The 1957 5, 25, and 50 pesetas coins from Spain are ones that can get collector juices flowing. The vast majority of these coins are very common, low-value pieces. These coins are made of copper-nickel and are worth only face value. A collector might pay a few US dollars to add a fully uncirculated specimen to his or her collection.
ALL COINS EXCEPT THOSE DESCRIBED BELOW:
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
Nowadays in America we call them pharmacists. Back when these neat tokens were in widespread use, they were called apothecaries -- people who formulated drugs. Apothecaries would use them in various sizes:
20 grains = 1 scruple = 1.296 grams
3 scruples = 1 drachm (dram) = 3.888 grams
8 drachms = 1 troy ounce = 31.1 grams
and the weights would have neat symbols on them known easily by apothecaries, but mysteries to the rest of us (they come from ancient Rome!).
These 1 agora coins were minted by Israel between 1960 and 1980. All but the last year (1980) were minted in aluminum, with the 1980 coin in nickel. Modern coins like this which are made of non-precious metal are worth face value, and collectors might pay more than face value if you have a coin that is absolutely, fully uncirculated.
CoinQuest in general does not follow subtle minting varieties that are normally covered by more complete numismatic (coin collecting) publications, such as coin catalogs. But there is an interesting twist with this coin that Chris brings up. If you have a coin dated Jewish Era JE5723 (see our secondary picture), which equates to 1963AD, it might be more valuable than normal. Specifically, 1963 1 agora coins with coin alignment are worth more than 1 agora coins with medal alignment. Here's the difference between coin alignment and medal alignment:
'Letzeburg' or 'Letzebuerg' is German (or perhaps Luxembourgish) for 'Luxembourg' and appears sometimes on their coins. The coins are made of several different metals, including iron, bronze, copper-nickel, aluminum and silver. The patterns and inscriptions are quite similar as well. Our secondary picture shows some of the variations.
Here are some typical catalog values:
25 CENTIMES 1919 TO 1922 (iron)
These one krone and two kroner coins from Norway both sport the profile of King Haakon VII and both have the same inscriptions, but the reverse of the one krone piece is a lot less embellished than the 2 kroner (see secondary picture).
1 KRONE: 0.193 troy ounces silver
2 KRONER: 0.386 ounces silver
The 2 kroner in our main picture is especially good looking. It sold for $360 US dollars in a 2012 auction by Stack's Bowers. CoinQuest thanks Stack's Bowers for use of their coin photo
Some of the very old Canadian 50 cent pieces, like the ones with Queen Victoria (pictured), are worth quite a bit of money. Coins dated before 1936 generally carry a substantial numismatic (coin collector) premium over and above face value of the coin. Modern coins, like the one in our secondary picture with King George VI, are worth face value (50 cents in Canada) or their silver value, whichever is larger.
As with all British coins, the reigning monarch appears on the 'heads' side.
Here are some approximate catalog values for 10 and 20 Cuban centavos. They both bear the shield and star pattern shown in the picture
10 (DIEZ) CENTAVOS:
worn: $2 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $4
well preserved: $8
fully uncirculated: $80
10 centavos dated 1916 and 1920 are rare, cataloging around $35 in well preserved condition
10 centavos dated 1948 and 1949 are common, cataloging around $2 in well preserved condition
The beaver on the back stays the same, but King George is replaced by Queen Elizabeth in 1953. These coins are worth essentially face value. If you go back prior to 1955 they start to pick up collector value when fully uncirculated. Here are some typical catalog values:
1937 to 1947:
average circulated: 25 cents (US)
well preserved: $1 US dollar
fully uncirculated: $10 approximate catalog value
1948 to 1958: