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Fiji 2 Cents  1969 to 2005Fiji 2 Cents 1969 to 2005 Medal: Great Britain Port Sunlight  1914Medal: Great Britain Port Sunlight 1914
Colombia 10 and 20 Centavos  1897Colombia 10 and 20 Centavos 1897 US Lincoln Cent (Penny)  1909 to DateUS Lincoln Cent (Penny) 1909 to Date
US Massachusetts Cent and Half Cent  1787 and 1788US Massachusetts Cent and Half Cent 1787 and 1788 Token: India Ram Darbar Temple Ramatanka Token: India Ram Darbar Temple Ramatanka
  

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Medieval Germany (Baden) 1/3 Thaler (Christoph I)  1519

The coin in our picture is the nicest one in our professional coin database. It sold in 2003 for 6600 Swiss Francs (about $6600 US dollars) by an auction house that is no longer in business. What a great coin! It shows Christoph I, Margrave of Baden (CRISTOF D G MARCHIO BADENSI) from 1475 to 1515.

Looking at the current catalogs and pricing sites, I think their estimates are somewhat low. Favoring actual auction results over prices from published catalogs, we get these values:

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Mexico 50 Centavos (Bronze and Copper-Nickel, with Cuauhtemoc)  1955 to 1983

These neat 50 centavos coins come in bronze and copper-nickel:

BRONZE: 1955 to 1959
COPPER-NICKEL: 1964 to 1983

The hard-to-miss Aztec emperor, Cuauhtemoc, appears on the front, and the national arms of Mexico appears on the back. There is also a silver 5 pesos coin with Cuauhtemoc (click to this page [PRESS HERE]). You can find an in-depth description of the 50 centavos coins over at Wikidot [PRESS HERE]. Here is how the catalog values go:

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US Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Half Dollar  1892 and 1893

You have the first commemorative coin issued by the United States. There have been oodles more afterwards.

Catalog values for these pieces, both the 1892 and 1893 dates, are:

worn: $15 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulted: $18
well preserved: $20
fully uncirculated: $90

Be sure you understand what 'catalog' means. See our Important Terminology page (link at upper left) for an explanation.

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France 5 Francs  1933 to 1952

I like French coins. The designs are always interesting, artistic, and well done. This design is no exception.

This is a complicated series of coins. It runs from 1933 to 1952 with the same patterns on front and back, but several variations apply. Some coins are made out of nickel, others aluminum, and still others aluminum-bronze. Also, some coins have mint marks and others do not.

In general, for most coins except those noted below, here are approximate catalog values:

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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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