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Ancient Greece (Egypt) Ptolemaic Kings Bronze Obols  305BC to 30ADAncient Greece (Egypt) Ptolemaic Kings Bronze Obols 305BC to 30AD Colombia 16 Pesos  1837 to 1853Colombia 16 Pesos 1837 to 1853
Medal: US Crusader Ornament Medal: US Crusader Ornament New Zealand Crown (5 Shillings)  1953New Zealand Crown (5 Shillings) 1953
Ancient Rome Maximinus Thrax Denarius  235AD to 238ADAncient Rome Maximinus Thrax Denarius 235AD to 238AD Bahrain 10 Dinar Commemoration of Independence  1971Bahrain 10 Dinar Commemoration of Independence 1971
  

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Medieval France Franc à Pied  1365

If it is a genuine coin, you have a valuable item. That's great. The gold coins come from medieval France during the reign of king Charles V 'the wise.' The inscriptions read KAROLVS (Charles) DI GR (by grace) FRAnCORV (France) REX (king) and VINCIT (conquer) REGNAT (govern) IMPERAT (rule).

The coin in our image comes from Künker GmbH & Co. in Osnabrück, Germany where it sold for 1500 euros, about $2000 US dollars, in a 2014 auction. This gives an idea of the value of these coins. I've seen them sell as low as $800 and as high as $7000, depending on condition and overall eye appeal. Each coin stands on its own merits, so assigning exact pricing is essentially impossible. One thing is for sure: it is a valuable coin. Take your coin to a knowledgeable collector or professional coin dealer for an in-person inspection. If you would like to send us pictures, we may be able to estimate value with some accuracy. To do this, start an e-mail exchange with CoinQuest.

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Medal: US Large St. Gaudens Novelty Piece  1907

The St. Gaudens $20 gold piece is often heralded as 'America's most beautiful coin.' It is the subject of countless copies, reproductions, and replicas. The real coin (see this CoinQuest page [Press Here] for information) is very valuable. The copies, reproductions, and replicas are not valuable.
Requester June describes her coin as '3 inches wide,' so it is certainly not a genuine $20 gold piece. This novelty item is made of gilded zinc and weighs a few ounces, making it one of the classier reproductions. They sell on eBay for a few US dollars.

Coin: 17648
Requested by: June Scoltt, Fri, 22-Aug-2014 22:18:22 GMT

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Ancient Parthia Orodes I and Artabanos II Drachm and Tetradrachm  90BC to 62BC

These coins are a good example of how archaeological findings and numismatic research go hand in hand to consolidate what we know about history.

One catalog lists these coins as struck by Orodes I (ruled from 90 to 77 BC). Another catalog lists them under Artabanos II. A third under Arsaces I. And a fourth under 'Unknown king'.

The confusion stems from several things. First, each king took a throne name, which means that Orodes I is also known as Arsaces XIV. Secondly, many of the kings are known under one name in one source and under a different name in a different source, making it very difficult to build a consistent chronology.

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Guyana ~ Guiana Stiver and Half Stiver  1813

The country we call Guyana today was originally three Dutch colonies: from west to east, they were Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice, named after the rivers which ran through them. For several years control of the area alternated between the Netherlands and Great Britain, with influence from France. Finally, in 1814, the Dutch formally ceded the colonies to Britain, in exchange for having Dutch Guiana returned to it. This history is reflected in this coinage: in 1813, the British are firmly in control and the British king's portrait appears on the obverse of 'stiver' coinage, while the denomination 'stuiver' had been used by the Netherlands for centuries.

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Ancient Parthia Gotarzes I and Sanatruces Drachm  93BC to 69BC

Located mostly in modern Iran (the region historically known as Persia), the Parthian Empire lasted for about 500 years. Their many kings struck a multitude of coins, and many of the empire's rulers are only known based on these many coins. The chronology of the kings' reigns is constantly being revised, and some coins listed in old catalogs as issued by one king are now thought to have been struck by different kings. It's a confusing field for anyone who doesn't has a firm grip on Parthian history, that's for sure!

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US Quarter Washington Bicentennial  1975 and 1976

The Washington quarter is the present quarter dollar or 25-cent piece issued by the United States Mint. The coin was first struck in 1932. For other Washington quarters, see this CoinQuest page [Press Here]. We also have a page on special Washington Statehood quarters at this link [Press Here]

In 1973 the mint announced that the quarter, half dollar, and dollar coins would be re-designed for the country's bi-centennial by citizen artists via a $5,000 contest. Eventually three designs were chosen and plans to cancel the same three 1975 coins, make silver versions, and issue a new two dollar bill became reality. A victory torch encircled by 13 stars and a colonial drummer along with the typical mandated writing won the quarter design. JLA under the left arm are the initials of Jack L. Ahr, the winning designer. This quarter was issued over a two year period (1975 and 1976) with more than 800 million issued. So these are not rare and even in high grade they are very common and worth very little. All circulated coins made of copper-nickel are worth face value. Some silver proof coins were made especially for collectors and there are worth their weight in silver.

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Italy (Venice) 1, 3 and 5 Centesimi  1849

The seated Lion of St. Mark on the front of this coin symbolizes the Republic of San Marco, an Italian state which existed briefly in 1848 and 1849. With Venice as a capital (which had earlier ceded to the Austrian Empire following Napoleon's conquests) the republic declared independence on March 22nd 1848, but was recaptured by Austria after a long siege just 17 months later, and soon after ceded back to Italy after being held by France as an intermediary.

But enough historical politics. The republic minted other centesimi coins with the Lion of St. Mark, but only the 1, 3 and 5 centesimi have the lion facing directly outwards. Values are decent for coins in better condition.

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Poland 6 Groschen  1623 to 1627

Sigismund (Zygmunt) III, king of Poland between 1587 and 1632, must have really enjoyed seeing his name and face on coins. He minted tons of them, each with slightly different portraits and inscriptions, which makes identification tough. They are usually pretty well worn, so that doubles the difficulty when reading the already-difficult inscriptions. Then, just when you think you have faithfully ID'd your coin, the catalogs chime in with phrases like varieties exist.

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