The Phoenicians are even today remembered as a maritime culture. Based around modern-day Lebanon, they traded with many other ancient civilizations, and established colonies as far west as on the Iberian peninsula. Ba'alshillem II was a Phoenician king of the city of Sidon, and his name is found on the coins abbreviated to a B - of course written as a Phoenician character - found above the galley on the obverse (front) of the coin.
Ba'alshillem's full name is known from an inscription ('B-l-shlm') written on the foot of a small statue of a child, which was found during an archaeological dig of the Bustan esh-Sheikh site. Click here to see a picture of the amazing statue.
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
Like most of the two pound coins issued lately by the UK, these coins come in various compositions. The pattern and the date are the same, but the metallic content varies between nickel-brass, silver, and gold. Not only that, the silver versions come in two purities: 92.5 percent pure (sterling silver) and 50 percent pure.
The value can't be less than Face Value (FV): 2 pounds in Britain. At current exchange rates, that is about $3 US dollars (but look it up to be sure).
Almost every coin dated after World War II is worth face value, nothing more. This applies to all coins from all countries worldwide, with very few exceptions. No circulating coins today contain gold or silver, although there are plenty of non-circulating coins that do. Non-circulating coins are often proof coins which are bought and sold in special packaging. However, most modern coins, even from exotic places, are basically worth face value except in a few special instances, explained below. Perhaps your coin is special, we hope it is.
These coins come in 2 and 5 reichsmark denominations. Some of the 5 reichsmark do not have the swastika, as shown in our secondary picture below.
Here are some approximate catalog values that apply to all dates in the series, except as noted below.
2 REICHSMARK (0.161 troy ounces silver)
worn: $7 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $8
well preserved: $10
fully uncirculated: $30
You know, GT, here at CoinQuest we are basically collectors at heart. This is why it irks me when governments issue coins and then purposefully limit production to drive prices up. That's what South Africa did with this nice-looking 2013 2 rand coin. Unfortunately, it happens all the time -- all countries do it. Yecch.
And in the advertisements for this coin, they even try to capitalize on Nelson Mandela's death by saying he lay in state inside the Union Building. Double yecch.
It is hard to miss coins with holes at the center. This series of cents has got 'em!
Great Britain issued coinage for part of its empire in the eastern part of Africa from the late 1800s to the mid 1900s. Coins marked East Africa circulated in areas where Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Somalia are today. The coins were minted in various metals, including copper-nickel, bronze (shown), and aluminum.
While a few *key dates* are present, most of the coins, including 1 cent, 5 cents, and 10 cents, are not worth very much unless they are in fully uncirculated condition. Taking them as a whole, the approximate catalog values for the *common date* coins are:
Modern minting technology is really something. It can produce truly beautiful artwork in metal, and sometimes in precious metal.
The UK started minting 2 pound coins in 1986 and have made special versions for collectors in gold and silver. The obverses all have Queen Elizabeth II and the reverses have different patterns. All the coins are worth face value (2 pounds, about $3 US dollar) plus a premium. For gold and silver coins, the premium is equal to the current value of these precious metals. Most circulated coins are worth face value (FV) because they are made of non-precious metal and carry zero premium.