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Great Britain 5 Pounds  2002Great Britain 5 Pounds 2002 Brazil 10, 20, 50 Centavos and 1 and 2 Cruzeiros  1956 to 1961Brazil 10, 20, 50 Centavos and 1 and 2 Cruzeiros 1956 to 1961
Great Britain Shilling  1953 to 1970Great Britain Shilling 1953 to 1970 Medal: Great Britain Coins of the Birmingham Mint Medal: Great Britain Coins of the Birmingham Mint
Angola (Africa Portuguesa) 1/4, 1/2, 1, and 2 Macuta  1762 to 1860Angola (Africa Portuguesa) 1/4, 1/2, 1, and 2 Macuta 1762 to 1860 Spain 5, 25, and 50 Pesetas  1957Spain 5, 25, and 50 Pesetas 1957
  

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Mexico 8 Reales  1824 to 1897

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.

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US Seated Liberty Dollar  1840 to 1873

Hi Alex -- Apparently you have a genuine 1847 seated Liberty silver dollar without a mint mark, which is one of the more common dates.

If Alex's coin had no problems, i.e., it did not have the scratches and nicks as described, but was a typical, problem-free 1847 SL dollar, it would catalog about $300 US dollars in worn condition. With the damage, Alex, I am sorry to report you are probably down around $100 catalog value. Be sure you understand what 'catalog' means. Look in our Important Terminology definition (link at upper left).

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Hong Kong Hong Kong Shanghai Fantasy Tael  1867

Museum Victoria has a good article on this super-high value pattern coin from Hong Kong. The original coins, now worth tens of thousands of US dollars, were produced at the Hong Kong mint using British dies. This is a 'pattern' experimental coin and it never entered circulation.

Well, the problem is that collectors love exotic coins, and coins with 'Hong Kong' and 'Shanghai' conjure up all sorts of intrigue. Needless to say, enterprising manufacturers started producing reproductions of the genuine coin and then sold them to collectors. This is usually called the crime of counterfeiting, but, since the piece never circulated, a more polite term is used -- these reproductions are 'fantasy coins' and they are legal to own.

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Ancient Rome Vespasian Denarius with Titus and Domitian  69AD to 79AD

According to Wikipedia, Vespasian (Latin: Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus; 17 November 9 to 23 June 79) was Roman Emperor from AD 69 to AD 79. Vespasian was the founder of the Flavian dynasty, which ruled the Empire for a quarter century. Vespasian was descended from a family of equestrians, who rose into the senatorial rank under the Emperors of the Julio-Claudian dynasty.

This silver denarius (about 3.3 grams total weight) shows Vespasian on the front and his two sons, Titus and Domtian, on the back.

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Great Britain Penny Rosa Sine Spina  1547 to 1603

'Rosa sine spina' means 'rose without a thorn' and this legend graces various coins of King Edward VI and Queen Elizabeth I of Great Britain. The specific coin with the 'civitas London' (city of London) inscription is a penny struck at the London mint in 1551.

The picture comes from Baldwin's in London, and we are grateful for their permission to use their image on CoinQuest.

As with all such coins, each coin stands on its own merits. Some very rough catalog values go like this:

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Mexico 5000 Pesos  1988

The snake, caught in the beak of an eagle, perched on a cactus, growing on a stone, sitting in a lake, is the national symbol of Mexico. It's an homage to the description that the god Huitzilopochtli according to legend gave a group of natives of the perfect place to found their new capital. The story goes that they wandered for hundreds of years before founding what is now known as Mexico City.

Timmy, these nice, large coins are not made from silver, but from cupro-nickel; an alloy of copper and nickel that might walk like silver and quack like silver, but it's not a du-... err, silver.

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US Morgan Silver Dollar  1878 to 1921

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.

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Ancient Rome Claudius II Gothicus 'CONSECRATIO' Antoninianus  270AD

Claudius II, commonly known as Claudius Gothicus, was Roman emperor for a couple years, from 268 to 270 AD. He fought successfully against Germanic and Gothic tribes. He died of a plague while preparing for another war campaign against the Vandals, and the Roman Senate quickly deified him. The 'DIVO CLAUDIO' inscription on the coins means 'Deified Claudius' or 'Saint Claudius'. These coins were struck in the name of Claudius II for about a year after his death.

The obverse shows Claudius wearing a radiate crown. The Roman coins didn't explicitly state the denomination, and this radiate crown meant that coin was an antoninianus. The reverse shows either an eagle or an altar. Values for both reverse designs are about equal:

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