There are several old Scottish coins with thistle and crown. Thistles adorn coins from Scotland even today. We guessed that you have a 6 pence, although pennies and 2 pence also sport a thistle pattern. This page applies only to 6 pence coins like the one in our picture.
Most of these coins have been worn to a frazzle. Here are some typical catalog values, which skyrocket for well-preserved specimens.
worn: $30 US dollars approximate catalog value
We received an inquiry via e-mail about this unusual coin. Shailender sent us the photograph at the left, but no other information except that it is an ancient coin from India.
There is much interest in these coins and we have prepared this page with up-to-date information. This page covers:
You know it, Jim. But most people do not know it. Since 1982 our US 'copper' pennies have been minted out of zinc, not copper. Why? Because the value of one copper cent is more than one cent.
Some 1982-dated pennies, and *all* post-1982 pennies are made of zinc with a thin coating of copper added.
Drop a pre-82 cent on a hard surface. You hear a pleasant ping. Drop a post-82 cent on a hard surface. You hear a dull thud. Get the difference?!
Straits Settlements is a former British Crown colony on Asia's Malay Penninsula. Coins in 5, 10, 20, and 50 cent denominations all show the reigning British monarch (Victoria, Edward, George) on one side, and an encircled denomination on the other. These coins are silver.
The listings below show approximate catalog values. Use the Important Terminology page to convert these values to actual buy and sell values.
5 CENTS (0.035 troy ounces silver)
Americans lover their celebrities almost as much as their sports figures. You can find modern medals and tokens with a wide variety of US celebrities, many of them with superb artwork and terrific eye appeal. When they are made of silver and are round in shape, coin collectors call them (what else?) silver rounds.
A good web site to see some examples is RiverCityCoins.com.
Sir or Madam -- You have a modern token or medallion from the Denver Mint. It is worth a few US dollars. From the Coin Doctor we learn:
'The date 1789 is the year of the start of the United States Treasury. The token you have was made to accompany mint sets from the 1980's to 1999. There are two types, one says the Philadelphia Mint and the other says The Denver Mint. The new dollar coins replaced the Treasury tokens in the 2000 mint sets.'
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.
These coins from the Republic of the Philippines were minted in copper-zinc-nickel between 1958 and 1966. As modern coins made of non-precious metal, they are worth very little. If you can find one in fully uncirculated condition, a collector might pay a few US dollars to add it to his or her collection.