Nice coin, James. Italy issued these copper coins in 1, 2, 5, and 10 centesimi denominations over the years 1861 to 1900. These coins are old enough to carry a little numismatic (coin collector) value, especially when they are in good condition. If your coin has good eye appeal, like the one in our picture, that will increase value, even with substantial wear.
Most coins, the 'common dates' catalog as follows ('better dates' are shown below):
This coin contains 0.129 troy ounces of silver. First compute the Base Value (BV) due to silver content. Mulitply the current price of silver from kitco.com (click here) by 0.129. To the base value, add the following:
worn: add $2 US dollars to the base value
average circulated: add $5
well preserved: add $6
fully uncirculated: add $10
The BV + added value quantity will give you an approximate catalog value for your coin. To properly interpret the catalog value, click to our Important Terminology page (link at upper left).
From your description, it sounds like you have a medal or token, not a coin. A coin will normally list the country it was minted it, its denomination, and the date of issue. You have not described your item as having any text or numbers - this is usually a tell-tale sign of a medal or token.
We have taken our best guess about your item. There are plenty of coin-like objects with angels on them, so this may not be your piece, but this one is quite common and fits your description. It is made of gold-colored base metal.
You have the first commemorative coin issued by the United States. There have been oodles more afterwards.
Catalog values for these pieces, both the 1892 and 1893 dates, are:
worn: $15 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulted: $18
well preserved: $20
fully uncirculated: $90
Be sure you understand what 'catalog' means. See our Important Terminology page (link at upper left) for an explanation.
Look at the exceptional coin in our main picture (to the left). It's an Octavian denarius (about 3.7 grams, about 18 mm diameter) in wonderful shape. It comes from Roma Numismatics in London where it sold for 700 GBP (about $1100 US dollar) during a 2015 auction.
The coin in our secondary picture (to the right) is much less desirable. It's a $50 coin. From this you can get an idea of value:
There are about 3000 individual islands in the archipelao of the Bahamas. It is a British Crown Colony. Decimal coinage started there in 1966, and many of the designs are really quite interesting and well-done. The 10 cent coin has wavy edges, and the 15 cent coin is square. All others are round. Denominations range from one cent all the way to (are you ready?) 2500 dollars. The $2500 coins are 58 mm in diameter (an old US silver dollar is 38 mm) and made with 12 troy ounces of gold.
That is Sun Yat-Sen on the front of this neat Chinese coin. He was the founding father of the Republic of China, and a medical practitioner. As the foremost pioneer of the Republic of China, Sun is referred to as the 'Father of the Nation' in the Republic of China (ROC), and the 'forerunner of democratic revolution' in the People's Republic of China (PRC).
Be sure to read this page to the end. Counterfeits are discussed last.
The back shows a famous 'Chinese Junk' sailing boat. What makes the difference to the value of these coins is the presence or absence of three birds flying over the junk. Coins with birds are very valuable. Without the birds, the values go way down, but still respectable. These coins contain 0.755 troy ounces of silver. Approximate values are:
Like all British coins, the reigning monarch appears on the obverse (the 'heads' side). King George VI appears in our picture, but your coin might be different. Queen Elizabeth appears after 1952.
Except for the penny dated 1946, all Australian pennies in this series are worth face value or somewhat more when old and in excellent condition. Here are some catalog values for all coins except as noted below:
PENNY 1938 TO 1953 (EXCEPT AS NOTED BELOW)