The word Bethel means House of God and you can find it in the Bible and as names of cities and regions in Israel, Alaska, other US states, Germany, and (no doubt) elsewhere. These coins come from the Bethel region of Bielefeld, a city in Germany, and are notgeld or emergency money issued by private means when government currency was in short supply before World War I. We have a general page on notgeld at this link [click here].
According to Answers.com, the Fisheries and Agriculture tokens were minted in New York by James Duncan, a hardware merchant, and were used in Prince Edward Island where coinage was in short supply. Looking at auction results, they are fairly common in low grades, but finding uncirculated examples is difficult. Catalog values are:
worn: $4 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $15
Spiffy coin, Sam. It is a Jamaica $20 gold piece commemorating the 10 anniversary of independence. The coin contains 0.2532 troy ounces of gold, and that gives it value.
To compute the value of your coin, look up the current value of gold at kitco.com and multiply by 0.2532. Today's price of gold is $1238 US dollars per troy ounce, but tomorrow it will be different, so you must look it up. At today's price the value of your coin is 0.2532 x 1238 = $313. If your coin is in beautiful condition, like the one in our picture, you can add a few more dollars (maybe $30 or so) to its value.
George and William Henry Rocke were furniture importers in Melbourne, Australia. They issued these one penny tokens to aid their business. There is a good write-up of this token at Museum Victoria [Press Here].
These tokens are highly collectible and command high value when in good condition. The one in our picture comes from Noble Numismatics in Melbourne, where it sold for 160 Australian dollars (about $140 US) during a 2012 auction. The Noble token is in excellent shape, which is why it is worth so much. Catalog values run like this:
This is a coin with an interesting design. On the obverse of the coin you can see a Belgian lion standing left supported on a stone tablet with inscription LEX (which means 'law' in Latin) that symbolises Belgian constitution; along the left edge: BELGIQUE ('Belgium' in French) or BELGIE ('Belgium' in Dutch). On the reverse of the coin is a head of mythological god Mercury facing right.
This coin contain 0.2148 troy ounces of silver. To find the base value (BV) of your coin, multiply the current price of silver, found on web sites such a kitcosilver.com by 0.2148. At this writing, the price of silver is $17.26 US dollars per troy ounce (it changes daily, so look it up). The base value is 0.2148 x 17.26 = $3.70 US dollars. The base value is often called the melt value of the coin, because it represents how much the coin would be worth if you melted it with a blow torch.
Your coin is worth face value, Barbara. A collector might pay a couple US dollars to add a fully uncirculated example to his or her collection. The picture shows a proof coin from Singapore. These are minted especially for collectors and never see regular circulation. It turns out the proof Singapore 20 cents is made of 92.5% pure silver (sterling silver) and therefore gets value from its bullion content, about $3.60 for silver at around $23 per troy ounce. Use a website like kitco.com to find the current price of silver - it changes every day.
These coins are known as Spanish (Hispan) colonial coinage because they circulated freely in the many New World colonies of Spain. You can find essentially the same coins in Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru. The coins from Mexico carry the distinctive Mo or oM mint mark -- a small 'o' set over a large 'M'. Coins from Chile bear an So or oS mint mark for Santiago, Chile. There are many other mint marks, as explained below.
Check the date, Kelli. If your coin has King George VI, it can't be dated 1957. British colonies like Ceylon (Sri Lanka today) always carry the likeness of the reigning British monarch on the front. Copper coins from Ceylon with 1/4, 1/2, and 1 cent denominations date back to Queen Victoria. Then, whenever the monarch changed, so did the coinage. The common tie of all these coins is the reverse side, which has a circled palm tree design.
This page applies to copper coins with the palm tree. Some coins and some dates use other designs and metals (silver and gold), and this page does not apply to them.