Interesting coin, Blah. The hole adds character (sort of). The big RF stands for 'Republic Francaise' the French Republic, and 'Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite' means Liberty, Equality, and Brotherhood.
These coins come in four denominations, 5, 10, 20, and 25 centimes. Most of them you see are in poor condition and carry low value. As always, coins in fully uncirculated condition are worth much more than circulated coins. There are a few *good dates* listed below.
Even though the dates say 1845 and 1849, this brass token was made in modern times and is worth a few US dollars at most.
US presidents are a popular topic for token manufacturers. See our page with descriptions and general values at this link [Click Here].
If you look closely, timfuest, just to the right of the L5 (5 lire), you may see a small anchor mint mark. There should also be an L or a P just to the left of the L5.
For your coin dated 1826, the mint marks do not matter as both carry catalog values that are equal, but sometimes mint marks matter. Here are typical catalog values for all dates and all mint marks of the 1, 2, and 5 Lire coins from the old Italian State of Sardinia, except as noted:
1 LIRE (22 mm diameter)
Afrikaners (including the Boer subgroup) are a Germanic ethnic group in Southern Africa. They consider Jan Van Riebeeck their founding father. His likeness appears on many South African coins.
Sorry, Danielle. Although your coin appears to be gold, and although there is a South African gold coin with Van Riebeeck's likeness, your coin with the ox cart is made of brass. It is a one cent piece.
Here is some data on this series of coins. The data applies to all dates. All have Van Riebeeck's portrait on the front and the inscription UNITY IS STRENGTH, but they have different designs on the back. In the listings below, BV means 'base value.' It is the value of the silver in the coin. Look up the current value of silver on web sites such as kitco.com, then multiply it by the troy ounces of silver in the coin to obtain BV.
When you find a copper coin with the inscription EAST INDIA COMPANY dated before 1839, usually with early dates such as 1616, 1717, 1818, and denominations ANNA, HALF ANNA, or RUPEE, the coin is not issued by the East India Company, but a modern spiritually oriented token recently manufactured and sold to tourists. These tokens generally include the likeness of different Hindu gods, as well as related spiritual symbols and caricatures.
These pieces are not coins per se, even though they contain valid denominations (anna, rupee, etc.) and a valid issuing agency (East India Company). They are instead Temple Tokens, Lebbo coins, or similar non-legal tender with religious or magical implications. They are readily collectible, and assembling a comprehensive set of these items would be a collecting challenge, but they do not carry very much value.
What a great coin. And valuable, too! King Zog I, born Ahmet Muhtar Bej Zogolli, was the leader of Albania from 1925 to 1939. This beautiful gold coin shows his portrait on the front and an action-packed rendition of a charioteer on the back. Each coin contains almost a full troy ounce of gold (actually 0.933 troy ounces), and that makes the coin worth at least its bullion value. Coins in good collector condition command prices much higher than bullion value.
At the moment, gold is selling at about $1200 US dollars per troy ounce (check the Internet for the current value), so the base value (BV) is $1200. Premiums over BV run like this:
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