In 1927, the German Reich issued these beautiful commemorative coins for the 1000th Anniversary - Founding of the city of Nordhausen.
These coins were struck at the Berlin mint, as denoted by the 'A' found under the '3'. Genuine coins weigh exactly 15.0 grams. Jewelers usually have scales that measure to a fraction of a gram, so visit a jeweler if you suspect your coin might be counterfeit. We do not know of any counterfeits of this coin.
Minted in 50% pure silver and with a hefty weight, these coins each contain 0.241 troy ounces of silver.
Well, Kenny, we have three active numismatists at CoinQuest and you have stumped all of us. Congratulations!
With no inscriptions whatever, your item is not likely legal tender currency from any country (for a counter-example, see this Austrian heller [Press Here]), but the German imperial eagle and 1917 date focuses origins to the late German Empire.
There are two possibilities:
Wow. What a neat coin. It comes from old German West Africa, called Tanganyika today. Germany acquired control of the area by treaties with coastal chiefs in 1884. After World War I, Tanganyika was entrusted to Great Britain and became an independent country in the British Commonwealth in 1961.
The gold 15 rupien coins are very popular with collectors. They contain 0.173 troy ounces of gold, but collector demand drives prices much higher than gold value.
What an amazing medal. They come in bronze, silver, and gold, in commemoration of the coronation of William IV and his wife Adelaide. Any of them would be a fine addition to any collection.
Value, of course, varies with metallic composition and state of preservation. Here are approximate catalog values:
worn: $50 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $60
well preserved: $90
These silver coins were issued by the Papal States, the predecessor state of the Vatican, which was officially founded in 1929. A beautiful bust of Pope Gregory XVI (the sixteenth) is displayed on the 'obverse' (front), while the reverse portrays Romuald (S. ROMVALDVS). Romuald was the founder of the order of Camaldolese monks, and is honored by both the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.
The coins were struck in both 1832 and 1834. The 1832 date bears either a B mint mark for Bologna, or an R mint mark for Rome. All dates and mint marks are worth the same. These are sizable coins, and old enough that they pick up some collector value:
C-Mart, you are very correct that many Roman issues from around this period bore the letters SM for Sacra Moneta in the exergue. Your reading of the exergue still leaves the mint mark ambiguous, however. It could well be 'SARL' for the second workshop at Arles, or 'SMK Gamma' for the third workshop at Cyzicus. If the obverse figure is indeed Constantius II, then the 'SMK Gamma' reading is correct, since the issue from Arles only exists for Constans (The Constantius II issue has a star or a palm branch after 'SARL').
This is a jeton or counting token from the time of King Louis XIV (LUD XIIII) who ruled France from 1643 to 1715. Please see our general page on jetons [Press Here] for background information on these wonderful collectibles.
Just about all these jetons are pretty much worn to a frazzle. If you can find one in decent shape, you have certainly found something worthwhile. Here are typical catalog values for this Veni, Vidi, Vici (Julius Ceasar: I came, I saw, I conquered) jeton:
George Washington was the first president of the Society of the Cincinnati, founded in 1783 to preserve the ideals and fellowship of the officers of the Continental Army who served in the American Revolutionary War. Pierre Charles L'Enfant, architect of Washington DC, designed the insignia for the society in 1784. Later, about 1900, Victor David Brenner, a famous American medallist who would eventually design the Lincoln Cent, decided the the time for L'Enfant's design had come and produced trial pieces in white metal and bronze.