Your coin probably looks somewhat different than our picture. The 7 mace 2 candareens annotation indicates a silver dollar denomination. While other similar coins are prevalent from other Chinese provinces (see this example from Hupeh Province), dollar coins from Hunan Province are extremely rare. Here is what the Standard Catalog of World Coins says about a Hunan dollar:
'These dollars were produced at the Heaton Mint, Birmingham, England as trials before sending the dies and machinery to China. About 6 pieces exist.'
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.
The Portuguese pulled out of Angola in West Africa in 1975. Before then a marked Portuguese influence is seen in the coinage, as in these 10, 20, and 50 centavos coins. These coins are made of bronze. The catalog values below apply to all dates, except as noted.
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $2
well preserved: $3
fully uncirculated: $12
20 CENTAVOS DATED 1948
The coin in our primary picture, at left, is a genuine Chinese Republic dollar from 1916. It sold in a 2013 Stacks Bowers Ponterio Auction for an amazing $15000 US dollars. The strike, luster, and eye appeal of this coin sent the price through the roof. 'Normal' coins would be worth much less.
The two coins in our secondary picture, at right with blue background, are cheap replicas and reproductions. One is made of tin (or other base metal) and one is made of gold-plated silver. These are worth a few dollars each. As always with valuable coins, you must be aware of counterfeits, and this goes especially for Chinese coins.
Hello Bianca -- You have a silver dollar designed by a man named George Morgan, so collectors call coins like yours Morgan Dollars. They are highly prized collectibles.
Your 1901O specimen is a 'common date' coin like most of the dates and mint marks in this series. 1921 is the most common of the common dates, as there were hundreds of millions of the 1921 coins made. Coins with better dates, not common dates, are listed below. They are more valuable.
These are amazing coin. As always, we are grateful for Chard's permission to use their coin photos. Isn't it a beautiful coin? Please click to the TaxFreeGold [Press Here] page about these coins, which gives good background information and technical specifications.
There are four gold coins which look like the picture:
1937 HALF SOVEREIGN: 18 mm diameter, 0.1177 troy ounces gold
Much of India was under British rule between the mid-1700s and the mid-1900s. During this time many different types of coins were minted with denominations pice, anna, rupee, and mohur. This page covers the silver British India coinage of King George V. These coins show the king on the front and a wreathed and circled denomination and date on the back. Other patterns were used also, and copper coins as well, but this page applies only to silver coins that look like our main picture.
It is hard to miss coins with holes at the center. This series of cents has got 'em!
Great Britain issued coinage for part of its empire in the eastern part of Africa from the late 1800s to the mid 1900s. Coins marked East Africa circulated in areas where Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Somalia are today. The coins were minted in various metals, including copper-nickel, bronze (shown), and aluminum.
While a few *key dates* are present, most of the coins, including 1 cent, 5 cents, and 10 cents, are not worth very much unless they are in fully uncirculated condition. Taking them as a whole, the approximate catalog values for the *common date* coins are: