Evaluating Spanish gold escudos is a complicated topic. On this page you will find a superficial treatment of the subject. If you have one of these coins, it is important to research it thoroughly.
History In the old days Spain colonized much of the Western world. Coins from Spain circulated in places like Mexico, Peru, Columbia, and Florida. CAROL IIII is King Charles IV of Spain, although the older coins have CAROLUS III and are generally worth more than the IIII coins. After Charles came King Ferdinand, and his name and likeness appears on later dates. AUSPICES DEO IN UTRO FELIX means (roughly) 'in the will of God we will happily prosper.' There are many coins with these inscriptions, but the important part is the denomination, 8S in Kristin's case.
Hello Bianca -- You have a silver dollar designed by a man named George Morgan, so collectors call coins like yours Morgan Dollars. They are highly prized collectibles.
Your 1901O specimen is a 'common date' coin like most of the dates and mint marks in this series. 1921 is the most common of the common dates, as there were hundreds of millions of the 1921 coins made. Coins with better dates, not common dates, are listed below. They are more valuable.
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
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 90 percent (titre 0.900) silver, and some of the value comes from this precious metal:
There are two Indian 20 paise coins with lotus blossoms during the period 1968 to 1971. The first pattern includes the blossom only, while the second pattern adds a radiant sun and bears the inscription FOOD FOR ALL. First pattern coins are made of nickel-brass, and second pattern coins are made of aluminum-bronze.
As modern coins made of non-precious metal, these coins are worth face value: 20 paise in India, or about 1/3 of 1 US cent. Collectors may spend a few dollars to add a nice looking specimen to their collections.
Don't use metal polish to remove the spots, Meutia. That will ruin the value of your cool British coin. Be sure to handle your coin by its edges only. No fingerprints allowed!
It sounds like you have a gold sovereign from 1914. It could be a half sovereign, because the two coins look alike, only their size is different:
HALF SOVEREIGN: 19 mm diameter, 0.118 troy ounces gold
SOVEREIGN: 22 mm diameter, 0.235 troy ounces gold
These coins from old Serbia were minted in copper-nickel, except the 2 pare which has the same pattern but is minted in bronze. They all have the famous double-headed eagle on the reverse side, a reminder of their roots in the Byzantine Empire. As Granda points out, the inscription is in Cyrillic letters.
Values of these coins do not depend heavily on date, although the older dates are a smidge more valuable than the later dates. There are also a few *good dates* called out below. Here is a compilation of approximate catalog value.
The History Channel is a US television network that broadcasts programs about, well, history. The History Channel has in recent times taken to distribute different medals to its members, with different patterns, of different metals, and commemorating different important historical occasions, such as the US civil war, or the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima. Two such medals appear on this page: a bronze medal in our main picture (upper left) and a base metal medal in our secondary picture (lower right). The value of all medals is about the same, regardless of pattern, metallic composition, and commemoration.