If you look at the coin catalogs for this copper-zinc-nickel coin from the Philippines, you'd think it was worth only $1 US dollar in fully uncirculated condition. But the catalogs are wrong, at least a little bit. These are popular coins with collectors and a nice-looking circulated example, like the one in our picture, sells for $3 or more. Adjusting the catalogs a little, our estimate of value is:
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $2
Just about all the coins in this series are worth very little, well less than $1 US dollar, but there are exceptions. These coins are made of aluminum-bronze. Here is a listing of approximate catalog values for the series.
20 LIRE 1957 TO 1968
worn: less that $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less that $1
well preserved: $2
fully uncirculated: $10
coins dated 1959 are more rare and catalog at $15 in well preserved condition
This is one of a series of modern 'ancient' coins made for sale to tourists. It is a novelty item worth zero. A similar item appears on this page [Press Here].
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.
Hi Kelly -- Well, this looks like an exotic coin, and it is very pretty. But it is not made out of gold. Too bad! It is made of aluminum bronze and is worth face value. There are some coins like this made out of silver, and they are worth their weight (0.25 ounces) in silver.
Arcades are prevalent today, but they are certainly not new. The computer-generated, full-immersion, nerd's paradises are new, but not arcades in general. And they have used metallic gaming tokens for a long time.
The token in the picture was sent to CoinQuest by Brandon. A member of the World Internet Numismatic Society identified it for us as a token from the now-defunct Aladdin's Castle chain of gaming arcades. If you stop by a gaming blog, you will see that many *older* gamers (25 and older!), remember Aladdin's Castle with great fondness. Apparently Aladdins's Castle has been taken over by Namco, who is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man this year.
Chinese dragon coins are enjoying strong popularity with collectors and that makes their value high. Counterfeits, however, put a huge damper on enthusiasm about Chinese coins. 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
It is difficult to put accurate values on these coins for three reasons. First, Chinese collecting is in its infancy and the catalogers are playing catch up with market trends. This makes catalog values inaccurate. Second, there are numerous subtle differences from coin to coin, and sometimes those differences can easily double a coin's value. Third, and most important, is that fake Chinese coins flood the market. At the bottom of this page you can see a side-by-side comparison of a real and fake Kiang Nan dollar. The discrepancies between real and fake are easy to see with a side-by-side look, but difficult if you don't have a known genuine piece to compare to.
Peru minted these nice-looking coins in silver between 1859 and 1935. They all use the same seated lady/pedestal/wreath/shield pattern, but they come in different denominations. The same pattern is used on some copper and gold coins, but this page applies only to silver coins between 1859 and 1935.
Here are the denominations and relevant statistics:
1/2 (MEDIO) REAL 1858-1861 14 mm diameter 0.038 troy ounces silver
REAL 1859-1861 17 mm diameter 0.72 troy ounces silver