These are neat collectible coins, SilverSpoon. They are made from aluminum bronze, so when they are uncirculated, or nearly so, they have a sporty gold-colored look. The artwork is nice, and they are basically modern coins, so they are not difficult to find. The mintage is fairly small, which means collector value starts to kick in early. Compare these two mintage figures:
- Spain 1 peseta, 1967: coins minted: 11,300,000
- US 1 cent, 1967: coins minted: 3,048,667,100
Requester Magoo asks about a roll of US Susan B Anthony dollar coins. The roll has never been opened. What treasure might it hold? Most likely, it holds 25 SBA dollars worth face value. But there are some *better* SBA dollars (like the 1979 'near date' coin shown at this link [Press Here]), and there might be 25 good ones in there!
Welcome to the world of Coin Roll Hunting.
Often abbreviated CRH, the goal of this fringe area of coin collecting is to search through dozens, hundreds, or thousands of rolls of coins in the hopes of getting something that is worth more than face value. CRH'ers are rewarded more often than you might think. Some numismatic magazines have sections dedicated to 'found in rolls' treasures.
Panama issued large silver coins with several fractional denominations between 1930 and 1996. The patterns on these coins are all very similar. It is easy to get confused about which coin is which. We will try to explain.
This page applies to 1/10, 1/4, and 1/2 balboas. You can see our appraisal for the 1 balboa coin, which is much bigger, at this CoinQuest link. The 1/10 balboas read VN DECIMO DE BALBOA, the 1/4 balboas have annotation VN CVARTO DE BALBOA and the 1/2 balboas MEDIO BALBOA.
These are modern 50 ore coins from Sweden, made of copper-nickel. As a modern coin made of non-precious metal, they are worth face value, i.e., 50 ore in Sweden.
Collectors will usually pay a US dollar or two to add this coin to their collections, but to reach those values the coins must be fully uncirculated or nearly so.
The first year of issue, 1976, is worth a tad more than other dates.
You can buy these lucky pennies directly from their source: Münchner Glückspfenning web site [Press Here], or get them on eBay for $1 US dollar or so.
BTW, Glück is German for luck, fortune, or happiness.
I'm not sure they are guaranteed to work, but it's worth a try ...
Old half pennies from Ireland, annotated with HIBERNIA and the reigning monarch, are highly sought collectibles. The George II coins run from 1736 to 1760, and are generally more rare than the George III coins of 1766 to 1782.
Here are some typical catalog values for George II coins:
1736 to 1738, and 1747 to 1760
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $60
well preserved: $150
Just about all of Swiss 5, 10, and 20 rappen coins are minted in copper nickel. The one in our picture is special ~~ it is minted in brass. Copper nickel coins are lighter in color, but the pattern is the same. Some coins were also minted in aluminum brass, which takes on a golden color.
These long-running series have a few special dates, but most are worth less than $1 US dollar in average circulated condition. Here is a run-down on these three coin series. Values shown are for coins in well preserved condition, like our picture. If your coin is not a nice as the picture, it will be worth substantially less. If your coin is fully, absoluately uncirculated, then it will be worth about twice these values:
The presidential inauguration from 1994 that these coins commemorate is none other than that of the late Nelson Mandela. He held office until June 14th 1999. The structures shown on the coin are the Union Buildings - the official seat of the South African government - with a view from the gardens.
Millions were made, and they are not especially rare. Circulated specimens are traded among collectors for one or two US dollars. Fully uncirculated coins with exceptional eye appeal might sell for $5 or so.