Marie Louise was Archduchess of Austria, Princess of Hungary and Bohemia, Duchess of Parma, Piacenza and Guastalla, Empress of the French, and Queen of Italy (whew!). She married Napoleon in 1810. Numerous medallions were produced to celebrate the royal marriage. This is the most popular pattern.
These medallions were produced in various sizes and various metals. The most common is a 40 mm version in bronze, but there are also 27 mm and 15 mm bronze medals, as well as 32 mm silver medals, and 15 mm gold medals. Curiously, the size and composition do not matter very much when it comes to value, as the medals made with precious metal tend to be smaller than the bronze medals. What does matter is overall state of preservation and eye appeal.
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.
Civil War Tokens like yours appeared in the early 1860s because there was a severe shortage of US government-issued coins. Regular cents of the era were strongly hoarded, so private individuals started making small copper coins to meet the demands of commerce. The government caught up eventually, and Civil War Tokens disappeared. CWTs are eagerly collected today.
The picture shows a CWT like the one you have. Many different political and patriotic themes appear on CWTs. For a coin in good shape, like the one in the picture, figure a retail value of $40 to $50 US dollars, sometimes twice those amounts depending upon rarity. Since yours has stains, is heavily toned, and because it is possibly difficult to read, it may sell for $20 to a collector. A dealer would buy it from you for about $5 to $10. Fully uncirculated CWTs are very rare and can fetch several $100s of dollars.
Afrikaners (including the Boer subgroup) are a Germanic ethnic group in Southern Africa. They consider Jan Van Riebeeck their founding father. His likeness appears on many South African coins.
Sorry, Danielle. Although your coin appears to be gold, and although there is a South African gold coin with Van Riebeeck's likeness, your coin with the ox cart is made of brass. It is a one cent piece.
Here is some data on this series of coins. The data applies to all dates. All have Van Riebeeck's portrait on the front and the inscription UNITY IS STRENGTH, but they have different designs on the back. In the listings below, BV means 'base value.' It is the value of the silver in the coin. Look up the current value of silver on web sites such as kitco.com, then multiply it by the troy ounces of silver in the coin to obtain BV.
That is quite a coin, Kavalski. With Philip V, King of Macedon, on the front and goddess Athena on the back. It is a prized collectible when in good condition with good eye appeal. Prices range from $800 US dollars or so, up to the $8000 mark, maybe even more. With high-quality ancient coins like this, each coin stands on its own merits and assigning values is difficult at best.
To give you an idea, the coin in our primary picture (upper left) comes from Lanz Auctions in Munich, where it sold for 3200 euros (about $3500 US dollars) in a 2014 auction. The coin in the large picture below it quite a bit nicer. It was sold by Fritz Rudolph Kunker, in Osnabruck, Germany for 7000 euros (about $8000) in a 2013 auction.
Nice coin, Mickey. These old silver rupees from India represent an interesting series of coins, and many of them -- especially the older dates -- are valuable.
The coin in our picture is one of the earlier versions. Later coins changed monarchs (India was British until 1947) and reverse designs, but the basic coin was the same all the way from 1862 to 1947. You will see coins in this series as follows:
1/4, 1/2, and 1 rupee
Australia issued these coppers from 1911 to 1939. After that, kangaroos appear on the back of penny and half penny coins.
Most of the pre-39 pennies and half pennies are low in value. Below is a list of approximate catalog values for just about all the dates in the penny and half penny series. Special *better date* coins appear on this page after the common date values.
PENNIES (COMMON DATES BEFORE 1932)
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
I like Bob Reis' introduction to his page on Chinese Amulets:
Chinese culture is permeated with, no, based on poetic allusion, hidden meanings, union of opposites, complex currents of energy and intention. In certain contexts these bases can express in rank superstition (present in all human cultures), and in others can lead to scientific advancement.