Most people think that old fashioned wheat-backed Lincoln cents (pennies) are very valuable. In fact, millions and millions of them were minted and all but a handful carry no significant value. When worn or in average circulated condition, most wheaties are worth a few cents each. Even in fully uncirculated condition, coins dated after 1933 are worth a few US dollars each. For most coins before 1934, here is how the catalog values run:
LINCOLN CENTS DATED BEFORE 1934 (except as noted below):
In the 1930s Italy's Benito Mussolini had ambitions to invade North Africa. He produced a film called Scipio Africanus: The Defeat of Hannibal as propaganda for this purpose. This bronze medal was given to participants in the film as a souvenir. The film was released in 1937.
Placing values on such a piece is not easy. The one in the picture comes from Militalian.com and is in superb condition. CoinQuest's estimate of value is $100 US dollars or thereabouts. The historical significance, the small mintage, and the excellent condition of Militalian's piece should bring the value to $100 levels, maybe more, probably not less.
We received an inquiry via e-mail about this unusual coin. Shailender sent us the photograph at the left, but no other information except that it is an ancient coin from India.
This page provides background for the coin and then a table of approximate values. Values vary widely with authenticity and metallic composition.
The coin is related to Hindu temples, i.e., it is a 'Temple Token', with various Western spellings such as Ram Tanka, or Ramatanka, or Ram Tonka. They were made as charms or tokens to carry around for good luck, and to catch blessings from the gods. They come with designs of Hindu gods and religious ceremonies being carried out in honor of them.
You have a half penny from Great Britain. This series runs during Queen Victoria's long reign, starting in 1838 and ending in 1901. Different versions of the coin bear the queen's likeness at various stages of her life, but the inscription always says Victoria DG (DG = Dei Gratia = by the grace of God). This page applies farthings, pennies and half pennies dated between 1860 and 1894 that look like the coin shown.
FARTHING: 19 mm diameter
The large monogram on the obverse on this coin is the royal cypher of Carl XIV of Sweden, often known in English as Charles XIV John. The design is the same for the quarter, half and whole skilling coins except for the numeral showing the denomination. They also vary considerably in weight and size.
1/4 SKILLING COMMON DATES
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $10
well preserved: $35
fully uncirculated: $70
Canada did not become 'official' until its confederation in 1867. Before then a wide variety of privately minted coins supported commerce. Most were copper pennies and half pennies. This one is known as the 'Bust and Harp' token. It is a fascinating collectible.
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $45
Be sure to read our Important Terminology page for converting these catalog values to actual buy and sell values.
You have a one-half mark silver coin from the old German Empire, Betty. The imperial eagle is shown on the front, with a crown above and a wreath around. The reverse is also decorated with a beautiful ornate wreath.
The details on these coins are exquisite, which makes them popular with collectors, because the wear on the coin is easily distinguished, and the grade is plain to even the slightly trained eye.
Unless called out specifically, coins are worth approximately the values called out below in the 'common dates' table. Read the read of the page to check if your date is listed as a better one!
From your description, it sounds like you have a medal or token, not a coin. A coin will normally list the country it was minted it, its denomination, and the date of issue. You have not described your item as having any text or numbers - this is usually a tell-tale sign of a medal or token.
We have taken our best guess about your item. There are plenty of coin-like objects with angels on them, so this may not be your piece, but this one is quite common and fits your description. It is made of gold-colored base metal.