low as $800 and as high as $7000, depending on condition and overall eye appeal. Each coin stands on its own merits, so assigning exact pricing is essentially impossible. One thing is for sure: it is a valuable coin. Take your coin to a knowledgeable collector or professional coin dealer for an in-person inspection. If you would like to send us pictures, we may be able to estimate value with some accuracy. To do this, start an e-mail exchange with CoinQuest.
This might be your item, Michael. We can't figure out very much about it. They are popular on the Zazzle web site. We cannot guess what the faint ATR inscription may mean.
Apparently this is a modern piece made with two popular themes from medieval times: St. George the Dragon Slayer and Madonna and Child. They are pretty cool, if you ask me!
Zazzle sells them for $30 to $40 US dollars. If they sold on a secondary market, like eBay, they would probably go for half that much. If you wanted to sell one to a coin dealer, for re-sale to a collector, the dealer would probably offer you $5 or so.
The St. Gaudens $20 gold piece is often heralded as 'America's most beautiful coin.' It is the subject of countless copies, reproductions, and replicas. The real coin (see this CoinQuest page [Press Here] for information) is very valuable. The copies, reproductions, and replicas are not valuable.
Requester June describes her coin as '3 inches wide,' so it is certainly not a genuine $20 gold piece. This novelty item is made of gilded zinc and weighs a few ounces, making it one of the classier reproductions. They sell on eBay for a few US dollars.
These coins are a good example of how archaeological findings and numismatic research go hand in hand to consolidate what we know about history.
One catalog lists these coins as struck by Orodes I (ruled from 90 to 77 BC). Another catalog lists them under Artabanos II. A third under Arsaces I. And a fourth under 'Unknown king'.
The confusion stems from several things. First, each king took a throne name, which means that Orodes I is also known as Arsaces XIV. Secondly, many of the kings are known under one name in one source and under a different name in a different source, making it very difficult to build a consistent chronology.
The country we call Guyana today was originally three Dutch colonies: from west to east, they were Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice, named after the rivers which ran through them. For several years control of the area alternated between the Netherlands and Great Britain, with influence from France. Finally, in 1814, the Dutch formally ceded the colonies to Britain, in exchange for having Dutch Guiana returned to it. This history is reflected in this coinage: in 1813, the British are firmly in control and the British king's portrait appears on the obverse of 'stiver' coinage, while the denomination 'stuiver' had been used by the Netherlands for centuries.
Maximinus Thrax (or Maximinus I) ruled the Roman empire for a few years from the mid to late 240s AD. He was not a liked emperor. He had his opponents assassinated to gain power, and sent thousands soldiers into their deaths to claim Pyrrhic victories just for the sake of military titles. When a revolt in Africa spawned a usurper, the Senate instantly turned their backs on Maximinus, and his attempt to reclaim power only ended with his death.
His silver denarii (plural of denarius) are liked by collectors today. He is usually portrayed with a large nose and a big, pointy chin. The reverse varies a bit. Popular motifs are listed as follows: the emperor standing with a spear, flanked by battle standards; Pax (the personification of peace) standing with an olive branch and a scepter; Providentia (the personification of foresight and provision) standing with a wand and a cornucopia (a horn of plenty); Salus (the goddess of health) sitting towards the left feeding a snake; or Victory (the goddess of, well, victory) walking towards the right, holding a wreath and a palm branch.
Located mostly in modern Iran (the region historically known as Persia), the Parthian Empire lasted for about 500 years. Their many kings struck a multitude of coins, and many of the empire's rulers are only known based on these many coins. The chronology of the kings' reigns is constantly being revised, and some coins listed in old catalogs as issued by one king are now thought to have been struck by different kings. It's a confusing field for anyone who doesn't has a firm grip on Parthian history, that's for sure!