Thanks for your thorough description, Caley. Sure enough, we did not have this issue of the British penny in our database. Now it is here.
All the old pennies and half pennies from Great Britain make wonderful collectibles. They come from a time when a penny was *worth* something! But millions and millions were made, so their value today is not that high. Here is a run-down:
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
Aethelred II achieved the rather unfortunate moniker of Aethelred 'The Unready' after a mistranslation of Old English 'unræd' as 'unready'. A better translation might be 'ill-advised' or 'poorly-counseled'. He had not even reached puberty when the previous King was murdered (his half-brother Edward), and as such he was definitely not ready for the task of ruling a kingdom. His short reign consisted mostly of paying Danegeld to the Vikings, and tired this, he ordered all Danish men in England to be massacred on 'St. Bryce day' (November 13th, 1002 AD). In 1003 the Viking king Sweyn Forkbeard of Denmark-Norway invaded England in retaliation, and thus Aethelred's rule came to an abrupt end.
This coin created quite a stir in the numismatics community when it was discovered by a detectorist during 2001. It is a unique gold coin (21 mm dia. 4.33 g) discovered by the River Ivel, at Biggleswade in Bedfordshire, UK. The obverse legend reads: COENVVLF REX M (Coenwulf, king of Mercia). The reverse is inscribed: DE VICO LVNDONIAE (from the wic of London). In 2006 the was bought by the British Museum, at a cost of £357,832. The picture below comes from Spink in London who handled the genuine piece.
Most people think that old fashioned wheat-backed Lincoln cents (pennies) are very valuable. In fact, millions and millions of them were minted and all but a handful carry no significant value. When worn or in average circulated condition, most wheaties are worth a few cents each. Even in fully uncirculated condition, coins dated after 1933 are worth a few US dollars each. For most coins before 1934, here is how the catalog values run:
LINCOLN CENTS DATED BEFORE 1934 (except as noted below):
Malawi is a small country in southeastern Africa. They are on a decimal coinage system now, but, before 1970 they used the old British system of pence, shillings and crowns.
The six pence coin is made of copper-nickel and carries collector value as follows:
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $1
fully uncirculated: $3
Sixpence dated 1967 are slightly more rare than other dates. If you have a 1967 coin, double the catalog values above.
Just about all Belgian coins have legends in two languages:
French: ROI DES BELGES, QUATRE BELGAS
Dutch: KONING DER BELGEN, VIER BELGA
No matter which coin you have, it is made of nickel, not silver, and this lowers value somewhat.
COINS WITH EITHER FRENCH OR DUTCH INSCRIPTIONS:
worn: $20 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $50
well preserved: $100