These are pieces of emergency money (notgeld) issued by the Free State of Saxony (Sachsen) in Germany. The Free State of Saxony is a landlocked federal state of Germany bordering the federal states of Brandenburg, Saxony Anhalt, Thuringia, and Bavaria.
The tokens were issued to buy food and essentials during massive inflation in post World War I Germany. They are made of brown porcelain. For background on these collectibles, click to this CoinQuest page (click here).
This is an interesting series of coins from Hungary. The earlier dates are made of silver and the later dates (war years) are made of aluminum. The patterns of silver and aluminum, 1 and 2 pengo coins are similar, but not identical. All these coins have large numerals 1 or 2 flanked by leaves, with an elongated crest of Hungary on the other side. There is even a special 'wavy 2' variety that keeps collector juices flowing! Here are some typical catalog values:
1 PENGO 1926 TO 1939 (0.103 troy ounces silver)
Slovakia minted these neat 20 halierov coins in bronze and aluminum between 1940 and 1943. Most of these coins carry low value, but there are *good dates* and we hope you have one of the good ones!
MINTED IN BRONZE: 1940 to 1942
MINTED IN ALUMINUM: 1942 to 1943
The castle on the back of the coin is in Nitra, Slovakia. The castle was built in the 11th century on the place of an earlier fort. The core of the castle is St. Emmeram's Cathedral with the Bishop's residence. The amazing photo below comes from 4ever.eu [PRESS HERE], a neat web site full of neat artwork.
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.