This is another replica of a very valuable coin, the Charles I crown. The replica is worthless.
For details of the real coin, plus pictures of several other fakes, click to this CoinQuest page [Click Here].
Hi Chris44 -- These nice old Irish coins were minted in 0.75 pure silver up to and including 1943. There was a brief lapse in production until 1951 when they started striking them again, now in copper-nickel. Coins before 1939 bear the inscription SAORSTAT EIREANN instead of EIRE as shown in the picture. They all say 2s, or two shillings, which equals 1 florin.
1928 TO 1937:
worn: $8 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
Sometimes Belgian coins use the French legend BELGIQUE and sometimes they use the Dutch legend BELGIE. These modern 20 and 50 centime pieces appear with both legends.
Irrespective of the legend, these are still modern coins are carry essentially face value. They are worth less than $1 US dollar, even in well preserved condition. If you find a fully uncirculated example, an avid collector might pay two or three dollars to add it to his or her collection.
What a nice looking coin. I'd add it to my collection ...
These silver coins were minted by Poland in 1924 and 1925:
1 ZLOTY: 0.121 troy ounces silver
2 ZLOTE: 0.241 ounces silver
Since they contain precious metal then can never be worth less than their silver content. For silver selling at, say, $15 US dollars per troy ounce, a 1 zloty's base value (BV) is 0.121 x 15 = $1.80 USD.
But these are generally rare coins and they are worth quite a bit more than silver value. Here is a run-down:
You have the first commemorative coin issued by the United States. There have been oodles more afterwards.
Catalog values for these pieces, both the 1892 and 1893 dates, are:
worn: $15 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulted: $18
well preserved: $20
fully uncirculated: $90
Be sure you understand what 'catalog' means. See our Important Terminology page (link at upper left) for an explanation.
These coins, minted in stainless steel, not silver as Monique has assumed, generally are worth only a dollar or two US. Some of the earlier dates, before 1962, can bring catalog values of about $100, but only if in fully uncirculated condition. Dates after 1962 are generally not very valuable even in pristine condition.
Use our Important Terminology page to understand what 'catalog value' means. It is an inflated value.
Dates with high catalog values in fully uncirculated condition are:
These large crowns are made of copper-nickel and do not carry much value. In fully uncirculated condition they may retail for $5 US dollars or so. Nice coin, nevertheless.
An interested reader named Tim submits this for your consideration:
The 1965 Churchill coin came in 2 versions like the Charles and Diana coin. There were 9 million of the normal coin struck and they are pretty worthless. However, the VIP version has a rainbow type shine in the metal compared to the dull normal coin. There were only 1000 VIP coins struck, and the last time I heard they were said to be worth Â£1000 each.
Civil War Tokens like yours appeared in the early 1860s because there was a severe shortage of US government-issued coins. Regular cents of the era were strongly hoarded, so private individuals started making small copper coins to meet the demands of commerce. The government caught up eventually, and Civil War Tokens disappeared. CWTs are eagerly collected today.
The picture shows a CWT like the one you have. Many different political and patriotic themes appear on CWTs. For a coin in good shape, like the one in the picture, figure a retail value of $40 to $50 US dollars, sometimes twice those amounts depending upon rarity. Since yours has stains, is heavily toned, and because it is possibly difficult to read, it may sell for $20 to a collector. A dealer would buy it from you for about $5 to $10. Fully uncirculated CWTs are very rare and can fetch several $100s of dollars.