You have a half penny from Great Britain. This series runs during Queen Victoria's long reign, starting in 1838 and ending in 1901. Different versions of the coin bear the queen's likeness at various stages of her life, but the inscription always says Victoria DG (DG = Dei Gratia = by the grace of God). This page applies farthings, pennies and half pennies dated between 1860 and 1894 that look like the coin shown.
FARTHING: 19 mm diameter
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.
That's a neat-looking coin. I really like the design on the reverse side. I don't know what it is, but I like it!
Czechoslovakia minted 20, 25, and 50 haleru coins with lions on the front and neat patterns on the back between 1921 and 1953. The earlier dates were minted in bronze (like our primary picture), and copper-nickel (like our secondary pictures), and the later dates were minted in aluminum. As you can see, the creative designs on the backs of the 20 and 50 haleru gave way to a simple BIG 25 on the back of the 25 haleru. The 25 haleru coins were minted only in 1932 and 1933
In 1878, Great Britain gained control of Cyprus from the Ottoman Empire. 50 years later this great-looking coin was minted to commemorate the anniversary. The obverse shows King George V and the reverse has two very stylish lions posed above the denomination.
It was minted in sterling silver and has a diameter of 38mm. It weighs 28.275 grams with an ASW (actual silver weight) of 0.84 troy ounces. This means that no matter what condition the coin is in, it will always have a base silver value.
French Somaliland is a small territory of France located in Africa east of Ethiopia at the Bab el Mandeb Strait across from Yemen. In 1952 and 1965, 20 franc denominations were issued and minted in aluminum-bronze.
The obverse of this coin shows Liberty wearing a Phrygian cap (symbol of freedom) and the reverse shows a dhow (a lateen-rigged ship with one or two masts) and an ocean liner. These are not particularly valuable coins. Here are the approximate catalog values:
Well that's great, Bearcat. If you have a genuine 1884 10 centimos from the Philippines it is a valuable coin. As long as the stains and spots are not too bad, the 1884 date makes your coin valuable. That is a *good date* for this coin.
Spain minted 10 and 20 centimos for the Philippines with Alfonso's likeness on the front and the shield and crown pattern on the back from 1880 to 1885. Here are some typical catalog values for *common date* coins:
I like toned coins. If I were looking for a South Africa 3 pence for my collection, I would pay more for the specimen in the picture because is has spiffy rainbow toning. Over the years this silver coin has picked up impurities from the atmosphere and those impurities have reacted with the surface to create coloring effects. However, I am in the minority. Most collectors like their silver coins blast white, or completely untoned. Dem guys don't know what dey's missin'.