These small bronze coins weigh 1.78 grams and have a diameter of 17mm. The obverse shows the Irish harp (seen on many Irish coins) and the reverse shows a stylish bird.
These are modern coins made of non-precious metal and, as such, catalog for very little, less than $1 US dollar even in fully uncirculated condition. Collectors might pay a few dollars for one if they need it for their collections.
The 1985 half penny is a special case. According to IrishCoinage.com, the 1985 coin was produced for circulation, but most of the coins were returned to the Central Bank and melted when the coin was demonetised in 1987. Apparently, a few 1985 coins escaped the melt.
Arguably the brains behind the founding of the United States, Thomas Jefferson is honored in many ways. This modern token bears his likeness and a summary of major achievements.
When in beautiful condition like the one in our picture, this token may fetch close to $10 US dollars retail. Most you see are worn or damaged and are worth far less.
That is probably an old Russian rouble from Czar Nicholas II. These are nice large silver coins minted with Russian lettering and the two-headed imperial eagle which is common to many Slavic and Eastern Orthodox coins. In the old days, the two heads indicated that church and state were equal in power.
The coin in our picture comes from repsected eBay seller matswerror in Estonia. Matswerro's coin is in nice shape, with medium wear and even toning. The strong eye appeal make this a nice addition to anyone's coin collection. Many of these coins you see are in far worse condition.
This is an amazing goldgulden from the German Free State of Frankfurt. St. John (of the Bible) is shown on the front, and the imperial double-headed eagle on the back. Matthias (1557 - 1619) was Holy Roman Emperor at the time.
The coin pictured on this page is a wonderful example from Kuenker. It sold for 525 euros (about $600 US dollars) during a 2010 auction. As always, CoinQuest is indebted to Kunker for use of their coin photo.
Those are two patus, a weapon and pounding club used by the MÄori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, on the reverse side of this three pence coin. The obverse, or 'heads' side, has the British ruling monarch, since New Zealand is a parliamentary state of Great Britain.
These coins were minted in 50% pure silver between 1933 and 1946. After that it was non-precious copper-nickel.
The coin in our picture is in beautiful uncirculated condition, and CoinQuest thanks SivesaCoins, a respected eBay seller, for use of the photo. It's a beauty!
The frozen date of AH 978, translating into 1570 in the Gregorian calendar, is a good give away for an old dokdo from the Indian princely state of Nawanagar (today known as Jamnagar). Typically around 7-8 grams, these chunky coins were struck from the late 1500s through to the early or mid 1800s, all with the same frozen date referring to the accession year of Muzaffar Shah III of the Gujarat Sultanate. His coins circulated widely, and the design was copied again and again until the '9' became a blundered vertical line. The 'V' and ' ' shapes for '7 and '8' are still legible. The same frozen date can be seen on the coinage of other princely states of northern India. Values for these coins follow below: