A beautiful city-scape of Regensburg appears on the back of several different thalers and half thalers. We attempt to summarize values on this page. All values are approximate.
HALF THALER: 34 mm diameter
THALER: 42 mm diameter
HALF THALER FRANCISCUS 1754
worn: $100 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $200
well preserved: $350
fully uncirculated: $700
Frodo -- Would you please contact us about this coin? As you describe, it is a very rare gold 'helm' of King Edward III. Values run high in the 10s of 1000s of US dollars. A Spink auction in 2015 hammered at 50,000 British pounds. There is a good web page at this blog [PRESS HERE]. We do not know of counterfeits or replicas of this piece. If your piece is real or fake, it deserves attention. You can contact us via the 'Contact' button at the top of the web page. We will be asking for good-quality pictures and precise weight of your coin.
The Royal Black Institution is a religious and fraternal organization, similar to, and related to, other secret societies like the Freemasons and Knights Templar.
There are several different tokens issued by the Blacks, most notably those of Canadian chapters and shown in the pictures on this page.
Genuine vintage tokens can be quite valuable when in decent condition. Very approximately:
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
These old coins from China are quite interesting. The dragon is one of the favorite patterns. Conversion of the monetary units goes like this:
3.6 candareens = 5 cents
7.2 candareens = 10 cents
1 mace and 4.4 candareens = 20 cents
3 mace and 6 candareens = 50 cents
7 mace and 2 candareens = 1 dollar
The value of these coins is quite high, especially in well preserved condition.
Nowadays not many people remember when silver coins actually circulated in America. Up to 1964, our silver coins ~ dimes, quarters, half dollars ~ were made of actual silver. A full 90 percent of each coin was pure silver. The remaining 10 percent was copper. Then, in 1964, the Federal Government decided, with the rest of the world (pretty much), to do away with precious metal in coins and strike them out of cheap alloys. Coins minted from 1965 until now have zero silver content. Dimes, quarters, and half dollars are made of copper with a thin clad layer of nickel.