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If you're talking about bullion coins, they are extremely speculative. Their only value lies in the weight of bullion contained in the coin. If you think that they will develop a numismatic premium in a rising metals market, that is probably a long shot. That game was tried with "proof" (they weren't really) Krugerrands in the early eighties and the scheme was eventually exposed as the scam that it was. Many an investor was severely burned.
If you enjoy coins, buy rare ones. Not promoted stuff but rare items. All the great collections were put together by people that really enjoyed coins and their love for them motivated them to buy the best that they could afford. Rare coins transcend the metal that they were minted from.
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Error notes certainly are collectable but it is unusual to have the wrong color on the back of this note. Many times color changes are caused by chemical reactions that are caused by washing and exposure to bleach or other cleaning products. This the cause of the "yellow" U.S. $1 note.
Low serial numbers are collectable also and the note you have would be worth multiples of the face value depending on the condition. If the note is in new, crisp condition it would bring much more.
One sided coins indicate that something material has come between the coin blank and the die. It is also possible for dirt or gas to be trapped in the coinage strip when it is rolled out. When the coin is struck the defective side comes apart leaving essentially a half of coin with only one side with design. Laminations are more usual on clad strips but I think it is possible even on pure copper flans.
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The coin market is international. And with communications being essentially world wide and current, a coin, let's say from Great Britain, is just as available here as there. This is a generalization. There are situations where prices are higher for a specific issue in one place or another when either the issue is new and is in great demand or the buyer doesn't have access to the communication source and is willing to pay more for the convenience of allowing a third party to acquire the coin on his behalf.
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The empire that was known as the Parthian Kingdom was a world power in its day. It existed from about the 3rd century BC to the 3rd Century of the Christian era. The center of power for the Parthian Kingdom was approximately where Iran exists today. The coins were to the Greek Standard and throughout Parthia's history the legends and the denominations were Greek.
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The Gold eagle alloy is 91.67% gold, 3% silver and 5.33% copper giving this coin almost a white-gold appearance. The 1900 Liberty half eagle is 90% gold and 10% copper giving this coin an red orange-gold appearance. Pure gold is too soft to be used pure but adding a small amount of other metal such as copper, increases the hardness tremendously (That is why gold crowns on teeth can withstand chewing). As you can see, the shade of color of gold coins depends on the alloy used.
The "luster factor" is dependent on how much pressure is applied to the flan (blank) when it is struck by the dies in a coin press. The harder the pressure the more the metal will flow creating the microscopic, radial lines that are responsible for mint luster. Softly struck coins exhibit soft mint luster and may have weaknesses in the design. Excessive pressure will create a coin with lots of luster and a sharp impression but will reduce the life of the die. Another killer of mint luster is cleaning. Even a small amount of cleaning can remove some of the flow lines, making a coin look dull.
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The ball shaped silver coins with turned-in ends is properly Siamese and are of the denominations Baht or Tical. These "bullet" coins where made from the 14th century to the late 19th century. The marking's usually are guaranteeing stamps but they may show denomination too. I don't recollect this type of currency being native to Laos. Possibly one of our readers could elaborate further.
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Get a professional appraisal by a trained numismatist. You can use the information to ascertain that you are receiving market value for your coins. The above list, for example, has no meaning unless it also describes grade, mint mark and any special characteristics of that particular piece.
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Try getting a copy of Coin World and the Bank Note Reporter at your local news stand. Both of these publications run weekly "Trends" section on prices of U.S. coins, sets or paper money. They don't list everything in each issue, you need to monitor three or more issues to get an idea of current retail market prices. Don't forget that grade (state of preservation) is tantamount. Prices can vary greatly just on the grade. If you can't find these publications locally, call the numbers below and ask for a trial subscription.
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The PCGS numbering system is a well thought out system for all U.S. coins and World Coins, at least the ones they currently grade. It would be nice to get their database on a disk or CD and be able to incorporate it as a look-up table in a database. So far they have expressed no interest in sharing or selling the system. You can use it yourself in your own dB but you have to key the data in yourself. You can get the system simply by buying a copy of the PCGS Population Report.
It is possible to create a query that updates a look-up table so that the data and the translation can be used if you again have the same coin in the same grade. Another idea. The real value in being able to identify specific coins is so they can be sorted for reports and lists. Try coming up with 3 letter codes, a la the Old New England Rare Coin system, to identify types; use a look-up table for grades so they are consistent. Some examples: GSG -Gold St. Guadens $20, MG$ Morgan Dollar, PC$ Peace Dollar etc.
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You have a 1855 1000 Reis of Brazil. Petrus, or Peter II was emperor of Portugal and Brazil though his portrait doesn't appear on this coin. The coin is minted from .917 silver and contains a bit more than a third of an ounce of pure silver. value for average circulated pieces: less than US$10.
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It's a dime with the portrait of King George V (1910-1936). Average pieces worth about US$5.
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The Winston Churchill commemorative 25p was issued in large numbers in a copper-nickel alloy. Values: less than US$1. See other answers on this page about Churchill Crowns or search the Coin Doc's Archives for other answers about this coin.
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A filled die error - Dirt, grease and metal fillings filled the recesses the part of the die with the date. The effect is that the metal from the blank can't flow into the recess and no impression appears. The coin is probably an 1971 issue as the "1" is the easiest to fill.
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There are two ways this can happen to coins. 1. Brockage - which is a mirror image of one side of the design impressed on the other. This can happen if a coin remains on either the obverse or reverse die after striking. The next blank receives the image from the coin, not the die. If the stuck coin is only partially covering the die then the next blank receives only part of the mirrored impression. Full brockage examples are more desirable to collectors of error coins. Values for copper Lincolns, approximately: US$15.
2. Two coins and a block of wood - this is obviously a "put up job" and is shunned by collectors. Check for damage to the rim or unevenness in the flan. Carefully done brockage fakes will fool all but specialists in this area.
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The Republic of China "Shanghai Customs Gold Units" were originally used to pay customs payments and were in use from 1930 to 1948. They also circulated, along with other Chinese currency, as money. Most of the issues are printed vertically. There are many denominations, issues and signature varieties and many of the notes are fairly easy to acquire from dealers. Shanghai Customs Gold Unit currency can be collected as a mini-series. The issues are colorful but a bit boring, Sun Yat Sen and the Bank of China building is the theme on all of the notes.
Your note sounds like Pick #327, 1930 10 Customs Gold Units, Olive-grey (this issue was printed into the 1940's with the same date). The collector value depends on the state of preservation (grade) and the signature combinations - anywhere from $1 to $40+ . Interestingly, these earlier notes were printed by the American Bank Note Company.
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You have a "Ford Dollar" issued in conjunction with the World's Fair Exposition in Chicago in 1933 (Thirty Years of Progress). The token is a nice piece of Americana and is very collectable. Values to $50+.
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The 1983 "PITHECOBHAGA" error is interesting but not technically worth any more than the corrected issue. Lots of these coins were saved because of the publicity. Almost 28 million were minted including both spellings. The actual value of the coin depends on the availability of the issue in one's local. It seems that you have discovered that some collectors have a hard time finding a specific issue and may be willing to trade more valuable pieces for it. In the end the game is to make trades that satisfy both parties needs. Good luck!
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It sound more like a Netherlands 2 Ducat of some type, but this would be gold not silver.. I'm not familiar with the exact time with the legend you mention but now you know where Pugeot got it's logo. Value?
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Yet another "magic" coin. These are made from 2 coins that are machined and fitted together to serve as an illusion in a magic show. This is not possible to do at the mint as the obverse and reverse dies are not interchangeable. Therefore you can't make two headed or two tailed coins. These coins are usually available at most magic shops. Search for other Coin Doctor Answers about magic coins.
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Corroded coins need to be worked on by a professional. They are only worth restoring if there is significant monetary or historical value.Take them to a local coin show or try coin dealers in your area to sell your unwanted material. Use the proceeds to buy something you like.
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Get a copy of "A Guide Book of United States Coins by R.S. Yeoman, edited by Kenneth Bressett (The Red Book)". This a good general reference on all United States coins. It is inexpensive and published yearly. Find it at your local coin shop or contact Western Publishing Company, Racine Wisconsin 53404. There are also specialized books on dimes of particular eras that give lots more historical information but get started with the "Red Book".
I'm not sure what you mean by "normal" but most coins have some buyer premium in relation to the metal content. Most bullion coins, that is, coins whose chief value lies in the gold content, trade from 3% to as much as 20% over the world price of gold. This premium reflects the cost of minting, distribution and profit to the dealer. Generally, the smaller the gold unit the higher the percentage premium. This is based on the fact that the cost of minting a 1/10th ounce coin is about the same as minting a one ounce coin. Also, the price of gold is an indicator of the current market for 100 troy ounce contracts not the price of a single Krugerrand. Note that under most circumstances, some of the premium is returned when you sell the coin back to the dealer.
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The dime that you are referring to is called a "Barber" dime. It has nothing to do with haircuts but the nickname comes from the famous designer of the period, Charles E. Barber. The coin features a bust of Liberty facing right and the words ONE DIME inside of a wreath on the reverse.
Without knowing the grade, that is the term that coin collectors use to describe the condition of the coin, it is impossible to price. Assuming that it was minted in Philadelphia (you don't mention any mint mark) the value could range from 50 cents to many hundreds of dollars depending on grade.
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These commemorative medals are souvenirs of a visit to Washington's Birthplace. It is common to issue medals such as these for sale at museums or other historical sites. Its a good way for organizations to raise funds for their projects. Most medals like these are made of base metals such as bronze, copper, nickel and white metal. Unfortunately, these metals are chemically active and easily tarnish or even corrode. Cleaning coins and metals rarely improves them. Leave them in their original state.
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Luster is the term that numismatists use to describe the effect that light has on a coin when it is tilted or turned in light. It is created by the many radial lines that flow outward from the coin when the planchette is struck simultaneously by the obverse and reverse dies. Chemical cleaners remove metal as well as oxidation from coins and therefore remove some of the flow lines. Once the oxide is removed from the coin's surface the coin will oxidize even more quickly requiring repeated cleanings. A few "dips" in a product like Jewel Luster over a period of months are enough to turn an uncirculated coin into an AU or lower grade coin.
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The nickel is Canadian and is just one of the 1967 Confederation Centennial commemoratives. There were 36,876,574 regular business strike "rabbit" nickels minted. The coin is also part of the Centennial proof-like set that includes all the base metal and silver coins as well as a special $20 gold piece. The coin's market value is less than US20 cents but it would be fun to try to complete the set by hunting for the other regular issue coins of 1967.
No, I haven't heard either. The coin is technically illegal to own and that is why it was confiscated. This, of course, is inconsistent with similar numismatic situations. The 1913 Liberty Nickel and other "collectable" coins from the 19th century were made surreptitiously at the mint yet they are legal to own and trade. - Other thoughts from our readers?
After the litigation is over I think there will probably be a series of sales. It's going to take a great deal of money to buy even one of those gems. Start saving now!
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The coin is One Penny from Great Britain(240p=1£. The king on the obverse is George V. The legends says "George V, by the Grace of G-d, King of all the Britons, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India."
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I'm not sure what you mean by "excellent" as this is not a numismatic term. The term " very good" refers to a coin that is virtually worn out but in tact with a full rim and only a small amount of detail remaining. You also don't mention whether the 3 cent coin is the silver or the copper-nickel version (the silver version is scarce). As grading is paramount in market pricing and the "range" can be vast, I suggest investing in a book about grading. Contact the American Numismatic Association for their book on grading standards. See The Numismatic Links page. See our Links Page to find dealers and other numismatic links.
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The story of the "Wildman" (Vilda Hiya) coinage is fascinating and worth pursuing. It is probably one of the most interesting symbols in numismatics. Coins with this symbol were minted from the mid-1500's to the beginning of the 19th Century and the symbol appears on various denominations from Brunswick-Luneburg, Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel and other German States.
The Wildman usually is shown with an uprooted fir tree but can appear with signs of the zodiac, supporting a shield with another Wildman and even holding a candle. The source of the Wildman seems to be based on a mythological character that supposed to have lived in the Harz Mountains during the middle ages. The symbol has another philosophical meaning that infers that all people have some of the "wildman" in them and though this side of humanity was responsible for creative activities, the "Wildman" needed to be controlled to avoid his darker side. (May the force be with you). The idea is very much a part of the German philosopher Nietzche's thoughts (read up on the uberman).
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I also have an American Silver Dollar with an Eagle on one side grasping a plant and it appears to be landing on the moon and the planet Earth in the background...the president on the other side of the coin I think is President Ford...is this worth anything...
1964 was the last year of 90% silver dimes, quarters and half dollars. Beginning in 1965 all these coins were minted from an sandwich of nickel and copper. President Lyndon B. Johnson lobbied Congress to allow some silver in the half dollar to maintain the "prestige" of precious metals in the national coinage. The 40% alloy was chosen to keep the intrinsic value from exceeding the face value. As the price of silver rose Congress was forced to eliminate even this token amount of silver from the national coinage and in 1971 the half dollar became a copper-nickel coin just like its cousins, the dime and quarter. 1965-1970 JFK 40% silver half dollars contain .1479 troy oz. of pure silver. Multiply this decimal against the current silver price per ounce to determine its approximate value.
The Dollar coin you have shows a portrait of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and is still very common in circulated condition. Gem quality pieces are genuinely rare as the coin was difficult to fully strike and the design allowed for easy damage to the coin's devices. It was minted from 1971-1978 and is minted from the same copper-nickel sandwich described above.
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I have another question on a 1 cent canadian penny dated 1940 it has two maple leafs on the front, 1940, Canada, 1 cent and on the back Georgivs VI D: G: REX ET IND: IMP with a bust of I believe King George? Is it worth anything? Also is it of any Historic Value?
The Soviet Russia 10 Kopek, 1973 was minted in copper-nickel-zinc. Many survive and even uncirculated examples are worth less than US$1. The coin was minted in .500 fine silver but only between the years 1924-31.
The Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia existed from 1946-1963. The denomination is 50 Para which is expressed in the Cyrillic alphabet (spelled the same as the Greek Pi-Alpha-Rho-Alpha). This coin has a torch and an Independence date but this is the heraldic symbol of Yugoslavia not an olympic torch. The only 50 Para minted in this era with the legend you described was made in 1953 only. (100 Para=1 Dinar). Note that the Russian language uses the Cyrillic alphabet and Yugoslavia uses both Latin and Cyrillic.
Your 1940 Canadian cent is common, at least in circulated condition. Gem uncirculated examples with full red are scarce.
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Nickels are minted from an alloy of 75% copper and 25% nickel, weigh 5 grams and have a diameter of 21.2 mm. The 25% nickel is enough to give this coin its silvery color. There are nickels that were minted in error on copper cent flans by mistake and these are popular with collectors. The error nickel would only weigh 3.11 grams and the diameter would be that of a copper cent, 19mm. Value: $35 and up My question to you is how you determined that the coin was copper considering that both metals would look similar having oxidized in the ground for a long period of time. Of course, you can check to see if you have a nickel struck on a copper cent blank simply by weighing the coin.
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No cigar but an interesting group of coins. These coins were regular issued coins minted for circulation, in fact many of the coins in the sets from this period WERE from circulation. They are known as "mixed" sets. It is not unusual to find coins with wear in these sets. As far as I know there were no official17 coin sets. You seem to have a conglomeration of various commemoratives and standard coins. These sets made great souvenirs, especially from those returning home from South East Asia during the War. The Thais were eager to please as well as make a few bucks.
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The coin was minted in iron. What you are seeing is rust!
The 1871 One Cent
of Prince Edward Island has some interesting facts associated with it:
Value: $1-$200 depending on condition. The "Success To The Fisheries" piece is a privately issued token and served as emergency money and traded as a "penny". There are many varieties of this token - Value: $1-$20 depending on condition.
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Still about face value unless it is in new condition. MS65 specimens bring $3-$5.
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Not officially. The current cent is minted from zinc with a plating of pure copper. The total content is 97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper, at least that is what it is suppose to be. The United States went off the silver standard in 1964 and subsequently the Assay Commission was abolished. The body that used to check the specifications of the "coins of the realm" no longer exists. It doesn't matter since the coins are now essentially tokens and used for convenience only (note that coins are no longer legal tender). Other researchers have also found discrepancies in the weights of current coins. This never would have be tolerated in the days when coins were real money.
You have a Chinese Cash. It was a denomination that existed for a long period of time in the Chinese Empire. The most common ones were minted from about 1875 to 1908 but some earlier pieces can sometimes be found in quantity also. They were usually cast or minted from brass. It is also where we got OUR word for "cash". Values: 15 cents to $35 Cash coins were stored on squared wooden sticks that had a hinged wood piece at each end, ergo the reason for the square hole in the coin. As far as I know, severe storms do not correlate with the appearance of Chinese Cash.
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The 1939 Australia penny was minted in Melbourne and shows a bust of George VI of England facing left. The reverse shows AUSTRALIA above a Kangaroo with the date and the denomination below. Uncirculated, red specimens bring $30+. Circulated examples are common. Try Krause Publications World Coin Catalogs. They should be available at your local coin shop or even the public library. They are a very general reference but will give you pertinent information.
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I'm assuming that these are the regular sets not the prestige sets that come in a "book" like package. The values of these sets are nominal. Only the 1979 Type II and the 1982 Type II sets bring a significant premium. The "Type II" refers to the "S" mint mark on the coin. The mint mark punch was defective in both these years necessitating the introduction of new punches. The "Clear "S" coins in both these years bring a premium. Note that is is possible to find mixed sets that contain both the old and new mint marks. Values for complete sets of the Type II of either year: $150+ per set.
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The single line. (Check your computer keyboard). The symbol and similar ones like it have their roots in Spanish and Portuguese history. The Portuguese used the symbol "$" but with two lines in the same way as we use the comma as a separator when we write a number in thousands. For example: 1,000 would have been written 1$000. The Portuguese called the symbol "cifrao" and the Spanish called it "calderon". Today, for example, the symbol with two lines represents pesos in Mexico. In North America, the symbol seems to have originated with the use of one line to create the dollar mark. Correspondence from as early as the late 18th century refers to dollars with the single line dollar mark.
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Another of the many commemoratives from the bicentennial in 1976 both official and crassly commercial. Value: keep and enjoy! (Not everything has to have a price).
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This particular piece was produced in large numbers (53,331) but it is the "official" authorized medal. Value: about $25. A silver version exists (7,500 minted) also. There is a unique gold medal that is house at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.
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