Neat coin! These commemorative 5 shillings were minted in honor of the 50th anniversary of the South African Union. Some have the letters HM below the building, but the HM does not affect value.
This coin is worth at least its weight in silver. There are 0.455 troy ounce of silver in one coin, so multiply the current price of silver (available at kitco) by 0.455. As of this moment, each coin is worth just under $8 US dollars in silver. This is the Base Value (BV).
Jersey is the largest and best known island among the (English) Channel Islands. This large coin, 40 mm in diameter, commemorates 900 years from the Battle of Hastings in 1066 to 1966. This battle was fought between the Norman-French army of Duke William II and the English army lead by King Harold II. Even if this coin is not made out of precious metal it has a fair value when in brilliant mint condition.
The catalog values go like this:
worn: $2 US dollars approximate catalog value
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. The one described by Dallas is low value. 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.
The interesting part is the small star on the reverse side of the coin. It contains numbers or letters, and certain coins with certain numbers or letters are quite rare. You need a magnifier to clearly see the starred numbers, which gives the date of issue. The 1957 date is the date of authorization, when the coin was authorized by the Spanish government to be produced. All coins carry the 1957 date.
There is a growing segment of numismatics (coin collecting) that specializes in ancient and medieval coinage. A surprising number of these coins still exist, and modern cleaning and conservation methods are revealing their beauty and wonder. You can actually hold coins from ancient Greece and Rome in your hand, and add old, old coins from Bible times, and even before, to your collection. Two of our favorite dealer sites for such coins are:
The design of Charles Barber dominated US coins around the turn of the 19th century. His depiction of Miss Liberty and heraldic eagle design appears on dimes, quarters, and half dollars of the period. These coins are highly sought by collectors, especially specimens that have little wear.
Nick's 1908D coin is a *common date* for the series. That means most dates have catalog values that are the same as Nick's coin:
heavily worn: $8 US dollars catalog value
Well, Heather ...
Either you have a very valuable coin, or you have one that is worth nothing. How's that for narrowing it down?!
During the Civil War, the Confederate (southern) States of America issued only two types of coinage: a one cent piece and a half dollar. (See our write-up on the one cent piece at this CoinQuest link.) They minted very few of each, so if you have a genuine, original CSA half dollar, you have a coin worth tens of thousands of US dollars today. Genuine CSA half dollars are so rare that the coin catalogs do not even list an estimated value! The coin in our main is a genuine piece.
This pattern with Napoleon appears on bronze French coins from 1852 to 1865. Below you will find a run-down that gives approximate catalog values for each denomination. Use our Important Terminology page (link at upper left) to convert these catalog values to actual buy and sell values. The *better date* coins below are worth a little more than the common coins shown. Multiply catalog values by two to get approximate *better date* prices.
1 (UN) CENTIME (14 mm diameter)
This is a nice novelty item produced by a private mint and sold in gift shops as a souvenir, a collectible, or a conversation piece. They usually sell new at retail for $10 to $20 US dollars. They are big -- big enough to hold a genuine US presidential dollar as an inlay. Composition is silver-plated base metal.
If you tried to sell yours to a shop owner, he or she would probably offer one dollar, maybe two. But you might be able to sell the same item to a collector on eBay for $10 or more. They are popular as gifts.