It sounds like you have a 1921 Peace Dollar, Kecia. It is a valuable coin, cataloging for $150 US dollars or more in problem-free, well preserved condition. 1928 is the other good date for Peace dollars, with catalog values starting at $300 in worn condition and rising to $800 in fully uncirculated condition.
PEACE DOLLAR DATED 1921: $100 in average circulated condition
PEACE DOLLAR DATED 1928: $400 average circulated
Except for the 1921 and 1928 dates, the remaining coins in the Peace dollar series are generally worth their basic bullion value, plus a premium to account for buyer demand. 1922 and 1923 are the most common dates.
Starting in 1983 the UK standardized the 1 pound coin as shown in our pictures. The bust of Queen Elizabeth changes after 1983, and the reverse side changes from time to time. All the coins you find in circulation are made of nickel-brass and are worth face value. You can use xe.com to figure exchange rates between currencies of various countries.
In addition to the business strike coins produced for circulation, the Royal Mint also produced proof coins for collectors. You can see the sharp difference between the proofs and business strikes by considering our secondary picture. Four the the coins are proofs; one is a business strike. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see the difference!
Susan B. Anthony dollars were issued from 1979 to 1999, but they never really caught on as an alternative to the dollar bill. They are a modern coins and they are worth face value, i.e., one US dollar. If you have a fully uncirculated specimen, a coin collector might be willing to pay a few dollars to add it to his or her collection.
Lucille, what you call an out-of-place hair is a scratch, not an acknowledged minting variety.
Now, if you are inclined toward coin collecting, you will be intrigued by the barely noticable minting variety on 1979 SBA dollars. Only the 1979's have it, so don't seek out other dates.
Chinese dragon coins are enjoying strong popularity with collectors and that makes their value high. Counterfeits, however, put a huge damper on enthusiasm about Chinese coins. Conversion of the monetary units goes like this:
3.6 candareens = 5 cents
7.2 candareens = 10 cents
1 mace and 4.4 candareens = 20 cents
3 mace and 6 candareens = 50 cents
7 mace and 2 candareens = 1 dollar
It is difficult to put accurate values on these coins for three reasons. First, Chinese collecting is in its infancy and the catalogers are playing catch up with market trends. This makes catalog values inaccurate. Second, there are numerous subtle differences from coin to coin, and sometimes those differences can easily double a coin's value. Third, and most important, is that fake Chinese coins flood the market. At the bottom of this page you can see a side-by-side comparison of a real and fake Kiang Nan dollar. The discrepancies between real and fake are easy to see with a side-by-side look, but difficult if you don't have a known genuine piece to compare to.
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.
While probably a replica, Steve, that is an exceptionally cool medal. We were able to find this medal in a number of different states of preservation, and in multiple metals; copper, bronze, pewter and silver. There are many different restrikes and replicas. To be sure about value, Steve, you will have to take your medal for an in-person inspection by an expert. We can give only general guidance here. Send us a picture, if you like, and we will give you our opinion about your specific piece (use the Contact Us link).
T'ang Chi-yao (or Tang Jiyao) was military governor of Yunnan from 1913 to 1927. Coins with his likeness on the front and crossed flags on the back were minted in Yunnan Province during the early part of his reign:
50 CASH: minted in copper and brass
50 CENTS: minted in silver
5 DOLLARS: minted in gold
10 DOLLARS: minted in gold
This page applies only to the 50 cash and 50 cents denominations. The 50 cash in our main picture (upper left) is especially nice, with only a little wear, unmarred surfaces, and great eye appeal. It was sold by Ira and Larry Goldberg for $500 US dollars in a 2005 auction. Catalog value for a 'well preserved' coin is only $100, but when collectors see an exceptional coin, they don't think twice about paying more than catalog. The Goldberg coin is exceptional, and we thank them for releasing copyright to CoinQuest. We truly appreciate it.
The trouble with collectible brass coins from the former Soviet Union (USSR - CCCP) is that most are unattractive, heavily worn, and without much detail. If you have a 1, 2, 3, or 5 kopek piece that is in good shape and has good eye appeal, you can probably sell your coin to a collector for a few US dollars. The coin in our picture is not completely unattractive, so it might fetch $2 to $3.
In general, the older dates are worth a little more than coins dated after 1960. Here are the *better dates* of these coins. Prices given are catalog values for fully uncirculated specimens. Circulated coins will be worth far less.