These are neat silver art rounds from India. They come in many different patterns and designs, and their size and weight varies from about 10 grams to over 50 grams. Their value varies with weight due to silver content.
The patterns we have seen are very nice. Requester Nikkabe asks about a coin with a design including the important Sikh symbol Khanda and Sikh founder Guru Nanak (shown in our secondary picture to the right). The example in our main picture (to the left) include Lakshmi (also spelled Laxmi) and Ganesha, both from Hindu traditions. The swastika, Hindu symbol of prosperity, appears on many Bombay 999 pieces. We have not been able to find Sikh designs on Bombay 999 coins, so Nikkabe's item may be somewhat rare, but we are not sure of that. The Hindu designs appear to be much more prevalent.
These are neat coins from Lithuania. The earlier date, 1991, is not made of two metals, but is solid copper-nickel. The '2' and '5' inscriptions tell the denomination, and the cool mounted knight tells the coin is from Lithuania.
Values of these modern coins are low. Catalog values for all dates 1991 and higher are:
worn: less than $1 US dollar appproximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $1
The US administered affairs in the Philippines from 1903 to 1935. The commonwealth formed after 1936 and the shield on the back of these coins changed from the prior years, although the front of the coin stayed the same.
1937, 1938, 1941:
worn: $1 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $4
well preserved: $6
fully uncirculated: $50
for coins dated 1938, divide the above values by 2
There were four Hesse states in the old German Federation. Only Hesse-Darmstadt issued coinage after the empire congealed in 1871. The coins on this page are those of Kings Ludwig III and Ludwig IV, with virtually indentical designs except, of course, for the kings' profiles. Coins of King Ernst are not covered here.
We present some typical catalog values in the listings below. As always on CoinQuest, you must apply the concepts outlined on our Important Terminology page to convert these (inflated) catalog values to actual buy and sell values.
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.
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
These coins are known as Spanish (Hispan) colonial coinage because they circulated freely in the many New World colonies of Spain. You can find essentially the same coins in Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru. The coins from Mexico carry the distinctive Mo or oM mint mark -- a small 'o' set over a large 'M'. Coins from Chile bear an So or oS mint mark for Santiago, Chile. There are many other mint marks, as explained below.