Sure enough, Chris, that's a Trade Dollar pattern coin form 1873. If it were genuine, it would be worth a bundle. Bowers and Merina (now Stack's Bowers) had one at auction a few years ago, and it sold for more than $2000 US dollars.
Very likely you have a replica coin like the one in the picture from eBay seller ixwisdom. These are worth a few dollars.
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
The name of your coin is 'Winged Liberty Dime,' but most people think Miss Liberty is really the Roman god Mercury, associated with the fleet-footed Greek messenger, Hermes, so they call these coins Mercury Dimes. Your 1936 example catalogs for $1.50 in worn condition. Here is how catalog values of these coins run:
MERCURY DIMES 1916 TO 1931
worn: $5 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $7
well preserved: $25
fully uncirculated: $100
'Am I not a Woman and a Sister?' appeared on abolitionist tokens that have circulated in America and Great Britain. At the end of 1837 the American Anti-Slavery Society, located at 143 Nassau Street, New York, commissioned the firm of Gibbs Gardner & Co. of Belleville, N.J. to strike these copper tokens. These tokens show significant relations between abolition and the fight for equal rights of women. There were also 'Am I not a Man and a Brother' tokens, but the female version drew much more attention.
That is the goddess Athena on the front of this neat coin. She was the Greek virgin goddess of reason, intelligent activity, arts and literature. She was the daughter of Zeus; her birth is unique in that she did not have a mother. Instead, she sprang full grown and clad in armour from Zeus' forehead. (Ouch!)
On the back is the mythical Phoenix rising from ashes.
These are modern coins made of copper-nickel. They are worth small amounts:
Macedonia, officially the Republic of Macedonia, is a country located in the central Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. It is one of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia, from which it declared independence in 1991. These 5 denari coins are made of brass and worth small amounts to collectors.
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $1 fully uncirculated: $3
Sometimes these replica coins are plated with gold, which makes them look quite spiffy. But, alas, they are still fakes (replica, reproduction, and copy are polite words) and worth about zero.
Genuine coins are absolutely beautiful and worth a ton of money. You can see our page on Kellogg and Company gold pieces at this link.
Side-by-side comparisons of real and fake coins are often useful. The image below shows small deviations between the patterns, although the deviations are quite pronounced upon close inspection. Sometimes counterfeit coins are so accurate and precise only a professional authenticator armed with microscopes and other sophisticated devices can tell the difference. In the United States it is illegal to own counterfeit coins unless they are stamped with the word COPY. Variations of this replica coin sometimes have COPY or a small encircled C or R.
Neat coin, FW! It is made of nickel and was issued only in 1930 and 1931. The catalog values below are typical of what to expect for 'normal' coin channels such as eBay, but we have seen some big-time dealers sell these for much more than catalog. To reach high value, the coin must be fully uncirculated and perfect in every way, like the one in our picture.
Here are the normal catalog values
worn: $4 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $8