These are beautiful gold coins from Austria with 0.6807 troy ounces of gold. The catalog says that all coins minted were proof coins, made expressly for collectors. Usually proofs are found in protective holders with zero damage. Should they be removed, any subsequent damage lowers value.
First, find the base value (BV) of the coin, that is, the value due to gold content alone. If gold were selling at $1500 US dollars per troy ounce (look it up, it changes every day, on web sites such as kitco), the BV is then 0.6807 x 1500 = $1020. Find BV by multiplying the current price of gold by 0.6807.
The seal of the Confederate States of America (the 'South') was designed and created by Joseph S. Wyon in London. He also designed the Great Seal of England. The Seal shows George Washington on horseback, surrounded by the South's principle crops: tobacco, cotton, rice, sugar cane, corn, and wheat. The outside edge bears the inauguration date of Jefferson Davis as President of the CSA. The motto DEO VINDICE means GOD WILL VINDICATE.
Older renditions of the Seal are found in electrotype, an electrical and chemical process of the 1800s that formed metal parts to reproduce a non-metallic model. In this case the model was of the CSA Seal, and the metal was copper. Original electrotypes of the CSA Seal are quite valuable.
There were three government-sponsored leper colonies in Colombia: Agua de Dios, Cano de Lord, and Contratacion. These coins were issued specifically for use in the leprosaria. They were scrubbed often, and most examples you see are worn to a frazzle. If you have a nice-looking specimen, it is quite valuable. Worn coins are not worth very much.
The different denominations minted are shown next. Use the 'values' entry to determine the value of your coin based on the listings which follow.
Hi Deb -- You probably have a well-worn 8 reales coin from the old Republic of Mexico.
These coins contain 0.786 troy ounces of silver. So that sets the minimum value they can attain. For instance, if silver is selling at $12 per troy ounce (look it up for today's price at kitco.com), the minimum price is 0.786 x 12 = $9.40.
Coins with the liberty cap and starburst pattern were minted in smaller denominations than 8 reales. In fact, denominations of 1/2, 1, 2, and 4 reales look the same, only smaller. The denomination appears explicitly on the coin in the place where '8R' appears on the 8 reales. Look for '1/2R', '1R', '2R', or '4R' on your coin and, if you have one, click to this appraisal page.
Civil War Tokens (CWTs) are tokens that were privately minted and distributed in the United States between 1860 and 1870. They were used mainly in the Northeast and Midwest. The widespread use of the tokens was a result of the scarcity of government-issued coinage during the Civil War.
Civil War tokens are divided into three types: store cards, patriotic tokens, and sutler (is a civilian merchant who sells provisions to an army) tokens. All three types were utilized as currency, and are differentiated by their designs. The collectible value of the tokens is determined chiefly by their rarity. This UNION FOREVER with shield pattern is one of the more common varieties.
These 40 reis coins, colloquially known as 'patacos', were issued by King Joao of Portugal between 1811 and 1825. It is very difficult to find well preserved examples, and condition means a great deal to value. The 1815 date is rare and there are a few other nuances described below. Here are typical catalog values:
worn: $7 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated (like our picture): $60
well preserved: $165