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Russia USSR / CCCP 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 50 Kopeks  1958 to 1991Russia USSR / CCCP 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 50 Kopeks 1958 to 1991 Token: US Baldwin California 20 Dollar  1851Token: US Baldwin California 20 Dollar 1851
US Coin Roll Hunting US Coin Roll Hunting Panama 1/10, 1/4, and 1/2 Balboa  1930 to 1996Panama 1/10, 1/4, and 1/2 Balboa 1930 to 1996
Sweden 50 Ore  1976 to 1991Sweden 50 Ore 1976 to 1991 Token: Germany Muenchner Glueckspfennig (Munich Lucky Penny) Token: Germany Muenchner Glueckspfennig (Munich Lucky Penny)
  

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Ireland Half Penny  1736 to 1760

Old half pennies from Ireland, annotated with HIBERNIA and the reigning monarch, are highly sought collectibles. The George II coins run from 1736 to 1760, and are generally more rare than the George III coins of 1766 to 1782.

Here are some typical catalog values for George II coins:

1736 to 1738, and 1747 to 1760
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $60
well preserved: $150

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Switzerland 5, 10, and 20 Rappen  1879 to Date

Just about all of Swiss 5, 10, and 20 rappen coins are minted in copper nickel. The one in our picture is special ~~ it is minted in brass. Copper nickel coins are lighter in color, but the pattern is the same. Some coins were also minted in aluminum brass, which takes on a golden color.

These long-running series have a few special dates, but most are worth less than $1 US dollar in average circulated condition. Here is a run-down on these three coin series. Values shown are for coins in well preserved condition, like our picture. If your coin is not a nice as the picture, it will be worth substantially less. If your coin is fully, absoluately uncirculated, then it will be worth about twice these values:

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South Africa 5 Rand (Presidential Inauguration)  1994

The presidential inauguration from 1994 that these coins commemorate is none other than that of the late Nelson Mandela. He held office until June 14th 1999. The structures shown on the coin are the Union Buildings - the official seat of the South African government - with a view from the gardens.

Millions were made, and they are not especially rare. Circulated specimens are traded among collectors for one or two US dollars. Fully uncirculated coins with exceptional eye appeal might sell for $5 or so.

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Medal: Rhodesia Indepence  1965

Now that's a nice looking medal. It was issued, obviously, as Rhodesia declared its independence from the United Kingdom, with Prime Minister Ian Smith on the front and Rhodesian symbols on the back.

These medals come in silver and bronze, with catalog values roughly as follows:

BRONZE MEDAL
worn: $5 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $10
well preserved: $15
fully uncirculated: $20

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India (Indore) 1/2 Paisa, 1/4 Anna, and 1/2 Anna with Reclining Bull  1886 to 1902

Indore is a huge, bustling city - the 14th largest in India. In the 19th century it was the capital of the Indore State ruled by the Holkar dynasty. Shivaji Rao was the maharaja of Indore from 1886 to 1903. His administration was not considered successful, and his reign ended with his abdication.

The dates on these coins are written in Nagari numerals, and use the Vikram Samvat lunar calendar which is 56.7 years ahead of the Gregorian calendar. Subtract 57 years from the VS date to get the AD date.

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France 5 Francs  1933 to 1952

I like French coins. The designs are always interesting, artistic, and well done. This design is no exception.

This is a complicated series of coins. It runs from 1933 to 1952 with the same patterns on front and back, but several variations apply. Some coins are made out of nickel, others aluminum, and still others aluminum-bronze. Also, some coins have mint marks and others do not.

In general, for most coins except those noted below, here are approximate catalog values:

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Morocco 1/2 and 1 Dirham (AH1299)  1881 to 1896

These silver coins come from the Moroccan Kingdom of Moulay al-Hasan I with dates AH1290 to AH1311. AH dates are Islamic Hijri dates which use a calendar based on when Mohammed lived, about 600 AD on the Gregorian calendar. The AH1290 to AH1311 dates correspond to 1873AD to 1894AD.

Coins in excellent shape, like the half dirham in our primary picture, command decent collector value. Our secondary picture shows the reverse of a one dirham coin.

Catalog values run approximately as follows:

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Medieval Italy Florence Florin d'Or John the Baptist  1500

This undated coin, circa early 1500s, has the fleur-de-lis of Florence, Italy on one side and John the Baptist on the other. The inscriptions are difficult to read, but a little squinting and creative interpretation reveals

FLORENTIA (Florence)
S (Saint)
IOANNES (John)
B (Baptist)

The coin in our picture is from a recent auction by Stack's Bowers, a major international auction house. The Stack's auction for this coin closed at $1438 US dollars, which includes various fees. Checking around on various numismatic (coin collecting) sites, our assessment of catalog value for these gorgeous collectibles is:

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