Hello Sunilkumar -- I'm here with my trusty Standard Catalog and looking up your coin. The catalog shows good value, but nothing spectacular. This coin is made of copper-nickel and was issued only in 1919 and 1920.
To be sure the catalog values reflect reality, I then look at auction prices for these coins. THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE, especially in coins that are in good condition. The auction results are far higher than the catalog values. This happens sometimes, but not often.
These coins are known as Spanish (Hispan) colonial coinage because they circulated freely in the many New World colonies of Spain. You can find essentially the same coins in Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru. The coins from Mexico carry the distinctive Mo or oM mint mark -- a small 'o' set over a large 'M'. Coins from Chile bear an So or oS mint mark for Santiago, Chile. There are many other mint marks, as explained below.
Evaluating Spanish gold escudos is a complicated topic. On this page you will find a superficial treatment of the subject. If you have one of these coins, it is important to research it thoroughly.
History In the old days Spain colonized much of the Western world. Coins from Spain circulated in places like Mexico, Peru, Columbia, and Florida. CAROL IIII is King Charles IV of Spain, although the older coins have CAROLUS III and are generally worth more than the IIII coins. After Charles came King Ferdinand, and his name and likeness appears on later dates. AUSPICES DEO IN UTRO FELIX means (roughly) 'in the will of God we will happily prosper.' There are many coins with these inscriptions, but the important part is the denomination, 8S in Kristin's case.
I call this design elegant. I like it. Some people, I'm sure, would dismiss it as too simple.
These coins are made of chrome plated stainless steel. The 5 centimes denomination ran only from 1961 to 1964, but the 1 centime ran all the way to 2001, when Euro coinage took over in France. Then, in 2000 and 2001, France issued 1 centime coins in gold. Those are worth a lot more than 1 centime.
1 CENTIME AND 5 CENTIMES
Regensburg is a city in Bavaria, Germany. Back in the 1600s and 1700s, it was a bishopric, a region run by a church bishop. The bishopric of Regensburg issued several different coins ranging from low-value hellers to high value thalers. Pfennigs are the next step up from hellers.
Crossed keys were, and still are, the symbol of Regensburg, and most of their coins carry this symbol in one form or another. The pfennigs, spelled pfennings at the time, use crossed keys, but not all pfennigs look the same as those from 1785 to 1790.
This old token, not made in 1730 but probably during the early 1900s, shows the old Texas Mission of Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción (Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception) which was built in 1716 in eastern Texas and moved to San Antonio in 1730. The reverse shows Mission San Jose, another San Antonio mission. These tokens are not easy to find, and they command decent numismatic (coin collector) value when in good condition:
worn: $8 US dollars approximate catalog value
We received an inquiry via e-mail about this unusual coin. Shailender sent us the photograph at the left, but no other information except that it is an ancient coin from India.
This page provides background for the coin and then a table of approximate values. Values vary widely with authenticity and metallic composition.
The coin is related to Hindu temples, i.e., it is a 'Temple Token', with various Western spellings such as Ram Tanka, or Ramatanka, or Ram Tonka. They were made as charms or tokens to carry around for good luck, and to catch blessings from the gods. They come with designs of Hindu gods and religious ceremonies being carried out in honor of them.
The modern Russian alphabet with Cyrillic script looks enough like Latin letters that most westerners try to do transliterations. But it doesn't quite work, does it? The Russian word kopek, a monetary denomination, ends up as KONEEK or KOHEEK or any number of similar 'almost but not quite' interpretations. Likewise, CCCP really stands for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR, what we often call the Soviet Union.
Lettering aside, coins that look like our picture were minted in Russia between 1958 and 1991. Other coins with similar patters were minted before, during, and after this time period, but this page applies only to coins that look like the pictured 20 kopek example.