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
Swedish 10, 25, and 50 ore coins were minted in 40% silver from 1942 to 1950. 100 ore was equal to one krona (krona is the Swedish unit of currency), so a 50 ore coin would've been worth half of one krona. Of course, because these coins were minted with silver content, they will always be worth at least the silver melt value, also called Base Value or BV.
Be careful, however. There are coins in the 1942 to 1950 date range that do not look like the coin in our picture. These coins are made of nickel-bronze and contain no silver. This page applies only to coins that look like our photo.
Nice medal, Dawn. It falls under the general heading of 'So-Called Dollars' which are widely sought and collected. This one, obviously, came from the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. Typical catalog values run like this:
worn: $8 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $25
well preserved: $60
fully uncirculated: $100
These are catalog values. Use the Important Terminology page (button at upper left) to understand how to use them.
The Azores are small islands 740 miles off the western shore of Portugal. They were under Portuguese administration until 1976. The 5, 10, and 20 reis copper coins all look alike, but the rules are different:
Maria II: 1834 to 1853
Pedro V: 1853 to 1861
Luis (Ludovicus) I: 1861 to 1889
Carlos I: 1889 to 1908
Here are the approximate catalog values.
5 REIS MARIA (1843)
worn: $4 US dollars approximate catalog value
You have a half penny from Great Britain. This series runs during Queen Victoria's long reign, starting in 1838 and ending in 1901. Different versions of the coin bear the queen's likeness at various stages of her life, but the inscription always says Victoria DG (DG = Dei Gratia = by the grace of God). This page applies farthings, pennies and half pennies dated between 1860 and 1894 that look like the coin shown.
FARTHING: 19 mm diameter
The two *good dates* in the Peace dollar series are 1921 and 1928:
PEACE DOLLAR DATED 1921: $100 in average circulated condition
PEACE DOLLAR DATED 1928: $400 average circulated
Except for the 1921 and 1928 dates, the remaining coins in the Peace dollar series are generally worth their basic bullion value, plus a premium to account for buyer demand. 1922 and 1923 are the most common dates.
As the price of silver goes up, Peace dollars gain more and more value. Of course if silver runs downward, so do Peace dollars. A decent rule of thumb for common date silver dollars is to first take the price of silver (found on web sites such as kitco.com in US dollars per troy ounce), multiply it by 0.773, which is the number of troy ounces of silver in a US silver dollar, to get the base value (BV). For instance, if silver is selling at $20 per troy ounce, the base value is 0.773 x 20 = $15.46. Once you have the BV, add a collector premium to that number to get a retail value. The collector premium varies with condition, as follows:
Hi Deb -- You probably have a well-worn 8 reales coin from the old Republic of Mexico.
These coins contain 0.786 troy ounces of silver. So that sets the minimum value they can attain. For instance, if silver is selling at $12 per troy ounce (look it up for today's price at kitco.com), the minimum price is 0.786 x 12 = $9.40.
Coins with the liberty cap and starburst pattern were minted in smaller denominations than 8 reales. In fact, denominations of 1/2, 1, 2, and 4 reales look the same, only smaller. The denomination appears explicitly on the coin in the place where '8R' appears on the 8 reales. Look for '1/2R', '1R', '2R', or '4R' on your coin and, if you have one, click to this appraisal page.
Andre sent us a picture of his neat ancient coin from Sicily. The fish (dolphins) and horses indicate Syracuse 405 to 380 BC. Unfortunately, Andre's coin is a fake. It is probably meant to mimic something like the genuine coin in the picture below from the ForumAncientCoins web site with the following description: SICILY, Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny. 485-466 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Struck under Hieron I, circa 475-470 BC. Charioteer driving slow quadriga right, holding kentron and reins; above, Nike flying right, crowning horses with wreath / Diademed head of Arethusa right, wearing single-pendant earring and necklace; four dolphins around.