Now look closely. Does your coin look exactly like the coin in my picture? If so, you may have a valuable coin.
But, it is more likely that your coin is slightly different, especially in the beads that go around the eagle. If your coin has the beads, great! That's the first step in having a valuable coin. If there are no beads, the coin value declines to $1 or $2 US dollars, even in good condition, and won't climb above $10 unless fully, absolutely uncirculated.
I don't know where Miss Liberty's tail came from, but it sure is hard to ignore! See below for more information on Liberty's tail.
French Indo China is Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia today. They issued several denominations of coin with the tailed Liberty design on the front of the coin and the specific denomination on the back. The 10 cents is the smallest, and the piastre is a large coin the size of a US silver dollar. All these coins are made of silver with various purities (e.g., TITRE 90 = 90% pure). Some of the value of these coins comes from this precious metal they contain:
In the early 1800s, small silver coinage was in short supply for Great Britain. In an attempt to alleviate demand, the Bank of England began producing its own tokens. This article focuses on tokens with the design seen in our photo - a laureate head of George III on the obverse and the legend within a wreath on the reverse.
These bank tokens are made of sterling silver. The first was worth 1 shilling 6 pence, or 18 pence. The second token was worth 3 shillings. Both are worth considerably more today. Here is a breakdown of values:
It's hard to miss this coin. The giant hole in the middle makes it very unusual. These were minted by the British about the time they were leaving India in 1947. The Portuguese were there until 1961.
These coins are worth very little. There were hundreds of millions made and many are still around due to their unique characteristics. But, as is often the case in coin collecting, there is a twist.
Here are the normal catalog values:
The 1957 5, 25, and 50 pesetas coins from Spain are ones that can get collector juices flowing. The vast majority of these coins are very common, low-value pieces. These coins are made of copper-nickel and are worth only face value. A collector might pay a few US dollars to add a fully uncirculated specimen to his or her collection.
ALL COINS EXCEPT THOSE DESCRIBED BELOW:
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
This page shows two of the most common fake California Gold pieces, dated 1852 and 1857, but there are oodles more fakes.
The numismatic (coin collecting) specialty area known as US California Fractional Gold is highly sophisticated and very complex. Genuine pieces are tiny and valuable, and they may appear crude and poorly made. It is not surprising, then, that crooks and shysters choose this area as fertile ground for ripping off collecting novices. Don't be a victim.