Today's minting technology is really something. Mints around the world produce coins with literally breathtaking appeal and beauty. People buy these coins as collectable items, but, with very few exceptions, they hold almost no potential of strong growth in value. Their price is usually pumped up by marketing hype, so you pay way too much for them in the first place, making it almost impossible to realize a profit after, say, 20 years. If you buy a modern commemorative coin that's great. They make terrific collectibles and gifts, but buy them because you like them, not because they may be valuable some day. They won't.
This is a medal struck to foster Jacobitism in England, Scotland and Ireland, which was a movement to install James II of England on the throne, even though he was Roman Catholic. There is a detailed summary of this rare medal at Classical Numismatic Group. The CNG medal is silver (and even more valuable) than the more prevalent bronze medals.
The medal in our picture comes from Baldwin's in London where it sold for 520 British pounds (about $800 US dollars) during a 2011 auction.
These are beautiful old coins from Romania. The four denominations all look the same except for size and inscription. Some of these coins were manufactured by Heaton ('H' mint mark on some coins) and others were manufactured by Watt, both companies in Birmingham, England. The Heaton/Watt origin makes a small difference in value. Specifically, the Watt coins are a little more valuable. See our secondary image below for location of the manufacturer's marks.
The listings show approximate catalog values for HEATON coins. To get approximate values for WATT coins, multiply the values below by 1.5.
Nice coin, Mickey. These old silver rupees from India represent an interesting series of coins, and many of them -- especially the older dates -- are valuable.
The coin in our picture is one of the earlier versions. Later coins changed monarchs (India was British until 1947) and reverse designs, but the basic coin was the same all the way from 1862 to 1947. You will see coins in this series as follows:
1/4, 1/2, and 1 rupee
Swedish 10, 25, and 50 ore coins were minted in 40% silver from 1942 to 1950. 100 ore was equal to one krona (krona is the Swedish unit of currency), so a 50 ore coin would've been worth half of one krona. Of course, because these coins were minted with silver content, they will always be worth at least the silver melt value, also called Base Value or BV.
Be careful, however. There are coins in the 1942 to 1950 date range that do not look like the coin in our picture. These coins are made of nickel-bronze and contain no silver. This page applies only to coins that look like our photo.
Nice medal, Dawn. It falls under the general heading of 'So-Called Dollars' which are widely sought and collected. This one, obviously, came from the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. Typical catalog values run like this:
worn: $8 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $25
well preserved: $60
fully uncirculated: $100
These are catalog values. Use the Important Terminology page (button at upper left) to understand how to use them.
The Azores are small islands 740 miles off the western shore of Portugal. They were under Portuguese administration until 1976. The 5, 10, and 20 reis copper coins all look alike, but the rules are different:
Maria II: 1834 to 1853
Pedro V: 1853 to 1861
Luis (Ludovicus) I: 1861 to 1889
Carlos I: 1889 to 1908
Here are the approximate catalog values.
5 REIS MARIA (1843)
worn: $4 US dollars approximate catalog value
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