While probably a replica, Steve, that is an exceptionally cool medal. We were able to find this medal in a number of different states of preservation, and in multiple metals; copper, bronze, pewter and silver. There are many different restrikes and replicas. To be sure about value, Steve, you will have to take your medal for an in-person inspection by an expert. We can give only general guidance here. Send us a picture, if you like, and we will give you our opinion about your specific piece (use the Contact Us link).
T'ang Chi-yao (or Tang Jiyao) was military governor of Yunnan from 1913 to 1927. Coins with his likeness on the front and crossed flags on the back were minted in Yunnan Province during the early part of his reign:
50 CASH: minted in copper and brass
50 CENTS: minted in silver
5 DOLLARS: minted in gold
10 DOLLARS: minted in gold
This page applies only to the 50 cash and 50 cents denominations. The 50 cash in our main picture (upper left) is especially nice, with only a little wear, unmarred surfaces, and great eye appeal. It was sold by Ira and Larry Goldberg for $500 US dollars in a 2005 auction. Catalog value for a 'well preserved' coin is only $100, but when collectors see an exceptional coin, they don't think twice about paying more than catalog. The Goldberg coin is exceptional, and we thank them for releasing copyright to CoinQuest. We truly appreciate it.
The trouble with collectible brass coins from the former Soviet Union (USSR - CCCP) is that most are unattractive, heavily worn, and without much detail. If you have a 1, 2, 3, or 5 kopek piece that is in good shape and has good eye appeal, you can probably sell your coin to a collector for a few US dollars. The coin in our picture is not completely unattractive, so it might fetch $2 to $3.
In general, the older dates are worth a little more than coins dated after 1960. Here are the *better dates* of these coins. Prices given are catalog values for fully uncirculated specimens. Circulated coins will be worth far less.
These are modern coins from Mexico. The 'older women' is María Josefa Crescencia Ortiz Téllez - Girón, an insurgent and supporter of the Mexican War of Independence against Spain. Maria Josefa, known affectionately as La Corregidora, appears on all dates between 1950 and 1976. The national arms (eagle, snake, cactus) changes slightly after 1969.
These are modern coins made of non-precious metal, brass, so their values are low, except for coins dated 1954. Typical catalog values are:
Starting in 1992 these coins are 11-sided polygons in shape, and this continued until the end of 2004, after which a new series of coins was issued.
The obverse side of the coin bears the National Emblem of India, with the face value below the emblem. To the top-left side Bharat (meaning India) is written in Hindi using the Devanagari script, and to the bottom-left side Rupaye (meaning Rupees) is written also in Hindi using the same Devanagari script. The reverse side bears the National Integration theme, with the Map of India on it. The map also has the waving Flag of India on it.
Nice coin, Mickey. These old silver rupees from India represent an interesting series of coins, and many of them -- especially the older dates -- are valuable.
The coin in our picture is one of the earlier versions. Later coins changed monarchs (India was British until 1947) and reverse designs, but the basic coin was the same all the way from 1862 to 1947. You will see coins in this series as follows:
1/4, 1/2, and 1 rupee
If you look at the coin catalogs for this copper-zinc-nickel coin from the Philippines, you'd think it was worth only $1 US dollar in fully uncirculated condition. But the catalogs are wrong, at least a little bit. These are popular coins with collectors and a nice-looking circulated example, like the one in our picture, sells for $3 or more. Adjusting the catalogs a little, our estimate of value is:
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $2
This is a commemorative silver half dollar issued by the United States mint for the 150th anniversary (1776 to 1926) of the signing of the Declaration of Independence from Britain. That's George Washington and Calvin Coolidge on the front. Typical catalog values run like this:
average circulated: $40
well preserved: $50
fully uncirculated: $100
Use our Important Terminology page to convert these catalog values into actual buy and sell values.