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Medal: Great Britain Port Sunlight  1914Medal: Great Britain Port Sunlight 1914 Token: India Ram Darbar Temple Ramatanka Token: India Ram Darbar Temple Ramatanka
Medieval Germany (Baden) 1/3 Thaler (Christoph I)  1519Medieval Germany (Baden) 1/3 Thaler (Christoph I) 1519 Mexico 50 Centavos (Bronze and Copper-Nickel, with Cuauhtemoc)  1955 to 1983Mexico 50 Centavos (Bronze and Copper-Nickel, with Cuauhtemoc) 1955 to 1983
US Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Half Dollar  1892 and 1893US Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Half Dollar 1892 and 1893 France 5 Francs  1933 to 1952France 5 Francs 1933 to 1952
  

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Colombia 10 and 20 Centavos  1897

Nice coin, Jon. Miss Liberty (Libertad) is on the front and the coat of arms of Colombia (with a condor) is on the back. These coins are made of 66.6 percent pure silver. They contain:

10 (DIEZ) CENTAVOS: 0.054 troy ounces silver
20 (VEINTE) CENTAVOS: 0.107 troy ounces silver

These coins can never be worth less than their silver content, so even a totally smashed coin (scratched, stained, cleaned, mutilated) is worth its weight in silver. But, collectors pay premiums for nice looking specimens:

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Medal: Switzerland Shooting St. Gallen  1874

The inscription reads EIDGENÃ'SS SCHÃ'TZENFEST IN ST. GALLEN which translates to 'federal shooting festival in St. Gallen.' St. Gallen is a town in Switzerland and this 'shooting thaler' commemorates the shooting competition there in 1874.

The thaler in our picture is in excellent condition. You do not often see them this nice. Many are stained, scratched, or worn. This one, from respected numismatist Dr. Busso Peus Nachf in Frankfurt, sold for 110 euros (about $150 US dollars) during a 2008 auction. It would probalby sell for more today. CoinQuest thanks Dr. Busso Peus Nachf for use of the coin image. It is a beauty.

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Mexico 8 Reales  1824 to 1897

Hi Deb -- You probably have a well-worn 8 reales coin from the old Republic of Mexico.

These coins contain 0.786 troy ounces of silver. So that sets the minimum value they can attain. For instance, if silver is selling at $12 per troy ounce (look it up for today's price at kitco.com), the minimum price is 0.786 x 12 = $9.40.

Coins with the liberty cap and starburst pattern were minted in smaller denominations than 8 reales. In fact, denominations of 1/2, 1, 2, and 4 reales look the same, only smaller. The denomination appears explicitly on the coin in the place where '8R' appears on the 8 reales. Look for '1/2R', '1R', '2R', or '4R' on your coin and, if you have one, click to this appraisal page.

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Medal: Great Britain Coronation of King Edward VIII  1937

Look at this picture of a cool coronation medal sent to CoinQuest by a lady named Vikki. The portrait of the King and the big lion make a very spiffy medal, indeed. It celebrates the crowning of King Edward VIII at Westminster, anticipated to occur in 1937. The only trouble is that Edward was never crowned king. His love for (gasp!) American socialite Wallis Simpson caused him to abdicate his kingship to younger brother Albert, who chose the regnal name George VI.

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South Africa 3 Pence  1925 to 1960

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'.

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Token: Germany (Saxony Notgeld) 20 and 50 Pfennig, 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 Mark  1916 to 1922

These are pieces of emergency money (notgeld) issued by the Free State of Saxony (Sachsen) in Germany. The Free State of Saxony is a landlocked federal state of Germany bordering the federal states of Brandenburg, Saxony Anhalt, Thuringia, and Bavaria.

The tokens were issued to buy food and essentials during massive inflation in post World War I Germany. They are made of brown porcelain. For background on these collectibles, click to this CoinQuest page (click here).

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Hungary 1 and 2 Pengo  1926 to 1944

This is an interesting series of coins from Hungary. The earlier dates are made of silver and the later dates (war years) are made of aluminum. The patterns of silver and aluminum, 1 and 2 pengo coins are similar, but not identical. All these coins have large numerals 1 or 2 flanked by leaves, with an elongated crest of Hungary on the other side. There is even a special 'wavy 2' variety that keeps collector juices flowing! Here are some typical catalog values:

1 PENGO 1926 TO 1939 (0.103 troy ounces silver)

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Czechoslovakia (Slovakia Republic) 20 Halierov (Bronze and Aluminum)  1940 to 1943

Slovakia minted these neat 20 halierov coins in bronze and aluminum between 1940 and 1943. Most of these coins carry low value, but there are *good dates* and we hope you have one of the good ones!

MINTED IN BRONZE: 1940 to 1942
MINTED IN ALUMINUM: 1942 to 1943

The castle on the back of the coin is in Nitra, Slovakia. The castle was built in the 11th century on the place of an earlier fort. The core of the castle is St. Emmeram's Cathedral with the Bishop's residence. The amazing photo below comes from 4ever.eu [PRESS HERE], a neat web site full of neat artwork.

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