Most coins from New Zealand have really neat patterns, and this one is no exception. Why not try to assemble a collection of New Zealand coins? It would be plenty of fun and cost very little.
The 50 cents is made of copper nickel and on the reverse you can see the ship HMS Endeavour. This ship was a British Royal Navy research vessel that Lieutenant James Cook commanded on his first voyage of discovery, to Australia and New Zealand, from 1769 to 1771.
The catalog value go like this:
New Zealand makes a lot of coins with a lot of interesting wild life, and the wildlife attracts a lot of collectors. This 2 dollar coin has a Kōtuku, white heron on the back, with the reigning British monarch on the front: Elizabeth II. The white heron or great egret is a cosmopolitan bird and is found worldwide in tropical and temperate regions. Kōtuku have always been rare in New Zealand and they have gained almost mythical status.
These are modern coins with catalog value that can reach as high as $6 US dollars in fully uncirculated condition:
Australia issued these coppers from 1911 to 1939. After that, kangaroos appear on the back of penny and half penny coins.
Most of the pre-39 pennies and half pennies are low in value. Below is a list of approximate catalog values for just about all the dates in the penny and half penny series. Special *better date* coins appear on this page after the common date values.
PENNIES (COMMON DATES BEFORE 1932)
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
Belgian coins with the kneeling female warrior and caduceus (mythological symbol used for commerce and medicine) were minted in nickel with several varieties and denominations:
denominations: 50 centimes, 1 franc, 2 francs
inscription: Belgique, Belgie
inscription: Bon Pour, Goed Voor
There are a few coins in these series which command high value. Most are low-value coins. Here are typical catalog values for most coins regardless of date or inscriptions:
This is a promotional token made by a horticulture company called Bakker-Holland which operates in a number of European countries. This company celebrated an anniversary in 2010 and for that anniversary ran a promotion, requiring a purchase, where you could win 65,000.00 €.
This token is relatively known in Europe and it worth around 1 or 2 US dollars.
Kevin's coin, dated 1948, displays a likeness of George VI and catalogs for less than $1 US dollar unless it is completely uncirculated. A collector might pay $5 to $10 for an uncirculated specimen. Earlier coins in this series have George V and Edward VII, and they are generally worth more. See the listings below
The coin in the picture has an English reverse. There is a similar family of coins with Scottish reverses. Review the Scottish reverse at this CoinQuest link.
In early New England, corn, pelts, bullets, and wampum were frequently used in lieu of coins. The British colonial General Court in 1652 ordered the first metallic currency struck: the New England silver threepence, sixpence, and shilling, lagging the Spaniards who had established a mint in Mexico City in 1535.
Not surprisingly, New England coinage today is very rare and very valuable. Also not surprisingly, many counterfeit New England pieces were made, and are still being made.
For those not in the know, Canada issued a one dollar coin several years ago with a picture of a water bird known as a loon, made famous by its loud, fluctuating call and leading to the catchy phrase 'crazy as a loon.' Well, the Canadian dollar coins soon earned the nickname loonies. Not long after that, Canadian two dollar coins earned the nickname toonies.
With that bit of important history out of the way, the Royal Canadian Mint issued tokens in nickel with the polar bear motif of the toonie. These sell on the after market (e.g., on eBay) as follows: